Fantasy Football ’17 Week Four Feasters, Starvers

Week 3 did not disappoint (unless you’re a fan of the  Pittsburgh Steelers who lost to the Bears) with upsets all across the board. It was a strange week fantasy-wise, and sometimes it just turns out that way. Without further ado, here are your Week 4 feasters/starvers to help contribute to your success for this slate of games.

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Quarterbacks

#  START  Team  Week 4 Matchup
1  Cam Newton  Carolina Panthers  @NE
2  Trevor Siemian  Denver Broncos  OAK
3  Carson Wentz  Philadelphia Eagles  @LAC
#  SIT Team  Week 4 Matchup
1  Ben Roethlisberger  Pittsburgh Steelers  @BAL
2  Marcus Mariota  Tennessee Titans  @HOU
3  Jay Cutler  Miami Dolphins  NO

Feasters:

  • Cam Newton: I know Newton did not play very well against a very beatable New Orleans defense, but I’m not giving up hope up just yet. The Panthers travel to Foxborough in Week 4 to take on the Patriots, who have given up an average of 24.5 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, along with surrendering the most yards and touchdowns through three weeks.
  • Trevor Siemian: Siemian struggled last week, posting a very underwhelming line. Look for that to change in Week 4 as the Raiders come into town, who have given up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing QB’s. Siemian averaged 20 fantasy points against Oakland last season, I expect him to exceed that come Sunday.
  • Carson Wentz: Wentz is currently the 6th best fantasy Qb and has not disappointed in his sophomore season. The Eagles play the Chargers in week 4, who have given up the 13th most points to opposing QB’s, averaging 17 points a game. I certainly think Wentz will exceed that mark.

Sleeper: Jared Goff, LAR

Starvers:

  • Ben Roethlisberger: Big Ben’s away game woes continue. The Steelers travel to Baltimore for this division showdown on Sunday. Yes, the Ravens just made Blake Bortles look like Tom Brady, but don’t expect a talented defensive unit to allow that to happen in consecutive weeks, especially at home. The Ravens have also given up the 4th fewest points to opposing signal callers, so I would avoid Roethlisberger on the road.
  • Marcus Mariota: In Mariota’s only game against Houston in 2016, he struggled, posting 202 yards, 0 touchdowns, and an interception. The matchup looks tasty, but it could be a trap. I would avoid Mariota in Week 4, based on history.
  • Jay Cutler: I don’t know what went on with the Dolphins last week, but it was wacky. The Saints defensive unit played well against the high-powered Panthers, and I’m worried this matchup might be too good to be true. Avoid Cutler if possible.

Running Backs

#  START  Team  Week 4 Matchup
1  Jay Ajayi  Miami Dolphins  NO
2  Tarik Cohen  Chicago Bears  @GB
3  Chris Carson  Seattle Seahawks  IND
#  SIT Team  Week 4 Matchup
1  Marshawn Lynch  Oakland Raiders  @DEN
2  Ameer Abdullah  Detroit Lions  @MIN
3  Frank Gore  Indianapolis Colts  @SEA

Feasters:

  • Jay Ajayi: The Saints have given up a whopping 102 points to running backs through 3 games, good for worst in the NFL. The Saints also lead the NFL in not only targets, but also receptions allowed to opposing backs. Ajayi let owners down last week, but I predict a big bounce-back game for the former Boise State Bronco.
  • Tarik Cohen: First and foremost, Cohen was robbed of the game-winning touchdown last Sunday. Cohen leads all backs in receptions (20) through the first three weeks, and with the lack of Chicago’s weapons on the perimeter, Cohen is a must start against a banged-up Packers team.
  • Chris Carson: Carson has finally established himself as the lead/early down back in Seattle, which should have his owners rejoicing. Russell Wilson finally got going in Week 3, which should open things up for the rest of the offense. Seattle takes on the Colts in Week 4, who have given up the 11th most fantasy points to opposing backs. Look for Carson to cash in on his first rushing touchdown of the 2017 season.

Sleeper: Joe Mixon, CIN

Starvers:

  • Marshawn Lynch: The Raiders travel to Denver in a divisional showdown in Week 4, and the Broncos have been absolutely stingy to running backs thus far. After holding Ezekiel Elliott to 8 yards in Week 2, the Broncos followed up by allowing Lesean McCoy 21 yards on 14 carries, with a disgusting total 1.5 YPC. I would steer away from Beast Mode if I were you.
  • Ameer Abdullah: The Lions visit the Vikings in Week 4, who have given up the 2nd fewest points to opposing running backs and have yet to allow a touchdown to opposing backs. Abdullah has not done much all season, and don’t expect that to change against a stout Minnesota defense.
  • Frank Gore: Jacoby Brissett has looked decent compared to Scott Tolzien, but I’m expecting the Seahawks defense to destroy this Colts offense on Sunday, leaving little room for Frank Gore to work. In his last 3 games against Seattle, Gore has averaged a mere 23 rushing yards per game. I don’t like his odds to go bonkers in this game.

