Fantasy Football: Week 4 starts, sits
|09.28.12 at 10:48 am ET|
Welcome to Rotobahn’s Week 4 starts and sits. As always, we’ve tried to avoid the obvious choices and have focused on players that represent tougher lineup choices. We’ll be releasing full lineup rankings at Rotobahn.com Friday and Saturday, so check us out this weekend if you need a little help. Good luck to all in Week 4.
Andy Dalton, Bengals at Jaguars
Dalton is rolling right now, and that should continue against a very beatable Jacksonville defense. He’s using A.J. Green as he should, but he’s also spreading the ball around to all his other targets and keeping the opposition honest. Dalton can help you in all formats this week.
Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Titans
It’s a good matchup, and the only risk we see with Schaub this week is that Houston wins too easily and goes to the ground game for most of the second half. He’s a pretty safe play in all formats if you need a QB.
Christian Ponder, Vikings at Lions
Ponder has looked very good so far and he gets WR Jerome Simpson back from suspension this week, which gives him one more quality weapon to go with Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph. The Lions have been shaky so far on defense, so this one should go well for Ponder.
Alex Smith, 49ers at Jets
There will be the inclination to write off the Jets defense without Darrelle Revis, but New York can still defend the pass better than a lot of teams. San Francisco is a conservative outfit and the Jets might not be able to score much at all in this one. Alex Smith may be doing a whole lot of handing off in Week 4. We see a score to Vernon Davis and a whole lot of ground and pound. You can do better.
Jay Cutler, Bears at Cowboys
The Bears need to show me they can protect Cutler before I can trust them against a team like the Cowboys, who shows up with a stud pass-rusher and two very solid cornerbacks. We like Cutler, but we don’t trust his support system in this one.
Stevan Ridley, Patriots at Bills
We expect a solid dose of Ridley in Week 4 as the Patriots try to keep the Bills pass rush off balance and take the crowd out of the game. He should be able to post solid RB2 numbers in this game.
Ben Tate, Texans vs. Titans
We expect a bit of a blowout and Tate should see plenty of action against a soft run defense that has been plenty charitable so far in 2012. He’s a strong flex option in 12-team leagues, so play him if you need him.
Pierre Thomas, Saints at Packers
This will be a high-scoring game, and that should give Thomas plenty of opportunity. Ride him while he’s hot in all formats. Thomas is playing very good football right now in all phases of the game.
Ryan Williams, Cardinals vs. Dolphins
Williams looked as good as we’ve seen him as a pro last week. The second-year tailback might have turned a corner, and with Beanie Wells injured, his timing couldn’t be better. It’s a tough matchup as Miami can stop the run, but Williams is a solid flex play and could be worthy of RB2 status soon if he can stay healthy.
Shonn Greene, Jets vs. 49ers
Consider other options. The Jets are going to to have a very tough time with the 49ers’ front seven, and Greene has been brutal so far against far more mortal defenses. He’s also been losing snaps to second-year back Bilal Powell.
Steven Jackson, Rams vs. Seahawks
He might start, but we’d be looking to sit him if we had another reasonable option. Jackson is no lock to finish what he starts right now, and Seattle is just plain nasty against the run.
Denarius Moore, Raiders at Broncos
He’s the No. 1 option by a comfortable margin, and we expect the Raiders to throw a lot on this game because they will need to. Moore is a quality start as a WR3 in any format.
Brandon LaFell, Panthers at Falcons
Don’t let last week’s dud scare you off. LaFell should have a good matchup here as the Falcons have injuries on the back end of their defense. The Panthers will need to throw to keep pace with the high-powered Falcons offense. You can use him as a WR3 in any format.
Andrew Hawkins, Bengals at Jaguars
Hawkins is an exciting player and we like him in this game. Teams have nobody to deal with this little guy as they have to sell out to stop A.J. Green before they think about anything else. He makes a nice flex in larger leagues and he’s a viable WR3 now that the bye weeks have started.
Brian Hartline, Dolphins at Cardinals
He’s going to get matched up with Patrick Peterson, and that’s rough for anybody. We’d look for other options this week.
Sidney Rice, Seahawks at Rams
Rice hasn’t been as involved as we expected, and this is not a very friendly matchup. He’s also battling a few minor injuries, so we’d look elsewhere if possible.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings at Lions
The Lions have been soft on tight ends, and Rudolph is rolling. He could reach lock-start status soon. He’s got a big role in the offense. Pick him up if he is available in any league. We like him as a TE1 this week.
Owen Daniels, Texans vs. Titans
He’s looked good so far and this is a solid matchup. Daniels may finally be back to his pre-ACL surgery form.
Fred Davis, Redskins at Buccaneers
Davis looked a bit uninvolved in Weeks 1 and 2, but we saw what we wanted to see in Week 3 as Davis stepped up and looked like the No. 1 option. That won’t be the case when Pierre Garcon returns, but Davis’ role is safe from what we have seen and he makes a strong play in Week 4 in any format.
Jacob Tamme, Broncos vs. Raiders
Tamme has fallen out of the rotation for now, and while that could change, we don’t want you playing him for his name and his preseason buzz. Right now, you’d be better off playing Joel Dreessen.
Dustin Keller, Jets vs. 49ers
Keller will play this week, but we hate the matchup and we very much want Keller to prove himself as far as health is concerned. This hamstring injury has lingered and the Jets may be pushing him to return at this point. He’s got value once he is back in the swing of things, but we see him as a risky play in Week 4.
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