Week 4 Fantasy Football Projections: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

James ShimCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2012

Cedric Benson
Cedric BensonJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Another week has started, which means another week to set your fantasy football lineups for Week 4. 

There were some big headlines coming out of Week 3, especially with injuries to C.J. Spiller, Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford

Young quarterbacks also ruled Week 3, with Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder and Jake Locker all scoring over 20 points. 

As we look into Week 4, here is an early list of start 'em, sit 'em.



Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph was a big contributor in the upset victory of the 49ers on Sunday, as he hauled in two touchdowns against that top defense. 

Rudolph and quarterback Christian Ponder seem to be developing a chemistry, as the tight end has three touchdowns out of his last 13 receptions. It looks as if Rudolph has emerged as Ponder's favorite target in the red zone.

Although he may not get a ton of targets each game, as long as they come close to the end zone, it should keep fantasy owners happy.


Mikel LeShoure, RB, Detroit Lions

A surprise start on Sunday, LeShoure showed that he deserved the starting job. 

LeShoure had 26 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown, as well as four catches for 34 yards during Sunday's game against the Titans. 

With Matt Stafford's status uncertain, the Lions may just turn to their young back and give him an opportunity to have a heavy workload in Week 4.


Cedric Benson, RB, Green Bay Packers

Benson has gotten over 15 touches and scored in double digits in the past two games.

This week, he faces the league's worst run defense in the New Orleans Saints. The Saints, currently ranked 32nd in run defense by allowing 215 yards per game, are still looking for their first win this season. 

In Week 3, Jamaal Charles exploded for 233 yards against the Saints, and while you shouldn't expect Benson to get 200-plus yards, you can expect him to have a great game against the league's worst run defense. 



Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans

By now, this should come as no surprise. Chris Johnson has been absolutely horrible this season, with four points being the most he has scored this year. That's right, four. 

For three straight weeks, Johnson has not been able to produce anything, leaving fantasy owners frustrated as he is no longer a starting option. 

Life will not get easier for Johnson, as he faces a top-five run defense in the Houston Texans this week.


Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams

Jackson has yet to have that monster game, and it doesn't look like he'll have that game in Week 4 either. 

The Rams play a divisional game against the Seahawks, who have looked like a very good defensive team thus far. 

Ranked second in rushing defense, the Seahawks will definitely look to stop Jackson to make the Rams offense one-dimensional. 

Jackson has only gotten 20 attempts in his last two games as well, so it will be interesting to see if the Rams will give him more carries this week.