Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em: Week 4 Fantasy Quarterbacks

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Trevor Siemian is listed below as a "start" for Week 4. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 4 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Drew Brees and Siemian, you should start Brees -- and in turn, bench Siemian.

So, while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 4 Fantasy Football QB Start'em


QB - Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. IND)

Throwing for less than 200 yards in back-to-back games with only one touchdown in his first game, Wilson exploded for 373 yards and four touchdowns in Week 3 to finish with 33.52 fantasy points against the Titans. Installed as two-TD favorites at home, Wilson is in a great spot to build upon the momentum he started last week.

The Colts get Vontae Davis back this week, but they have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In addition, they have the fifth-highest implied total this week based on Vegas odds.

QB - Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (vs. LAR)

In three difficult matchups to start the season, Prescott still managed to finish as fantasy's QB12, QB11 and QB10, respectively. On the season, he has accounted for six touchdowns -- five passing and one rushing -- while throwing two interceptions.

The Rams have allowed the 11th-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but they faced Scott Tolzien in Week 1, McVay knows Kirk Cousins well as his previous offensive coordinator and Brian Hoyer scored 26 fantasy points against them last week. In other words, this is Dak's easiest matchup to start the season.

QB - Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)

In Weeks 1 and 2, Siemian accounted for seven touchdowns -- six passing and one rushing -- and scored 22-plus fantasy points each week to finish as fantasy's QB4 and QB3, respectively. It was tough sledding last week for Siemian as he threw two interceptions and no touchdowns in the team's 10-point upset to the Bills. Siemian is set up to have a bounce-back week on Sunday Night Football. The Raiders have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

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Week 4 Fantasy Football QB Sit'em


QB - Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at NE)

With a soft matchup at home against the Saints, Newton threw for a season-low 167 yards and a season-high three interceptions as he failed to reach double-digit fantasy points. While Newton played poorly on Sunday, he just hasn't been right all season as he has averaged just 188.7 passing yards and thrown more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (two) on the season.

The Patriots have allowed three consecutive 300-yard passers with multiple touchdowns and 20-plus fantasy points to begin the season so perhaps there is some hope for Newton. That said, he continues to lose weapons in the passing game as Kelvin Benjamin (knee) left Sunday's game early and we've just seen Newton bomb in one of the best possible matchups for a quarterback.

At least until he shows us more, Newton is too risky to start in fantasy if you have another option.

QB - Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)

In his career, Roethlisberger has played nine regular-season games in Baltimore. Big Ben's home-road splits are well-documented and his road struggles have continued at M&T Bank Stadium. Completing just 57.6 percent of his pass attempts there, Roethlisberger has averaged 236.3 passing yards per game and 6.26 Y/A with more interceptions (12) than touchdowns (eight). In fact, he has thrown no touchdowns in a third of those nine games and multiple touchdowns only twice.

QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)

Heading to Denver to face the No Fly Zone, Carr is likely to have another disappointing performance to follow up last week's dud. In five career games against the Broncos, Carr has failed to reach the 200-yard mark in four of those games. Meanwhile, Carr will be without one of his top two weapons as Michael Crabtree was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's matchup.

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