2010 Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 4

Oct 1, 2010


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Here’s some sit and start advice as you set your lineups for Week 4 of the NFL season.
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Quarterbacks
Start:
Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins:  He wasn’t particularly brilliant last week, especially considering he was facing the Rams. He’s been a fantasy force in just one of the Redskins games so far, but something tells me he’s going to bring his A game against his former teammates.
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Sit:
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens:  I feel like I’ve been hard on Flacco this year, but that’s just because of the brutal schedule he’s had. He’s faced the Jets, the Bengals, and now the Steelers. After a week in the start column he goes back to the bench.
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Running Backs
Start:
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers:  The whole Panthers offense has been a complete train wreck.  He takes on the Saints this week who have the 30th ranked run defense. Plus, he had 149 yards and 2 TDs last time he played them.
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Shonn Greene,  New York Jets:  Shonn is on the short list of most disappointing fantasy players in the first couple weeks, but has a chance to deliver against the Bills. The Jets are going to need both Greene and LT running effectively if they are going to make a run this year. This should be the perfect opportunity to get Shonn on the right track.
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Sit:
Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins:  Most people remember the five TD (4 run, 1 pass) game against New England in 2008, but aside from that brilliant performance he’s averaged 47.5 yards with just one TD in his other six meetings with the Patriots..
Wide Receivers
Start
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Louis Murphy, Oakland Raiders:  Murphy has 11 catches for 210 yards past two weeks. Plus, he’s facing Houston’s 32nd ranked pass defense.
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Mark Clayton, St. Louis Rams:  Clayton produced every week and this week should be no different. He is facing Seattle’s 30th ranked pass defense.
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Sit:
Robert Meachem & Devery Henderson, New Orleans Saints:  Meachem can probably just be dropped at this point. He has four catches through three games for 38 yards. He’s eight on the team in targets. Henderson is fourth on the team with 13 targets, but he’s connected on just seven of them. Meachem and Henderson have caught 55.0 percent of the passes thrown to them while the rest of the team has caught 80.4 percent.
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Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos:  He came back to Earth in his second game with just two catches for 43 yards. He should spend a lot of his day locking horns with Cortland Finnegan. It will probably be safer and more effective for Kyle Orton to utilize Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Lloyd, and Eddie Royal.
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Tight Ends
Start:
Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders:  I was high on Miller coming into the season, but he got off to a slow start with 92 yards in Oakland’s first two games. With Bruce Gradkowski under center he had four catches for 64 yards and a score. Now he gets to take on Houston who has allowed 200 yards and 2 TDs to starting Dallas Clark, Chris Cooley, and Jason Witten in the first three weeks.
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Sit:
Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens:  With Witten, Visanthe Shiancoe, Kellen Winslow, and the surprising Tony Moeaki on bye this week the TE pool is pretty shallow. You may want to look somewhere other than Heap who could be asked to do a lot of blocking against Pittsburgh’s fierce defense. He had just three catches for 43 yards against them last year. Sure, two of those catches went for TDs, but a return trip to the end zone seems unlikely.

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Kicker
Start:
Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers:  I know he has just two FGs on the year, but this seems like the week to play him. He’s playing at home where he has made 1.65 FGs per game and 92 percent of his attempts. Plus he’s taking on Arizona who has allowed seven FGs already.
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Sit:
Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts:  Am I crazy? Sit a kicker facing the Jaguars. Hear me out. Vinatieri has made just four FGs through three games. The Jags have allowed just two. Adam has 11 PATs. Jacksonville has allowed 11. See a pattern here? I expect the Colts to score a bunch of points, but mainly on TDs.
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Defenses
Start:

Seattle Seahawks:  Surprising Seattle has seven sacks and has forced seven turnovers already. They are taking on Seattle who could be without Steven Jackson. Looks like a great spot start to me.
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Sit:

Miami Dolphins:  The Dolphins held have allowed 51 points through three games, including holding the Vikings to ten points. They have six sacks, 3 INTs, 1 fumble recovery, a defensive touchdown, and a safety. They are playing at home this weekend, but it’s against New England. Look elsewhere.
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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Sunshine
    July 5th, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    That’s way the bseetst answer so far!

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