SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ fantasy football expert Steve Gardner shares his advice on who you should start, and sit, in your lineup this weekend.
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Once again, there’s an early start to Sunday’s NFL action when the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints kick off a full slate of games in London (9:30 a.m. ET).
One of the more interesting games for fantasy owners in Week 4 is the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams rank seventh in total offense this season — after finishing dead last in 2016. Does that make QB Jared Goff and RB Todd Gurley every-week starts? Who else could carry fantasy owners to victory this week?
To help you sort this and everything else out, as well as build your optimal daily fantasy lineup, we have assembled all our best offerings of the week into one location.
Let’s start with the one thing most fantasy owners want to know …
Who should I start?
The most basic question of them all. The best thing to do is check our updated Week 4 rankings, courtesy of FantasySharks.com.
Fantasy football rankings:Week 4
— Willie Snead. After serving his three-game suspension to start the season, the New Orleans Saints wide receiver is eligible to return for their game in London vs. Miami. Don’t look for a ton of targets with his hamstring acting up late this week.
– Tyler Eifert. His back injury will keep him out another week, taking away one of quarterback Andy Dalton’s top weapons. Backup Tyler Kroft isn’t a suitable replacement after catching three passes for 28 yards last week.
— C.J. Prosise. Rookie Chris Carson should get even more touches with the pass-catching specialist highly unlikely to play.
— Carlos Hyde. A hip injury has limited the San Francisco 49ers running back all week and his status may go down to the wire. Matt Brieda figures to see an increase in workload either way.
– Doug Baldwin. The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver is likely to be a game-time decision due to a groin injury. He did practice on a limited basis on Friday, but with the Seahawks facing the Colts on Sunday night, fantasy owners should have a backup plan.
— Michael Crabtree. The Oakland Raiders could have even more difficulty with the Denver Broncos defense if they don’t have their most effective wide receiver. Crabtree hasn’t practiced all week because of a chest injury so they’ll need Amari Cooper to break out of his early-season funk.
Every week, we highlight the top injury concerns fantasy owners are facing. But remember, everything is subject to change, so be sure to make one final check before kickoff.
Injury report: Top players with health concerns in Week 4
The best thing to do is keep an eye on USA TODAY Sports’ NFL home page and follow our USA TODAY Fantasy Sports on Twitter.
Where’s the extra edge?
– Still torn over which borderline players to sit or start? Marc Caviglia of Bruno Boys Fantasy Football examines some of this week’s tough calls.
Start or sit: DeAndre Hopkins will rise to the occasion
– Meanwhile, For The Win’s Charles Curtis has a look at this week’s best, worst and sneaky good fantasy plays.
Studs, duds, sleepers: Chris Thompson’s elite production should continue
— If you’re looking for some players who could emerge unexpectedly this week and be worth starting in deep leagues … or who could put you over the top in daily fantasy, check out these deep sleepers from Jamal Murphy of Ourlads.com.
Week 4 deep sleepers: Wendell Smallwood could come up big
— We’ll also answer your questions on Sunday morning before the games start on Facebook Live and in our weekly chat.
Submit your fantasy football questions: Join the discussion Sunday at noon ET
How’s the weather?
The conditions can have a major impact on how each game unfolds, especially later in the season. Keep up-to-date in real time with NFLWeather.com.