It's been a bit of a strange week for me personally this week. This might not initially seem to have anything to do with Week 4's start/sit fantasy advice for running backs and wide receivers, but I had a bit of an epiphany this week.
But I was thinking about the importance of standing your ground this week. Rashaad Penny for example was one of the guys I believed in this preseason and I'm going to continue touting him until I see enough evidence not to do so. I'm standing my ground. Disagree? Fine. But I'm going to continue to advise starting him, as he is one of my guys I believe in.
So who else besides Penny do I like or not like? Again, I remind you of the ground rules for this exercise. Any RB or WR who is a "consensus" RB1 or WR1 (i.e. typically a player in the top 12 for his position that week) will not be mentioned as a "start." Likewise, you will typically not see any "sit" suggestions in this space for an RB or WR who is not in the top 30 of their respective position. So let's take a look at which RBs/WRs are worthy of inserting into your starting lineup and which ones should ride the pine in Week 4.
START These RBs
Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
Might as well start with the aforementioned Penny. I've seen him ranked outside the top 25 RBs this week and I couldn't disagree more. But I've already detailed why I like Penny this week in my DFS article.
Breece Hall, New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
I have a few Hall shares. And I knew when I drafted him that he would likely start slow. But things are already starting to move in the right direction. He has seen his carries increase each week, and after just 10 targets the first two weeks, he saw a whopping 11 last week and turned that into 53 receiving yards.
I think Hall sees his first game of more than 100 yards from scrimmage on Sunday. The Steelers are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to RBs this year. Hall might not be an RB1 this week, but I'm seeing him ranked outside the top 25. Expect him to be a worthwhile RB2 this week.
SIT These RBs
Antonio Gibson, Washington Commanders at Dallas Cowboys
Brian Robinson was seen practicing this week, so if Gibson is going to make a case for himself to be the starter, he had better do it this week. Unfortunately for him, I don't see it happening. He was able to salvage his fantasy week last week with a late garbage-time TD. But he's essentially a non-factor in the passing game (he saw one target while J.D. McKissic caught six of nine targets last week) and he saw just a dozen carries last week. He's not even that effective with them, having averaged just 3.1 yards per carry.
Throw in the fact that Dallas has allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to RBs (despite facing a tough trio of Leonard Fournette, Joe Mixon, and Saquon Barkley) and I just don't understand why people have him in the top 20 RBs this week. He's a top-end RB3 at best.
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints (London)
Coming off a 96-yard, one-touchdown day against Detroit, my guess is that most of his owners are going to start Cook. If I owned him, I probably would too, but not with much confidence. My spider senses are tingling way too much on him this week.
For one, this game is overseas in London. Most London games are generally low-scoring affairs. Secondly, the Saints have allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. I know you are probably going to start Cook if you have him, but if you do have the luxury of this being debatable, I'd sit him.
START These WRs
Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders
I know, the new Broncos' new head coach can't seem to Hackett. Bad puns aside, the Denver offense has been absolutely horrible. But Sutton has been the one exception. Despite one of the ugliest games I've ever seen in prime time this past Sunday night, he still managed to record eight catches for 97 yards. I'd like to see him get rid of that goose egg in the touchdown category, but if the Broncos aren't scoring, the Broncos aren't scoring.
Sutton averages more than nine targets a game. That trend should continue as he seems he is Ciara's husband's favorite target. I'd start Sutton and I think he will get a TD this week as well.
Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans vs. Los Angeles Chargers
If you've already read my other start/sit article, you know I'm fading the Chargers DST this week. Top cornerback J.C. Jackson has been hindered by his surgically repaired ankle, which has caused him to miss two of the three games so far. So even if he plays, he's clearly not 100 percent. And we already know that Los Angeles' best defender, Joey Bosa, is out for multiple games after going on the IR and having surgery on Friday for a groin injury.
The Chargers also have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to WRs this season and are 18th in pass defense DVOA. Meanwhile, Cooks has 29 targets, which ties him for 14th in the league. He is seeing a solid 27.1 percent target share, which makes him a decent play based on sheer volume alone.
SIT These WRs
DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Moore is still being ranked as a WR3 this week and unfortunately, that might still be too generous. He has all of seven receptions this season and doesn't have 100 receiving yards total this season. I do not blame him, however.
Baker Mayfield has been a minefield and is absolutely destroying the Carolina offense. Besides Christian McCaffrey (who is questionable to play on Sunday with a thigh injury), this offense is impossible to predict. Stay away.
Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears at New York Giants
I'm probably dipping a little deeper than I should here, but I know many folks are still considering Mooney viable, and that includes myself. We can blame Justin Fields if we want, but Mooney has four catches for 27 yards through three games. He might even be droppable. I know the Giants' defense looks nothing like the franchise's strong units of yesteryear, but until Mooney shows us something, he should ride your bench.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.