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Fantasy Football: Rotobahn’s Week 4 starts and sits

10.02.11 at 9:34 am ET

Here are our starts and sits for Week 4. A quick word on how we put these together. We look for the players that are on the edge of lineups as much as we can. We try to stay away from the obvious plays. Nobody needs us to tell them to start Tom Brady or Adrian Peterson. If any of these picks creates a tougher decision for you, please feel free to check out our complete player rankings at



Ryan Fitzpatrick at Bengals

Unless you have a stud on hand, Fitz is a good play. The Bengals play solid defense, but they have no answer for what Buffalo does on the outside. Too many weapons.

Rex Grossman at Rams

He’€™s been solid and we like him in this matchup. The Rams haven’€™t stopped much through the air all year and Grossman has underrated weapons.

Eli Manning at Arizona

I’€™m digging the road quarterbacks this week. Eli should do well in this one after posting nice numbers in a much tougher matchup last week. Start him if you normally would, or snag him off of the waiver wire if you are in need.


Joe Flacco vs. Jets

The Ravens can win, but Flacco will face high-end resistance in the form of Revis and Cromartie. He’€™ll post some numbers, but this will be a down week for him relative to a typical Flacco performance. Look elsewhere if possible.

Matt Hasselbeck at Browns

The Titans new QB is down to one solid receiver in Nate Washington, and Nate is going to get stud CB Joe Haden on him all day long. Not a recipe for a good fantasy day.  Look elsewhere.



Santana Moss at Rams

Just like with Grossman, we see this as a great matchup. Moss is healthy and playing very well. Grossman is looking for him consistently and we think he’€™ll be finding him consistently this week. Get Santana in there. Oye Como Va!

Steve Smith at Chicago

Carolina should throw it a lot and we fully expect Smith to bounce back from his low output week two. He’€™s healthy and Chicago will not be able to double him consistently with all of Carolina’€™s other targets. A big game is very possible.

AJ Green vs. Bills

He had a tough game last week as he made a bunch of rookie mistakes, but we see him bouncing back strong here. The Bills aren’€™t that strong in coverage, just ask Wes Welker, and the Bengals will be playing from behind. Green’€™s a good play in any format.

Eric Decker at Green Bay

Denver will be trailing and Decker is getting targeted very consistently. He’€™s a solid option in PPR, but he is very capable in the red zone as well with his toughness and size … that makes him a sound option in performance league too. He’€™s a nice WR3 this week.


Nate Washington at Cleveland

We are very impressed with Washington and we like his prospects on the whole, but this is a tough week without Britt to draw Joe Haden away from him. We’€™d consider other options if possible.

Anquan Boldin vs. Jets

Unless you have no other options, we’€™d seriously consider benching Boldin in his matchup with Darrelle Revis. The stats are overwhelming at this point. Nobody scores on him, and getting over 40 yards is quite an accomplishment. Boldin looks like a WR5 in Week 4.



Chris Johnson at Browns

It’€™s a crazy year when we have to list him here, but we’€™d stick with the grossly underperforming stud back. This is a good matchup and we expect a renewed commitment to the ground game with Kenny Britt done for the season. Johnson’€™s problems last week were not due to lack of speed, skill or strength. It was about having nowhere to go. We expect him and the Titans offensive line to bounce back.  Keep him in there.

Tim Hightower at Rams

He’€™s looking good, though we expect him to lose touches to Roy Helu as time goes by.  Still, this week should be a good one for Hightower as the Rams have been giving it up on the ground so far. He’€™s a good play in any league.

Mark Ingram at Jaguars

Drew Brees versus a rookie quarterback looks one-sided. Assuming looks don’€™t deceive, we like Ingram to get his highest carry total of the season. He should be a good play as a flex or even a RB2 if you need him.


Ben Tate vs. Steelers

It’€™s been a nice ride, but with his carries looking to be cut in half and with a brutal matchup, this is a week to look elsewhere if you can. He’€™ll have better days in the future, and who knows how well Arian Foster’€™s hammy will hold up?  For Week 4, Tate is a weak flex.

DeAngelo Williams at Bears

He’€™s looked very average and he’€™s giving up too much to Jon Stewart right now. He’€™s a good back for sure, but sharing touches in a very tough matchup has him looking very unappealing in week four. Look for other options if you can.



Greg Olsen at Bears

We love this matchup for him. He’€™s well suited to go after the Bears safeties and we know he wants to stick it to Mike Martz. We think he will. Start him in all leagues.

Fred Davis at Rams

He had his first light game last week vs. Dallas, but we like him here. Start him if you normally would.

Ed Dickson vs. Jets

Here’€™s a sleeper for you, but this should be a week that Falcco looks to get his tight ends more involved. Dickson has a nice size advantage on the Jets safeties, and a solid speed advantage on their linebackers. He’€™ll be tough to deal with. He’€™s a nice start in big leagues.

Jermaine Gresham vs. Bills

Another sleeper, Gresham looked very good last week and we think he is close to becoming a weekly starter. The Bengals will have to throw the ball here, so Gresham is a good bet to produce. A nice play in big leagues.


Ben Watson vs. Titans

He’€™s playing very well, but we don’€™t like this matchup, so we’€™d look for better options.

Tony Scheffler @ Cowboys

He was scoring in Weeks 1 and 2, but with Pettigrew playing so well last week, we’€™d look elsewhere in Week 4.



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