Start ‘Em, Sit’ Em is the best look at the best and worst matches based on the PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover elite NFL players like Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Cope. Instead, I’ll look at the players you have questions about who can exceed or fail to meet expectations at each position. For all your final fantasy squad decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player ratings which will be updated daily throughout the NFL season.
Top 10 midfield players
1. Josh Allen in Ravens
2. Lamar Jackson vs. The Bills
3. Jalen Hurts vs. Jaguar
4. Patrick Mahomes in The Pirates
5. Justin Herbert in Texas
6. Go Borough vs. Dolphins (TNF)
7. Keeler Murray in the Panthers
8. Aaron Rodgers vs. the Patriots
9. Kirk Cousins at Saints (London)
10. Russell Wilson in Raiders
WEEK 4, START, SIT: QUARTERBACKS | Running from behind | wide receivers | narrow ends | Kickers and team defenses
Beginning of Week 4: Midfielders
Beginning of the week
Aaron Rodgers vs. the Patriots (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Rodgers hasn’t been great so far this season, averaging an imaginary 12.1 points in his first three games. The good news is that he appears to have found a new favorite in rookie Romeo Dobbs and this week’s game against the Patriots is favorable. Their defense allowed six touchdown passes and an average of over 21 points for the midfielders.
Joe Burrow vs. Dolphins (8:15 PM ET, Prime Video): Borough rebounded last week, scoring an imaginary 23 points in his win over the Jets. He’ll be in the starting conversation this week as well, as Burrow takes on the Dolphins defense that has allowed the most fantasy points for quarterbacks this season. That’s a little skewed since their defenses faced Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen, but I still loved Burrow this week.
Kirk Cousins at Saints (London, 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network): Cousins put Fantasia’s 18.3 points in last week’s win over the Lions, and he’s now netted more than 18 points in each of his two unbeaten games on Monday this season. It’s QB1 borderline this week, where he’ll face the Saints defense that he’s in control of. In fact, the Cousins have thrown 12 touchdowns and averaged 24.8 points in their four career meetings.
Raiders’ Russell Wilson (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Wilson was an extremely underrated fantasy three weeks later, posting a total score of 20.2 in his last two games. I continue to see him as the number one fantasy quarterback this week, as he will face a Raiders defense that allows for at least 18.8 fantasy points for each of the three opposing quarterbacks. And that includes Ryan Tanehill from just last week.
Jared Goff vs. Seahawks (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Gauff is coming off his worst stat streak of the season, but I still ride with him against the Seahawks. Their defense has ceded an average of more than 17 fantasy points per game to their quarterbacks this season, including matches against less-than-fantasy players like Jimmy Garoppolo and Marcos Mariota. Goff considered a great choice for streaming this week.
- James Winston vs. Vikings (London, 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network)
- Tom Brady vs. the Chiefs (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
- Matt Ryan vs. the Titans (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Jared Goff vs. Seahawks ($5900)
- Matt Ryan vs. Titans ($5,600)
- Jenno Smith in Lions ($5,400)
Week 4 Sitting: Midfielders
Matthew Stafford at the 49ers (Monday 8:20 p.m. ET, ESPN): Stafford blasts off a stink against the Cardinals, and fails to throw the ball for one touchdown. That hasn’t happened in his previous 27 games dating back to 2020. This week he faces the 49ers, who have allowed the second-lowest number of points to the quarterbacks this season. Stafford scored just 9.8 points in his last road game against the Niners.
Trevor Lawrence at Eagles (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Lawrence looked good in his first three games, including a triple touchdown performance last week against the Charger. I can’t rank him among the top 12 quarterbacks this week, as he faces a defense of the Eagles that has allowed him to average just 11 points per game to center this season. Lawrence is a very flexible choice, but the match is tough.
Derek Carr vs. Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Carr put in a great base streak in the loss to the Titans, but I’ll be wary of this week’s game against the Broncos. Their defense was tough on their quarterbacks, allowing in fewer than 12 points per game. Carr has also struggled against them at home, averaging just over 10 points in his last three encounters. Carr should be tied up in most traditional inflexible tournaments.
Carson Wentz at Cowboys (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Wentz shoots off a dangerous stink bomb, scoring an imaginary 8.6 points in the Eagles’ loss. He had scored more than 27 points in the previous two matches. He’s just a very flexible option this week, as he faces a formidable Cowboys defense that has both Tom Brady and Joe Burrow having just under 17 fantasy points on their court so far this season.
Ryan Tanehill in the Colts (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Tanehill has swapped good and bad stats streaks this year, and his 19.3 points lead against the Giants last week was his season’s best. I’ve been warning him this week, because he’ll be facing a solid defense from the Colts that only allowed Patrick Mahomes fewer than 18 fantasy points on their court. If you decide to start Tannehill, it should only be in the multiplayer leagues.
- Justin Fields at Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Jimmy Garoppolo vs. the Rams (Monday 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Marcus Mariota vs. Brown (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Carson Wentz in Cowboys ($6000)
- Derek Carr vs. Broncos ($5800)
- Trevor Lawrence at Eagles ($5,700)
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