Week 4 – Start’em Sit’em
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Bengals –
If you didn’t believe in Ryan Fitzpatrick after the Bills played the Raiders, he surly must have earned your trust with a strong performance against the Patriots. The Bills play another pass friendly team in the Bengals this week, and Fitzpatrick should have no problems posting over 300 yards passing and at least two touchdowns.
Eli Manning @ Cardinals –
Victor Cruz and the Giants running backs stepped up in the passing game as Eli Manning was without Mario Manningham against the Eagles. It remains to be seen if Manningham will be cleared for action this week, but Manningham seemed confident that he would be on the field this week. Look for Manning to have another big game even if Manningham is out, as the Cardinals secondary still has a ways to go before they’re ready to stop respectable pass offenses.
Kendall Hunter @ Eagles -
On Monday, Coach Jim Harbaugh said that Frank Gore would be fine for this week, but I will believe it when I see it. Gore didn’t look right against the Bengals as rookie Kendall Hunter played well and showed his explosive burst on a seven-yard touchdown run that helped the 49ers win. If Gore can’t put together a full practice by Friday, Hunter should make for a respectable flex play option even if Gore suits up for the game.
The Eagles have struggled against the run, and Hunter should take advantage of the running lanes that the Eagles are leaving on the field. Furthermore, look for Hunter to be a factor in the passing game, as the Giants running backs took advantage of this against them last week.
Tim Hightower @ Rams –
One team Tim Hightower has punished in his career is the St. Louis Rams, and he will have a solid game, this week. Rookie Roy Helu will be in the mix, but Hightower is still the starter in this offense, and should post at least 85 yards rushing and a score. With Steven Jackson expected to return to normal work, I expect the Rams to have a shot at winning this game, but the Redskins are playing good football, and they will be in this game throughout.
Sidney Rice vs Falcons -
After missing the first two games of the year, Sidney Rice came back against the Cardinals and posted eight receptions for over 100 yards receiving. Don’t expect those numbers to be a recurring trend throughout the year, but the Falcons have had their struggles against the pass, and Rice should have another respectable game. I’m still concerned about Rice’s shoulder but for now he’s earned the right play as a WR-3 against a suspect unit.
Nate Washington @ Browns –
With Kenny Britt down for the year, Nate Washington is a weekly option in fantasy lineups as a WR-3 play. Washington had another strong performance against the Broncos as Matt Hasselbeck clearly favor’s him as the top option in the passing offense, with Britt out.
Lance Moore @ Jaguars –
It was only a matter of time before Lance Moore was ready to contribute for the Saints and in his second game back, Moore went off for nine receptions, 88 yards, a touchdown and multiple two-point conversions. Moore will be Drew Brees’s top option in the passing game (Jimmy Graham close second) with Marques Colston sidelined, and Moore gets another tasty matchup against the Jaguars secondary.
Joe Flacco vs Jets –
A nice bounce back game for Joe Flacco against the Rams as he hooked up with rookie Torrey Smith on three touchdown passes in the first half. This week the Ravens return home to face the Jets and fantasy owners would be better served going with another option like Jason Campbell this week.
Willis McGahee @ Packers –
Even with Knowshon Moreno injured Willis McGahee only managed just over 50 yards rushing on 22 carries in Tennessee. This week McGahee will head out to Green Bay to face a Packers defense that allowed two rushing yards to Matt Forte last week. If Moreno should happen to miss another week, McGahee is a shaky play at best, as the Packers should make quick work of the Broncos, and the running game will fall on the back burner as they are forced to throw in the second half.
Percy Harvin @ Chiefs –
A decreased role in the offense and sickness hurt Percy Harvin’s odds of posting a big game against the Lions last week. Another solid matchup against the Chiefs, it’s hard for fantasy owners to trust Harvin until the Vikings wake up and start using him as a true starter. Keep Harvin on your bench, but look to other options for the starting lineup.
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