Ah yes, welcome to the start of bye weeks. Deciding who to start on your fantasy football team is only getting tougher. Here's my weekly take on some potential trust-or-bust players.
Start: Alshon Jeffery
If you're an Alshon Jeffery owner, you don't need me to tell you that Jeffery's numbers have been less than ideal for someone that you very possibly drafted as your WR1. In standard scoring, he has hit double digits just once this season-- and barely. But don't give up yet-- this week versus a WR-friendly Detroit Lions defense could be just what Jeffery needs to turn his season around. A home game against a secondary that has already allowed ten touchdowns to wide receivers this season should have fantasy owners excited.
Sit: Matt Forte
After an exceptional week two, Forte came back down to earth against a stout Kansas City Chiefs defense. A 100 yard with 3 touchdowns performance was followed up with a mere 65 yard game. Don't expect things to get much easier this week, as a tough match up against the Seattle Seahawks awaits. Not only are the Seahawks typically a tough fantasy match up, but with Russell Wilson potentially out or limited, there's even more pressure on the defense to show up big on Sunday.
Start: Emmanuel Sanders
The ex-Steeler is hot in the mile high city after week three, and a 7th round quarterback at the helm shouldn't scare you away. After sub-par performances in weeks one and two, Sanders came to life this past Sunday and put up 117 yards with two touchdowns against a respectable Cincinnati Bengals defense. This just might be what Sanders needed to kick-start his engine, as week four brings on a tempting match up versus a weak Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary that is ranked 30th against wide receivers.
Sit: Tevin Coleman
Alright who started Tevin Coleman in week three? Call me Riverboat Rob..... Blackjack Del Robbo..... call me whatever..... but I did-- and boy did it pay off. But as quickly as I threw him in my starting line up, I'm taking him out. Week three was an outlier in what will be an average season, unless Devonta Freeman goes down. If anything, now is your opportunity to sell high on Coleman. A match up against the Carolina Panthers should be enough to keep Coleman where he's likely been all season-- your bench. In weeks two and three, the Panthers allowed only 6.3 and 8.6 points to running backs, respectively.
Start Travis Benjamin
I'm not overly confident in Travis Benjamin, but as is the same for any San Diego Chargers player this season. An extremely friendly match up versus the New Orleans Saints should be enough temptation to throw him in your starting lineup. Two teams with porous defenses is an offense-friendly match up that could very possibly become high scoring. Benjamin leads the Chargers in both receiving yards and touchdowns since the team lost Keenan Allen for the season.
Sit: Eric Decker
This one is simple: With Brandon Marshall likely back at full strength, Quincy Enunwa earning his fair share of targets, Ryan Fitzpatrick showing he's capable of throwing six interceptions, and the Seattle Seahawks coming to town, all thoughts of starting Eric Decker should be avoided. To no surprise, the Seahawks rank first against wide receivers in fantasy. Absolutely nothing about this match up is tempting. Expect a repeat of last week's unimpressive stat line for Decker.