The league is beginning to take shape after 3 weeks of regular season play. Injuries and unexpected performances have caused most owners to live off of the waiver wire. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to start thinking about setting your lineup. Here are our week four “Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em” candidates:
Russell Wilson (vs. IND)
Wilson finally put together a solid game last week against the Titans. He posted a career high 373 passing yards with 4 TDs and added 26 rushing yards. He will be set up for another nice outing against a weak Colts defense that yielded 28 points to the Browns. Wilson should be seen as a QB1 this week.
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. BAL)
I know, I know. Big Ben isn’t usually a fantasy-friendly QB option when playing on the road, but this is a division game against a Ravens team that usually yields solid games to Roethlisberger’s offense. Most experts are skeptical of Ben’s output this week, but the Steelers are coming off a tough loss and are depending on their veteran QB to right the ship. I think he will get it done.
Cam Newton (vs. NE)
Newton has had a horrendous year so far, having only thrown over 200 yards just once this season. He is clearly struggling on his road to recovery from offseason surgery. He may get back on track soon, but don’t expect it to happen this week against a solid Patriots pass rush.
Chris Carson (vs. IND)
The Seahawks may have finally found their lead-back in the rookie Chris Carson. He has seen the field more than the rest of the RBs in his committee, and has racked up 31 carries over the past two games. He should continue to get opportunities, and he is expected to have a productive day against the weak Colts defense.
Bilal Powell (vs. JAX)
The Jaguars have a young and athletic defensive front, but Powell should see a ton of touches this week. Matt Forte is out with to a toe injury. This will leave Powell with nearly all of the Jets’ backfield touches, and should allow for him to see some targets in the passing game. The Jets can’t always rely on QB Josh McCown, so they will look to feed Powell early and often to establish the run.
Isaiah Crowell (vs. CIN)
Crowell was once again touted as a valuable RB to own this season. That has not come to fruition so far, as he has yet to rush for over 44 yards in a single game. He has faced two weak opponents in a row in Baltimore and Indianapolis, but only has 91 total yards to show for it. The Browns are not the most fantasy-friendly team, and this week should be no different.
Devante Parker (vs. NO)
Parker has seen a lot of targets already this season, seeing 9 in week two and 10 in week three. This has translated to nice fantasy production, totaling 161 receiving yards and 1 TD. Cutler will continue to rely on the Louisville product to beat team vertically. The Saints have a forgiving secondary, so Parker should find himself open fairly often in London.
Chris Hogan (vs. CAR)
Hogan is in a great position to continue his production this week. The Panthers have yielded some big plays already this season, and their secondary will surely focus on Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski this week. This should leave Hogan as a solid option for Brady, similarly to last week. Hogan has already racked up 3 TDs this season on 10 catches, and should continue to draw Brady’s attention. He’s a solid WR2 this week.
DeSean Jackson (vs. NYG)
I’ll admit I was wrong about Jackson last week. I suggested that he remain benched and he ended up finding the end zone. However, this will be a more difficult matchup against a young and solid Giants secondary. Mike Evans will continue to steal almost all of Winston’s attention, so Jackson’s output will depend on his ability to get open vertically. He’s a WR3, at most, this week with boom-or-bust potential.
Cameron Brate (vs. NYG)
The Giants have yielded lots of production to TEs already this season, so we are assuming Brate will find himself open in this matchup. He is coming off a solid game in which he caught 4 passes for 33 yards and a TD at Minnesota. He should see the same amount of attention at home against the Giants this week. With the TE position being so shaky, he may be one of the top streaming options.
Charles Clay (vs. DEN)
This will be Clay’s second straight week in this position. Last week he picked up 6 catches for 39 yards and a TD. Tyrod Taylor has begun to focus on Clay the past few weeks, especially in the red zone. He should continue to see a good amount of targets each week, and may be one of the most dependable second-tier TEs in the game.
Hunter Henry (vs. PHI)
Henry has been hard to predict so far. He recorded zero catches and zero targets in week one, but went on to rack up 7 receptions for 80 yards in week two. In week three, he saw more playing time than Antonio Gates, but failed to record a catch. He is currently too unpredictable to start each week. As long as Gates is setting records, Henry can remain on the bench.