Fantasy Football: Week 4 Start’em & Sit’em

Bengals Seahawks FootballTotal Pro Sports – It can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough match-ups.

TPS 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.


Start’em: Carson Palmer vs. CLE – The Cleveland Browns defense ranks in the middle of the pack against the pass (#16, 228.3 YPG, 3 TDs), but that is largely because teams have such an easy time running against them (which is why you will find Cedric Benson in our running back start’em section as well).  Their first three opponents of the season have been run-oriented teams (Minnesota, Denver, Baltimore), but now their secondary will be tested by Carson Palmer’s arm.  They have given up a quarterback ranking of 94.9 and have yet to record an interception.  Expect a big game from Palmer and the entire Cincinnati offense.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Eli Manning vs.KC, Jay Cutler vs. DET, Kerry Collins vs. JAC

Sit’em: Joe Flacco vs. NE – It is hard to bench Joe Flacco because of how successful he has been thus far in the season.  With that being said, he was surely not your starting quarterback after the draft so you should have another worthwhile guy on the bench (unless they are on a bye).  We express this type of caution with Flacco this week because the Patriots rank 6th in pass defense, allowing onlt 174 YPG and three touchdowns over their first three games.  Last week Matt Ryan was unable to get anything going and it is not hard to believe they will have similar success against their second sophomore quarterback in as many weeks.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Matt Cassel vs. NYG, Tony Romo vs. DEN, Jamarcus Russell vs. HOU

Running Backs

Start’em: Michael Bush vs. HOU – It seems as though just about every running back that gets matched up against the Houston Texans becomes an instant start’em, and rightfully so.  That is why this week you will see many experts and owners preeching about Darren McFadden, proclaiming this to be the game where he finally breaks out.  I am going to take a different road and say Michael Bush is the one who emerges with the better game at Reliant Stadium.  Expect Bush to see some work on the goal line and wear down the Texans line throughout the game.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Brandon Jacobs vs. KC, Cedric Benson vs. CLE, Julius Jones vs. IND

Sit’em: Ryan Grant vs. MIN –  Monday night will be all about the quarterback battle between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, and don’t expect Ryan Grant to steal the show.   The Vikings rank 12th in run defense, allowing 92 YPG, but they have also yet to allow ad rushing touchdown.  If the Packers get into the end zone, it will likely be through the air.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Steven Jackson vs. STL, Fred Taylor vs. BAL, Pierre Thomas vs. NYJ

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Devin Hester vs. CHI – Last week we saw a small but quick Santana Moss absolutly torch the Detroit Lions defense for 178 yards and a touchdown.  A similar type of receiver in Devin Hester will face off against the Lions and you should expect him to do the same.  Those types of receivers seem to be having success against the Lions.  You can also include the Saints Devery Henderson on that list.  And even Percy Harvin recorded a touchdown against them.  Expect Hester to continue the trend.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Terrell Owens vs. MIA, Mike Sims-Walker vs. HOU, Steve Smith vs. KC

Sit’em: Marques Colston vs. NYJ – It is hard to bench the number one target on the New Orleans Saints, but it may be a long day for Colston on Sunday.  He will likely be seeing a lot of Darrelle Revis across from him and that was not a good thing for Andre johnson and Randy Moss in weeks one and two.  Expect Colston to be quiet in this one.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Roy Williams vs. DEN, T.J. Houshmandzadeh vs. NYJ, Dwayne Bowe vs. NYG

Tight Ends

Start’em: Greg Olsen vs. DET – Last week Olsen got on the board with a touchdown.  His success should continue against the Lions who have allowed 10 passing touchdowns in their first three games.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Owen Daniels vs.OAK, Vernon Davis vs. STL, Anthony Fasano vs. BUF

Sit’em: Benjamin Watson vs. BAL – Tom Brady may have some success through the air against Baltimore (after all, they likely wont get anything on the ground), but don`t expect Watson to be the target.  With the athletic Raven linebackers keeping an eye on him, and the ballhawking Ed Reed also lurking in the area, Brady will likely stick with his corners in this game.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Jeremy Shockey vs. NYJ, John Carlson vs. IND, Zach Miller vs. HOU


Start’em: Robbie Gould vs. DET – The Bears should be able to put some points on the board against a weak Lions defense.

Sit’em: Adam Vinatieri vs. SEA – The Colts don`t seem to kick field goals.  They only score touchdowns.


Start’em: Bengals vs. CLE – The Browns offense has been a mess this season.  Good news for the Bengals.

Sit’em: Seahawks vs. IND – The Seahawks will not have an answer for Manning.

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