The 2016 season has been littered with injuries to stars every single week, as Week 3 saw Dez Bryant, Jeremy Langford, and early-season surprise Willie Snead all get bit by the injury bug.  With the list of injuries getting ever longer, it is almost impossible that your team has needed to find a replacement this season.  That is where GOAT and A-Mac come in.  They have a few players this week that can at least help you temporarily fill a void in your roster that was created by an injury or a bye week.
Both the Packers and the Eagles are on bye this week, so don’t forget to take players from those teams out of your starting lineup.  Here are GOAT and A-Mac’s start ’em and sit ’em’s for Week 4!
GOAT’s Week 4 Start Em’s
img_0128Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears (ESPN 72.2% owned): After Bears lead back Jeremy Langford left with an injury, Howard stepped up with 92 total yards on 13 touches. With Langford expected to be out for four-to-six weeks, and backup back Kadeem Carey working through a hamstring injury, Howard is the clear starter as long as he continues to perform.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (ESPN 58% owned): Pitta has been a top ten tight end in standard scoring formats and the eighth best in PPR through the first 3 weeks. He will be facing the Raiders who boast the leagues 28th ranked pass defense. Pitta should have plenty of opportunities to impress the home field crowd.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers (ESPN 99.9% owned): Cam Newton has had a couple of rough outings against Denver and Minnesota so far this season throwing just one touchdown and four interceptions in those two games. When he faced San Francisco in Week 2, he was able to throw four touchdown passes on the day. Atlanta is another defense he should be able to exploit. Drew Brees and Coby Fleener had huge games against Atlanta last week, giving Newton and Panther tight end Greg Olsen a game plan to exploit the Falcon secondary.
A-Mac’s Week 4 Start Em’s
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins (ESPN 33.9% owned):  After starting off the season in a rough game against the Seattle Seahawks, Tannehill has thrown for over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in each of the last two weeks.  This week, Tannehill and the Dolphins take on a Bengals defense who have allowed nine passing touchdowns through the first three weeks.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns (ESPN 88.8% owned):  Crowell will be leaned on heavily this season as the Browns offense continues to have rookie quarterback Cody Kessler leading the charge.  Thankfully for Crowell owners, the Browns face the Washington Redskins who have allowed two rushing touchdowns in each of their first three games this year.
img_0125Jameson Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (ESPN 38.5% owned):  Crowder has become a favorite of Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, tied with Jordan Reed and Desean Jackson in targets.  Crowder will look to continue to get thrown to this week against a brutal Browns defense that has allowed six receiving touchdowns to wide receivers already this season.
GOAT’s Week 4 Sit Em’s
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (ESPN 93.1% owned): Eli blew his chance to win last week’s game by throwing an ill-advised interception in the game’s final two minutes. This week, the Giants head out to Minnesota to face the number one ranked fantasy defense that hasn’t allowed more than 16 points in a game this season. Limiting Tennessee, Green Bay, and Carolina to so few points is a good barometer for how things might go for Big Blue.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN 100% owned): Brown is the number three ranked receiver in PPR leagues and he will be facing the number one pass defense in the Kansas City Chiefs. According to Football Outsiders the only team better than Kansas City at neutralizing teams top wide outs are the Cincinnati Bengals. I would expect more of the offense to run through Le’Veon Bell, fresh off his suspension, than Brown.
img_0126Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Buccaneers (ESPN 6.6% owned): Right after the Bucs released tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brate catapulted himself into tight end relevance with a two touchdown game. Unfortunately, this week Brate is going up against the Denver Broncos which is a tough match up for even the best tight ends. His numbers are going to crash back to earth in this match up, but he will still be worth a wire pickup for future weeks.
A-Mac’s Week 4 Sit Em’s
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (ESPN 42.5% owned):  I am stunned that Mariota’s ownership is this low, even following a brutal four-point fantasy performance against the Oakland Raiders last week.  If you own Mariota, I would avoid starting him this week against the Houston Texans who are first against the pass through the first three weeks.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings (ESPN 71.4% owned):  McKinnon took over for the injured Adrian Peterson and led the Vikings with 16 rushes against a tough Carolina Panther defense.  McKinnon will face yet another tough rush defense in the New York Giants, who are fifth against the run and have allowed just one rushing touchdown.
Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets (ESPN 99.3% owned):  The 2016 season has gotten off to a rough start for Marshall and the Jets offense, as the receiver has caught just 12 passes for 160 yards through three weeks.  The season won’t improve in Week 4, as the Jets face the Seahawks defense that has yet to allowed a touchdown to a wide receiver in 2016.

Post written by Alex MacDonald and Stephen Decker

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