Week 4 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Advice on Fantasy Football Stars to Play or Bench

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Fantasy football feels normal again as owners barrel toward tough start ’em, sit ’em decisions for Week 4.

Names like Tom Brady and Russell Wilson came up big in Week 3 for owners. This doesn’t mean there weren’t surprises like Blake Bortles and Jacoby Brissett turning heads, but guys drafted high who are mostly irreplaceable seemed to get back on track.

With fantasy fireworks set to erupt between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football, let’s pause and compare the best matchups to help form matchup rankings while also looking at notable start/sit options for top names.



Drew Brees (at MIA) vs. Aaron Rodgers (vs. SEA) Drew Brees
Russell Wilson (vs. IND) vs. Matthew Stafford (at MIN) Matthew Stafford
Eli Manning (at TB) vs. Jared Goff (at DAL) Jared Goff
Carson Wentz (at LAC) vs. Tom Brady (vs. CAR) Tom Brady
Andy Dalton (at CLE) vs. Marcus Mariota (at HOU) Marcus Mariota
Author’s opinion

Star to Know: Drew Brees (at MIA) 

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Drew Brees is consistent and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

The thing with Brees now is targeting the massive outbursts. He has two games in a row of hitting at least 20 fantasy points and five passing scores in that span.

He shouldn’t have any problems blowing past the 20-point mark when his New Orleans Saints play the Miami Dolphins in London. Those Dolphins only allow the 19th-most points to quarterbacks on average right now, but that’s skewed since that includes facing Josh McCown, who threw a touchdown with no interceptions.

Rest assured Brees can excel where McCown simply managed.


Star to Sit: Tyrod Taylor (at ATL)

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor isn’t a bad option most weeks because of the way he moves with an offense seemingly lacking weapons.

Taylor seems to have fallen into a sweet spot, though, having yet to fall below 10 fantasy points but never hit 20. It’s a problem capable of being…

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