Fantasy football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: How to set your lineups for Week 4

Fantasy football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: How to set your lineups for Week 4

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As we enter week 4 and get closer to closing out the first quarter of the season, many of our theories and perceptions of both teams and players start to take shape.  For instance, Chicago’s defense is terrible.  If you have started your players against them, you have been rewarded.

This Sunday, the Bears host the Lions, who’s offense has put up big fantasy numbers so far this season.  With that said starting Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones is a given, but which running backs should you start from these teams? We’ll get to them in a min, but I also want to touch on some other offensive games like Indianapolis vs Jacksonville, and New Orleans vs San Diego.

All these teams have to offenses to put up big number but have be very inconsistent this season.  Deciding which receiver to start on each team has been a crap shoot, but if we drill down to the individual matchups, we may be able to find some gems.

Be sure to check back with our start/sit column on Thursday’s each week to make sure you have your lineup set for Sunday. As new information becomes available, we’ll update the column to reflect the latest changes.



Andy Dalton (vs. Miami)

Dalton and the Bengals have gotten off to a slow start this year, but this is the week they should break out.  A.J. Green, one of my best Daily Fantasy plays of the week, faces the Dolphins on a short week.  After getting burned by Jimmy Garoppolo and struggling against Cody Kessler and Terrelle Pryor Sr (8 receptions for 144 yards) last week, Green who is 6’4” should have no problem against Byron Maxwell and Xavien Howard who are both 6’ 1”.  My bet is Dalton should hook up with Green all night long.


Joe Flacco (vs. Oakland)

After 2 weeks on the road the Ravens face a Raiders team at home that has been struggling against the pass giving up the most passaing yareds and the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.  They were lit up by Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, and even had trouble with Marcus Mariota, this past week without Delanie Walker in the lineup.  Vegas sees this game as a 47 O/U and Flacco and the Ravens laying four points which equates to a nice 24.75 implied team total. which should make for a good fantasy week for Flacco (Wallace too) considering the Ravens struggle to run the averaging 82.3 yards per game and 3.3 YPC.


 Kirk Cousins (vs.Cleveland:

After a slow start to the season, Cousins looked good last week, 296 yards (8.5 YPA) and a 2 TD’s , against the Giants hooking up with DeSean Jackson deep a few times.  Redskins’ red-zone issues have been a problem so far this season which they did not have last season.  . Washington has scored a touchdown on just 21.43 percent of its red-zone trips. Only the Texans (14.29 percent) have been worse.

This week Cousins gets a weak Cleveland pass defense. The Browns are allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Philip Rivers (vs. New Orleans):

Rule #1 this season, start any quarterback playing against the Saints.   Even though Rivers didn’t throw a single touchdown against the terrible Colts secondary, the New Orleans defense is yielding 309 passing yards per game and Saints are one of two teams yet to pick off a pass.

The Chargers are playing at home this week, and in his only home start this season, Rivers carved up the Jaguars defense throwing four touchdowns. Its not only the Saints back end that has issues, their front end is just as bad as they have just four sacks.


Russell Wilson (at New York Jets)

This is a tough one for Wilson. Not only is he still dealing with a sprained left ankle, he also has a sprained MCL in his right knee, he faces a stout Jets front this week that will put an enormous amount of pressure on Wilson.  This will make it tough for Wilson to roll out and scramble and  with the Jets tough against the run and the Seahawks coming east for a 1pm game… I have to sit him, there are better option out there.
Eli Manning (at Minnesota)

Manning is another guy not on my list this week.  The Minnesota defense has proven to be stout this year doing a number on Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers the last two weeks. With the terrible Giants O-Line and Eli’s susceptibility to turnovers, well you get it.

Running Backs


Theo Riddick (at Chicago)

Not much to say here, Bears defense bad, a RB that rushes and catches passes out of the backfield good.  The Bears’ defensive front has been decimated by injuries, so we should se a lot of scoring from the Lions offense on Sunday. Riddick is going to split carries with Dwayne Washington, but he’s pair primary back out of the backfield.


Isaiah Crowell at Redskins:

It’s hard to believe, but as bad as the Browns are, Crowell is third in the league in rushing with 274 yards and fourth in yards-per-carry average at 6.1.  They have a rookie QB so Im sure the Browns will keep feeding the Crow.

