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.
Fabs Top 10 Running Backs
1. Will Barkley vs. Bears
2. Jonathan Taylor vs. Titans
3. Christian McCaffrey vs. Cardinals
4. Austin Eckler in Texas
5. Nick Chubb in Falcons
6. Jamal Williams vs. Seahawks
7. Derek Henry in the Colts
8. Khalil Herbert in Giants
9. Joe Mixon vs. Dolphins (TNF)
10. Aaron Jones vs. the Patriots
WEEK 4, START, SIT: QUARTERBACKS | Running from behind | wide receivers | narrow ends | Kickers and team defenses
Beginning of the fourth week: running backwards
Beginning of the week
Jamal Williams Against the Seahawks (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Williams is coming off a huge game, scoring two goals and a fantastic 24.7 points in a Vikings loss. With D’Andre Swift dealing with an injured shoulder, Williams must once again lead the Lions backfield in touchdowns against a Seahawks defense that was crushed by Cordarrelle Patterson. The veteran runner is a solid choice this week.
Khalil Herbert On Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Herbert went against Texas last week, scoring an imaginary 30-plus point in the absence of David Montgomery. If the veteran cannot make a comeback this week, Herbert will be a solid choice against the Giants. Their defense surrendered 178 yards streaming and downhill to Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard and the Dallas Cowboys runners on Monday night.
Alexander Mattison In Saints (London, 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network): Dalvin Cook was injured in last week’s win over the Lions, leaving his standing for this week in doubt. If Cook is unavailable, Mattison becomes a virtual start against the Saints. While their defense was tough on their back overall, Christian McCaffrey beat them in 108 rushing yards last week. Mattison considered a solid choice.
Press Hall At the Steelers (1 p.m. ET, CBS): We may be seeing a change of guard in the New York backyard, with Hall seeing more picks and touches than Michael Carter last week. I see the rookie as a nice flexible option this week, as they take on the Steelers defense that allowed sixth place with the most fantasy points (27.3 PPG) to oppose the run in the last eight games dating back to last season.
Damon Pierce Chargers (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Pierce, listed last week’s starting roster, produced 18.1 fantasy points while seeing 50% of backhand touches against the bears. I’m a fan of him too this week, as he will face the Chargers’ defense smoked by James Robinson in Week 3. Their defense has allowed nearly 27 fantasy points per game to rival opponents in the last eight competitions since last year.
• Jafonte Williams on Raiders (4:25 PM ET, CBS)
• James Conner at the Panthers (4:05pm ET)
• Rashad Bini at The Lions (1pm ET, Fox)
• Jamal Williams vs. Seahawks ($6,100)
• Khalil Herbert in Giants ($5,700)
• Rashad Bini of Lions Company ($4900).
Week 4 Sitting: Running backward
Clyde Edwards Hillier On the Buccaneers (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Edwards-Helaire made a great start to the season, scoring over 14 Fantasia points in each of his first three matches. And while that makes it hard to sit on, I’d warn of a showdown in Tampa Bay. Their defense allowed the runners to have the fewest points, including holding Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, with a total of 11.5 points in Week 3.
Josh Jacobs Opposite the Bronco (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Jacobs is coming off his best run of the season, scoring 14.7 Fantasia points in a loss to the Titans. However, I’d like to temper expectations this week, as the Broncos have only once allowed in more than 14 fantasy points against them in their last eight games dating back to last season. At best, Jacobs should be a flexible choice of risk and reward.
Travis Etienne At Eagles (1 p.m. ET, CBS): I was in the Etienne wagon in pre-season, but it was a disappointment as James Robinson and a recovering Achilles were running rough on the defenses. Etienne saw 16 touches a week ago in L.A., but still only has an imaginary 10.5 points. I would have missed it again, as the Jaguars face a very tough defense for the Eagles on their home ground.
JK Dobbins Against the bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS): It was nice to see Dobbins back on the field after sustaining a serious knee/leg injury last year, but the Ravens were limited to just 26 hits and nine touches. While these totals should increase each week as we go forward, I still caution him about the bills. Their defense allowed them to take the fourth-lowest number of points for an appearance this season, and Dobbins will remain limited.
Cam Akers 49th Time (Monday 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Akers saw 12 touches to only Darrell Henderson’s four touchdowns last week, but that’s still a committee situation. Akers also scored just 10.1 points despite finding the end zone, and Henderson played the same number of shots. I see Akers as a resilient player at best against the Niners defense that has allowed the sprinters the fewest points in the last eight games.
• Chase Edmonds in Bengals (Thursday. 8:20 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime)
• Miles Sanders vs. Jaguar (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
• Jeff Wilson Jr. vs. Rams (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
• Miles Sanders vs. Jaguar ($6000)
• Josh Jacobs for Broncos ($5,500)
• Damian Harris at Packers ($5,300)
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