Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp. Instead, I’ll look at the players you have questions about who could exceed or fail to meet expectations at each position. For all of your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings which will be updated daily throughout the NFL season.
Fabs Top 10 Quarterbacks
1. Josh Allen at Ravens
2. Lamar Jackson vs. Bills
3. Jalen Hurts vs. Jaguars
4. Patrick Mahomes at Buccaneers
5. Justin Herbert at Texans
6. Joe Burrow vs. Dolphins (TNF)
7. Kyler Murray at Panthers
8. Aaron Rodgers vs. Patriots
9. Kirk Cousins at Saints (London)
10. Russell Wilson at Raiders
Week 4 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: QUARTERBACKS | RUNNING BACKS | WIDE RECEIVERS | TIGHT ENDS | KICKERS & TEAM DEFENSES
Week 4 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Start of the Week
Aaron Rodgers vs. Patriots (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Rodgers has not been great so far this season, averaging a mere 12.1 fantasy points in his first three games. The good news is that he seems to have found a new favorite wideout in rookie Romeo Doubs and this week’s matchup against the Patriots is favorable. Their defense has allowed six touchdown passes and an average of over 21 points to quarterbacks.
Joe Burrow vs. Dolphins (8:15 p.m. ET, Prime Video): Burrow bounced back last week, scoring 23 fantasy points in a win over the Jets. He’ll be in the starting conversation this week too, as Burrow faces a Dolphins defense that’s allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. That is skewed a bit since their defense has faced Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen, but I still like Burrow this week.
Kirk Cousins at Saints (London, 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network): Cousins put up 18.3 fantasy points in last week’s win over the Lions, and he’s now scored over 18 points in both of his non-Monday night games this season. He’s a borderline QB1 this week, as he’ll face a Saints defense that he’s dominated. In fact, Cousins has thrown for 12 touchdowns and averaged 24.8 points in their four career meetings.
Russell Wilson at Raiders (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Wilson has been a huge dude in fantasy after three weeks, scoring a combined 20.2 points in his last two games. I still see him as a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback this week though, as he’ll face a Raiders defense that’s allowed at least 18.8 fantasy points to each of its first three opposing quarterbacks. That includes Ryan Tannehill from just last week.
Jared Goff vs. Seahawks (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Goff is coming off his worst stat line of the season, but I’d still ride with him against the Seahawks. Their defense has given up an average of more than 17 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, including matchups against lesser fantasy players such as Jimmy Garoppolo and Marcus Mariota. Consider Goff a nice streaming option this week.
- Jameis Winston vs. Vikings (London, 9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network)
- Tom Brady vs. Chiefs (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
- Matt Ryan vs. Titans (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Jared Goff vs. Seahawks ($5,900)
- Matt Ryan vs. Titans ($5,600)
- Geno Smith at Lions ($5,400)
Week 4 Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Sit of the Week
Matthew Stafford at 49ers (Mon. 8:20 p.m. ET, ESPN): Stafford is coming off a stinker against the Cardinals, failing to throw for a single touchdown. That didn’t happen in his previous 27 games dating back to 2020. This week he faces the 49ers, who have allowed the second-fewest points to 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 has looked good in his first three games, including last week’s three-touchdown performance against the Chargers. I can’t rank him in the top 12 among quarterbacks this week though, as he faces an Eagles defense that’s allowed an average of just 11 points a game to the position this season. Lawrence is a super flex option, but the matchup is tough.
Derek Carr vs. Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Carr put up a nice stat line in a loss to the Titans, but I’d beware this week’s game against the Broncos. Their defense has been tough on quarterbacks, allowing fewer than 12 points per game. Carr has also struggled against them at home, averaging just over 10 points in his last three meetings. Carr should be benched in most traditional, non-super flex leagues.
Carson Wentz at Cowboys (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Wentz is coming off a serious stink bomb, scoring 8.6 fantasy points in a loss to the Eagles. He had scored over 27 points in his previous two games. He’s a mere super flex option this week though, as he’ll face a formidable Cowboys defense that’s held both Tom Brady and Joe Burrow to fewer than 17 fantasy points on their home field so far this season.
Ryan Tannehill at Colts (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Tannehill has alternated good and bad stat lines this year, and his 19.3 points against the Giants last week was a season-best. I’d beware of him this week though, as he’ll face a tough Colts defense that just allowed fewer than 18 fantasy points to Patrick Mahomes on their home field. If you decide to start Tannehill, it should only be in multi-quarterback leagues.
- Justin Fields at Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
- Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Rams (Mon. 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)
- Marcus Mariota vs. Browns (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Carson Wentz at Cowboys ($6,000)
- Derek Carr vs. Broncos ($5,800)
- Trevor Lawrence at Eagles ($5,700)
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