Fantasy Football Week 4: Players You Can't Afford to Keep on Your Bench

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Fantasy Football Week 4: Players You Can't Afford to Keep on Your Bench
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Jamaal Charles owners, you are on notice. Week 4 marks the beginning of must-start status.

Charles won more than a few matchups for his owners in Week 3, and it’s only Monday. Hang up your imaginary clipboard and phone it in. Charles went off for 288 total yards, leading almost every league with standard scoring so far for the week.

He wasn’t the only surprise, either. Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Schaub both threw four touchdown passes. Calvin Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew finally had the kind of games we’ve come to expect from them the last few years. And Ahmad Bradshaw may be faced with a competition for the starting job when he returns from injury.

There is a long list of players who should be in your starting lineup every week, but the list of flex options and second-tier quarterbacks is even longer. The latter list could be titled, “Guys I wish I started this week.”

If you’re like me, you probably lost some points on your bench in Week 3. Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez? Andre Brown or Michael Bush? If you chose as poorly as I did, you’ll want to avoid watching highlights from Week 3. And avoid talking to your fantasy football buddies for a few days.

It’s time to look ahead to Week 4, though.

If you’ve been struggling with decisions about whether to bench Chris Johnson or Dez Bryant in favor of a player of lesser repute, this is the column you’ll want to read.

The following is a list of must-start players for Week 4. These are guys you might be on the fence about, but don’t even think about asking. Start them with confidence this week.

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