Fantasy Football week four is upon us and this post should help guide you to figuring out who you should be starting and sitting on Sunday.
With Aaron Rodgers out this week and Cam with a relatively easy matchup in the Georgia Dome, Newton becomes the top quarterback. Given the way Atlanta's offense has starter, I'm expecting a pretty high-scoring game here and Cam should be the beneficiary of that, especially because Carolina's run game will take a hit with the absence of Jonathan Stewart for another week.
Brees is one of my riskier plays this week, even with the favorable defensive matchup. Thus far, he has been a top three fantasy quarterback and that bodes well for his weekly ranking, especially taking into account his incredible history as a player. But drawing from said history, Brees has always been much better at home than on the road, and that trend already began this year. It's visible when you compare his week one and three performances in New Orleans to his Week 2 performance in New York. He should post enough points to start, but don't expect him to carry your team this week.
Winston is ranked in the top 10 for fantasy quarterbacks this year, so dropping him out of my top 24 is pretty bold. I attribute this to the phenomenal Denver defense and my belief that Mike Evans will struggle being matched up with Aqib Talib and safety help over the middle. If they can neutralize Evans, Winston's in for a tough day, ridden with turnovers, which he's been prone to dating back to his time at Florida State.
The Steelers are going to have a welcome back party for Bell this week, as he'll rejoin the team now that his three-game suspension is up. DeAngelo Williams was one of the league's best rushers during the first three weeks, and Bell is leaps and bounds ahead of Williams in terms of pure skill. The Steelers will look to get back in sync after a rough Week 3 outing against Philadelphia and Le'Veon Bell will help them do so. It wouldn't be shocking if he touched the ball 35 times this week and that keys him in for a high fantasy point potential.
Charles is set to make his return against the Steelers for Sunday Night Football this week. Many are projecting him to get a small workload and be rather ineffective and while it's certainly possible given it's his first game back from ACL surgery, I'm fairly certain the Chiefs wouldn't bring Charles back unless they knew he was ready to assume his starting role. Keep in mind, his postponed start to the season came after reports that he'd be ready to go Week 1. Luckily, the Chiefs depth at the position helped them get Charles the added necessary rest, and so if he is truly healthy, even a semblance of the player he was prior to the recent surgery within the Chiefs offense against an average Steelers front seven should post nice a nice fantasy number this week.
This is a fairly risky play this week, but the Giants backfield is really banged up. Darkwa seems to be the only rostered running back over the past three years who hasn't gotten a serious look in the starting role. I think that changes this week, in order for the Giants to compensate for their injuries, and while he won't absolutely wow anyone, it's hard to imagine him being any less serviceable than the likes of Rashad Jennings or Shane Vereen. If that's the case, he's a decent RB2 play.
Jones has been terrific in the attempting to achieve the difficult task of attempting to fill the shoes Calvin Johnson left behind. He's definitely Matthew Stafford's number one receiver and he should have a lot of targets coming his way this week as the Lions take on a weak secondary in Chicago. This looks primed to be a blowout though, so I'm thinking most of his fantasy points comes early on Sunday.
Pryor will be a popular DraftKings play this week, given his role in the offense last week. The opportunity to get both quarterback and number one wide receiver exposure from him make him almost a must-play as a WR2. Washington's defense (particularly their secondary) hasn't been as great as fans had hoped after their offseason add of Josh Norman, and Pryor will get his chance to expose them this week.
You might be shocked to find Enunwa as the only Jets receiver on the list. This is because Eric Decker is hurt this week and Brandon Marshall has underperformed and will likely continue to as he'll be matched up with Richard Sherman this week. The Seahawks secondary has come out as tough as ever, but the game-plan for most teams squaring off against them will continue to be to throw the way opposite Sherman (toward Jeremy Lane) and that's where Enunwa will be frequently this week.
Last week, the news that Gronk was returning came with jubilance for fantasy owners, until a few hours later when that jubilance turned into frustration and disappointment. He only played 14 snaps and put up a goose egg. This may cause some hesitation for fantasy owners to start him this week, but as he gets worked back into the offense, I think he connects on a few passes from Jimmy Garoppolo this week and returns to fantasy relevance.