Fantasy Football: Top 10 Sit ‘Em Picks For Week 4

Sep 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts after being injured in the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 37-18. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts after being injured in the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 37-18. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
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Heading into Week 4 Fantasy Football, owners would be wise to sit any of these top 10 players entering unfavorable matchups.

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Sep 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts after being injured in the third quarter in a game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks won 37-18. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of the week again; time to change your fantasy football lineup right before game day. Although, this week is going to be a little different from the first three weeks of the season.

Related Story: Panic or Don't Panic: Fantasy Football Week 4 Sanity

It’s our first bye week; Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. You’re going to need to replace these players on top of the injured players and the busts on your roster.

The competition is brutal, and players are flying off the market. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and it just might be time to take a chance with a sleeper or mediocre player.

You need the most valuable fantasy football player on your roster. So, when you’re setting up this week’s starters, be sure to not start these 10 players, whose matchups don’t suggest the most valuable outcomes.

Next: 10. He won't post Giant numbers this week

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Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

10. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

Despite last week’s loss, Eli Manning has made his way up the fantasy football charts. So far this season, he has earned at least 20, sometimes nearing 30 points.

However, this is the week to sit Manning or start him as your QB2. This week the Giants approach the Minnesota Vikings and their ranked ninth in passing defenses.

Although Manning has a 71 percent pass completion, he has only thrown four touchdowns this season, and with the Vikings being so strong at defending the pass, it’s not looking too good.

Not to mention, Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota, and Aaron Rodgers all earned less than 20 fantasy points per game against the Vikings. This is not the week to confide in Manning.

Next: 9. He's still shaking off an injury

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Sep 11, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) is pursued by Miami Dolphins free safety Michael Thomas (31) during an NFL game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

9. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Tyler Lockett shows little signs of greatness that make fantasy owners want to keep him in their lineup. However, his inconsistent ways make it impossible to start him every week.

Week 1 was a bust, Lockett didn’t even earn five fantasy football points. Then, in Week 2, he gave owners something to look forward to this season after bringing in 16 points.

Then last week, Lockett was limited due to a knee injury and didn’t earn any fantasy points in Week 3. The Jets defense is strong, and Russel Wilson is injured.

This is not the week to take chance it with Lockett. The stakes are way too high in Week 4.

Next: 8. He may see a smaller roll this week

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Nov 29, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme (83) is hit by Minnesota Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) during the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

8. Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons

I added Jacob Tamme to the sit list, not because I suggest necessarily sitting him but, you need to track him all week. If the Atlanta Falcons wide receivers are healthy and starting, Tamme could take a back seat role.

Last week, in a matchup against the New Orleans Saints, Tamme only saw four targets for 28 yards. Now, this week he plays the Carolina Panthers.

When Virgil Green played the Panthers, he only earned six points. But, the Panthers other opponents had at least 15, because they gave each tight end a touchdown.

However, if Julio Jones is healthy, he is going to look for a comeback game. Also, keep in mind Tevin Coleman killed the running game last week and offer optional routes. I just don’t see Tamme scoring big in this week’s game.

Next: 7. This Seahawk won't do much

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Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael (32) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated San Francisco 37-18. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

7. Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Ironically, I think I have included the entire Seahawks offense on this list. There’s just too much to risk this week. Not to mention, Christine Michael isn’t the most reliable.

Yes, last week he earned over 30 fantasy football points; two touchdowns for 106 yards. But, we can’t forget Week’s 1 and 2 where he didn’t even earn 10 points.

This week against the New York Jets is another story! The Jets are one of the top defenders against the run. On average they have only allowed about 71 rushing yards per game.

That isn’t a good statistic for Michael who is already a week to week play. This is definitely not the week!

Next: 6. He doesn't offer consistent value

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Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive back Valentino Blake (47) breaks up a pass intended for Oakland Raiders tight end Clive Walford (88) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Oakland won 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

6. Clive Walford, TE, Oakland Raiders

Clive Walford has been a fantasy football bust. Week 2 was the only week he earned double-digits points, and Week 1 and 3 combined totaled almost 10.

