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, Andy Dalton is listed below as a "start" for Week 4. And I'd feel very 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 Aaron Rodgers and Dalton, you should start Rodgers -- and in turn, bench Dalton.
So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my 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).
With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 4:
QB - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. KC)
Off to a great start, Dalton has finished as the weekly QB9, QB11 and QB2 in his first three games, respectively, and thrown multiple touchdowns in each of those games. On the year, he has averaged 288.67 yards per game with eight passing touchdowns (plus one rushing score) and only one interception. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Chiefs, who have allowed a total of eight passing scores to Peyton Manning and Rodgers in their last two games.
QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at CHI)
Although he was seventh in the NFL in pass attempts (599) as a rookie, Carr reached the 300-yard milestone in only one game. In his second season, Carr already has two 300-yard games and currently ranks 12th among quarterbacks in fantasy points scored. In a favorable matchup against the Bears, who allow the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Carr could post a third consecutive top-12 finish in Week 4.
RB - Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders (at CHI)
Few running backs are positioned better in terms of projected workload and favorable matchup than Murray. Murray has a minimum of 18 touches in all three games this season including 26 carries for 139 yards and a score last week against the Browns. The Bears are currently allowing 4.7 yards per carry, sixth-most in the NFL. With back-to-back top-eight weekly finishes and the fifth-most fantasy points on the year, Murray enters the weekend as a top-three running back for me.
RB - Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (vs. JAX)
Against the Bills and Jets, Gore finished as the RB50 or worse in both games, but Gore would have had a much better finish against the Jets had he not coughed up the ball near the goal line. Last week, he carried the ball 14 times for 86 yards and two scores against the Titans. With Andrew Luck (shoulder) status in question this week, Gore should see a significant workload against the Jaguars and have another productive outing this week.
RB - T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars (at IND)
If the Jags can keep this game close, Yeldon should see a significant workload as well. In the team's win in Week 2, Yeldon carried the ball 25 times for 70 yards. The Jags are averaging only 16.3 points per game, tied for third-worst in the NFL, but the Colts have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points this season. The offensive game plan should center around featuring Yeldon early and often.
RB - Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (vs. NYG)
In a secondary role (in terms of volume, not production) to LeSean McCoy, Williams has been highly productive on a per-touch basis (7.8 YPC) so far this season. The only player to rush for a touchdown in all three games this season, Williams should be in line for a significant workload with McCoy ruled out for Week 4. Despite his limited touches, Williams enters the week as a top-10 fantasy scorer among running backs and has a massive 1.47 fantasy points per touch this season.
- Related: Williams was my favorite DraftKings play in our Week 4 DFS Roundtable
WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. STL)
Not only does Fitzgerald have at least eight targets, six receptions and 87 yards in all three games, but he's been downright dominant in each of his past two games. In Weeks 2 and 3 combined, Fitzgerald has 17 catches for 246 yards and five touchdowns. FIVE TDs! While he may not exceed 100 yards with multiple touchdowns for a third straight game, only Julio Jones has scored more fantasy points than Fitzgerald through Week 3.
WR - Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (at CHI)
Cooper has back-to-back games with at least seven catches, 11 targets and 109 yards. Through three weeks, only six receivers have more yards than Cooper and two of those have already played on Thursday night. Cooper is set up for another big week as the Bears have surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. If he extends his 100-yard game streak to three games, he would be the first Raiders receiver to do so since Tim Brown in 1999.
WR - James Jones, Green Bay Packers (at SF)
With Davante Adams expected to miss Week 4, Jones is the team's clear No. 2 receiver this week although he has been the second-most productive Packers wideout behind Randall Cobb. Through three games, Jones has 12/219/4 as Aaron Rodgers continues to carve up opposing secondaries. No team is projected to score more points than the Packers this week and the 49ers have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing receivers. Given his touchdown rate as a Packer, few receivers have as high of a ceiling as Jones.
WR - Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (at CHI)
Is there some kind of law that prevents me from listing four Raiders as starts? I feel like there should be, but even so, Cooper isn't the only viable starting fantasy receiver on the Raiders. With a huge Week 2 performance sandwiched by a pair of modest outings, Crabtree has a total of 18/184/1 through three games. While the game lines are a bit inconsistent (5/37, 9/111/1 and 4/36), he is seeing a steady stream of targets (eight-plus in all three games). I have Crabtree ranked as a low-end WR2 this week.
