Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 4: QBs Who Will Take Advantage of Easy Matchups

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 25, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 22:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It seems to happen in each and every week of the fantasy football season.

When a talented quarterback with an adequate supporting cast finds himself taking on a clearly overmatched defense, big yardage, multiple passing touchdowns and very few turnovers are usually the end result. 

So far this season, we've seen a number of examples, and we're only three weeks deep into the 2013 NFL campaign. 

It's why Peyton Manning has put up 12 touchdowns in three games against seemingly helpless secondaries, and it's also why Matthew Stafford, Michael Vick and Aaron Rodgers have each been able to torment the Redskins' atrocious defensive unit. 

So yeah, it's been a good start to the season for elite-level passing quarterbacks. 

Going into Week 4, here's a look at the quarterbacks who will take advantage of favorable opponents and put together monster fantasy performances in the process.  

If you have any of these guys on your roster, chances are you've already slotted them in to start this weekend. 

 

Andrew Luck

As arguably the most promising young quarterback of the last decade, Andrew Luck is more than capable of picking apart even the stingiest of secondaries. 

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But in Week 4, Luck will be taking on an extremely porous Jacksonville defense, so the former No. 1 overall pick shouldn't have any trouble putting up season-high numbers against the winless Jaguars. 

While the Jaguars have been more successful against the pass than the run through their first three games, they have yet to face a quarterback as accurate and efficient as Luck. And with Trent Richardson now in the fold, the Colts' improved ground-based attack will force Jacksonville not to blitz Luck constantly.

Ultimately, Luck will be looking to have a big day after three rather pedestrian fantasy performances, and there's no better time to do it than against one of the league's worst defensive units.

Predicted Stats: 20 of 27 for 285 yards, three passing touchdowns and 20 yards rushing. 

 

Robert Griffin III

Like the rest of his team, Robert Griffin III has failed to live up to expectations early on, but that doesn't mean he hasn't put up big fantasy numbers for his owners. 

Sure, most of his yardage has come during garbage time, but he's still fifth in the league as far as passing yards go, and despite demonstrating limited mobility at times, he has still thrown five touchdown passes in the Redskins' three losses. 

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So with Washington now set to take on a mediocre Oakland Raiders team, RG3 has the perfect opportunity to let the rest of the football world know he's still capable of tearing apart opposing defenses. 

The Raiders defense will surely be hoping to bounce back after being embarrassed by Manning on Monday Night Football, but that'll be difficult against Griffin, as Oakland hasn't been overly successful against quarterbacks operating from within the pocket. 

And in case anyone has forgotten, RG3 initially made his name as a pocket passer. Though his breathtaking rushing capabilities are what electrified fans across the country in 2012, he's got all the tools to bounce back and come up with a big performance in Oakland in Week 4. 

Predicted Stats: 26 of 36 for 310 yards, two passing touchdowns and 35 yards rushing. 

 

Tony Romo

Say what you want about Tony Romo's ability to win during the postseason, but the three-time Pro Bowl selection has consistently been among the league's most prolific passing quarterbacks for a reason. 

Through the Cowboys' first three games, Romo has racked up six passing touchdowns and nearly 800 yards through the air, and you know the 33-year-old is going to record a big fantasy performance in the Week 4 showdown with the San Diego Chargers. 

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys passes the ball in the first quarter against the New York Giants on September 8, 2013 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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That's because the Chargers currently boast the league's worst pass defense and have surrendered an average of 340.7 yards per game heading into Sunday's tilt at home against Romo and the Cowboys. 

I'm not saying the Cowboys will necessarily win, but I do believe Romo is a lock to tear apart the Chargers secondary all evening long. 

Romo is coming off a three-touchdown outing against the Rams, and against a very weak opponent, at least defensively, he will make his fantasy owners happy Sunday.

Predicted Stats: 21 of 32 for 325 yards, three passing touchdowns and five yards rushing. 

 

Peyton Manning

Well, if you've been watching the 37-year-old play at all this season, you know it really doesn't matter what team he plays against. Peyton Manning appears to be absolutely unstoppable so far in 2013. 

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After an absurd seven-touchdown performance over the Super Bowl champion Ravens in Week 1, Manning has kept rolling, and he tossed another three scores against Oakland on Monday night. 

With the Broncos set to face the Eagles and their 29th-ranked passing defense, Manning is a lock to have another huge day. 

He has clearly developed a special chemistry with Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, so unless Chip Kelly's defense is much better than it has been so far, there's no conceivable way Manning doesn't churn out another fantastic fantasy performance for his owners. 

Predicted Stats: 33 of 40 for 365 yards, three passing touchdowns and zero yards rushing.