Fantasy Football Week Four: Start Lamar Miller, Sit Brandon Marshall

Lamar Miller
Lamar Miller

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Lamar Miller (@OAK)

As long as Knowshon Moreno is on the bench, Miller is going to put up solid fantasy numbers. He’s been quite productive thus far, averaging 5.76 yards per carry on 37 attempts, and now plays the Raiders who did a solid job on last week’s start of the week Stevan Ridley, but are still quite vulnerable. He’s a top 12 play for me this week.

Brandon Marshall

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Brandon Marshall (vs. GB)

Marshall was clearly limited on Monday against the Jets, and struggled to gain separation. He’s listed on the injury report yet again, and may be a game-time-decision again. With Alshon Jeffery completely healthy, Martellus Bennett looking dominant, and Matt Forte looking to bounce back, I think Marshall may be delegated as a decoy, if he even suits up.

Start ‘Em, Quarterbacks

Tom Brady, (@ KC)

Brady has just one double digit game so far this season and is probably rostered on fantasy teams because of his name. If it weren’t for that, would he even be on anybody’s team at this point? Well, this week I think he’ll get back on track, at least for a single week. Brady thrives on Monday night (5,011 pasing yards, 42 TDs and 15 INTs in 18 games), and is going up against a weak Chiefs’ defense that has given the 8th most points to opposing quarterbacks this year.

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Colin Kaepernick (vs. PHI)

Yes, the 49ers have struggled this season, and their lack of scoring in the 2nd half has been well documented, but it’s tough to put all the blame on their quarterback. With a struggling defense, the 49ers have leaned on Kaep quite heavily, and he’s responded. He’s the leading rusher among quarterbacks thus far, and is facing an Eagles defense that has given up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Sit ‘Em, Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford (@ NYJ)

Stafford has put together back-to-back duds the past two weeks, putting up 13 points against the Panthers, and then following up with that with three points against the Packers. Now he goes to the Meadowlands against a very motivated and hard-hitting defense. Rex Ryan is notorious for throwing various looks at the opposing offense, and the way Stafford has been playing, it’s going to be a long afternoon.

Kirk Cousins (vs. NYG)

This isn’t cheating…right?

Start ‘Em, Running backs

Matt Forte (@ GB)

Forte has struggled so far this year, but look for him to turn it around this week. The Packers have allowing a rushing touchdown in each of the first three weeks. Forte has been supported by his receiving stats, but look for him to find the end zone for the first time this season in Week Four.

Sit ‘Em, Running backs

Doug Martin/Bobby Rainey (@ PIT)

This is a muddled situation here, so I’d avoid either running back at this point. The Steelers are coming off their most impressive win against the Carolina Panthers, and will be looking to follow up what the Atlanta Falcons defense did to the Bucs. I’m not starting either back this week.

Lorenzo Taliaferro (vs. CAR)

Taliaferro, one of the most popular players added this week, is getting a lot of love, and rightfully so. He bull dozed the Cleveland Browns last week, and looked to fit the Ravens’ run scheme perfectly. Don’t get too excited though for this week. Bernard Pierce looks healthy enough to return, and when he’s in the lineup, Taliaferro’s role in the offense is still to be determined.

Start ‘Em, Wide Receivers

Vincent Jackson (@ PIT)

While I hate the Bucs’ run game, their passing game is a different story, especially for Jackson. With Mike Glennon under center this week and for the near future, I’m thinking Jackson turns a slow start to the season around. Glennon leans heavily on Jackson, as demonstrated by him having the 8th most targets in the league last year once Glennon took over.

Keenan Allen (vs. JAC)

If there’s anyone that can help bust a slump, it’s the Jacksonville Jaguars. Allen has had a down year thus far, but a Jaguars’ defense is just what the doctor ordered.

Sit ‘Em, Wide Receivers

Kendall Wright (vs. IND)

It’s looking like Jake Locker may not play on Sunday, which means veteran journeyman Charlie Whitehurst may take the reigns. If that’s the case, it’s tough to start Wright anywhere…

Start ‘Em, Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham (vs. DAL)

Vernon Davis had two touchdowns, Delanie Walker had 142 yards and a touchdown, and even Jared Cook had a strong game against a weak Dallas defense that struggles to cover tight ends. Graham is going to eat.

Ladarius Green (vs. JAC)

He might be struggling to find playing time, but everyone gets in on the fun against the Jaguars. Green is a perfect streaming tight end this week.

Sit ‘Em, Tight Ends

Owen Daniels (vs. CAR)

Even with Pitta perhaps done for the season, I don’t think Daniels makes an immediate impact. Outside of the second week where Daniels scored two touchdowns, he’s been very underwhelming. It sounds like he’s going to split time as well at the position, which makes it tough to trust him.

Zach Ertz (vs. SF)

Ertz’s production has dropped each week as Nick Foles continues his erratic (yet fantasy productive) play. The 49ers have been able to shutdown opposing tight ends, even without Navarro Bowman. I’d avoid this matchup if possible.


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