Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 4: Randall Cobb, Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky as it is, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:


Chicago Bears

Jordan Howard – Running Back
It’s intriguing that he’s not listed on the injury reported, despite having been battling a sprained AC joint in his shoulder.  That said on the surface it didn’t appear to hinder him in Week 3, turning a season high 23 carries into 138 yards and 2 TD (while also adding 5 receptions for 26 yards).  He did lose a fumble and you have to wonder if the Bears will be forced into passing mode early due to falling behind a team that is flat out better.

The Packers have allowed the eighth most points per week to opposing running backs, being beaten by both the run and the pass:

  • Rushing – 291 yards and 2 TD
  • Receiving – 86 yards and 2 TD

There is the potential that game flow leads to Howard being shelved later in the game, but he remains a low-end RB2/FLEX option due to the upside.

Verdict – RB2/FLEX in all formats


Tarik Cohen – Running Back
Cohen totaled 102 yards (78 rushing, 24 receiving) in Week 3, despite Howard setting a season high in carries.  He’s going to remain the passing down back, already racking up 20 receptions for 126 yards and 1 TD on 25 targets (leading all running backs through three weeks).  He also could get a lot more run later in the game, if the Bears are playing from behind and trying to catch up to Green Bay.  Regardless the matchup is favorable and the Bears’ deficiencies in the receiving corps is going to mean opportunities for both running backs to produce.  Consider Cohen a viable RB2 in all PPR formats (must start) and a potential FLEX option in all formats.

Verdict – Must start in PPR formats; FLEX option in all formats


Mike Glennon – Quarterback
There’s already been rumblings about moving to Mitch Trubitsky and while the team won Week 3 it wasn’t because of Glennon (101 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).  Even in two-quarterback formats there is far too much risk.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em


Kendall Wright – Wide Receiver
The Bears have been hit hard by injuries to the receiving corps, leaving Wright as the “leader” of an underwhelming group.  Of course he’s managed just 10 receptions, on 14 targets, for 103 yards and 0 TD.  The offense is going to run through the running back duo, leaving the scraps to everyone else and in an uninspiring offense there’s no value elsewhere.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em


Zach Miller – Tight End
He hasn’t had more than 42 receiving yards in a game, despite a receiving corps that lacks much upside at this point.  There is the potential for him to go off in any week, but with the Packers allowing the fewest points per week to opposing tight ends this isn’t the time to expect it.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em


Must Start Options:

  • None


Green Bay Packers

Davante Adams – Wide Receiver
Randall Cobb appears to be heading towards a return, but you have to think that he’s going to be limited in what he can do.  That’s going to leave Adams, who leads the Packers’ receiving corps with 206 yards, as a solid option in all formats.  The matchup should be favorable, so unless you are extremely deep he’s well worth using as a WR2/3 in all formats.

Verdict – Worth utilizing as a WR2/3


Randall Cobb – Wide Receiver
There’s no questioning his upside, when healthy, with 21 targets over the first two weeks.  The question is, after sitting out Week 3 just how much is Cobb going to be able to do this week?  You’d have to think that he’s going to be limited in his opportunities, and given the other options you would expect Cobb to be on some sort of a pitch count.  That puts a lot of risk in play here, especially early in the week.

Verdict – Sit, since the risk outweighs the reward


Geronimo Allison – Wide Receiver
Allison had a big game in Week 3, with 6 receptions and 122 yards.  However with Cobb looking likely to return Allison should fall back into the fourth option in a deep receiving corps.  Throw in the presence of Ty Montgomery and Martellus Bennett and there’s no way to trust him.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em


Martellus Bennett – Tight End
He’s the type of player that you want to believe in, yet he’s turned 21 targets into 11 receptions and has not yet found the end zone.  One of these weeks he’s likely to explode, but given the other options that are out there and the potential for another poor performance there’s no reason to take the risk on Thursday night.

Verdict – Sit ‘Em


Must Start Options:

  • Aaron Rodgers – Quarterback
  • Ty Montgomery – Running Back
  • Jordy Nelson – Wide Receiver


Sources – ESPN, CBS Sports,

Make sure to check out all of our Week 4 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2017): Week 4: Dak Prescott, Chris Carson, T.Y. Hilton & More
Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Derrick Henry, DeVante Parker, Tarik Cohen & More


  1. Kermit says:

    Hey Prof – Jay Ajayi Sun Morning Questionable, Chris Carson Sun Night or Tarik Cohen Thursday. Playing 2 in 10 team PPR. Yikes – trust Ajayi? I’m leaning toward Carson and Ajayi – am I crazy? Cohen has been consistent! Stick with him week 4? Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. Ben says:

    Hey Prof. would u start Montgomery or Fournette this week?

  3. Kyle k says:

    Which 3 should I start out of Howard, Cohen, Carson and Ajayi? Its a Big play ppr league.

  4. Angelo V says:

    Need to dump 1: JJ Nelson, John Brown, Fleener or Engram? ppr league.

  5. Sam says:

    Hi Professor,
    Here is the my line-up for this week. Can you please check and let me know any suggestions from Bench

    Starting Line-up

    QB Derek Carr

    RB 1 Jordan Howard

    RB 2 C.J. Anderson

    WR 1 Odell Beckham Jr.

    WR 2 Brandin Cooks

    TE Zach Ertz

    FLEX Allen Hurns

    D/ST Eagles

    K Giorgio Tavecchio


    Delanie Walker

    Derrick Henry

    Tyrell Williams

    DeSean Jackson

    Jamaal Charles

    Rams D/ST

    Andre Ellington

  6. Josh says:

    would you drop doyle for r.griffin or Austin seferian jenkins.

  7. Gumby says:

    Yo Professor,
    I recently proposed a trade in which I received Ameer Abdullah, Marshawn Lynch, Randall Cobb and DeSean Jackson in exchange for C.J. Anderson, Ty Montgomery, Taylor Gabriel and Sterling Shepard. I personally thought it was a steal because I don’t have a solid WR corps or even an elite WR on my team, so I always have to go back and forth into free agency every week and hope I get by, which so far has been successful, I’m 2-1 on the season. I’d be willing to have less of a running backfield if I can have some decent WRs that are week-to-week. Plus, Taylor Gabriel and Sterling Shepard are waiver wire pickups that I’d gotten a day prior. Anyways, was this a good trade?
    Also, do you think that at this point, it’d be solid to keep Chris Carson as an RB2?

    • Gumby says:

      My current line-up is set up like this for week 4:
      QB-Dak Prescott
      RB1-Ty Montgomery
      RB2-Chris Carson
      WR1-Sterling Shepard
      WR2-Travis Benjamin
      TE-Jimmy Graham
      FLEX-C.J. Anderson
      D/ST- Seahawks D/ST
      K-Dan Bailey

      Tyler Lockett, Sea WR
      Charles Clay, Buf TE
      Alex Smith, KC QB
      Evan Engram, NYG TE
      Taylor Gabriel, Atl WR
      Carson Palmer, Ari QB
      Wendell Smallwood, Phi RB

    • Yes on Carson being a RB2.

      I’m not a big fan of Jackson, so while Cobb is a nice add I’m not sure it’s a huge improement to your WR corps overall

      • Gumby/Patty says:

        I think Jackson would fit fairly as a low-end WR2, but that’s only because Charles Clay has to be in the flex because he’s been solid lately. Marshawn Lynch could jump on as an RB1, considering he’s used a bit in the end zone. Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it.

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