Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

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Thomason: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em For Week 4

Eli Manning has a quality matchup, while Ryan Fitzpatrick could have trouble on the horizon.

Jack Thomason
September 27, 2018 - 2:02 pm

(670 The Score) "Sit ‘Em, Start ‘Em" is a breakdown of some of the best and worst fantasy football matchups to help you navigate setting your lineups for the week.

My goal with this article is to provide you with a player to start who may not be the most obvious of starts and to share a player to sit who you normally wouldn't consider shying away from regardless of the matchup.


START – Eli Manning, Giants (vs. Saints) Manning looked pretty good last week, completing 25 of 29 pass attempts for 297 yards and two touchdowns. This week, he faces a Saints team that's allowed more than 1,000 yards passing already, good for 30th in the league. The Saints are also ranked 32nd in Football Outsiders' pass DVOA and 31st in 4for4's adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA) to quarterbacks. 

SIT – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buccaneers (at Bears) "Fitzmagic" is setting records through the first three weeks of the season, throwing for more than 400 yards and at least three touchdowns in each game. That being said, he's about to see a vaunted pass rush in Chicago that he hasn't seen yet this year. The Bears rank third in pass DVOA, and the Bucs are sporting a team total of 21.5 points. We know who Fitzpatrick is and even with the creative playing calling and hot start in Tampa, he's going to run into a brick wall at some point. That's likely in Soldier Field this Sunday.

Running back

START – Chris Carson, Seahawks (at Cardinals) Carson is coming off a big week in which the Seahawks finally committed to him. He saw a whopping 34 touches and produced 124 total yards while seeing his snap share increase to 72.5 percent. The Cardinals rank dead last in aFPA to running backs, and the Seahawks are a three-point favorite, suggesting Carson should see another heavy workload.

SIT – Isaiah Crowell, Jets (at Jaguars) The Jets are 7.5-point underdogs, and Crowell is playing just 44.5 percent of the snaps.While he gets most of the goal-line work, the Jets have the lowest team total of the week at a paltry 13.5 points. We're more likely to see the Jaguars grab a lead and Bilal Powell do a lot of the receiving work while the Jets play from behind. The Jaguars rank sixth in aFPA to running backs as well. This isn't the week to play Crowell.


START – Mike Williams, Chargers (vs. 49ers) Keenan Allen is banged up and dealing with a slight knee injury, and the Chargers are playing a 49ers team without their top cornerback in Richard Sherman. Williams leads the team in touchdowns and is third in targets, and the 49ers rank 29th in pass DVOA. Look for Williams to be a big part of the Chargers' production, as they're sporting a league-leading 28.5-point team total this week. 

SIT – Brandin Cooks, Rams (vs. Vikings) I'm going out on a limb here a little bit with Cooks, as he's been awesome to start the season, but the Vikings rank seventh in pass DVOA to No. 1 receivers and Xavier Rhodes should see plenty of Cooks on Thursday evening. The Rams are big favorites and have a high team total, but I believe we see more Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp along with Todd Gurley. 

Tight end

START – Ben Watson, Saints (at Giants) Quietly, the 37-year-old Watson is having a nice season. He tallied five receptions for 71 yards on six targets last week. We know the Saints throw the ball a ton, given that Drew Brees leads the league in pass completions, is third in passing yards per game and fourth in passing attempts. The Giants have been a team to target when thinking about tight ends to stream, which makes Watson a good streamer for this week. 

SIT – Will Dissly, Seahawks (at Cardinals) Dissly isn't a full-time player. He's playing on 62 percent of the snaps, while Nick Vannett is playing on 50 percent, which eats into targets and production for Dissly. We saw this last week, when Dissly's production dropped to three targets and just one reception for four yards. If you're throwing Dissly in your lineup after picking him up off waivers, he's a touchdown-or-bust TE2.

Other starts: Ryan Tannehill (at Patriots), Matt Breida (at Chargers), Tyler Boyd (at Falcons) and Eric Ebron (vs. Texans)

Other sits: Royce Freeman (vs. Chiefs), Chris Hogan (vs. Dolphins) and George Kittle (vs. Chargers)

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​