Week 4: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Joe Flacco (vs Cle) – Rebounded nicely against the Patriots in week 3, and faces a Cleveland defense that has allowed an average of 19.5 fantasy points to opposing QB’s this season. Don’t look twice, but Joe is currently the 6th ranked fantasy QB.
  • Matt Ryan (vs Car) – Another favorable matchup here, as Ryan has posted elite numbers thus far this year, and ranks second among fantasy QB’s.

Runningback

  • Cedric Benson (vs  NO) – The Saints’ defense has been in shambles this season, allowing an absurd 215 rushing yards per game. Benson stands to put up great numbers this week, as long as Mike McCarthy will run the ball.
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis (@ Jax) – Similar to Benson, the Lawfirm has a great matchup this week against a Jacksonville defense that has allowed the second most fantasy points to fantasy RB’s. BJGE should get ATLEAST 10 in this game.

Wide Receiver

  • Malcom Floyd (@ KC) – Was great the first two weeks, but is coming off a bad performance against the Falcons. He is definitely Rivers’ favorite target, and like everyone on this list so far, he has a highly favorable matchup in week 4 against a Chiefs defense that is allowing an average of over 20 points to opposing WR’s.
  • Demaryius Thomas (vs Oak) – Oakland is also allowing over 20 points per week to opposing WRs, and they have a habit of turning games into shootouts. Thomas is a solid play this week for sure.

Tight End

  • Kyle Rudolph (@ Det) – Has looked great so far this season, establishing a very nice connection with Christian Ponder, especially in the redzone. Grabbed two scores last week against a top San Francisco defense, and has a far better matchup this week against the Lions.

Team Defense

  • Houston (vs Ten) – Don’t expect Jake Locker to have the same luck he did against Detroit in Houston. With Chris Johnson still unproductive, this could get ugly.
  • Baltimore (vs Cle) – Brandon Weeden has not been up to par so far this season, though his receivers have not been helping him what so ever. Baltimore should key in on a one-dimensional Cleveland team at home.
  • Arizona (vs Mia) – No Reggie Bush, and a rookie QB in Miami. Arizona has looked extremely tough so far this season.

Sit ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Mike Vick (vs NYG) – We’ve seen what the Giants’ pass rush can do over the first few weeks, and we’ve also seen what Vick and the Eagles’ offensive line can’t do. This could be a rough outing for Vick.
  • Tony Romo (vs Chi) – The Dallas offensive line is patched together, and facing a brutally tough Chicago passrush. With how the Cowboys struggled against Tampa in week 3, this could also be a painful game for Tony.

Runningback

  • Chris Johnson (@ Hou) – Again, Chris Johnson continued to put up terrible numbers even though the Titans quite possibly put up more points (44 vs Det) than they will the rest of the season. This week they face a top-tier Houston Defense, and Johnson remains a bad start.
  • Andre Brown (@ Phi) – First, Ahmad Bradshaw is returning from injury and is the starter. Second, the Eagles have a tough defense. If the Giants have a good matchup from here on, Brown is a pretty big stretch of a play. If they dont, you should bench him. If Bradshaw goes back down or the depth chart shifts, Brown returns to stud-status.

Wide Receiver

  • Dez Bryant (vs Chi) – Dez Bryant will struggle in this game. He hasn’t done anything of note all season long, despite the Cowboys managing to put up decent points in two of their three games. This week they play Chicago who has allowed two passing TD’s, and has an amazing pass rush against the Boys’ garbage offensive line.
  • Nate Washington (@ Hou) – Don’t be fooled by his monster week against the Lions. The Titans will struggle against Houston, and Washington is averaging less than three catches a game.

Tight End

  • Jared Cook (@ Hou) – See Nate Washington. Cook will regress here.

Team Defense

  • Cincinnati (@ Jax) – Cinci struggles against the run, and MJD has just hit his stride.
  • New York Jets (vs SF) – Without Revis, this defense has statistically proven struggles.

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