This week, the Oakland Raiders play the Baltimore Ravens. If you have seen the Ravens secondary, you understand why this week isn’t the best situation for Walford.

In the last three games, the Ravens had held opposing tight ends to 110 yards combined and only 11 catches; that’s not even four completions per game.

Walford is touchdown dependent, and the Ravens haven’t offered any touchdowns to the position. He is not a Week 4 starter.

Next: 5. He only had two receiving yards last week

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Jan 17, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster (36) hits Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (11) on an attempted punt return during the third quarter of the AFC Divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

5. Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Markus Wheaton was another flop last week. After playing his first game of the season, he didn’t give fantasy owners a reason to draft him let alone start him.

Last week, Wheaton only caught 1-of-5 targets for just two yards. He earned zero fantasy points; in some leagues, you were lucky and got a tenth of a point.

This week, he’s taking on the Kansas City Chiefs who just shut down all the Jets receivers. It is also the week Le’Veon Bell returns.

With Bell anticipated to have a great running game, and Antonio Brown the main target, Wheaton will be a shadow in the offense this week. He is a must sit entering Week 4.

Next: 4. Don't trust a questionable quarterback

4. Russell Wilson, QB, Settle Seahawks

Please, take my advice and don’t start Russel Wilson who’s battling a knee and ankle injury this week. Even if he starts, use Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Marshall and Sammy Watkins as an example.

Wilson has yet to have a 20-point fantasy football game yet this season. Actually, you’re lucky if he earned 15 points per game.

This week he takes on the Jets. The Jets are coming off a terrible Week 3 loss, but their defense is still a concern for an injured quarterback; Tyrod Taylor was the only quarterback to score multi-touchdowns against the Jets this season.

Give Wilson another week before starting, if starting him at all. If you need to use Wilson consider him a QB2 play this week.

Next: 3. He's the wrong Patriot to start

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Aug 18, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back James White (28) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

3. James White, RB, New England Patriots

If you still own James White you’re among the 25 percent who for some reason are still waiting for a breakout game. Let me be the first one to tell you, it’s not going to happen, especially in Week 4.

White only rushed three times last week for 12 yards. He had two yards but, only completed one for just two yards. His two fantasy points might have well been zero.

This week, the New England Patriots take on the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have only allowed 98 rushing yards per game this season.

LeGarrette Blount is the team’s workhorse, and is mainly used as a passing down back; he hasn’t even been that successful at that. White is a sure sit in Week 4.

Next: 2. He's no more than a WR4 option this week

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Sep 11, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe (19) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jabari Price (25) after catching a pass during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Minnesota won 25-16. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

2. Tajae Sharpe, WR, Tennessee Titans

It makes me laugh that Tajae Sharpe is owned in less than 50 percent of fantasy football leagues. He is the Tennessee Titans number one receiver and can have a huge game any given Sunday.

However, his fantasy value in Week 4 dropped making him no more than a WR4, which in my opinion deserves the bench. It’s all about the weekly matchup, and Sharpe just doesn’t have that this week.

He plays the Houston Texans who have the number one passing defense in the league heading into Week 4. Sharpe is not consistent enough to trust against the defense of the Texans.

He is also battling a hamstring injury. Although he is projected to play, it’s in his cards to sit him in your fantasy football lineup this week.

Next: 1. He was the biggest bust of Week 3

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Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) runs with the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets

I am pretty sure I was the first person to drop Ryan Fitzpatrick after last week’s awful fantasy football bust. I am also pretty sure Jacoby Brissette had almost the same amount of points as Fitzpatrick last week.

Last week, Fitzpatrick only completed 20-of-44 passes for 288 yards. He threw no touchdowns, but he did throw six interceptions.

This week, the Jets take on the Seattle Seahawks. Although I did say to sit most of their offense, it’s not them we have to worry about. The Seahawks’ defense is second in the NFL against scoring; on average they allowed only 19.

Must Read: Fantasy Football: Top 10 Start 'Em Picks For Week 4

Even if Fitzpatrick has a come-back game, let’s factor in that Eric Decker is out, Brandon Marshall is double covered, and Jalin Marshall is out for at least three weeks. Fitzpatrick will have some upside this season, but Week 4 is not it! Sit him this week.

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