Start ’em sit ’em – Week four
Rush Nation! Welcome to the Week Four edition of Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em. Unfortunately, Jonathan isn’t here to deliver the goods this week for our Fantasy teams but I’ve got you covered. We’re going to run through one start and one sit at each of the skill positions. Without further ado, let’s get it!
Start – Andy Dalton, Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings.
In a normal world, I’d be fully against this but if you grabbed Dalton off waivers recently, now’s the time to plug him in. Minnesota rank third for the most points allowed to Quarterbacks in Fantasy through the first three weeks this season. With the team still adjusting to Brian Flores defense, they’re leaking scores left, right and centre. The Vikings are also scoring points. This game has the potential to be a shootout for the two 0-3 sides and Dalton is fresh off a 300+ yard passing game. His top weapon Adam Thielen, could also be out to prove a point against his old side. The only question mark is if Dalton get’s the start. Bryce Young could be back for week four.
Sit – Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots.
Although solid, Dak has hardly set the league alight this season. The main reason for this sit is, if you drafted him as your QB1, it’s likely you went for your QB2 soon after. Prescott is averaging just north of 200 yards per game this season. After his teams devastating loss in week three, they now welcome the unforgiving New England Patriots to Arlington. Damn. Belichick’s boys allow the third fewest Fantasy points to Quarterbacks(10.7) and I see nothing else then the Tony Pollard show this weekend. With Pollard averaging 100+ yards per game this season, that’s how Dallas get back to winning ways.
Start – DeVon Achane, Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills
Sorry for stating the obvious but wow! What a week three for the Dolphins. You may have even had to hit the waiver wire for this one. And, it’s fully interchangeable with Raheem Mostert for the same reasons but let’s go for the Rookie. 203 rushing yards. Four catches for 30 yards. Four total touchdowns(2 rushing, 2 receiving). A ridiculous week three stat line! Achane like Mostert, is super explosive. The speed these guy’s bring is a handful for any defense. When they roll into Buffalo, expect fireworks. Similarly to Breece Hall in week one.
Sit – AJ Dillon, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
You may be thinking “why” to this. Aaron Jones potentially will miss week four after a DNP to start the week and this game being on Thursday. Let’s be straight, Dillon is not the answer. Averaging less then three yards per carry this season, he’s highly inefficient to say the least. Plus, the Lions have been pretty stout at stopping the run and this divisional match up will likely be the same. Allowing 3.2 yards per carry to Running Backs and well in the bottom half at 15.2 Fantasy points per game allowed. Dillon will have another tough task ahead of him.
Start – Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts vs. LA Rams
If you’re looking for a nice solid floor, look no further. The epitome of consistency so far this season. 11 targets is the fewest Pittman has received this season. With a minimum eight catches and 13 Fantasy points. Whether Richardson clears the protocol or Gardner Minshew gets another start, Pittman is a lock. Volume is key and our guy is getting it. The Rams are also in the bottom half of Fantasy points allowed per game.
Sit – Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
Well on his way to his TENTH consecutive 1000+ yard season, Evans has been as reliable for Baker Mayfield as he can be. A Touchdown in every game, just shy of 300 yards and 28 targets this season say he’s a must start. Ok. Who saw the clue in the sub-heading? That’s right, on the road against his old foe, Marshon Lattimore. Allowing only 68 yards when targeted(16 times) this season, we can consider other options. We all know the bad blood is there between these two and Evans simply does not produce historically against the Saints. 317 yards on 19 catches in his last EIGHT outings vs. New Orleans, doesn’t get my juices flowing.
Start – Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Texans
Big Pat saw his best outing of the season in week three. Three catches off of Four targets, for 41 yards and his second score of the year was the stat line. Nothing to go wild for BUT it’s progression nonetheless. Freiermuth is a clear beneficiary of the unfortunate outage of volume hog Diontae Johnson. A reliable option for the shaky Kenny Pickett. A game to be played through the sky in week four as the Steelers head to Houston and Rookie Quarterback CJ Stroud. The Texans allow double figure Fantasy points to Tight Ends. This is a must start for me.
Sit – David Njoku, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
We all thought the Browns were going to be more pass heavy under Deshaun this year. The unfortunate loss of Nick Chubb for the season, hasn’t changed the script though. David Njoku is an athletic specimen and many(including myself) were excited for him to be the clear second option(behind Amari Cooper) in Cleveland this season. He hasn’t done anything though. Failing to produce at least 50 yards or even a top 20 Tight End finish, any week this season. He’s now a sit until we see otherwise.
That is all for Week Four’s Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em. Let’s get these dubs, Rush Nation!