Start/Bench--Week 4

 

Start 
Justice Hansen, QB-Arkansas State at SMU 
Hansen has topped 300 yards passing and thrown for at least three touchdowns in each of Arkansas State’s first two games.  Expect similar results this weekend when the Red Wolves visit SMU, as the Mustangs defense are allowing 311.0 passing yards and 34.0 points per game. 
 
Josh Allen, QB-Wyoming vs Hawaii 
To say that Allen has struggled to begin the 2017 season would be an understatement.  His fantasy numbers should start to improve this weekend when the Cowboys host Hawaii.  After three games, the Rainbow Warriors are allowing 313 passing yards and 34.7 points per game. 
 
Diocemy Saint-Juste, RB-Hawaii at Wyoming 
In three games, Diocemy Saint-Juste has totaled 404 rushing yards and topped the 150-yard mark twice.  Given the fact that Saint-Juste has carried the ball at least 23 times in every game makes him an attractive fantasy option in Week 4 at Wyoming.  Only two defenses in the FBS have been run at more times than Wyoming, as the Cowboys have defended 52.7 rush attempts per game, which has resulted in them giving up more than 200 yards per game on the ground. 
 
Larry Rose, RB-New Mexico State vs UTEP 
After three games this year, Rose has failed to top 100 yards rushing or score a touchdown.  The initial thought heading into this week’s game against UTEP is that QB Tyler Rogers and the New Mexico State passing game will dominate.  That may be true, but don’t discount Rose’s potential in this weekend’s matchup.  Not only are the Miners allowing 50 points per game, but they are giving up over 270 yards per game on the ground.  
 
Ty Lee, RB/WR-Middle Tennessee vs Bowling Green 
Quarterback Brent Stockstill and receiver Richie James are questionable heading into this weekend’s matchup at home against Bowling Green.  You can bet that the Blue Raiders’ Week 4 offensive game plan will center around the receiver turned running back.  Expect Lee to get a ton of touches against a Bowling Green defense that is giving up over 240 yards and three rushing touchdowns per game on the ground.
 
 
Bench 
Eric Dungey, QB-Syracuse at LSU 
The cupcake part of the Syracuse schedule is behind them and Dungey’s fantasy owners will have some decisions to make in the weeks to come, including this Saturday when the Orange visit LSU.  Dungey has rushed for at least 50 yards and a TD in the first three games of 2017, but you can bet the Tigers defense will be focused after getting throttled by Mississippi State last week. 
 
Ryquell Armstead, RB-Temple at South Florida 
There are probably quite a few fantasy owners that have been reluctant to bid Armstrong farewell, even though he has not topped the 100-yard mark or scored a touchdown in any of the Owls’ first three games of 2017.  How many wait-and-see weeks can you give him when Temple hasn’t even played top-notch defenses?  This week, Armstead will face a South Florida defense that is giving up fewer than 90 yards per game on the ground, and we’ve lost hope.    
 
Lexington Thomas, RB-UNLV at Ohio State 
Thomas has rushed for 341 yards and 5 TDs in the Rebels first two games of 2017.  However, Ohio State is a huge step up in competition for the Rebels, who have played Howard and Idaho.  The Buckeyes’ defense should physically dominate the line of scrimmage and neutralize the UNLV running game, particularly Thomas. 
 
Jalin Moore, RB-Appalachian State vs Wake Forest 
Of all the wait-and-see guys on the board, we’re least concerned about Moore, but a Week 4 matchup against Wake Forest doesn’t offer any immediate relief.  Nothing would relieve Moore’s owners more than a solid performance the week before conference play begins, but our confidence level in him is low.  If you are in a pinch with depth, you may have to stick with Moore, but it would be wise to wait one more week.   
 
Damarea Crockett, RB-Missouri vs Auburn 
Crockett exploded for 200 yards in the season opener and nearly topped 100 yards against South Carolina in a game that he did not finish due to injury.  In Week 3, the Missouri offense tanked in a 35-3 loss to Purdue and now Auburn visits Memorial Stadium as an 18-point road favorite.  Auburn’s defense only allowed 14 points in a Week 2 showdown at Clemson, so don’t expect a struggling Missouri offense to do much better. 
 
Steve Ishmael, WR-Syracuse at LSU 
Ishmael’s 34 receptions lead the nation, but he is one of two players in the country with at least 20 receptions that has not scored a touchdown (UMass TE Adam Breneman).  His inability to score really forces fantasy owners’ hands this week in a Week 4 road matchup at LSU, where Ishmael’s receptions per game and yards per game averages will likely take a big hit. 
 
 
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