The Redskins have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to the running back position surrendering over 4.62 YPC and the most rushing touchdowns. Browns O-Line has been playing well.   Pro Football Focus’ has Thomas ranked the No. 12 run-blocking tackle, and Bitonio is their No. 5 guard.
Jordan Howard (vs. Detroit)

We finally saw the last of Langford (for a while at least) Langford was dead last among running backs making tacklers miss.   He broke only one tackle on 36 touches.  To put this in perspective, Howard has already slipped three tackles on 18 touches.. Let me quote some more bad stats incase your not convinced.  The Lions allow 5.31 YPC to running backs. The Lions are last in yards per carry allowed in the NFL (5.1 per carry). Here is the clincher, the Lions’ run defense allowed Eddie Lacy to run for 100+ yards against them. I expect Howard to get 20+ touches and break 100+ total yards and at least a TD this week.

Matt Jones (vs. Cleveland)

Washington’s backfield is terrible, but with that said so it the Cleveland defense.  Jones is not fast or elusive at all, but he won’t have to be against the Browns. I expect Cousins to throw a ton, but you have to run every now and again which should allow Jones to get about 15 or more touches.  One may even be a goaline carry!


Jerick McKinnon (vs. New York Giants):

 The Vikings’  and McKinnon couldn’t get much of a running game going against the Panthers last week and I expect the same this week when they face The Giants.   With the addition of ex New York Jets NT Damon Harrison, they are allowing just 3.31 YPC .  The Giants secondary is banged up, so I would expect Bradford to air it out and McKinnon to get his yards out of the backfield.  There are definitely better choices out there.


Christine Michael (at New York Jets)

Michael is now the main back in Seattle after Rawls went down.  As good as that is for his fantasy owners, he gets a very tough match up this week against the a Jets’ defense that has allowed the third-lowest yards per game rushing this season.

Michael has struggled his whole career so far and last week he played the 49ers let’s not forget.  I don’t see a big upside week here with Wilson and Graham Banged up.


Wide Receivers


Jamison Crowder vs. Browns:

Crowder has been getting very consistent targets the last few weeks.  He leads the team in targets with 25, running most out of the slot.  Crowder has even seen 7 targets in the redzone.  Crowder show face off against Browns slot CB Tramon Williams how has struggle to stop receivers this season.  The Browns as a whole have struggle to shut WR’s down, but it’s good to know Crowder has a great one on one matchup.

Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams (vs. New Orleans):

Both guys have a great matchup this week against a Saints team that can’t stop the run OR the pass.  Pro Football Focus gives all three Saints CB’s negative grades.  The Saints have allowed the fifth-most yards to receivers this season and with Vegas giving this game a O/U of 53.5, the Chargers’ are expected to put up about 29 points


Tyler Lockett (at New York Jets)

With Locket and Russell Wilson at less than 100%, Its hard for me to start any Seahawk other than maybe Baldwin.  I’d look to play other options such as Emmanual Sanders, Kevin White, Tyrell Williams or Sammie Coates.

Tight Ends


Zach Miller (vs. Detroit):

Brian Hoyer may have put Zack Miller back in the fantasy relevant list.  Hoyer targeted 9 times last week and Miller caught 8 of themf or 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Hoyer seems to like his tight end on third downs and near the goal line especially with Jeffery banged up.  Detroit has been terrible against the pass this season, especially when it comes to defending opposing tight ends. Last season Detroit allowed the 4th most fantasy points to tight ends and this year they already give up the most to the positon
Dennis Pitta (vs. Oakland)

Pitta has finally emerged as I stated in my waiver wire picks for week 4 column.  Not only is he Flacco’s favorite target, but he gets the porous Raiders defense this week. Oakland has given up the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Pitta will get a nice amount of targets, but we could really use one in the redzone.


Gary Barnidge (at Washington)

Barnidge has had a slow start to the season.  It looked like McCown would have helped his fantasy value, but now with Kessler at QB it has not gotten better.  Pryor as seen the ball a ton and Crow has been getting touches.  At some point I think Barnidge as to see some more targets.  Until then his she stay on your bench.

Dwayne Allen (at Jacksonville)

Allen has been a disappointment one again.  Even without Fleener in town, he is getting out produced by another tight end, Doyle.  If its not lack of production its an injury.  Pass on Allen.


Team Defenses

Detroit Lions (at Chicago)

Im banking on the Lions capitalizing on a number of Chicago mistakes this week. As much as I like Hoyer and Howard this week for DFS, with Jeffery banged up I expect Howard and or Hoyer to turn the ball over at least once each.

Washington Redskins (vs. Cleveland)

Washington forced 3 turnovers last week against the Giants and had 2 sacks.  I expect them to force a few more against rookie QB Cody Kessler this week.

