Fantasy Football: Week 4 Start or Sit Players All Positions

Week 4 2014 Fantasy Football Start or Sit

Starting to re-think that always start your studs strategy, because that isn’t working out so well these days with players like Philadelphia Eagles’ LeSean McCoy, and Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, etc.. coughing up a whole lot of nothing last week.

Let’s look at this in more of a matchup-based approach and see what players should start in Week 4 due to an softer opponent of defense, and who should stay sitting.

Start Them


Philip Rivers is like the late-draft round underdog who keeps putting up quality points. He’s got a breezy match against the Jaguars, whom Andrew Luck just blasted with passing yards.

Colin Kaepernick while he can be scary at times, he faces the Philadelphia Eagles who have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the first three weeks. Gotta go for it.

Jay Cutler isn’t doing much to convince us not to start him so far, so play him against Green Bay, while he’s healthy and not making many mistakes.

Tony Romo gets my blessing to play this week, if he’s your best option against the Saints who rank fifth-worst against quarterbacks.

Ben Roethlisberger was surprisingly great against the Panthers last week – my bad.  So you have to start him against Tampa Bay who has generously allowed 815 passing yards and five touchdowns to QB’s.

Matthew Stafford frustrates the heck out of me (yes, I’m an owner), but against the NY Jets who currently have given up the fourth most fantasy points to the position, he should be suitable. That is unless you have Philip Rivers, you know what I mean.

Tom Brady better come through since he’s in the start list. He loves Monday Night Football performances with a 13-5 track record. The Chiefs have allowed six touchdowns and 713 yards to QB’s thus far in the season.. Cross your fingers if you must start Brady.


Running Backs:


Matt Forte isn’t exactly dazzling his fantasy owners these days, but he’s got a tasty matchup against Green Bay where running backs have torched them for a total of 414 rushing and receiving yards and four rush scores.

Donald Brown in Jacksonville yes! The Jags have given up 419 ground yards and four rush scores thus far. San Diego will run to grind out the clock.

C.J. Spiller against Houston’s rush defense who have allowed 374 yards to escape them on the ground has a higher than average positive matchup.

Chris Ivory has been getting the job done for the Jets, leaving poor Chris Johnson sitting around. Ride him while the riding is good versus Detroit.

Frank Gore only as an low-end RB2 though.  With Carlos Hyde in the picture and the pass-heavy approach the 49ers are suddenly thinking is wonderful, Gore gets a downgrade.


Wide Receivers

Andre Johnson has been bad, but when he last played the Bills he had 118 yards on eight catches. Plug him in as an WR2 this week at home.

Mike Wallace even with Ryan Tannehill playing poorly, keeps getting the majority of the targets and Philadelphia ranks dead-last in defending WR’s. Just ask DeSean Jackson from last week.

Jordan Matthews was hot last week, and could reward again against San Francisco who has allowed the third most fantasy points to WR’s this season.

Michael Crabtree like Matthews and Jeremy Maclin has a favorable opponent in Philly who has allowed the most fantasy points to WR’s since the season’s start.


Kelvin Benjamin has a sweet matchup in Baltimore who currently allows over 20 yards per attempt to wideouts. Benjamin so far has seven long 15-plus yard catches. This rookie has been nothing short of amazing, so start him no matter who is quarterbacking in Carolina.

Brandin Cooks speaking of rookies should be the recipient of many more targets from Drew Brees in what could be a high-scoring affair in Dallas Sunday night.


Tight Ends:

Antonio Gates is hot, then cold, but this week should be a hot week to start Gates against the Jaguars who allow the second-most fantasy points and touchdowns to the position.

Delanie Walker could be up for more action this week against Indianapolis as they rank the fifth-worst against the position. The Colts have also allowed one touchdown score per week. Walker is a reliable start.



Chicago Bears versus Green Bay Packers with how off Aaron Rodgers has been, the Bears who have six interceptions and eight sacks under their belt should welcome their divisional rivals.

San Diego Chargers versus Jacksonville Jaguars is really a no-brainer here.

Miami Dolphins versus Oakland Raiders who’ve totaled up the least yards on average per game this season.

