Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week four (4) of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(SD) QB Philip Rivers vs. (DAL): 35/42 401 yards 3TD, INT – Rivers continues to play like it’s 2010, going for over 400 yards and being one of the top-5 scoring players of the week. Most people drafted Rivers as a backup but as long as he is playing like this should be started every week.
(PIT) QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. (MIN): 36/51 383 yards TD, INT, FumbLost – The yardage was their for Big Ben, but a pair of turnovers and only one touchdown thrown kept him from being a great play in week four. It is not a matchup I would want to start him in but Ben and his Steelers get a winnable matchup in week five against the Jets.
(OAK) RB Darren McFadden vs. (WAS): 5 rush 29 yards – McFadden started the game well with just under 6 yards per carry over his first five attempts, but he was soon injured and replaced by Rashad Jennings, who had a pretty decent game in his place. Marcel Reece was also hurt in the game making Rashad Jennings one of this weeks top waiver-wire grabs as he could get the start in week five.
(IND) RB Trent Richardson vs. (JAC) 20 rush 60 yards TD – The workload was there but the yard per carry were not at just three, but he did find the end zone to satisfy fantast owners. It is somewhat worrisome though that Richardson was only able to rush for 60 yards on 20 touches against the Jaguars.
(DEN) RB Knowshon Moreno vs. (PHI) 12 rush 78 yards TD – Only 12 touches as a rusher but Moreno made them count by going for almost 80 yards and a touchdown. Something to take not of is that Moreno actually benefits from when the Broncos are in a close game as he is required to protect Manning and will receive more carries. When the game becomes a blowout, Denver finds ways to get Hillman and Ball into the game.
(CLE) WR Josh Gordon vs. (CIN) 4 catch 71 yards – Not the repeat performance I was hoping from Gordon. He only caught 4 of his 9 targets for a decent 71-yard total, but it was TE Jordan Cameron who continues to impress, catching 10 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. I still like Gordon as a weekly starter going forward with Brian Hoyer behind centre slinging the ball almost 40 times a game.
(BAL) WR Torrey Smith vs. (BUF): 5 catch 166 yards TD – If you read my articles last year you know that Torrey Smith was my bane, always doing the opposite of what I predicted. But alas that was last year, and this time around I was right, Smith was great against Buffalo despite the loss and Flacco throwing five interceptions. Smith is now second in the league in yardage for WRs to Julio Jones.
(OAK) WR Denarius Moore vs. (WAS) 4 catch 66 yards – After a pair of early touchdowns, one from the defence and one from the offence, The Raiders offence fell off a cliff. Flynn through for 2017 yards while getting picked off once and sacked seven times. Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece were injured leaving most of the work to Rashad Jennings who had 15 carries as well as a team-high 8 catches. The main takeaway; Matt Flynn sucks and McFadden is hurt.
(PIT) TE Heath Miller vs. (MIN) 6 catch 70 yards – not touchdown to make it a really good game for Miller, but his seven points makes him tied with several other players for the 12th best tight end. The 6 catches for 70 yards exactly doubles his 3 catches for 35 from week three, so it appears that Miller is getting healthier and could be a great addition for Big Ben and the Steelers offence.
(NYG) QB Eli Manning vs. (KC): 18/37 217 yards TD, INT – Eli was awful once again, completing less than half of his pass attempts, threw another interception and lost TWO fumbles. Manning has been a turnover machine this season, to the point that is it getting ridiculous. If Manning (and also the struggling David Wilson) doesn’t have a much better game against the Philadelphia Eagles defense, then it is going to be time to cut bait.
(ARI) QB Carson Palmer vs. (TB): 21/38 248 TD, 2 INT – Palmer and the rest of the Cardinals struggled for most of the game, finally getting things rolling in the fourth quarter, including a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. It was a little to late for fantasy owners though who were left with less than 10 fantasy points.
(BUF) RB CJ Spiller vs. (BAL): 23 rush 77 yards – Spiller had more touches than Fred Jackson, but was once again out scored by Jackson who not only received less touches but had more yards, also scored a touchdown. As someone who really liked Spiller coming into this season and drafted him in more than one league, I am seriously getting worried and will need to look at replacing him. In one of my leagues I would have been better off starting Danny Woodhead over Spiller.
(HOU) RB Arian Foster vs. (SEA): 27 rush 102 yards, 6 catch 69 yards TD – Despite taking on the tough Seattle Seahawks defence, Foster was able to have the best game of his season with over 170 total yards and a score. The Seahawks have now played two games at home in which they have been absolutely dominant and two games on the road where they scratch out a win. It appears as though the Seahawks defence is not to be quite as feared when on the road.
(ARI) WR Larry Fitzgerald vs. (TB): 6 catch 68 yards TD – Larry had a very slow first half to the game and was looking great as a Sit ‘Em suggestion. Things continued to look good for me until late in the fourth quarter when Larry caught a 13-yard TD pass that tied the game. Not a beastly performance from one of the leagues best, but he still came down with a key touchdown in a tough matchup.
TNF (SF) WR Anquan Boldin vs. (STL): 5 catch 90 yards TD – Vernon Davis ended up being available for the game, which is a huge boost for Boldin, giving him more room to work with. Boldin took advantage for 90 yards and a touchdown on the game. Not a great start for my Sit’ Em list, but I did say Davis being available would change things.
(SEA) WR Sidney Rice vs. (HOU): 1 catch 11 yards – On the road against Houston the Seahawks offence struggled mightily, relying on a pick-6 for a come from behind overtime win. Rice might have other boom weeks, but I would not be expecting one anytime soon. Rice is best used as a desperation play in deep leagues and on bye weeks.
(MIN) TE Kyle Rudolph vs. (PIT): 2 catch 6 yards – Rudolph was used few and far between as Matt Cassel found Greg Jennings for a pair of touchdowns, one of them from 70 yards and Jerome Simpson for over 100 yards. Simpson was actually targeted a team high 11 times for 7 catches while Jennings had only 3 catches on 4 targets, second highest on the team.