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After starting your studs (typically players ranked after week 5 in the top ~15 RBs, top ~ 10 WRs, top ~ 10 QBs, top ~3 TEs, top ~5 Defenses, and top...wait, no kicker is a fantasy football stud), the Docs will help you decide who to start and sit as we recommend players in our fantasy football start sit column that are not clear studs and can step in with a big game for your team this week. Consequently, we will not recommend who to start and sit with the top few players at each position in our weekly fantasy football start sit advice (given starts every week); however, we may occasionally recommend players ranked 15 - 25 overall due to some teams out there that will have multiple players at one position in this range but can only start one.  If we recommend such a player it does not mean we think they are not a stud, we are just trying to help those folks out there that may be in such a situation. We also recommend players to bench, so our fantasy football start sit column is sometimes referred to as fantasy football start bench column. Additionally, we offer Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings to help even further with some of those more difficult start sit decisions. Last, be sure to check us out every Tuesday as we do a Wrap-up on our advice - both good and bad.  In fact, every wrap-up is kept and posted as a permanent, public record of what we called and how good or bad the calls were. Why?

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FREE Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice
NFL Week 4

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Give 'em the rock (a.k.a. Start)

Steve Smith, WR, BAL - Steve Smith Sr. has been great this season. Smith is also an emotional player that takes his game to another level when challenged. This week he happens to be facing the team he played the majority of his NFL career for in the Carolina Panthers. Mix all these factors together, and you have the right mix for a huge game from Smith. Start him.

Antonio Brown, WR, PIT - Brown has been red hot to start the season, and that won't change in Week 4 facing a Bucs' D that has been absolutely shredded by opposing WRs.

Michael Crabtree, WR, SF - After an awful showing in Week 1, Crabtree is starting to warm up. He will be a key component facing an Eagles team that loves to mash the gas on offense. The 49ers will look for Crabtree to be an equalizer to keep pace with the Eagles.

Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS - All of the Redskins receivers got a huge shot in the arm with Cousins lining up under center. With a suspect Giants secondary on the slate and fellow teammate DeSean Jackson a little banged up, we like Garcon to post a nice game in Week 4.

Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS - Cousins has the potential to post the monster game, and this week he gets the struggling secondary of the Giants. Hopefully this isn't a scenario of "too good to be true", but all superstition aside, you have to start him in this great match-up.

Philip Rivers, QB, SDG - Rivers has a great match-up this week against the most fantasy friendly defense for QBs. There are plenty of options for Rivers to distribute the ball, and the end result should make his owners proud.

Tony Romo, QB, DAL - We still have faith in how bad the Dallas defense is, and Romo and the offense are going to have to open the throttle to try to keep pace with the explosive New Orleans' offense. The end result says Romo has a better chance than not to post a decent game.

Khiry Robinson, RB, NOR - This week Robinson should improve on his 18 carries and 69 yards from last week. The Cowboys have a lot of holes in their defense, and they have traditionally struggled to stop the Saints rushing attack. Robinson makes a great flex if your team is struggling with the Week 4 byes.

Donald Brown, RB, SDG - The Chargers have no other options, so Brown should find some room to run in Week 4 against the worst run defense in the NFL. If you managed to pick up Brown off waivers, you should use him against the Jaguars.

Eddie Lacy, RB, GRB - Lacy has been nothing short of awful in the first three weeks of the season. This week he should start to turn things around facing a Bears defense that can resemble wet tissue paper at times when facing opposing RBs. Sprinkle in his coach calling him out, and we feel Lacy will rise to the challenge.

San Diego Chargers Defense - The Chargers get the Jaguars this week. Sadly, Chad Henne will not be on the menu again, but the Jaguars should continue to be a tasty morsel for opposing fantasy defenses.


Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)

Geno Smith, QB, NYJ - We've got a little QB controversy starting to brew in New York, and now the Lions and their very tough and athletic D-line is on tap. Uh-oh.

Reggie Bush, RB, DET - The Lions face the Jets' tough run defense in Week 4. Bush did finally have a good week last week, but he has struggled in previous weeks.

Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ - This game should be tough on the running backs. Fantasy owners shouldn't look for a big week from Johnson running against the Lions' nasty front line. Johnson hasn't looked good since week 1, and he will be facing an uphill battle again this week.

James Jones, WR, OAK - The Raiders are facing a surprisingly tough defense on opposing fantasy WRs. This factor creates a situation where you should not take a flyer on Jones this week. He will still have some good games this season, but week 4 shouldn't be one of them.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC - The Chiefs offense just can't get fully started this season, and Bowe has been very pedestrian. That trend will continue for Bowe facing the tough secondary of the Patriots, as well as spending a little time on Revis Island.

For an expanded list of players to help with weekly fantasy football start sit line-up decisions, be sure to check our our Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings, which are released every Thursday during the regular season.

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