Detroit Lions versus New York Jets and Geno Smith. The Lions have only allowed 45 points to be scored against them in three games, and that included the Packers.

Washington Redskins versus New York Giants and Eli Manning. Washington has been scary good in sacks tied with the Jets for 10 total. Watch out Eli.

New England Patriots versus Kansas City where Alex Smith has already endured 11 sacks. Gotta start them.


Sit Them


Cam Newton until he’s 100% or near to that, he’s not reliable, and the Ravens have only allowed two passing touchdowns all season.

Teddy Bridgewater is not a recommended start in just his second NFL regular season game. Plus the Falcons rank 12th in limiting quarterback fantasy points.

Blake Bortles like Bridgewater, isn’t a fabulous idea to throw out in his first NFL start. San Diego will more than have it together at home.

E.J. Manuel, Ryan Tannehill, Geno Smith, Alex Smith, Jake Locker, and Mike Glennon – I apologize if you are left starting any of these guys if your main quarterback is on a bye week. Hopefully you have a fabulous supporting cast if so. Good luck.


Running Backs:

Arian Foster was overworked his first two games and had to sit and take things easy on an injured hamstring Week 3. Week 4 he faces the Bills who’s only allowed 3.3 yards per carry. Foster’s workload could be limited too. Have better?

Stevan Ridley faces the Kansas City Chiefs who haven’t allowed a rushing score to a running back in their last four games.  This might be the better week to play the PPR-Shane Vereen.

Joique Bell Unfortunately faces the Jets who aren’t allowing opposing running backs to get squat accomplished against them. Reggie Bush will get his catches, but Bell’s rush game will be shut down.

Toby Gerhart should be sitting until further notice. 2.4 yards per carry especially when the team is always playing from behind is hurting fantasy owners.

Steven Jackson is a boom or bust guy and he’s only receiving about a third of the teams’ snaps. Jackson just isn’t a reliable fantasy option other than a low-end flex.

Pierre Thomas faces Dallas Cowboys who’ve only allowed one rush score to opposing running backs. Khiry Robinson is getting far more snaps than Thomas this season.

Doug Martin hasn’t been productive and is returning from an injury. The team may use a committee to keep Martin preserved.


Wide Receivers:

Torrey Smith isn’t a reliable start these days with Steve Smith, who will be trying to show off to his ex-Panthers’ team stealing the spotlight.

T.Y. Hilton against the Titans who have been brutal in containing him to 50 yards or under and zero scores in four of their past games isn’t advisable. He still may a bit limited on that ankle too.

Kendall Wright don’t do it with Jake Locker’s future looming overhead.

Marques Colston faces the Cowboys’ surprisingly sixth-best defense against WR’s. They’ll look to shut him out, so forget about that random score he got last week.

Cecil Shorts/Allen Hurns face San Diego who thus far have only allowed one touchdown to the position.  Hopefully, you’ve got better? If you have to start Shorts, expect WR3 numbers.

Cordarrelle Patterson had only three targets when Teddy Bridgewater stepped in. The Falcons are quite stingy against the position and only have allowed 25 receptions total for the season.

Sammy Watkins sadly had a disappointing performance after his nice Week 2 outing. The Bills will likely rely on their run game, leaving Watkins scrounging for targets.


Tight Ends:

Ladarius Green can’t be trusted to reward much with a healthy Antonio Gates still very much in the scene.

Charles Clay against the Raiders who have let only two touchdowns be scored in nine games isn’t a great stat to trust.

Zach Ertz faces San Francisco who have only let 13 receptions and one touchdown slip through the cracks this season. Not an advisable start in Week 4.



Baltimore Ravens versus Carolina Panthers The Ravens were weak against Brian Hoyer last week, they’ll be more challenged if Cam Newton plays healthy.

Kansas City Chiefs versus New England Patriots Thus far the Chiefs haven’t forced one turnover. Brady just might perform better than expected as he tends to light it up in Monday Night Football events.

Minnesota Vikings versus Atlanta Falcons not a great idea to start them against a team who has allowed an average of just three fantasy points to opposing defenses.

San Francisco 49ers versus the Philadelphia Eagles who have forced defenses against them into the second least fantasy points in each meeting. The Eagles are going to score no way around it.


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