Fantasy Football: Week 4 Start Or Sit
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens--8:20 PM (THURS)
Start--Joe Flacco, QB (BAL)
Reason--The Browns have allowed eight touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks through the first three weeks of the season and this week should be much of the same. Flacco is coming off of a three touchdown game and is currently sporting a 6-to-2 touchdown to interception ratio, so start Flacco with confidence this week.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons--1:00 PM
Sit--Cam Newton, QB (CAR)
Reason--Newton has come back to Earth over the first three weeks of the season and has just four total touchdowns compared to five interceptions and this week may not be much better. I am not saying to throw in the towel on Newton, but all signs indicate Newton may be suffering from a sophomore slump.
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills--1:00 PM
Sit--Fred Jackson, RB (BUF)
Reason--There is a chance that Jackson suits up this week against the Patriots, but even if he does I don’t think he is worth starting considering the matchup. The Patriots defense has allowed just one rushing touchdown to opposing running backs, so don’t expect too much production from Jackson if he plays.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions--1:00 PM
Start--Mikel Leshoure, RB (DET)
Reason--The Vikings have been solid against the run this season and have yet to give up a rushing touchdown, but the way Leshoure ran last week I with take the gamble and start him. Kevin Smith is pretty much out of the picture now, so he will get the full workload and should be able to produce enough to start him this week.
San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs--1:00 PM
Sit--Chargers Defense/Special Teams
Reason--The Chiefs defense looked great the first two weeks of the season, but was exposed last week against the Falcons. The Chiefs offense is good enough to hang with the Chargers, as shown last week in the comeback win over the Saints, so if you have another option go that route.
Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams--1:00 PM
Start--Seahawks Defense/Special Teams
Reason--The Seahawks defense ranks fourth against the run and sixth against the pass in terms of fantasy points against this season and this week they face off against an unimpressive Rams teams that hasn’t put up much points this year. If the trends keep moving in the right direction this should be another solid performance from this defense on Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets--1:00 PM
Sit--Shonn Greene, RB (NYJ)
Reason--The 49ers defense has allowed just 189 yards on 64 carries to opposing running backs through the first three games without allowing a touchdown. Greene has produced just 63 yards in his last two games, so even if the matchup was more favorable he would be hard to start at this point.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans--1:00 PM
Sit--Chris Johnson, RB (TEN)
Reason--We knew entering the season that the Titans would struggle, but no one could’ve guessed how bad Johnson would play. Through the first three games Johnson has just 45 rushing yards on 33 carries, which if you do the math is less than two yards per carry. Until he proves he proves otherwise, keep him on your bench.
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos--4:05 PM
Start--Denarius Moore, WR (OAK)
Reason--The Raiders passing game took a big hit last Sunday when Darrius Heyward-Bey was carted off the field with a head injury, leaving Moore at the team’s top target. The Broncos have allowed four touchdowns to opposing wide receivers through the first three games and the Raiders will need to pass early and often if they want to compete in this game, so start Moore with confidence.
Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals--4:05 PM
Sit--Beanie Wells, RB (ARI)
Reason--Wells is off to a rather unproductive season, and is now suffering from a toe injury that is likely turf toe. This type of injury is extremely painful and usually results in missed time, so don’t expect to see Wells on the field this week and be sure to get him out of your lineups.
Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars--4:05 PM
Start--BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB (CIN)
Reason--Green-Ellis is on his way to another solid season and this week does not look to be one that will slow him down. The Jaguars have allowed five touchdowns to opposing running backs this season and in a matchup that will likely come down to the wire, Green-Ellis should get a heavy workload to boost his production.
New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers--4:25 PM
Start--Cedric Benson, RB (GB)
Reason--Although Benson hasn’t given much of a reason to start him this season, going up against the Saints this week could change your opinion. The Saints have given up 505 rushing yards and five touchdowns to opposing running backs through the first three games, including a 233 yard game to Jamaal Charles in Week 3. So if there was a week to start Benson, this would be it.
Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers--4:25 PM
Start--Fred Davis, TE (WAS)
Reason--Opposing offenses have targeted their tight ends 23 times against the Buccaneers this season which has resulted in 13 receptions for 136 yards and one touchdown, which suggests there is a matchup to exploit. With Pierre Garcon likely out once again this week expect Davis to get heavily targeted in this one.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles--8:20 PM
Sit--Hakeem Nicks, WR (NYG)
Reason--When Nicks is healthy he is usually a must-start, but this week he faces off against a defense that held him to just six receptions for 94 yards in two games last season. Expect Nnamdi Asomugha to give him fits once again in this matchup holding him to minimal production in this NFC East rivalry.
Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys--8:30 PM (MON)
Sit--Tony Romo, QB (DAL)
Reason--The Bears defense has allowed just two touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks through the first three weeks of the season and that is including a game against the explosive Packers offense. This week should be no different for the Bears, so it would be wise to look for another option if you are planning on starting Romo this week.
Week 4 Bye Week: Indianapolis, Pittsburgh
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