Fantasy Football Week 4 – Running Back (RB) Start Em / Sit Em
Are you ready for another exciting week of NFL Fantasy Football action? Well, I’ve got you covered. I’m Matt Donnelly from RotoBaller, and I’m here to break down the top running back (RB) plays for Week 4 of the 2023 NFL season. Whether you’re managing a DraftKings NFL DFS lineup or setting your Fanduel NFL DFS roster, I’ve got the insights you need to make those tough start/sit decisions for your running backs (RBs).
The Running Back Landscape
Week 4 has arrived, and it’s been a rollercoaster ride for fantasy managers, especially when it comes to the RB position. Injuries and surprises have left many scratching their heads, wondering who they can trust. Christian McCaffrey is a no-brainer start if he’s healthy, but beyond that, it’s been a wild ride.
Austin Ekeler and Saquon Barkley are battling injuries, and star RBs like Nick Chubb and Derek Henry are out of commission. It’s safe to say that the RB landscape is undergoing a transformation. But fear not, I’m here to guide you through it.
Start ‘Em: Alexander Madison vs. Carolina Panthers
Alexander Madison of the Minnesota Vikings is my first must-start recommendation. Madison is coming off an impressive performance against the Chargers, where he racked up 90 rushing yards and added 32 receiving yards. In Week 4, he faces the Carolina Panthers, who have struggled against RBs, allowing both rushing and receiving touchdowns. Madison’s 80% snap rate is a clear indicator of his role in the offense.
However, Madison needs to work on securing the ball better after a few fumbles. Nevertheless, the matchup against the Panthers bodes well for him, and he’s a strong start this week.
Start ‘Em: Damen Pierce vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Damen Pierce of the Houston Texans is another RB you should consider starting in Week 4. Pierce had a solid outing last week, finding the end zone and earning 14 fantasy points despite limited yardage. This week, he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers, a defense that allowed Josh Jacobs to rush for 80 yards in the previous game and has surrendered the sixth-most fantasy points to RBs this season.
Pittsburgh’s defense is currently giving up an average of 131.5 rushing yards per game, which is good news for Pierce. Despite his lower yards per carry average, the volume and matchup make him a valuable start.
Start ‘Em: Kenneth Walker vs. New York Giants
The New York Giants have had their struggles against RBs this season, allowing more than 25 fantasy points per game to the position. They recently faced Christian McCaffrey, who had a solid outing with both rushing and receiving yards. However, Kenneth Walker, the backup RB for the Giants, has been making waves.
Walker impressed with 156 total yards on 21 touches and has already scored multiple times this season. His seven carries inside the 5-yard line show his potential for goal-line work. Against a vulnerable Giants defense, Walker is a strong RB start for Week 4.
Start ‘Em: Ran Johnson vs. Denver Broncos
Chicago needs to get back to its ground game, and Ran Johnson is the man for the job. Johnson averaged an impressive 4.8 yards per attempt on 11 carries in his recent outing. Facing the Denver Broncos, who allowed a whopping 285 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in their last game, Johnson is a must-start this week.
While we can’t expect another historic performance, the Broncos’ vulnerability against the run makes Johnson an attractive option for fantasy managers.
Sit ‘Em: Joe Mixon vs. Tennessee Titans
When it comes to RBs, one rule is clear: never start them against the Tennessee Titans. Joe Mixon, despite scoring 18 fantasy points, had a less-than-stellar performance with just 51 total yards on 10 carries. His two touchdowns masked his overall struggles. The Titans’ run defense is a fortress, and starting Mixon against them is a risky move.
Sit ‘Em: Breece Hall vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Breece Hall, while talented, is not ready to be the savior of the struggling New York Jets. The Chiefs’ defense has been surprisingly strong against RBs, allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to the position this season and not conceding a touchdown. With the Jets’ offense in turmoil, Hall is a risky fantasy play in Week 4.
Sit ‘Em: Travis Etienne vs. Atlanta Falcons
Travis Etienne had a decent game last week, but facing the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4 is a different challenge. The Falcons’ defense has been stingy against RBs and wide receivers, making them a tough matchup for fantasy purposes. Etienne is better left on your bench this week.
That’s all I’ve got for today
Thank you for checking out the article, I hope I was able to provide you with some value as you begin to build your DFS lineups for today’s contests.
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