Week 4 Start or Sit

The fantasy football season is in full swing, and many of you are 3-0. Congratulations, but if you are not there is still plenty of time to catch up with about 11 weeks left until fantasy playoffs. Do not go crazy and trade everyone if you are 0-3, as many people seem to do. These people usually end up in the basement while the players they traded turn into fantasy stars.

Keep in mind, this is not the article to be reading if you want to be advised to start Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson Jr.

Here are the Starts and Sits for the week!


QB Terrelle Pryor vs. Washington

QB Robert Griffin III vs. Oakland

QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. Minnesota

If Pryor is healthy, he becomes almost a must-start against a porous Redskins defense. RG3 will try to play a consistent complete game this week, and if he does he will be a top five option. Roethlisberger is likely available in many leagues, but Brian Hoyer threw for three touchdowns last week against the Vikings.


QB Sam Bradford vs. San Francisco

QB Eli Manning vs. Kansas City

QB Carson Palmer vs. Tampa Bay

Bradford is competing against a good defense on a short week, Eli Manning goes against arguably the best defense he has seen this year, which means multiple interceptions are likely. Carson Palmer has not been great this year, and the Bucs secondary is amongst the best in the NFL.


RB Trent Richardson vs. Jacksonville

RB Bilal Powell vs. Tennessee

RB Giovani Bernard vs. Cleveland

Richardson has a great matchup and will get acclimated to that offense in a big way this week. Bilal Powell has over 220 yards on the ground this season, and will be the feature back as Chris Ivory is nursing a hamstring injury. Giovani Bernard is finally being “freed” and will get plenty of opportunities this week.


RB C.J. Spiller vs. Baltimore

RB Ryan Mathews vs. Dallas

RB Ray Rice vs. Buffalo

Spiller and Rice may be back this week, but each of them will likely still be “hurt”, so stay away from the two until they prove to be healthy. Mathews is slowly losing snaps to Danny Woodhead and it will not be long until he is either hurt, or ineffective.


WR Pierre Garcon vs. Oakland

WR DeSean Jackson vs. Denver

WR Stevie Johnson vs. Baltimore

Garcon has been one of the better fantasy starts this season, especially in PPR, and that will continue this week against the Raiders. Jackson and Johnson will likely see a ton of targets as both teams will be trying to score a ton of points in order to be competitive this week.


WR Larry Fitzgerald vs. Darrelle Revis

WR Andre Johnson vs. Richard Sherman

WR Cecil Shorts vs. Indianapolis

Normally, Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson should be started each and every week. But as aforementioned, the two best corners in the NFL have the assignments this week. Not to mention Johnson is nursing a leg injury. Cecil Shorts is a very talented player, but Blaine Gabbert is back and throwing the ball, or trying to at least.


TE Rob Gronkowski vs. Atlanta

TE Antonio Gates vs. Dallas

TE Martellus Bennett vs. Detroit

Rob Gronkowski is back this week, and should not see the bench for the rest of the season (except for bye). Gates has shown great consistency so far this season, and will do it yet again this week. Martellus Bennett has a good matchup against the Lions who do not have anyone who can match up against him.


TE Jordan Cameron vs. Cincinnati

TE Jared Cook vs. San Francisco

TE Vernon Davis vs. St. Louis

All three of these tight ends are top starters at their position. But this week, the matchups are tough. Cameron goes against a very athletic Bengals defense who will slow the big man down. Cook and Davis play tonight, and Thursday’s have not been too kind to the fantasy community, not to mention the two defenses are well above average.


DST Kansas City Chiefs

DST Indianapolis Colts

The Chiefs have established themselves as a top fantasy defense this year, and going against Eli Manning will play right into their hands, literally. The Colts face off against the Jaguars this week, and Blaine Gabbert will turn the ball over at least once.


DST Denver Broncos

DST Houston Texans

The Broncos will try to stop Chip Kelly who has had 10 days to prepare, and the Texans will try to slow down the Seahawks, who have been clicking on offense lately. These two defenses should be sat for other options this week.

Josh is a fantasy football writer for ProFootballFocus as well as here for PFC. Give him a follow and ask any questions on Twitter @PFF_JCollacchi