Week Four: Sit ‘em & Start ‘em

Start ‘Em:

Fitzpatrick takes on a familiar foe and questionable pass defence this weekend against the Patriots.

(BUF) Ryan Fitzpatrick – The Patriots have been good against the run this year, and have struggled against the pass for the most part. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a hard QB to trust, but I think this is a week where he can capitalize on a shaky pass defense and throw for about 300 yards with two, perhaps three TDs. Don’t be surprised if you see a INT in the mix as well though.

(SF) Frank Gore – The Jets have struggled against the run this year, and with the loss of Darrelle Revis for the season, will be a different style of defense come week four. I expect the 49’ers to take control of this game early and pound the rock with Gore the majority of the game.

Leshoure had a quiet 100-yard day with a TD last week against the Titans and could really help fantasy owners with RB issues.

(DET) Mikel Leshoure – Leshoure made his first appearance of the 2012 season in week three, and did so in impressive fashion with 100 yards rushing on 26 carries with a TD. I expect the Lions to see this as an opportunity to get the run game more and more involved in their game in order to balance their offence. Stafford could be out or slowed for this game by an injury, meaning Leshoure could see even more work than usual against the Vikings.

(GB) Cedric Benson – Benson has been a nice surprise for fantasy owners so far in 2012, with the Packers seemingly making an effort to instill some sort of effective run game in there game plan. This week he should be able to have one of his best games against a very week Saints run defence.

(TB) Vincent Jackson – Jackson came through for me as a Sit ‘Em pick last week, and now I am hoping he does the same for me this week as part of the Start ‘Em list. Jackson has a very tasty matchup against the Washington Redskins who are allowing tons of yards in the air each game. Boom or Bust Jackson will BOOM this week!

(OAK) Denarius Moore – This is probably the Start ‘Em selection I am most concerned about. Palmer is a hard QB to trust, and the Raiders haven’t been a very good team so far in 2012, but with Heyward-Bey out, and against a Broncos defense that is allowing healthy yardage totals, I think Moore can have a great game.

Rudolph (82) has a great chance to add to his 3 TDs over the past 2 games.

(MIN) Kyle Rudolph – Rudolph has been excellent for the Vikings so far in 2012. While his largest yardage total is only 67 yards, he still has 3 TDs in the last two games. Vikings QB Ponder is beginning to look legit and seems to like targeting Rudolph. I am thinking the young TE gets his 4th TD in three games.

(NYJ) Dustin Keller – The 49’ers have allowed a TD to the opposing teams tight end in each of the teams three games so far this year, including a pair of scores to the aforementioned TE Kyle Rudolph in the teams week three loss to the Vikings. With the Jets likely playing from behind, expect Keller to have a nice breakout game.

Sit ‘Em:

(CHI) Jay Cutler – I seriously hope you didn’t come into the 2012 season thinking that Cutler would be a worthy QB1, because through 3 weeks he has been anything but. Cutler has failed to throw for 200 yards in the past two games and could be held under that mark again this weekend against the Cowboys, whom have been a very good defense so far this season.

This stud only has 82 rush yards in his last 2 games a very tough matchup this weekend.

(DAL) Demarco Murray – Sticking with the Bears – Cowboys matchup, Demarco Murray is a stud that you might want to consider sitting in week four. Murray has rushed for only 82 yards over the past two games; I do not like his chances at 100 yards or a TD this week.

(STL) Steven Jackson – Jackson is slated to be back in the Rams lineup for the team’s week four matchup against the Seahawks. While the big news from Monday Night was the “TouchCeption”, the Seahawks defense was impeccable and the main reason the Seahawks had a chance at winning that game. The RB position has seen tons of injuries so you may be begging for Jackson to come back, but this is not the week to do so.

(WAS) Alfred Morris – Morris has been one of the seasons best waiver wire adds, I have been starting him in two different leagues when needed, but this is not one of those weeks. Morris takes on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the leagues best defense vs. the rush (in terms of yards). On a side note, the Buccs are also the worst ranked pass defense in terms of yards.

I expect Nate to take a week off from his early season success so far in 2012 as the Titans meet their toughest matchup yet in Houston, who look to be a real contender.

(TEN) Nate Washington – Washington, Britt and the rest of the Titans squad get one of the legs strongest defenses in the Houston Texans this coming Sunday.  Despite how good Washington has been so far this season, I find room for him on my bench in week four. While Britt has been the lamer of the two WRs so far this season for the Titans and also worth of a Sit ‘Em consideration, I still believe he is the more talented player and has the potential to overcome the Texans D.

(NO) Marques Colston – Colston does not have a TD yet in 2012 and has only topped 50 yards once, in week 1. There are rumors he has a leg injury that could very well be true. The Packers have been VERY good against the pass so far this season (they were terrible against the pass in 2011) and should be able to keep Colston under wraps in their week 4 matchup. I think Sproles and Moore could be used pretty heavily in this game.

(CAR) Greg Olsen – The Falcons held Chargers TEs Antonio Gates and Dante Rosario to 4 catches for 23 yards in their week 3 matchup, and have been death to any TE they have faced so far in 2012. I am pretty much guaranteeing Olsen does not score a TD and likely doesn’t get more than 50-60 yards.

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