Fantasy Football Week 4: Start’em / Sit’em

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Julian Edelman @ATL (71%, 13): Week 3 was Edelman’s worst performance of the season (7-44), but in his defense he drew more attention from Darrell Revis than expected. Revis rarely covers slot receivers and I guess it’s a compliment to Edelman that he did. His 34 targets in three games make it clear he is Tom Brady’s #1 WR which makes him a must start most weeks. Even with Gronk probable for week 4, I think Edelman will still lead the Pats in targets and there is no Darrell Revis in the Falcons secondary. I’m expecting close to 10 catches and a TD.

Tavon Austin SF (37%,9): Yes, SF is a scary match-up, but I think that might play in Austin’s favor. The Rams o-line is having trouble protecting Bradshaw and Niners fierce pass rush should force the Rams to go with a short passing game. Austin has primarily been used on screens and slants which should be open against the Niners aggressive defense. Kind of a stretch I know, but it makes sense to me.

Denarious Moore WAS (18%, 8): I don’t trust Moore normally, but he is coming off a 6 catch, 124 yard game and the Redskins defense is the best match-up you can hope for (32nd vs pass). Terrell Pryor (concussion) has been cleared to play which increase Moore’s chances of success in week 4 and I wouldn’t be surprised if they hook up for at least one big play.

Alshon Jeffery @DET (9%, 9): The Bears made it a priority to get Jeffery involved early in the game (5 targets on 1st drive) and I think that will continue this week as they try to keep defenses from double–teaming Brandon Marshall. Jeffery caught everything thrown near him in week 3 (7 of 8 targets) and I am expecting a big week 4 in what should be a high scoring game.

Ryan Broyles CHI (7%, 8): Starting in place of Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles is finally healthy enough to play without a snap count limit which should result in decent fantasy output Sunday. If the Bears blitz like they did in week 3 there will be plenty of open space on underneath routes where Broyles likes to operate. Broyles started three games last year and had a monster game against Houston (6 – 126) so the talent is there if his knee holds up.


Martellus Bennett @DET (47%, 8): Week 3 was a rough one for the Black Unicorn with only 2 catches for 10 yards, but he did get 5 targets and 1 of those was in the end zone. I think Bennett will be a big part of the Bears aerial attack in Detroit this week and I’m predicting he finds the end zone at least once on Sunday.