Start 'Em and Sit 'Em - Week 4 (2017)

By Stephen Kurucz, September 28, 2017
Trevor Siemian Denver Broncos


1. Trevor Siemian, QB (Denver Broncos)

Trevor Siemian is coming off of a down performance in which he only scored 7.56 points after throwing for 259 yards, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions against a tough Bills defense that allows the second-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Look for Siemian to bounce back against the Raiders defense that has given up 18.84, 15.74, and 26.80 points to the QB position the first three weeks. Siemian may not win you your week but would certainly suffice for those streaming the position. The Raiders currently are giving up the 4th most fantasy points to QBs through 3 weeks.

2. Chris Carson, RB (Seattle Seahawks)

Any talks of who would lead the early-down work in the Seahawks backfield have been put to rest (for now) as Chris Carson had 41 of 73 offensive snaps, while Thomas Rawls had 1 snap, and Eddie Lacy sat on the bench and didn’t see the field. Carson looks to score his third touchdown in as many weeks as he faces the Colts’ defense that is giving up an average of 23.33 to running backs through 3 games. In an offense that has the ability to put up points quickly, look for Carson to continue to produce in the Seahawks’ offense this week.

3. Pierre Garcon, WR (San Francisco 49ers)

Pierre Garcon finally had the game we were all waiting for so far, hauling in 7 of 10 targets for 142 yards. While Garcon didn’t find the end zone, his usage is what attracted fantasy owners in PPR drafts and look for him to continue to build a rapport with quarterback Brian Hoyer. This week, Garcon faces the Cardinals defense that allows the 4th most yards to wide receivers this year, and is tied for allowing the league high in touchdowns to wide receivers (5).

4. Cameron Brate, TE (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Cameron Brate ended last week catching all 4 of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown against a stout Minnesota Vikings defense. This week, Brate has a dream matchup against the New York Giants have given up an average of 52 yards and 1 touchdown against tight ends. As long as the Giants keep giving up touchdowns to opponents’ tight ends, we’ll keep picking on them for streaming options.

5. Matt Prater, K (Detroit Lions)

Matt Prater has an excellent matchup this week against the Vikings and coming into the matchup, Prater is currently the 4th best kicker in fantasy. Last week Prater scored 18.00 points, kicking 4 field goals and 2 extra points. The Lions’ receivers play against shutdown corner Xavier Rhodes and the Vikes have a stout run defense. This may stall the Lions a few times near the red zone, opening up opportunity after opportunity for Prater for multiple field goals.

6. Cincinnati, DEF

The Cincinnati Bengals Defense started the year slow but were able to put up 14.00 fantasy points last week in a game where Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense scored 27 points. Cincinnati plays the Cleveland Browns this week who give up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing defenses and should be able to force a few turnovers against quarterback DeShone Kizer who has thrown 3 interceptions in each of his last two outings.


1. Ben Roethlisberger, QB (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Ben Roethlisberger’s Home/Away splits are a thing, and owners should be cautious. So far this season, Big Ben has scored only 15.72 and 12.00 points against weak Cleveland and Chicago defenses, respectively. This week he faces a Baltimore Raven’s defense, although embarrassed in London last week against the Jags, which has given up the 5th fewest points to quarterbacks through 3 weeks. Don’t be surprised if Big Ben registers another game with less than 13.00 points this week in a tough divisional matchup.

2. Ameer Abdullah, RB (Detroit Lions)

Ameer Abdullah is currently rushing for just over 54 yards per game and has failed to find the end zone this year. In three games the Vikings defense has only given up 171 yards on the ground and no touchdowns and gives up the second-fewest fantasy points to the position. While Abdullah is receiving his fair share of carries per game, this week look elsewhere for your RB2 or Flex option, as the Vikes will have him locked down.

3. Jermaine Kearse, WR (New York Jets)

Jermaine Kearse is coming off a disappointing week 3, hauling in all 3 targets for 42 yards against the Dolphins. This week, Kearse’s matchup gets extremely worse. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been outstanding at covering team's’ number 1 wide receiver - this year opposing QBs have only a 9.8 passer rating when targeting him, and he has yet to allow a reception of 9 or more yards. Talk about a shutdown corner. While Kearse may be a flex or bye-week filler, look elsewhere this week as Kearse will disappoint yet again.

4. Zach Miller, TE (Chicago Bears)

Zach Miller is currently averaging just over 32 yards a game and has failed to score a touchdown three games into the season where the Bears’ main receiving weapons in Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are gone. Last week Miller only caught 1 pass for 17 yards. The Bears are almost exclusively using their running backs to carry them this season, and until Mike Glennon shows he can involve Miller in the offense, he cannot be trusted. Going into this week’s game, the Packers have allowed the 2nd fewest fantasy points to tight ends, allowing a total of only 9 receptions for 53 yards and 0 touchdowns.

5. Adam Vinatieri, K (Indianapolis Colts)

Last week Adam Vinatieri kicked 1 field goal and 4 extra points. This week, Indianapolis’ implied team total against the Seahawks in Seattle is 14.25, the lowest of the week. In week 2 when the Colts’ implied team total was 18.25, Vinatieri only managed 7.00 fantasy points, and over the first three games of the season has only averaged 5.67 points.

6. Carolina Panthers, DEF

Quarterbacks playing against quarterback Tom Brady have not fared well this season, with a total of 10.00 fantasy points combined scored, and this was even with the Houston Texans’ defense having 5 sacks and a defensive touchdown. Brady is not one to usually turn over the ball (0 interceptions this year) and with their implied team total sitting at the highest of the week with 28.75, the Carolina Panthers Defense should not be played this week.

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