Fantasy Football - Week 4
QB's Start 'Em
Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts) The Indianapolis Colts (2-1) look to continue reeling from their success in San Francisco last week. The obvious ringleader of the Colts early success this season is second-year QB Andrew Luck (658 YDS, 3 TD, 92.6 RAT), whether it be with his arm or his head. Look for the Stanford grad to exploit the absolutely atrocious defense of the winless Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3), who have allowed 21-points or more to opposing signal callers so far this season. The only real question mark that remains for tomorrow is... will Luck be sporting that amazing neck-beard or no?
Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) Contrary to popular belief, Dallas Cowboys (2-1) franchise QB Tony Romo (771 YDS, 6 TD, 103.9 RAT) has consistently put up decent numbers so far this season. Also understand that (since it's Tony Romo) he'll probably make me eat my words for finally backing him. Regardless, Romo and the Cowboys are headed to face off against a San Diego Chargers (1-2) team who is currently ranked dead last in yards given up through the air (340.7 YPG), allowing more points to fantasy quarterbacks than any other team in the league. Lastly, and possibly more important, it'll give you a reason to cheer for a quarterback who looks like he's the product of a few improperly shifted chromosomes when he puts his hat on backwards along the sidelines.
Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) In a last second adjustment, after the announcement of Raiders starter Terrelle Pryor being listed as inactive from today's game, the next quarterback in line is San Diego Chargers (1-2) QB Philip Rivers (798 YDS, 8 TD, 116.2 RAT). Lately Rivers has been looking like his old self, actually being ranked fifth out of all fantasy players. When facing a Dallas Cowboys (2-1) team giving up an average of 22 PPG, this one looks to be a shootout between both Rivers and Romo. Look for Rivers to drop a few dimes today while leaving the winner of this game coming down to the final possession.
RB's Start 'Em
Trent Richardson (Indianapolis Colts) If you're a genius like me (which I doubt - but kudos if you think so), then the drafting of RB Trent Richardson (44 ATT, 140 YDS, 1 TD) immediately paid off upon the very first carry of Richardson's career with his newly-anointed Indianapolis Colts (3-1) franchise. Look for Richardson to add to his successes with Indianapolis when he burdens the brunt of nearly every rushing attempt due to last week's hero, RB Ahmad Bradshaw (41 ATT, 186 YDS, 2 TD), being inactive when the Colts travel to face an all-around terrible Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) team who would have a hard time fighting their way out of a wet paper bag. Look for Richardson to put up stupid numbers this week with an Indy run-game which is surprisingly ranked 4th in the NFL, averaging 148.0 YPG so far this season. The last time Colts fans admired their run offense... well, let's just say I was busy trying to memorize all of the words to Salt 'N' Pepa's "Shoop" - stop judging me.
DeMarco Murray (Dallas Cowboys) For the second week in a row, Dallas Cowboys (2-1) RB DeMarco Murray (58 ATT, 286 YDS, 1 TD) makes it to the top of the list, due to both his ability to act as a shifty runner, but more so because he's facing the absolute worst defense in the stratosphere. The San Diego Chargers (1-2) are so bad on defense, my mother briefly watched them play on television last week and had double-digit fantasy points. Get 'em, Momma!
Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders) Before you say anything, hear me out on this one... Oakland Raiders (1-2) RB Darren McFadden (48 ATT, 186 YDS, 2 TD) is facing the second-worst bottom-dweller defensively in the NFL. If you're not buying that, then let me ask you this - have you ever in your life seen ANYONE in the NFL post 9-rushing yards and score double-digit fantasy points?! Exactly. Start him.
WR's Start 'Em
Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) Hey, I told you this was the Indianapolis Colts (2-1) Edition, did I not? Finally, we get to give the nod to WR Reggie Wayne (17 REC, 200 YDS, 1 TD) who is arguably the most underrated wideout in NFL history - at least according to a drunken Saturday evening conversation via my buddy Nick and I. Two things, we're right about Wayne being undervalued... and he will definitely look to exploit Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) secondary who are just an okie-doke move away from #87 getting his 80th touchdown of his career this weekend. REG-GIE, REG-GIE, REG-GIE!!!
Julian Edelman (New England Patriots) This is a good week to get New England Patriots (3-0) WR Julian Edelman (27 REC, 201 YDS, 2TD) off your bench and onto your active roster, especially since QB Tom Brady (698 ATT, 5 TD, 79.4 RAT) has absolutely no other option on the field due to injuries his team has been attempting to remedy since the opener. Edelman and the Patriots head to Georgia where they will try to keep their (somehow) undefeated season in tact against an Atlanta Falcons (1-2) team who is currently tied for the most touchdowns allowed to wide receivers while also giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to the position so far this season.
Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens) Baltimore Ravens (2-1) WR Torrey Smith (16 REC, 269 YDS, 0 TD) is currently on pace to set career records in both receptions and yardage, all the while having yet to find the paydirt this season. Smith is an excellent option this week not only due to his success in the Ravens' first three games, but more importantly Smith heads out to face a Buffalo Bills (1-2) secondary currently allowing the most touchdown receptions via the deep ball than any other team in the league. Hell, imagine how good Smith would be if he had someone to throw the ball to him? Crazy, 'eh?!
QB Sit 'Em - Seriously, don't you even think about it, young man!
Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) I remember a time when Houston Texans (2-1) QB Matt Schaub (838 YDS, 6 TD, 87.3 RAT) used to be a must start, week-in and week-out. Well, this isn't 2009 anymore and few quarterbacks have yet to face the kind of defense the undefeated Seattle Seahawks (3-0) are bringing to Texas this weekend. Currently ranked first in the league, the Seahawks are only allowing 146.7 yards-per-game through the air, making life absolute hell for quarterbacks already including the likes of Cam Newton and (577 YDS, 6 TD, 91.9 RAT) and Colin Kaepernik (858 YDS, 5 TD, 81.0 RAT) so far this season - get ready to add Matt Schaub to that list come Sunday.
RB Sit 'Em - Did I stutter?!
David Wilson (New York Giants) As if you weren't already aware, the New York Giants (0-3) are absolutely atrocious so far this season. A lot of the Giants woes stem from the little help the offensive line has given anyone so far this season, let alone not allowing RB David Wilson (25 ATT, 75 YDS, 0 TD) much of an opening. Add that to the fact that the Giants have been trailing in each game, having to rely solely on the passing "attack" (for lack of a better term). The same will hold true for this weekend's game when the Giants head to Arrowhead Stadium to battle the undefeated and all-too-impressive Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) with their staunch defense, allowing under 14 PPG to opposing fantasy backs. If the Giants have any shot at heading back home with a "W", in no way is it going to be done by the ground game.
WR Sit 'Em - Think about it again and you'll be grounded for TWO weeks, mister!
For a record setting third week straight, Atlanta Falcons (1-2) superstar WR Roddy White (7 REC, 56 YDS, 0 TD) is a must-sit until he proves otherwise on the playing field. Granted, he has done well acting as a decoy for other wideouts, but as far as production goes, fantasy owners could quite possibly get more yardage out of Betty White rather than Roddy White this week.