2017 NFL Week 4 Start 'em Sit 'em

2017 NFL Week 4 Starters and Sitters
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
As the game plan goes, give it to the big rookie to run the ball.  Wear down the defense and don't give Bortles a chance to make a mistake.  Keep the Jets' defense on the field.  Gang Green can't score without the ball in their hands.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers
After 2 weeks without a touchdown, Hyde found the endzone twice against the Rams' supposedly stout defense.  He faces a Cardinals defense that's also pretty good.  Hyde looks like he'll be a critical piece in Kyle Shanahan's new offense.  The 49ers will do what they need to do to get the ball in Hyde's hands as they continue figuring out how to use him best.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
As far as "studs" go, McCoy could be the very definition.  He gets the start this week against thw Falcons' zone coverage.  Dontari Poe and Vic Beasley are sure to try to crash the party, which means Taylor will need to dump it off.  McCoy's elusiveness and ability to catch the ball should be enough to put points on the board, especially in PPR leagues.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns
If Crowell had to be started any week, it'd be this week against the Bengals.  It's time for the Browns' offensive line to live up to the hype and block for their runners.  
DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans
Even without Cushing, the Texans defense proved why they're one of the best in the league.  Although they lost to the Patriots on the road, the Texans still held the Patriots ground game to just 59 yards on the ground and shut them out of the endzone.  Murray struggled through the first 2 weeks.  Expect him to do the same this week against a stout front led by Watt, Clowney, and Mercilus.  
Matt Forte, RB, New York Jets
Forte has had a disappointing 2017 season, and that's not about to change this week.  The Jaguars could bring the house and try to force McCown into a mistake, which means Forte will have nowhere to run.  Sit him against one of the better front 7 in the league.
Javorius "Buck" Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Allen gets the bench again this week after a blowout in London vs. Jacksonville.  Simply put, the Ravens' offensive line just looked lost without Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda.  They'll try to bounce back this week against a good Steelers defense.  
Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots
Some may have expected Hogan to struggle with the Texans' pass rush and Amendola back on the field last week against the Patriots.  That wasn't the case, as Hogan caught 4 passes for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns.  If Hogan continues to find ways to get open, he'll keep catching passes.  
Willie Snead, WR, New Orleans Saints
Snead starts against a soft Dolphins secondary that gave up 249 yards and a touchdown to Josh McCown and the Jets' air attack.  While those don't seem like elite numbers, it's important to remember that the Jets don't have an elite passing game either.  Snead should come back and take over the burner/possession role from Brandon Coleman this week.
Robert Woods/Sammy Watkins, WR, Los Angeles Rams
The Cardinals, with Fitz and Brown, proved that the Cowboys could be thrown on.  This start is conditional on the health of Sammy Watkins.  If Watkins is healthy, he should be started against the Cowboys' soft secondary.  If Watkins is out, Woods is the WR1.  Either way, Rams receivers should be in the starting lineup.  
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
While Maclin has been good, his run ended last week against a dominating Jaguars defense.  He could find it difficult to get open against Joe Haden, and Flacco may not even have time to throw to him.  Throw Maclin on the bench this week.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills
In 3 games this year, Matthews has only caught 8 passes for 152 yards, and he still has not found the endzone yet.  There are a number of factors leading to this lack of production, but he should be benched for the combination of all of them.  He won't catch any breaks this week against a tough Falcons defense.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders
Crabtree has been historically bad against the Broncos' secondary.  In his last 5 games against Denver, he's never had more than 54 yards receiving in each game, and he's never scored.  Crabtree owners should start him if they have to, but they should also prepare themselves for disappointment.  
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
Clay has managed to stay healthy and on the field, which means he's a productive fantasy product.  He caught 6 passes for 39 yards  and a touchdown against a tough Broncos defense, and will try to get in the endzone again against the Falcons.  Clay should continue to be a good safety outlet for Taylor against a tough Falcons pass rush.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
Witten should have a similar role to Clay this week.  Look for plenty of dumpoffs from Prescott to his tight end against a tough Rams pass rush.  Witten should have a decent day, especially in ppr leagues, against a defense that gave up 6 catches for 48 yards to Jordan Reed.  
