Starters, Sleepers & Sitters Week Four
Every Sunday, Daniel, Bruce and Chris will be bringing you their “expert” fantasy football advice as you look for the player that will give you the edge in your weekly matchup. Here are our week four selections.
Start: Matthew Stafford, QB: Detroit Lions: Stafford is an obvious choice compared to other quarterbacks (like Matt Ryan on my bench) and has been tearing up secondaries with Calvin Johnson. Look for both to have a big game against the Dallas Cowboys as the Lions go to 4-0 on the season.
Sit: Reggie Bush, RB: Miami Dolphins: His numbers and his role in the offense have been diminishing all year. Playing at San Diego this week won’t help Reggie at all.
Sleeper: Dwayne Bowe, WR: Kansas City Chiefs: Playing against the Minnesota Vikings should open up some opportunities for Dwayne to make some big plays and bulk up his fantasy stats.
Start: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB: Buffalo Bills: He is already the in the top ten of fantasy quarterbacks and the Bills offense seems to be unstoppable. They are facing a Bengals team that hasn’t really been tested yet in the passing game. Look for him to put up big numbers.
Sit: Rashard Mendenhall, RB: Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are down to two offensive line man they can’t block anybody. Last week Mathias and Freeny ran a clinic on that front line. Look for the Texans to shut down Mendenhall this week.
Sleeper: Deion Branch, WR: New England Patriots: He was shut completely down last week but look for him to bounce back. I don’t expect Brady to throw every single pass that comes out of his hand to Wes Welker again this week. Oakland is a team that can put up lots of points on the board too, so look for a lot of scoring and Branch to find the end zone at least once this week.
Start: Ryan Matthews, RB: San Diego Chargers: Matthews has gained over 100 yards of total offense in all three of the Chargers games this season. After losing goaline carries and touchdowns to Mike Tolbert in week one, Matthews has bounced back with strong performances since (including a two touchdown performance against the Chiefs last week). Look for Matthews to continue rolling against a porous Dolphins defense.
Sit: Shonn Grenne, RB: New York Jets: Not much to say here, the Jets are facing the Ravens tonight which means bad news for Greene. The Baltimore defense has allowed just one touchdown on the ground this season, and is surrendering just 3.5 yards per rush to opponents. Also consider, that LaDainian Tomlinson has been taking away touches from Greene each week. If you have Greene in your starting lineup, take him out!
Sleeper: Cam Newton, QB: Carolina Panthers: After last weeks game, a lot of fantasy players are going to have Cam Newton on the bench against the Bears. After looking at the numbers though, they may want to rethink this strategy. The Bears defense has been terrible against the pass, allowing opposing quarterbacks a 69.7% completion rate, second to only the Seattle Seahawks. Chicago’s defense has also yielded an average of two passing touchdowns per game this season (including three to Packers TE Jermichael Finley last week). While these numbers came against two great and one good quarterbacks in Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Aaron Rogers, there are certainly plenty of passing opportunities to take advantage of in the Tampa 2 defense the Bears run. Look for Greg Olsen to have a big game against his former team (also a must start in my opinion), as a result Cam should be a more then serviceable quarterback for you today.
Check back next Sunday morning for our week five advice!