Week 15 Start or Sit Advice

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Who to start in your Fantasy Football Lineup

Two more weeks and two more wins to go!. That’s what all us Fantasy owners are facing going into this week trying to get to our league championship game.

Lets hope our Fantasy stars continue to keep showing up for us and playing well.  Its weeks like last week where someone Peyton Manning and his receivers don’t show up and cost you a playoff game that I love.(except if it was my team).  After all, fantasy owners that thought they had a great team, but didn’t realize they were winning only because Peyton or Demarious Thomas put up 40- 50fpts and the rest of your team only put up 40 points.  Teams like that clearly lacked depth and were lucky to make it this far.

Fantasy owners that had the Saints players like Brees, Graham, Stills and Ingram have a right to be mad that their guys didnt take advantage of their matchup great matchup against the Panthers.

This week fantasy owners have some injury concerns to think about this week with Cam Newton (back) out, and hopefully Jamal Charles(knee), Eddie Lacy (hip) and Julio Jones (hip) will play.

Quarterbacks to Start in Week 15

Matt Ryan vs Pit

This is a great matchup for Ryan with or without Jones playing this week.  With Jones playing, Ryan should put up Fantasy quarterback numbers. Without him, hes good,, but he should have success against the Steelers. Pittsburgh in the last seven  games has given up at least 20 Fantasy points to quarterbacks.  . Ryan is seems to be getting back to his old ways of playing well, but either way you should start Ryan with confidence in Week 15.

Ben Roethlisberger vs ATL

Roethlisberger was one of the biggest fantasy surprises  this year.. I expect him to continue carrying this momentum over to Week 15 in another road game against the Falcons. Atlanta has had trouble with quarterbacks this season with seven scoring at least 20 Fantasy points.  Now Falcons safety William Moore (foot) is banged up.  This should be one of the best games of the weekend from a fantasy perspective with a lot of points being scored.  Roethlisberger should help Fantasy owners yet again.

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Week 11 Start or Sit Advice – Who too Start in Your Fantasy Lineup

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Going into Week 11 with just a few weeks to make to playoffs, I think we can all use a win.   Again Im not going to talk about the obvious starts like Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, etc, Im going to mention those middle of the road guys or maybe even a guy like Larry Fitxgerald that has a tough matchup and let you know to sit him.  Similar to what I said last week about Jay Cutler.  I told many of your members to bench him because of his past history of playing at Lambaugh Field.

With that being said, many of you are playing weekly fantasy football at sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings.  This gives us a great opportunity to work in value pics for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups everyweek since many of those guys are the middle of the road guys I spoke about such as a Mark Ingram, Justin Forsett, Mark Sanchez, etc.

This week we have three new quarterbacks in Arizona (Drew Stanton), Houston (Ryan Mallett) and St. Louis (Shaun Hill), which will could impact their wide receivers in a negative way.

Things we to know this week, before the games kickoff — will the Broncos lean on C.J. Anderson or Montee Ball in a good matchup against the Rams. Will Arian Foster (groin) be active, otherwise Alfred Blue could be a sneaky sleeper this week against the Browns.  I think Bernard will be out again, so Hill will be the guy in Cincinnati

This we will be wondering about, will Jay Cutler  rebound against the Vikings? Does Ben Roethlisberger andn the Steelers get back on track this week against the Titans. After a great game last week will Mark Sanchez be able to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in week 11.

Now let’s answer some of your start sit questions this week and find the best matchups we can for your fantasy team.

Quarterbacks to Start Week 11

Jay Cutler vs Min

Despite Jay Cutler’s performance the last few weeks, he can still help your team. I warned everybody last week that Lambeau Field has been a house of horrors for him, but this week returning home should be a boost of confidence, if not playing the  Vikings should be. Minnesota has allowed four quarterbacks, Drew Brees, Rodgers and even Kyle Orton to throw multiple touchdowns and score at least 19 fantasy points.  Cutler has scored at least 20 Fantasy points in two of his 3 home games this season.

 Mark Sanchez  vs at GB

Seems everyone is jumping on the Sanchez band wagon.  He looked good in the preseason and lets face it he has nothing to lose so there is no pressure.  His price in weekly fantasy leagues was great last week so he was a great option.

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Week 8 Start or Sit Advice – Who You Should Start in Your Fantasy Lineup

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This season injuries have kept fantasy owners guessing about who will play and who will get hurt next. As we start Week 8 Brandon Marshall is still ify week to week..

Calvin Johnson  and Jimmy Graham have been decoys, A.J. Green is still not healthy and almost every Fantasy owner has dealt with a running back injury or off-the-field situation causing us to work those waiver wires..

