Start or Sit Joe Burrow, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or Matthew Stafford in Fantasy Football Week 4?

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After this week is over, we will be 25% of the way through the fantasy football season, well… unless the Tennessee Titans get their way. The season is going so fast, and we’re already here for our week four start or sit articles. We kick it off with some assistance with your quarterback start or sit questions. This week, we take a look at three quarterbacks who you might have to choose between. Should you start or sit Joe Burrow, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or Matthew Stafford?

Start or Sit Joe Burrow versus Jacksonville

I pegged Joe Burrow as a deep sleeper for this season, and through three games, the QB18 off the board by ADP sits as the QB10 through three games. That’s ahead of Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. The rookie’s shown exceptional poise, not getting scared of anything en route to posting at least 17 fantasy points in each of his first three games this season, including 628 passing yards, five touchdowns, and no picks in his last two games.

This week, Burrow gets a Jaguars squad that failed to give Ryan Fitzpatrick, well… fits. Fitzmagic ended with 24.7 fantasy points, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for a third, a week after giving up three scores to Ryan Tannehill. This might shock you, but Joe Burrow is already better than Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Tannehill. He will have no trouble dispatching with the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend, and I recommend you start Joe Burrow.

Start or Sit Ryan Fitzpatrick versus Seattle

This week, only Aaron Rodgers has a better pass defense matchup to exploit. Ryan Fitzpatrick gets to host a Seattle Seahawks team that must travel cross-country to play a 10 AM game the week after they let something named “Cedrick Wilson” absolutely torch their pass defense. Fitzpatrick will look to make it three weeks in a row with at least 24 fantasy points as he desperately tries to keep up with Mr. Unliiiiiiiiimited, who the Seahawks finally let cook. This one should be a shoot out and I am going out of my way to start all players in this game. Ryan Fitzpatrick is no exception, as you should start Ryan Fitzpatrick this against a Seahawks that allows an average of 440 passing yards per game.

Start or Sit Matthew Stafford versus New Orleans

We all saw what Aaron Rodgers did to this New Orleans pass defense on Sunday Night Football, but it hasn’t just been Rodgers doing this to the Saints in 2020. Through three games, New Orleans gives up the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. That’s probably because they’ve yielded at least 240 total yards and three touchdowns to all three quarterbacks they’ve played this year. Stafford struggled a bit last week, throwing for “only” two touchdowns, but the Cardinals gave away the game and Stafford didn’t do much (Adrian Peterson ran it 22 times). Stafford will need to go toe-to-toe with Drew Brees this week, which means lots of throwing. For Matthew Stafford and Kenny Golladay, that means a lot of fantasy points. That means you should start Matthew Stafford this week.

Who to Prioritize?

These three guys have three of the best matchups this week. None of them are bad starts, despite what draft capital or waiver wire priority you may have used to get them onto your roster. I will go with the insanely over-the-top matchup this week and say start Ryan Fitzpatrick. Then, I’ll go with the veteran in the shootout (Matthew Stafford). Joe Burrow might get caught up in a squeaky wheel game for Joe Mixon, which could limit his upside. I’ll start him last of the three, with that in mind. But all of these are great options for your week four start or sit decisions.

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