Week 4 Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Dolphins vs Bengals
Week 4 of the NFL season kicks off with an exciting Thursday Night Football battle between the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds show the Bengals as 3.5-point home favorites in what should be a hard-fought battle as they look to end the Dolphins' undefeated streak.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's our start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 4 showdown between the Dolphins and Bengals.
Chase Edmonds Fantasy
Start Chase Edmonds, RB, Miami Dolphins: Chase Edmonds only saw seven opportunities (six carries, one reception) in Week 3, but managed to salvage his fantasy day by scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns. Though the Bengals allow the 13th-fewest points to running backs this year, that doesn't mean Edmonds can't succeed as a FLEX option. Cincinnati is giving up to 11th-most receiving yards to RBs, which is an area where the 26-year-old excels. I expect the Dolphins to target Edmonds more often, especially if Tua Tagovailoa isn't at 100% (or can't play). The veteran rusher should have solid RB3/FLEX appeal this week.
Hayden Hurst Fantasy
Start Hayden Hurst, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Hayden Hurst hasn't been fantasy relevant thus far, entering the week as the TE20 in PPR leagues. Fortunately, he has a juicy matchup to help turn things around against a Dolphins squad giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends through three weeks. TEs are averaging eight catches (T-No. 1), 82.3 yards (No. 2) and a touchdown (T-No. 2) against Miami, so Hurst should see his fair share of opportunities. Considering how he's already seen two five-reception games thus far, don't hesitate to start Hurst if you need a streaming option.
Mike Gesiciki Fantasy
Sit Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins: Mike Gesicki has been far from a consistent fantasy performer this fall. After finishing Week 2 as the TE5, his 1.6-point performance last week saw him finish as TE56. That outing marked the second time that Gesicki only saw one target this season. To make matters worse, fellow Miami TE Durham Smythe played 15 more snaps than his counterpart while also out-snapping Gesicki, 105-86, this season. The Bengals might be a middle-of-the-pack team against tight ends this season, but that doesn't change the fact that Gesicki belongs on the bench.
Samaje Perine Fantasy
Sit Samaje Perine, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Samaje Perine was a popular waiver pick-up this week after scoring 14.1 fantasy points (RB17) last week. His appeal increased once lead back Joe Mixon was added to Cincinnati's injury report, but that value has since dwindled now that Mixon has been cleared to play. Perine may see a decent amount of work if Mixon experiences a setback, but the Dolphins are still the ninth-best team at defending RBs this season and have only allowed one touchdown to the position so far. Even if you're desperate, Perine is too risky of a play for a TNF matchup.
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