The tundra isn’t frozen yet but Lambeau Field will still be an apt setting to kick off Week 4 on Thursday night. You’ll want to start all the usual suspects in that game. Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Jordan Howard and even Tarik Cohen should be productive. Here’s a look a a few of this week’s tougher calls.
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Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals: Palmer had a rough start to the season, but it looks like that was due to the Lions being better defensively than originally thought. Since then he had good performances in Week 2 and Week 3. Palmer moved well in the pocket on Monday night and put up solid numbers against a good Cowboys pass rush. He should do well against the 49ers this week.
Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals: He finally looked decent in Week 3, throwing for two touchdown passes, as the Bengals switched offensive coordinators. Dalton should keep it up against a Browns defense that allowed Jacoby Brissett to throw three touchdown passes.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks: Carson is starting to take over the lead back role and should get the majority of touches as he faces the Colts on Sunday. Indy is playing well against the run, allowing just over 85 yards per game, but they’ve already surrendered four rushing touchdowns in three games. An expected game script would allow for a lot of carries for Carson.
Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals: Mixon had 18 carries and over 100 yards of offense so it looks like Marvin Lewis will give the rookie a decent shot at becoming the lead runner. He gets a nice matchup as he faces the Browns.
Devante Parker, WR, Dolphins: He has a great matchup as he gets to face the Saints at home. Jay Cutler has the right mentality for a receiver like Parker. And if they get behind due to an effective Saints offense led by Drew Brees then the Dolphins should be passing often and late.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans: Hopkins has caught at least seven passes in each game this year. His lone score came in Week 1, but the Titans have already surrendered seven this season.
Broncos receivers: Both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have been great so far this year, even when Trevor Siemian has a bad game. Feel safe about starting either one and look for Thomas to catch his first touchdown of the season.
Benjamin Watson, TE, Ravens: He’s caught 11 straight targets and the Ravens get to play at home this week rather than across the ocean. The Steelers give up six fantasy points per game to tight ends in standard scoring leagues.
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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: The Ravens are a tough draw with one of the best defenses in the league right now. Big Ben has trouble on the road, so if you’ve got another option, let him sit this one out. The Ravens have eight sacks and eight interceptions in three games.
Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: It’s time to park this guy. If he’s not going to produce against the Saints defense, then you can’t trust him to do it against the Patriots. Start to stream your quarterback if necessary.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins: He’s got to go into a tough environment as Washington visits the Chiefs. Cousins hasn’t found a rhythm with Terrell Pryor yet and needs to have more plays than just dump offs to Chris Thompson.
Chris Johnson, RB, Cardinals: He’s taken over the lead back role for the injured David Johnson, but it hasn’t translated to many fantasy points. Andre Ellington seemed to have a little more spark in Monday’s loss to the Cowboys. I’m not expecting Johnson to be that effective against the 49ers.
Most Raiders*: Derek Carr has a tough time in divisional games. He’ll be on the road facing the Broncos this week and looked bad against the Redskins. Marshawn Lynch hasn’t looked great this season, but he’s been OK. You should probably find another option this week, though, as the Broncos haven’t allowed a rushing touchdown this year. They’re also holding opponents to less than 60 yards rushing per game. Michael Crabtree is ailing with a chest injury, and I wasn’t high on starting him even before that with this matchup.
*-Jared Cook may be the only reliable start against the Broncos. Jason Witten had a huge game against that tough defense. Where you drafted Amari Cooper, you almost have to start him if you haven’t hit the jackpot on waiver pickups.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Andrew Luck almost started practicing this week, but he’s out again. I’d let Hilton sit the matchup against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Redskins: It’s to the point where you have to let him sit until he show’s something, anything, in a game. It’s not likely he does that in Kansas City.
Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers: He’s had two scoreless weeks in this young season. Don’t start him until he shows any kind of consistency.