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Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Buccaneers vs Patriots

Isaiah De Los Santos
Fantasy football picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots Week 4 matchup, including Leonard Fournette and Damien Harris.
Fantasy football picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots Week 4 matchup, including Leonard Fournette and Damien Harris. / Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

All eyes will be on this week's Sunday Night Football matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Bucs as 7-point favorites, suggesting it could be an uphill battle for the Pats.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 4 SNF showdown.

Leonard Fournette Fantasy

Start Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It hasn't been the hottest start for Leonard Fournette with Ronald Jones being named the team's early starter. However, Jones' struggles have been apparent, opening up the door for Fournette to make a statement on Sunday night. Fournette has out-carried Jones, 15 to 11, over the past two games. Fournette's pass-catching abilities have seen him rack up 7 targets in that span as well, compared to just 3 for Jones. Fournette has the obvious edge on the ground, and this Patriots defense is currently giving up the ninth-most rushing yards per game (122.7). Fournette is in prime position to deliver for fantasy managers, especially given that New England is expected to lead big as 7-point favorites. That should mean plenty of opportunities on the ground for Fournette in a run-friendly game script.

Jakobi Meyers Fantasy

Start Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots: Jakobi Meyers has proven himself as an early favorite of quarterback Mac Jones. Meyers leads the team with 29 targets, 11 more than the next-closest player in Nelson Agholor. The third-year wideout is coming off of his best game of the season against a strong New Orleans Saints secondary, racking up 9 receptions (on 14 targets) for 94 yards. Now he gets a matchup against the defense allowing the most PPR points per game to WRs (58.93) this season. Tampa Bay is also dealing with injuries in the secondary and still working in some new pieces, so Meyers has a golden opportunity to get his first touchdown score of the season.

Ronald Jones Fantasy

Sit Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It's hard to trust Ronald Jones at this point. His Week 1 fumble landed him in the doghouse, and his struggles have only snowballed to begin the year. After seeing 41% of the team's snaps in Week 2, his snap share cratered to just 16% in Week 3. That's because the Bucs were playing catch-up, which meant work for preferred passing game options Leonard Fournette and Givoani Bernard. Not only should Fournette inherit most of those looks with Bernard out, but he's also likely the option Tampa Bay would turn to in a blowout. Fournette saw a season-high 11 carries in the team's 48-25 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, compared to just 6 touches for Jones. With the Bucs' projected to lead comfortably in this game, starting Jones is just asking for disappointment.

Damien Harris Fantasy

Sit Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots: The Patriots' backfield is always a fantasy landmine, and this year is no different. While Damien Harris is the clear lead back on the ground, James White is actually outpacing him in PPR scoring -- RB32 vs RB37 -- thanks to his pass-catching abilities. With White now sidelined, it's not clear who will absorb his passing game looks, since Harris (6), Brandon Bolden (4) J.J. Taylor (2) and Rhamondre Stevenson (1) have all seen targets this season. Harris could continue to be the featured rusher while the others make up for White's absence. However, this is a nightmare matchup. The Bucs are allowing the second-fewest rushing yards per game (56.3) and giving up the 10th-fewest PPR points per game to RBs (21.07). New England may also be forced to ditch the run game in order to keep up with Tom Brady and Tampa Bay's high-powered offense. Harris' upside seems limited this week, especially with threats to steal targets behind him on the depth chart.

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.