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders
Cook will face off against a Broncos defense that has given up 18 catches for 153 yards and 2 scores to tight ends through the first 3 games of the season.  Carr should continue to target his tight end against a seemingly stifling secondary.  Even though Carr looked lost and out of sync last week against Washington, he threw his only touchdown pass of the game to Cook.
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
Henry looked to be the next man up with Gates in the sunset of his career.  Unfortunately, Henry just hasn't been connecting with Rivers on a consistent basis.  He's been completely shut out in 2 of 3 games, and he looks like a shakey fantasy starter at best.  Sit Henry until he gets production on a consistent basis.  
Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints
While Fleener started the season off hot, he only caught one pass from Brees for 21 yards in week 3 against the Panthers.  Willie Snead returns this week, which could cut into Fleener's targets even more.  
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
While Suh and Wake could cause problems up front for the Saints, the Dolphins' backfield can be thrown on.  After a 3 game suspension, Snead rejoins the Saints' receoving corps, giving Brees a full compliment of options.  With Fleener coming online and a receiving playmaker out of the backfield named Alvin Kamara, it's tough to sit Brees.  
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
The difference in the Patriots' defense without Dont'a Hightower is night and day.  When Hightower is on the field, it looks like a solid front.  When Hightower is hurt, the Pats' defense looks lost.  While Cam has been struggling recently, it looks like he'll have a decent shot against Pats' defense, if his wideouts can make plays.  Cam could try to rush it himself, or let rookie Christian McCaffery shine against an inconsistent front.  However, if Hightower is healthy, all bets for Cam to have a big day are off.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
Goff gets the start this week because the Cowboys can't stop anyone.  Sean Lee alone cannot stop Todd Gurley.  Watkins, Woods, and Kupp could see a lot of one on one coverage, in which case it's up to Goff to make the right read and take care of the ball.  Who knows?  He may even throw for a couple of touchdowns this week.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Xavier Rhodes still leads a formidable secondary for the Vikings that has a couple pf great young corners and ball hawks.  The Lions' offensive line has still looked leaky at times.  They'll be tested this week trying to stop the Vikings' pass rush from getting to their quarterback.  If the Lions' line can't hold up, the Vikings' defense should have a great day.  
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders
Carr had the worst game of his career, throwing for just 118 yards with 2 picks against an above-average Redskins defense.   He looked out of sync with his center, and looked like he didn't expect some of the snaps he took in the shotgun.  He even tried to call timeout and had to throw it away because he wasn't expecting the ball.  This week he faces the elite Broncos pass rush and secondary.  It might be wise to find a streaming option until the Raiders figure things out.
Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers offensive line is not one of the best, so Rivers is constantly under pressure.  The worrying thing is Rivers looked like he tried to force throws into double coverage at times.  If he'd put a little more air under the ball, the outcome may have been different.  Still, Rivers' owners may want him on the bench until the Chargers address these offensive issues.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens
The Steelers' defense kills quarterbacks.  Flacco is no different.  Jeremy Maclin should draw Joe Haden in coverage, taking away the Ravens' best wideout.  That leaves Benjamin Watson and Buck Allen.  Sit Flacco in this week's marquee AFC North matchup, especially after he was benched for Ryan Mallet against the Jaguars.  
Jacksonville Jaguars
This battle will be won in the trenches.  Expect Jacksonvillle to dominate at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, like they did in London against the Ravens.  The Jets' defense won't be able to get off the field.  Fournette should have a big 2nd half if the Jags keep it on the ground.
Carolina Panthers
The Panthers' defense looked human last week, as they were run on and picked apart by Brees and the Saints.  They head to New England this week to take on the Patriots, who will adjust offensively and take whatever the defense gives them.  With Cam struggling, the Panthers defense will probably be on the field most of the game.  They'll probably be gassed, so they may end up in the minus column this week.

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