Wide Receivers

#  START  Team  Week 4 Matchup
1  Sterling Shepard  New York Giants  @LAC
2  Sammy Watkins  Los Angeles Rams  @DAL
3  DeAndre Hopkins  Houston Texans  TEN
#  SIT Team  Week 4 Matchup
1  Jermaine Kearse  New York Jets  JAX
2  Mike Evans  Tampa Bay Buccaneers  NYG
3  Pierre Garcon  San Francisco 49ers  @ARI

Feasters:

  • Sterling Shepard: The Giants travel to Tampa Bay in Week 4, who have given up the 12th most points to opposing receivers, despite playing one less game than every other team except Miami due to Hurricane Irma. Look for everyone on the Giants offense to get involved, especially Shepard, who is looking hungry to continue his Week 3 success.
  • Sammy Watkins: The Cowboys’ defense has essentially handed points out to opposing receivers the last two weeks, and Sammy Watkins is anxious to continue to build upon the rapport he is developing with breakout QB, Jared Goff. Dallas has given up the 4th most points to opposing receivers, so it’s a matchup dream for the Clemson product.
  • DeAndre Hopkins: Hopkins continues to be a target hog and Watson’s favorite target. The Titans defense has allowed 73 targets (3rd highest in league), are tied for first in TD’s allowed (5), and have given up the 2nd most points to opposing receivers. Hopkins will be money in week 4.

Sleeper: Willie Snead, NO

Starvers:

  • Jermaine Kearse: The Jets take on the Jaguars in Week 4, who have surprised in this young season.  2nd-year cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been on a tear, locking up almost every receiver he faces and he should be shadowing Kearse for the full game on Sunday. This makes Kearse’s matchup undesirable and should be avoided in Week 4.
  • Mike Evans: Mike Evans also faces a lockdown corner in Week 4, taking on Janoris Jenkins, who kept Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery  in check for most of the game last week, holding him to 56 yards on 4 catches. Jenkins seems to excel against bigger, physical receivers, and Evans is just that. I don’t like Evans at all this week.
  • Pierre Garcon: Similar to Evans and Kearse, Garcon will be shadowed by another elite corner this weekend in Patrick Peterson. Peterson has been known to take the n0. 1 receiver of any team out of the equation and shadow the entire game. Look elsewhere for your Week 4 pass catcher.

Tight Ends

#  START  Team  Week 4 Matchup
1  Jesse James  Pittsburgh Steelers  @BAL
2  Cameron Brate  Tampa Bay Buccaneers  NYG
3  Antonio Gates  Los Angeles Chargers  PHI
#  SIT Team  Week 4 Matchup
1  Austin Hooper  Atlanta Falcons  BUF
2  Charles Clay  Buffalo Bills  @ATL
3  Jason Witten  Dallas Cowboys  LAr

Feasters:

  • Jesse James: The Ravens have given up the most TD’s to opposing tight ends after allowing Marcedes Lewis to score a hat trick on them in London. James will look to continue that trend , s the Ravens have allowed an average of 18.7 fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
  • Cameron Brate: If Mike Evans does not produce due to Janoris Jenkins, I think Brate will get the majority of red zone looks in Week 4. The Giants are tied for 1st in allowing the most receptions to tight ends, and this is a game where Brate could have a 7/100/2TD type game.
  • Antonio Gates: Gates has not done much all year, but this will be a multiple touchdown game from him. The Eagles have given up the 9th most points to opposing TE’s and the Chargers are 0-3. Look for Rivers to play angrily in order to try and save the season.

Sleeper: Jared Cook, OAK

Starvers:

  • Austin Hooper: If you are still on the Hooper hype train after Week 1, it is time to pump the brakes. If it was not for a broken play against Chicago in Week 1, Hooper wouldn’t even be in fantasy discussions. The Falcons play the Bills this week, who have yet to allow a touchdown to opposing tight ends. I wouldn’t play Hooper until he proves he can be a consistent threat.
  • Charles Clay: Although Clay is a target hog in Buffalo’s offense, he will not be able to get much going against these athletic linebackers/defensive backs Atlanta possesses. The Falcons have also not allowed a tight end to hit pay dirt in 2017, and I don’t see Clay changing that.
  • Jason Witten: Witten finally came back to earth after a great two-week run. The Cowboys face off against a stingy Rams defense, who allow an average of 9.4 fantasy points a game to opposing tight ends. I don’t like this matchup for Witten, who is so reception dependent.

Tony Jaramillo is a freshmen in college with an unhealthy obsession with the Chicago Bears and fantasy sports. Brainwashed by his Chicagoan father at the age of 10 and mixed with some Devin Hester, Tony became hooked.

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