All this chaos has made our start or sit articles extremely necessary to help fantasy owners make some informed decisions with their lineups.

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Week 6 Start or Sit Advice – Who You Should Start in Your Fantasy Lineup

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Injuries have are still piling up, especially at running back, and some of us are missing our studs this week with Jamaal Charles (wasn’t he just out?? ) and Jimmy Graham on a bye and now Megatron, Monte Ball, Rashad Jennngs and A.J. Green are out as well with injuries. Hopefully your Fantasy teams were able to avoid any injuries and we add guys like Andre Williams or Branden Oliveroff the waiver wire to our lineups for some bye week depth. We got a Tom Brady bounce back last week against Cincinnati,   Peyton Manning lit up the Cardinals and Mike Glennon did his best Drew Brees impression for Drew Brees getting into a shootout with the Saints. Lets take a look at some less obvious or questionable start or sit calls for this week. Continue reading

Week 5 Start or Sit Advice – Who You Should Start in Your Fantasy Lineup

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This week most of  teams should be back to full strength unless you are one of the few Lamar miller owners (Miami and Oakland are the only teams on a bye).  Our studs on bye last week had a chance to rest up and get better and injuries were minimal this past week.

Jamaal Charles returned with a vengeance in Week 4, let’s hope it’s the start of things to come. Eddie Lacy  and Le Shon McCoy are off to slow starts can they get on track?  Calvin Johnson has struggled the last few weeks because of injury, but if healthy he should bounce back this week against the Bills.  Tom Brady is another one that has Fantasy owners scratching their heads.  He has been virtually unstartable since last year.

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Week 4 Start or Sit Advice

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Quarterbacks to Start Week 4

Philip Rivers (vs Jax): Its to easy to just pick the quarterback and defense playing Jacksonville and pick them as a starter, that’s a no brainer.  I put him on my list for two reasons, one I know that many people like myself play the one week fantasy games  and he looks like a good buy this week.  The second reason is, Rivers is coming off consecutive games with at least 23 Fantasy points and facing a Jaguars defense

Colin Kaepernick (vs Phi): Kaepernick is he has at least 20 Fantasy points in two of his first three games, and now he gets the Eagles defense who is giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year.  Its hard to trust Kaepernick after his past two games, but this is a must win game and he has a great match up.

Jay Cutler (vs GB): So far this season, Cutler has at least 20 Fantasy points in all three games, and at least 19 Fantasy points in two of his past three home games against the Packers. I expect him to keep this trend going and to lean on Forte a little more if Marshall is unable to go.

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Week 3 Start or Sit Advice

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Quarterbacks to Start Week 3

Matt Ryan, (vs TMB): With both teams defenses struggling I think this should have a lot of scoring.   Ryan has done well against the Bucs in the past and Tampa defense has allowed the highest amount of deep passes completed to opposing teams

Jay Cutler (vs NYJ): With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery questionable to play against a 49ers, we didn’t know how Cutler would do. As it turned out Marshall and Jeffery did play and Cutler put up four touchdowns on the 49ers. This week he plays the Jets who are giving up the most touchdown passes to opposing teams.Week 2 Start or Sit Advice

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Week 2 Start or Sit Advice

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Quarterbacks to Start Week 2

Nick Foles (at IND): Foles didn’t  start off well  in Week 1 against the Jaguars, but ended up finishing with 322 passing yards and two touchdowns.   Week 2 should be more of the same. The Colts allowed Peyton to throw three touchdowns  to his TE Thomas(Zack Ertz should have a good day)

Jake Locker (vs. DAL): I know most Fantasy owners don’t need to rely on Locker yet, but he has a great match up in the Cowboys. Building off of his 18 plus fantasy points a game last season, he played great in Week 1 with 266 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Cheifs.

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Week 1 Start or Sit Advice

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It has finally arrived; the start of the 2014 season is upon us, which means only one thing to fantasy owners, you better set your lineup! In most cases, you never consider benching someone you drafted as a starter, especially with your early-round pick, but I want to point out certain matchups you may want to consider when putting together your line up. Some games, scoring could be minimal, such as Cleveland at Pittsburgh and others have tough matchups, like Green Bay at Seattle.  Remember their last meeting?  Would you ever consider benching Aaron Rodgers?  What about against the Seahawks? Who would you start in instead? Keep reading which players to start, sit as well as the sleepers I like for week 1.  

