Week Four fantasy football tips

Carson Field, Sports Editor

Players to start this week:

QB Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo Bills)

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been a breakout quarterback in the first three games of the regular season, although he was not projected to start for Buffalo this year, Taylor accumulated a total of 49 fantasy points in the last two weeks, and is owned in only 44.6 percent of ESPN Fantasy leagues. He is a great pickup this week as he is not owned in the majority of leagues and plays the rather weak secondary of the Giants.

RB Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)

Remember a few weeks ago when everyone thought AP’s career as a star was over? Last week he proved the haters wrong by having a great fantasy week with 24 points in ESPN Standard Leagues. I expect him to have another great week in Week Four as the Vikings face the Broncos, who have struggled against the run this season.

RB Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders)

Latavius Murray is a sleeper this week as he has put up solid numbers for a bad Raiders team. He currently averages 13.7 fantasy points per game in ESPN Standard Leagues, which is very impressive given he did not crack the top 10 running backs going into the year. I expect him to rush for more yards than usual as he plays against the Chicago Bears, a team that allowed third-string Seattle running back Thomas Rawls to rush for more than 100 yards in week two.

WR Jordan Matthews (Philadelphia Eagles)

Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews has proved in his first two years in the NFL that he is one of its best young receivers. He will go off this week as he faces the awful Washington Redskins. Although quarterback Sam Bradford has not been impressive for the Eagles this season, Matthews has been a force to be reckoned with as he has 231 receiving yards and one touchdown, which currently leads the Eagles.

Packers’ Defense

In the first three games of the season, the Packers’ defense has looked really sharp, and I do not expect that to change in Week Four. Their defense has shut down the offenses of the Seahawks and Chiefs, which are known for being productive, in the last two games. The Packers face an opponent with a less than stellar offense this week as they play against the San Francisco 49ers. If the Packers can shut down Carlos Hyde, this should be a great fantasy week for the Packers’ defense.

Players to sit this week:

QB Eli Manning (New York Giants)

Over the course of his career, Eli Manning has shown that he is a solid quarterback who can come through in the clutch. However, I do not see Manning having the opportunity to come in the clutch this week as the Giants travel to Buffalo to face the Bills. The Bills, although they have struggled so far, have a solid pass defense, which should force Manning to throw interceptions. I ultimately predict Manning to accumulate no more than 15 fantasy points, which is not great for a starting quarterback.

RB Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals)

What a disappointment Jeremy Hill has been for fantasy owners so far this season. Hill averages 6.3 fantasy points per game. He was widely predicted to be in the top 10 running backs to start the year, but has not lived up to the hype. I do not expect that to change this week as the Bengals face the Chiefs, who have one of the top run defenses in the NFL led by Justin Houston.

RB Lamar Miller (Miami Dolphins)

It is no secret that the Miami Dolphins and Lamar Miller have been one of the greatest disappointments in the first three weeks of the NFL season. I do not expect Miller to end his slump this week as he faces the New York Jets’ front seven, which with the exception of last week, has been phenomenal. With this front seven, I expect Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be passing the ball most of the game, leading to fewer carries for Miller.

WR Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions)

Although Calvin Johnson, or Megatron as many people call him, is still one of the best receivers in the NFL, I do not think he will have a good game in fantasy this week. The Lions play the Seattle Seahawks, who have the league’s best pass defense. There is a good chance that Johnson will be matched up against Richard Sherman, who is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL.

Buccaneers’ Defense

The Buccaneers’ defense has not looked as bad as they did last year, as their opponents have averaged 23.3 points per game in the first three weeks. However, I would not start their defense this week as they play against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are a difficult team for defenses to contain because of Cam Newton’s dual-threat talents. Also, while Newton may not be the overall best quarterback, he does not throw many interceptions, which is not good for a fantasy defense.