Welcome to Week 4! It’s hard to believe that after this week, the regular season will have finished its first quarter, so it’s time for fantasy reevaluation. If you’re 0-3, make some trades. Everyone on your team should be on the trade block. If you’re 3-0, maybe don’t give up your players as easily. However, it is important to remember that no player is ever off limits, and to be enclosed to trading any player is to be ignorant.
This week I will be returning to the usual starter sitter format to help you beat whoever your opponent happens to be this week. They won’t even know what hit ’em!
Joe Mixon – Arguably the most talented back in the 2017 NFL draft, Mixon would have gone early in the first round if not for his character issues. As expected, the ex-Sooner struggled out of the gate, as the Bengals look to ease Mixon into the offense. Well, the easing in period is over, as Mixon took over the committee backfield last week, leading the trio with 29 snaps, 18 carries, and 101 total yards. His role should only increase, so start him this week in the matchup of dreams in Cleveland.
Chris Carson – Going into the season, Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls were expected to lead Seattle’s backfield. However, it has been Chris Carson who has emerged as the workhorse. The rookie running back has been highly productive as of late, and Thomas Rawls only registered 1 snap last week. This means you should expect plenty of work for Chris Carson this week in a favorable matchup against an abysmal Colts’ defense.
Russell Wilson – I’m going to stay with Seattle here. Their offense was excellent in last week’s loss to the Titans, and Russell Wilson led the attack with over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns. He obviously plays the Colts as well this week, and if you’ve read my past articles (which I’m sure you have), you know that I don’t exactly see the Colts as a very good team. Wilson at home is always a safe bet, so give him a start this week.
Cam Newton – Throwing 3 interceptions at home against the SAINTS is never a good thing. It’s also not good losing Kelvin Benjamin (possibly) and Greg Olsen to injury. Newton has struggled returning to MVP form, and that banged up shoulder is affecting his throws significantly. Leave Cam on the bench until he proves worthy of a start.
The Raiders’ Offense– The Raiders offense looked horrible last week, but we know from experience that that was a fluke. This is an elite offense. However, no offense is elite against Denver’s top defense. This means that you should sit Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, and Derek Carr. Do not be discouraged if these studs have poor outings two weeks in a row, for there is no excuse as worthy as traveling to Denver.
Frank Gore – Common theme: the Colts are nothing without Andrew Luck. Brissett has actually played very well as of late, but his last outing was against the Browns. Frank Gore just keeps chugging along there in the backfield, but his YPC has been lower this year. Whether it’s Father Time or a horrible offensive line, Gore is not worthy of a start in your lineup this week against the stingy Seattle defense.
I wish you the best of luck in Week 4!