TE - Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears (vs. OAK)
Even if Jimmy Clausen starts for the Bears, Bennett is a top-two fantasy tight end for the week. Not only have the Raiders allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends, but they are allowing opposing tight ends to post career games week in and week out. The Raiders have allowed three consecutive top-four fantasy finishes to tight ends -- Tyler Eifert (9/104/2, TE4), Crockett Gillmore (5/88/2, TE1) and Gary Barnidge (6/105/1, TE2).
TE - Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (vs. NYG)
Clay has scored a touchdown and has been the recipient of at least six targets in back-to-back games. In addition, he has finished as a top-11 fantasy tight end in both of those games. With the Giants allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and Sammy Watkins sidelined, Clay could post another top-12 finish in Week 4.
Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 4:
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYJ)
Tannehill has multiple touchdowns in back-to-back games, but he also threw three interceptions last Sunday as well. Finishing as the QB18 or worse of two of three games, Tannehill has his most difficult matchup of the week in the first London game of the season. Only the Broncos have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Jets.
QB - Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at SEA)
Only Joe Flacco (159) and Tom Brady (133) have as many pass attempts as Stafford (128) so far this season, but Stafford is averaging just 6.36 Y/A and has thrown as many interceptions (five) as touchdowns (five). In each of the team's first three games, Stafford has finished outside the top-15 fantasy quarterbacks for the week. Going on the road to Seattle certainly doesn't bode well for fantasy owners' hopes of a top-12 finish as no team is projected by Vegas to score fewer points than the Lions in Week 4.
RB - Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYJ)
Once again, it's a modest amount of touches for Miller. Miller is averaging just 10.0 carries and 13.0 touches per game to begin the season. The good news is that Miller isn't listed on the injury report. That said, it's difficult to trust Miller with the coaching staff limiting his touches in a less-than-ideal matchup against the Jets. The Jets have limited opponents to 3.6 yards per carry, seventh-fewest in the NFL.
RB - Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. PHI)
After dominating the team's touches in Week 1, Morris has ranked second on the team in touches in back-to-back games behind rookie Matt Jones. Jones has lost a fumble in each of those games, so perhaps the larger share of the workload shifts back to Morris this week, but ball-security issues aside, Jones has been much more productive. The rookie is averaging 5.37 YPC (30 carries for 161 yards) compared to only 3.25 YPC (24 carries for 78 yards) for Morris.
RB - Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (at BUF)
Going into the 2015 season, the biggest concern with Jennings was his durability as he averaged 17.9 touches per game in his first season with the Giants. This year, that average has dropped to 12.67 per game as the trio of Jennings (38 touches), Shane Vereen (27) and Andre Williams (26) form a three-headed committee backfield. In a difficult matchup against the Bills, Jennings should remain on your bench.
WR - Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at IND)
After a disappointing one-catch performance in Week 1, Robinson has 10 catches for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his past two games. Only 22 years old, Robinson was one of my favorite breakout players going into the season, but he faces a tough matchup in Week 4. Assuming that he draws Vontae Davis in shadow coverage, we could see modest production from the young Jags receiver and he's ranked outside my top-24 fantasy receivers for the week.
WR - Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CAR)
With Mike Evans sitting Week 1 out, V-Jax was targeted 11 times. In the past two games, however, he has only nine targets total. Through three games, he has just nine catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. Against the stingy Panthers pass defense, which has allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers, this may not be the week that V-Jax gets his first top-30 finish of the season.
WR - Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (at SEA)
Facing one of the league's top secondaries, it's unlikely that we see a big outing from Detroit's passing attack. Tate does have at least seven targets in each game as Stafford ranks third in the NFL in pass attempts, as noted above, but Tate has finished as the WR74, WR44 and WR52, respectively, in his three games this season. There may be a revenge factor facing his former team, but it's unlikely that he has a big game this week without a touchdown. And as noted above, no team is projected to score fewer points than Detroit.
WR - Mike Wallace, Minnesota Vikings (at DEN)
In their opening-week loss, Teddy Bridgewater threw the ball 32 times. In their past two games, both wins, Bridgewater has averaged 21 pass attempts per game. Given the potentially low volume as the team uses AP as their workhorse, there is little reason to be excited about any of the Vikings receivers. There is even less excitement in a week where they face the defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to the position.
TE - Larry Donnell, New York Giants (at BUF)
The Bills secondary allowed Gronk to haul in seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, but they have limited all other tight ends they have faced (Jordan Cameron, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, etc.) to 23 yards or less this season. Meanwhile, Donnell has 21, 28 and 32 receiving yards in his three games this season. In fact, ever since Odell Beckham made his NFL debut, Donnell has a 15-game line of 48/468/3 (compared to 25/236/4 in the four games ODB missed last year).
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