It’s much nicer to find yourself with three weeks worth of data to investigate before making a final decision. Here we are in week 4. We’re at that point where we can forget all about 2017 and use the data that we have in front of us for the current week and moving forward. Let’s get rolling!
Start Your Studs!
Week 3 Recap
RB Starts – 1 for 2 – Sony Michel certainly had the snaps, but didn’t do a lot with them as the Lions decided to show up defensively. Meanwhile, Lamar Miller was a good pick with 51 total yards including 5 receptions and a touchdown!
RB Sits – 2 for 2 – LeSean McCoy didn’t play and Jamaal Williams was, expectedly, ignored.
TE Starts – 1 for 2 – ASJ was one of the many Jags offensive pieces who disappointed in week 3 while Ben Watson was actually pretty good! No touchdowns, but 5 for 71 is not too shabby!
TE Sits – 1 for 2 – My Kyle Rudolph hunch was right…..until the 4th quarter when he scored the Vikings lone touchdown. Also, Jonnu Smith isn’t even on my streamer list anymore, unless he plays a dumpster fire defense.
Running Back: Start ’em
Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks)
The Arizona Cardinals can’t stop the run. 130 yards per game and 1.3 Touchdowns per game. We have also seen Chris Carson get the workload. He is the lead back in Seattle. Fire him up! He will be an RB1 this week. In a pinch? I wouldn’t argue against Rashaad Penny in your flex!
Kenyan Drake (Miami Dolphins)
I’m holding my breath because this one has risk. I do not own any shares of Kenyan Drake. If I did, I’d be seriously considering dropping him entirely or throwing him into a trade offer to allow him to be somebody else’s problem. This might actually be the week to buy! The Dolphins are facing a New England Patriots rushing defense that just allowed a Lions RB to rush for more than 100 yards for the first time since Reggie Bush did it……in 2013. Adam Gase is a moron, offensively. This might just be a moment where the evidence is too clear for him to miss.
Running Back: Sit ’em
I wish that I would have written this before Thursday because I would have said Dalvin Cook. But, I’ll give two more.
Peyton Barber (Tampa Bay Bucs)
You’re rolling your eyes at me with my obvious choice. I can feel it. But, please hear me out because I have a point. Stash Ronald Jones NOW! Peyton Barber has been utterly useless. The Bucs are about to lose their 2nd game in a row. We could very well see some changes in the offense. When Barber has another underwhelming game, they might finally stop healthy-scratching Jones and give him an opportunity. They invested the draft capital. Sooner or later, they’re going to need to see what they have in him in an actual game.
Carlos Hyde (Cleveland Browns)
I’m out on a limb again. Carlos Hyde is clearly the featured back in Cleveland and he’s been doing well. Consider these points: Oakland is decent against the run and Cleveland has a shiny new QB toy. My biggest fear is that Mayfield throws to Hyde and he gets the job done through the passing game. But, if you have somebody else you can use, I would.
Tight End: Start ’em
Trey Burton (Chicago Bears)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed 21.3 points per game to the Tight End position. Trey Burton will finally show what why the Bears invested in him. Perfect timing for me since I have several leagues with both Burton AND Jordan Reed (who is on bye this week).
Austin Hooper (Atlanta Falcons)
This will be a high scoring game. The Falcons are facing the Bengals who gave up 8 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown to the Ravens in week 2. Quick! Who is the TE for the Ravens? No Googling allowed. (Trick question, it was a three headed monster that week.) There is no three headed monster in Atlanta. It’s Hooper.
Tight End: Sit ’em
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Jacksonville Jaguars)
This might be fools’ gold. The Jags are facing the New York Jets who look strong against the Tight End, but haven’t played a team that used the Tight End efficiently so far in 2018 (Lions, Dolphins, Browns). That being said, the Jags offense isn’t exactly lighting things on fire lately. It’s a risk to start ASJ. If you have another option, use it!
Rhett Ellison (New York Giants)
With Evan Engram out, you’re likely hurting at the Tight End position. DO NOT pick up the other TE from the Giants (Rhett Ellison). You’re looking at the Giants matchup against the New Orleans Saints and thinking, “Sneaky Start!” Resist the urge! Nobody needs to use the Tight End against the Saints because it’s too easy to just RB/WR your way to victory! PLUS, Eli needs pass protection. You don’t catch passes being a blocker.
Best of luck to each of you in your week 4 matchups. Unless you’re facing me. In that case, I hope you eat some bad takeout and you’re unable to set your lineup because of….reasons.