Quarterbacks to Start Week 1

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers: Kaepernick and the 49ers offense were miserable in the preseason , but that should all change this week when they play the Cowboys.  When Michael Crabtree is in the lineup, Kapernick’s numbers are much higher then add to that he gets the Cowboys  who just might have the worst defense in the NFL this season. Can you say bounce back?  Jay Cutler, Bears: Cutler is going to make a lot of Fantasy owners happy this season (if he stays healthy). Cutler was great at home last season with at least 20 Fantasy points in his first four outings in Chicago.  The Bills have a good pass rush, but once the bears handle that by putting Cutler in the shotgun or running a few screens, then it’s a wrap. It will be pitch and catch with his two big targets; Brandon Marshall is 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. Alshon Jeffrey is 6-3, 216 pounds  Tony Romo (vs. SF): Fantasy owners love Tony Romo this season, and I like his matchup in Week 1. Look for Romo to do his part in keeping up with Kaepernick.  

Quarterbacks To Sit in Week 1

Cam Newton, Panthers: Offensive line is not as good as last year and he has bad ribs that will limit both his passing and his rushing ability.  Enough said!   Andy Dalton, Bengals:  He has a bad history against Baltimore with five touchdowns and eight interceptions in his past five meetings.  On top of that they want to run the ball more. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers:  Cleveland’s defense is legit. And now Under coach Mike Pettine, this unit should surprise Fantasy owners.  Big Ben Averaged just over 12 points a game last season against the Browns, Big Ben has just six touchdown passes in his past four games   Bust alert: Aaron Rodgers (at SEA): You didn’t draft Rodgers to bench him in Week 1. Let’s get that out of the way. And there aren’t many backup quarterbacks you paired with Rodgers on Draft Day worth starting over him — Cutler and Wilson are likely the only candidates. But you have to consider how dominant the Seahawks have been at home, and there’s a chance Rodgers could struggle. In the past two years, only one quarterback has passed for 200 yards and multiple touchdowns in the same game at Seattle, which wasTom Brady in 2012, including Drew Brees, Romo and Kaepernick twice – along with Rodgers. He failed to do so in 2012 when he was 26-of-39 passing for 223 yards and no touchdowns. Now, Rodgers has looked sharp this preseason with 61 percent completions and three touchdowns in limited action, and he’s played well in hostile environments plenty in his career. Use caution if you consider benching him, but you should only do it if your other quarterback has the potential for a higher ceiling this week. Otherwise ride it out with Rodgers and hope for a big game.

Running backs to Start Week 1

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks:  The Packers team are without B.J. Raji in the middle and gave up the most yards after contact per rush last season. Expect some more beast mode!\ Frank Gore, RB, 49ers:  Every year fantasy owners questions Frank Gore’s career but Fantasy owners should start him with confidence.  The Cowboys allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs last year, and things will not likely  improve much this year with linebacker Sean Lee (knee) out for the season. Gore has scored 12 Fantasy points the last time he played the Cowboys in 2011, which also happened to be in Dallas. I’d start Gore over: Doug Martin (vs. CAR) and Giovani Bernard (at BAL) Chris Johnson, Jets (vs. OAK): CJ2k is anxious to prove himself and the Oakland allowed 13 running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points last season. If the preseason was any indication he should do well.

Running backs to sit in Week 1

Doug Martin

Bernard Pierce

Trent Richardson

Wide receivers to Start in Week 1

Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos: Will probably be a shoot out and Peyton Manning, who will exploit a that Colt’s secondary that can be beat deep. Without Wes Welker there, Sanders will be one of the beneficiaries since he can play outside and inside.

Michael Floyd, Cardinals: Had a quietly good year in 2013 and Im sure he will get the ball started this week.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings: I expect Patterson to continue the momentum he built up to close last season   He reached double digits in Fantasy points in each of his final four games, and now has offensive coordinator Norv Turner to help maximize his potential. This week, Patterson will probably see a lot of Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who struggled against No. 1 WR’s last year,.

Wide receivers to Sit in Week 1:

DeSean Jackson

Mike Wallace

Tight ends to Start in Week 1

Zack Ertz

Rob Gronkowski

Travis Kelce

Tight ends to Sit in Week 1

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings: The Rams have been good against TE’s and are blitz-happy he may have to  stay in to block more.

Defense to Start in Week 1

Detroit Lions: At home, “Monday Night Football” . . . did you see the Giants’ offense this preseason? Me neither. Not sure it exists. New York’s offensive line is no match for Detroit’s front seven.

New York Jets:  The Jets at home with a rookie quarterback traveling east for his NFL debut?  I’ll take’em.

Defense to Sit in Week 1