Week 4 Start Em or Sit Em

Featured, Sports and Bets — September 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm by

Hopefully you’re at least 2-1 through three weeks in your fantasy leagues and ready for the next 8 weeks of dealing with byes. That’s realistically what you should hope, win two out of every three games, and that should put you in prime position for the playoffs no matter what your format is. This week only Carolina and Green Bay have byes so not too much to worry about there.

I’ve concluded that at almost all costs I’m avoiding players that play Thursday nights. It always seems like a sloppy game and there is no worse feeling then going into a weekend of games with a Thursday dud already on your score sheet.

Quarterbacks: Start Em

RGIII- Despite the fact that you can call him RG0-3, he has put up decent fantasy numbers thus far from his passing yards in garbage time. He is still not running much, but I think his matchup this week against Oakland is a good one.


Andrew Luck- I feel like Luck and this offense will put up massive numbers in Jacksonville this Sunday even though they will run the ball a ton. Look for Luck to account for three scores.

Tom Brady– I’m starting Tom with confidence this week because New England will finally be playing a good team. They are going to have to score often to match Atlanta’s offensive output in the dome. Also it seems like Dobson and Thompkins are starting to get it finally, as they both played well last week.

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Tony Romo– Romo has been incredibly solid thus far fantasy wise, and that will continue out in San Diego Sunday. The Chargers are yielding big games to every quarterback they face(even lowly Jake Locker last week.)

Sit Em:

Russell Wilson- Just for the fact that there are so many more attractive options this week, I’m sitting Wilson in what should be a tough game in Houston. Wilson is right on the cusp of being an every week starter despite the matchup, but not quite there.

Colin Kaepernick- Its tough to bench this guy because of his immense talent. But this week there are a lot of factors going against him. He is playing in a tough environment against a team he hasn’t yet beaten, his lack of weapons is really starting to show, and the Niners are going to run the ball as much as they possibly can. I’m staying away this week.

Running Back Start Em:

Frank Gore- For the same reasons I’m benching Kaepernick I’m starting Gore. San Fran will run the ball in excess of forty times in my opinion and Gore will receive at least half of those. I like him against a run defense that got gashed by DeMarco Murray last week. (Even though he plays on Thursday.)

Lamar Miller– Yes, he has been too much miss and too little hit so far, but I love his matchup Monday night. Miami will want to run the ball and try and control the clock in New Orleans to keep that offense off the field as much as possible. The Saints average 35 points a game at home, and they are allowing 5.36 yards per attempt to opposing backs. This all adds up to Lamar Miller getting fed early and often, so start him.

Darren McFadden– You pretty much have to start as many guys going against the Redskins as possible. McFadden should turn his twenty plus touches into 100 scrimmage yards and I like him to score.

Sit Em:

Daryl Richardson– He really stuck it to me last week by playing two plays and re-injuring his foot. But he has practiced the last two days and is slated to start tonight against the Niners, but I’m not risking it. He’ll have to prove it to me before he cracks my lineup again.

CJ Spiller– Let’s hope you’re not the one who spent an early first rounder on this dud. Things won’t get any easier with the Ravens coming to town, and word is their bringing that tough run d with them.

Denver backs– You want to drive yourself crazy, watch Inception. Or you can start a Denver running back and wonder if you made the right guess-you got a one in three chance. No thanks, nothing is more annoying then having picked the wrong guys on your own roster to start.

Wide Receiver Start Em

Torrey Smith/Marlon Brown– I think my old high school teammates Ian and Ricky would have big games against this secondary right now. Buffalo is hurting on the back-end, from injuries, not an inmate named Bubba. Baltimore’s wide outs will both put up big games and should both score.


Pierre Garçon– RGIII’s main target, he will see plenty of action Sunday out in Oakland. He is third in the NFL with 157 yards after the catch.

Marques Colston– Always love Colston at home, but especially this week against Miami, who does not have a shutdown corner. I think he breaks out this week on the national stage.

Stephen Hill– If you have to dig deep Hill is a great option. He has quietly been very productive in the Jets passing game and still might be available for pick up if you’re thin outside.

Sit Em:

Anquan Boldin– I’m beginning to think week one was an anomaly, and Q is back down to Earth. Seattle gave the rest of the NFL the blueprint to stop San Fran. (Of course not many have the personnel to do it like they did). You jam Boldin on the line with your top cover guy and play him man to man. This is not rocket science and that is a recipe for trying to stop any big time receiver, but in Boldin’s case at his age he can’t separate like younger more athletic guys can. St. Louis has the cover guys to be a fly in the ointment to Q tonight.

Larry Fitzgerald– After a dominant week 1 performance, Fitz has been very pedestrian because he’s been hobbled by a hamstring. I don’t think this is the week he gets it together considering Revis will be up his ass.

Andre Johnson– I’m not trying to be repetitive but I’m just not going to start the guy who’s facing Richard Sherman.

Tight End Start Em:

By now you roll with the guys who have been producing. Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas, and surprisingly the old man Antonio Gates. These guys don’t leave your lineup. If you’re not fortunate enough to possess one of those studs, a waiver wire pick up and start possibility is Jordan Reed from Washington. Check the injury report because he has a minor hamstring issue but he is the tight end of the future for RGIII. He is already been more productive than incumbent starter Fred Davis, and they have a favorable matchup against the Raiders.

Sit Em:

Jared Cook– Cook broke out week 1 and had been quiet since. I need proof before I play him again.

Kyle Rudolph– It’s a shame because he has the potential to be a stud, but Ponder just can’t get him the ball downfield. His production is solely based on if he catches a short TD pass or not.

Defense Start Em:

KC– The Chiefs are the number 1 fantasy D and they get to feast on the lowly Giants this week at home.

Cincinnati– Lets see if Hoyer can do it back to back weeks, this time against one of the best defenses in the league.

Sit Em:

New England– Usually a solid play but not this week in Atlanta.

Houston– I’m betting you can find a better option this week.

Remember it’s not too early to start looking ahead at your own bye weeks. Chances are you only rostered one defense so look ahead at the match ups of waiver wire defenses, and pick up the one you want a few weeks ahead of time. The same goes for position players, find out who is playing Jacksonville or Oakland and roster one of those guys.


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