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Fantasy Football Start Em Sit Em Week 4

Maurice Jones-Drew Fantasy StartWell, what comes around usually goes around. Just ask Reggie Bush as he will tell you about Darrelle Revis and his knee injury or you can ask The Shark about the ups and downs of Fantasy Football. The game that lives and breathes on being only as good as your last week has begun its downward spiral on me. Yes, injuries and poor performances have turned me from a 7-1 giant in 4 leagues, down to a 8-4 regular guy. Genius no more? Nah, I’ll be back, and luckily for all of you will continue to give you my top notch advice.

So the injury bug was striking many players last week, but these are the things we have to overcome. You get your shot at free agents, get a bench. and sometimes you just have to suck up a loss and regroup. Oh and not to mention the sudden countless thousands of people who claim that Golden Tate’s TD on Monday night cost them their game. Come on people, not that many teams have Tate, and if your games come down to 3 defensive points, you may not have deserved that win anyway. Again, suck it up Nancy, it’s time to be a big boy, and pull up your big boy pants. You and everyone you play are all in the same boat. Grab your oar and let’s go!

We now look ahead into Fantasy Football week 4. The regular referees are striking a deal and will return soon, so it may or may not help the offensive side of the ball. The league is full of parody and teams led by Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are all 1-2, and the Arizona Cardinals are 3-0. Yes it is hard to predict what you might get, but the beauty of Fantasy Football is that if you have the right players and follow the right match-ups, big things can still happen. So with that lead in we will look at my Start Ems and Sit Ems for week 4. Yes even though I said to sit Andre Brown last week, you have to admit I have been pretty sharp so far this season. You can thank me later!

Quarterback

Start

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints: This used to be elementary, but not so far this year. Rodgers has struggled and his numbers show it. While many were complaining about the TD that was or wasn’t Monday night, you have to realize that Rodgers should really have not had his team in that spot. Last year’s would not have at least. So why go with him here? Well he returns home, angry off that loss, and the perfect remedy to what ails him will be in town, the New Orleans Saints. The Saints defense is so bad it is as if they put out a new bounty that anyone who makes a tackle will be fined. Last week I guaranteed that Jamaal Charles would make a huge splash against them and I nailed it, so trust me here again. Rodgers will demolish this weak defense.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns: This was a tough call, but not because Flacco isn’t capable, but that this could be a big game for Ray Rice. Flacco is putting up real good numbers, and came off a huge Sunday night win against New England. The Browns defense looks pretty much like its old self so TDs should be no problem. Even if they can run well, Flacco still stands to put up 250 and a few TDs.

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers: Matt Ryan at home is just a whole amazing thing all his own, so the weak Panthers defense won’t do much to slow him down. Last week Eli Manning had his way with yards against them, but most of the TD’s were rushing. Ryan and the Falcons are a passing team, so they will move the ball well and he can easily throw 3 TDs. So far at home this year: 299 yards and 3 TD’s against a decent Denver defense. It should be smooth sailing.

Sit

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys: As an avid Brandon Marshall owner, this hurts me to say, but Cutler is falling apart. The Cowboys have the second best pass rush in football, and are home and a big win can help them with the Eagles and Giants playing each other. Cutler is slipping despite having Brandon Marshall back and will need Matt Forte back soon to get back to normal. Until then, don’t get geeked about “slick”.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons: As I said earlier about Ryan goes the same for this defense. The Falcons are tough at home, and outside of doing decent against a bad Saints defense, Newton is struggling. Some say his heads not in it or his ego may have gotten the best of him. Either way the Falcons have managed to handle Phillip Rivers and Peyton Manning quite well over the last 2 weeks. That makes me worry here Newton owners.

Eli Manning, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles: Despite an easy win last week, Manning had just one passing TD and 288 yards. The Eagles have played well against the Giants over the last few years, and despite last week’s beat-down still have a top 5 pass defense. Manning will get his and manage his team well, but huge stats don’t look all that easy. He has only 5 passing TD’s this year, although a return of Hakeem Nicks sure can help.

Running Back

Start

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Jones-Drew showed last week that he is back and that his off-season holdout has not slowed him down. This team goes as well as Jones-Drew can and with the Bengals struggling against the run they should look to load him up on touches this week. He may bust for a few TDs this week.

Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings: Oh how happy were the Lions last week. After a year off with an injury in 2011 and a 2 game suspension in 2012, LeShoure finally got on the field and it worked out real nice to the tune of 100 yards and a TD. The Vikings are better than most thought, but they are not a super team against the run. With QB Matthew Stafford hobbled, we may see more running from the Lions, which means big things here.

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams: Skittles has been pretty solid so far this year rushing for over 300 yards, and now he gets a fairly good match here with the Rams. Although QB Russell Wilson had 2 (or some will tell you 1 ) TD last week, this offense is really only as strong as Lynch. Teams have run well against the Rams, who actually play the pass much better. Expect Lynch to be very busy Sunday.

Sit

Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens: Sure, he had a huge week in week 2 and also found the end zone last week, but Richardson isn’t getting huge numbers yet. The Ravens still play tough on defense mixed in with a road Thursday game and it can be tough on the rookie. Yes he is improving and may get a little action here, but I think you can do better.

Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals vs. Miami Dolphins: Let’s not get all excited over what we saw last week. Sure Beanie Wells is out and that means Williams will carry the load, but the Dolphins have been tough against the run, and the Cardinals are more of a pass team. The Dolphins will run it plenty to try and slow the game down, so it will be to the Cardinals advantage to go air here.

Shonn Greene, New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers: He is about to lose his starting job to Bilal Powell, and a visit from the 49ers won’t help his cause. He just isn’t making big plays and does very little in the passing game. There are so many better options to have than Greene, so find them and use them.

Wide Receiver

Start

Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions: He will get his points and the Lions defense has been brutal so far this year. After being lit up last week by the Titans anything is a go, and the Vikings do have a few weapons to throw at them. Harvin gets carries, catches and returns so every week he is active and valuable. Use him here.

Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears: While I am nervous about trusting Tony Romo, I have to say that when he does get anything done it has been with Austin. He looks to be back to form of getting 100 yard games and is finding the end zone again. With Jason Witten slowed and Dez Bryant not getting much done, it is becoming clear who the number 1 guy is here again.

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins: The on again/off again love of Jackson is about to go back to love, at least I think so. Washington has struggled against the pass, and last week A.J. Green made mince meat out of them. Jackson will be home, and ready to get back into the groove. It is hard to trust QB Josh Freeman, but you almost have to give it a go here.

Sit

Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers: If you are still playing him you probably know this already, but let me give it to you again. Colston is slow with a foot injury, and the Packers come in with the best pass defense by the numbers in the league. Colston has become forgotten in this offense as his 10 catches so far and 0 TD’s will tell you. Not only sit him, it may be time to cut him loose.

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos: He is the top target now with injuries riddling this WR corps, but that also means he will see lots of Champ Bailey, and that still means something. Oakland has improved on offense, but they seem to do it with short plays that explode into big ones, not straight up big ones. Moore is a decent WR, but I am not crazy about his matchup here.

Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans: The Texans rough and tough pass defense will be in action against an enigma in Jake Locker and his top WR Britt. Locker is finding success with his TE’s and has a few WRs to try and use. Keep him out of your lineup for this week anyway.

Tight End

Start

Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets: The Jets defense is hurting and Davis is a beast. While the 49ers have loads of weapons, this seems to be their most active TD option. “Can’t play with them, can’t win with them” seems pretty far behind him, ay Mike Singletary?

Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars: He scored last week and the passing game is getting more active. I liked Gresham coming into this season and he is healthy. His score last week should lead to plenty more.

Sit

Fred Davis, Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: For some reason he is just really inactive in this offense. Davis can’t be trusted, even if by chance you would be in a league that started 2 TE’s or heck even 3.

Martellus Bennett, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have gotten faster and more athletic at Linebacker, so I believe that Bennett’s TD streak will end at 3. He does not get lots of passes, just big passes when they count, so you can’t rely on big time totals here.

Defenses I like:

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Arizona Cardinals vs. Miami Dolphins

Defenses I don’t like:

Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers

Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Waiver Wire: It is time to start repairing your banged up roster and also take advantage of brutal match ups this week

David Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins: With Reggie Bush uncertain with a bruised knee, Thomas will be the next option. He scored last week, and had 69 rush yards. He will need to protect the ball better.

Tashard Choice, RB, Buffalo Bills: CJ Spiller will most likely be out this week and maybe next, and Fred Jackson still isn’t at 100 percent. Even when Spiller was healthy, Choice was getting goal line tries. Not a bad play if he is the only healthy option.

Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sneaky play this week against a bad Redskins defense. If you need a bye week filler, this can be a good pick up. He is free in many leagues. You could do a lot worse.

Ryan Grant, RB, Washington Redskins. It’s a Mike Shanahan team, so anything can happen at RB. Roy Helu is out and Evan Royster will be down too. He will be thrown into action soon, and any Shanahan RB is always one play away from vanishing. Get that Alfred Morris?

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: How many 80 yard, game winning TDs can he catch without become more of a player? We will know soon.

Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans: The Wire looks light at WR, but Walter is a decent reach. With teams piling up coverage on Andre Johnson, Walter is the best option as an alterante, and his targets have improved each week, including a TD last week.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: As I mentioned earlier, Greene just is not getting it done, and Powell, although rough, can get yards and he is a better option in the pass game. He played well last week against a good Dolphins run defense.

LaRod Stephens Howling, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Williams gets the lead role, but Howling catches passes well and plays in the return game. If Williams goes down, he is the main man suddenly, and I think that can bode well for him.

Jacoby Jones, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Anquan Boldin has become a slower possession WR and Torrey Smith is the vertical guy. Jones is getting busier and also returns punts. He may have finally found a home where he can get more snaps and make them pay off.

Alright, here are the goods for week 4. I wish all of you luck and look forward to coming back with week 5 news. Don’t forget that I will have my bi-weekly “Stock Report” coming up as well. Thanks!

I have now joined Twitter, so if you would like to ask any questions or need any advice feel free to reach out to my personal account, @JPshark71.

Thanks again all for reading and good luck in week 4.

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