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2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 4 Start’em, Sit’em

by: JamieD On  Thursday, September 30, 2010

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It can be tough to make a decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy football season based on favorable and/or tough match-ups.

TotalProSports.com is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.

Quarterbacks

Start’em: Chad Henne vs. NE – Last week Chad Henne put up an impressive 363 yards and two touchdowns against a strong Jets defense.  This week he will face a very weak Patriots secondary that allowed 247 yards and two touchdowns through the air last weekend against a very weak Bills offense.  With Brandon Marshall at his disposal, look for Henne and the Dolphins to expose the Pats’ young corners early and often as they try to keep pace with Tom Brady and company.  Another 300+ yards and two touchdowns is certainly not too much to ask for from Henne on Monday night.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Bruce Gradkowski vs. HOU, Sam Bradford vs. SEA, Matt Ryan vs. SF

Sit’em: Kyle Orton vs. TEN – Orton has been making a case for himself as a solid fantasy starter on any roster, but week four is one week where you may want to pass on the Broncos’ quarterback.  He may have a number of weapons to rely on at the wide receiver position, but he will be up against a Titans team that has allowed only 178 yards per game through the air and one total touchdown in their first three games of the season.  With Knowshon Moreno likely out for another week, Orton will be heavily relied upon to produce, but we think the Titans secondary will be up for the challenge in this game.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Charlie Batch vs. BAL, Alex Smith vs. ATL, David Garrard vs. IND

Running Backs

Start’em: LaDainian Tomlinson vs. BUF – Tomlinson began the season as the backup to Shonn Greene, but has since taken over as the top running back in the Jets’ backfield, and has looked impressive doing so.  And after taking on tough rush defenses in Baltimore, New England and Miami, he will now have the opportunity to feast on a weak Bills front seven.  Buffalo has allowed an average of 141 yards per game on the ground and five total touchdowns.  Expect Tomlinson to record his best game of the season on Sunday and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Greene put up some impressive stats of his own as well.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: DeAngelo Williams vs. NO, Justin Forsett vs. STL, Joseph Addai vs. JAC

Sit’em: Ray Rice vs. PIT – I know that most of you may be thinking to yourselves, “How does this guy expect me to sit my first round draft pick”, but hear me out.  Rice and the Ravens will be up against a Steelers defense that is allowing an average of under 60 yards per game on the ground and has only surrendered one rushing touchdown thus far through three games.  Add that to the fact that Rice is nursing a knee bruise and will once again be giving up his goal line duties to Willis McGahee, and all signs point to a quiet game for Ray Rice this Sunday.  If you have other options, don’t be afraid to use them.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Marshawn Lynch vs. NYJ, Ricky Williams vs. NE, Clinton Portis vs. PHI

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Austin Collie vs. JAC – With Pierre Garcon nursing an injury and Reggie Wayne dealing with double and triple-teams, Austin Collie has become quite the reliable target for Peyton Manning.  There is no reason that shouldn’t continue into week four when the Colts travel to Jacksonville to take on a Jaguars team that has allowed 289 ypg and seven total passing touchdowns through their first three games.  Manning has been on fire and we don’t expect him to cool down anytime soon.  So as long as he is throwing touchdowns at a record pace, expect Collie to continue hauling in his fair share of them.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Louis Murphy vs. HOU, Jeremy Maclin vs. WSH, Mark Clayton vs. SEA

Sit’em: Calvin Johnson vs. GB – Coming into the 2010 season, many expected Calvin Johnson to bounce back from a poor 2009 season and put up some big numbers, but that has been tough, especially after watching Matthew Stafford go down in the first half during the Lions’ week one game.  With Shaun Hill under center for the last two and a half games, Megatron has failed to put up over 60 yards in each of his three games and has only one touchdown on the season.  Now he will take on a Green Bay secondary that has allowed only 144 ypg and two touchdowns through the air.  Don’t expect this to be Johnson’s break-out game.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Demaryius Thomas vs. TEN, Mike Wallace vs. BAL, Lee Evans vs. NYJ

Tight Ends

Start’em: Aaron Hernandez vs. MIA – If you were looking for a reason to start Hernandez, there are many.  You can look at his last two games, which saw him record six receptions in each for a total of 166 yards.  You can also look at the performance of Jets’ tight end Dustin Keller on Sunday night against the Dolphins, when he put up an impressive 98 yards and two touchdowns.  The Dolphins have struggled to defend opposing tight ends, and Hernandez has come on strong in his past two games.  All this points to another strong stat line for the rookie tight end.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Zach Miller vs. HOU, Greg Olsen vs. NYG, John Carlson vs. STL

Sit’em: Owen Daniels vs. OAK – Our decision to put Daniels here has less to do with his opponent, and more to do with his performance thus far.  The Texans’ tight end has shown a great deal of strength and courage by returning so soon from major knee surgery, but he has not been the same Owen Daniels that we saw last season.  Until he begins to put up numbers similar to those he recorded in 2009, we suggest you sit him and remain patient.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Tony Scheffler vs. GB, Heath Miller vs. BAL, Todd Heap vs. PIT

Kickers

Start’em: Neil Rackers vs. OAK – The Houston offense had an off week last week, but they should be able to move the ball quite effectively on Sunday when they take on the Raiders.  Rackers has been solid thus far this season, and look for him to get plenty of opportunities to split the uprights on both field goals and extra points this weekend.

Sit’em: Billy Cundiff vs. PIT – As has been the case for every team who has played the Steelers thus far this season, the Ravens should have a tough time moving the ball against Troy Polamalu and company.  That does not bode well for kicker Billy Cundiff.

Defenses

Start’em: Saints vs. CAR – With rookie Jimmy Clausen starting the second game of his NFL career, you can bet the Saints will bring the blitz early and often.  This should result in plenty of sacks and turnovers, especially if they can build an early lead.

Sit’em: 49ers vs. ATL – The 49ers have had a tough time recording sacks and turnovers thus far this season, and things wont get any easier when they visit Atlanta to take on a Falcons offense that has been especially potent at home.




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