Fantasy Football Week Four Start 'Em Advice

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 2, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Oakland Raiders on September 27, 2009 during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Bye weeks are make or break for your fantasy football teams. When your No. 1 RB and WR are taking a week off, your fantasy team may be doing the same. At Bruno Boys, we do our best to make sure that even without your studs you are still winning. Here are our Fantasy Football Week Four Start Ems players that could definitely fill the void of your DeAngelo Williams’ and Larry Fitzerald’s.


David Garrard (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. Tennessee

Without QBs Kurt Warner, Matt Ryan, Donovan McNabb, and Jake Delhomme (did we just say that), you could be struggling to find options at QB this weekend. Look no further than David Garrard. While he obviously has not done much to prove his worth as a starter for your fantasy squad (3 total TDs), he hasn’t done much to hurt it either (1 INT, 1 FL).

He’s going up against the Titans defense that has been great at stopping the run, meaning he should be forced to throw (all the other QBs are doing it against them). Tennessee is allowing 275 yards passing and 2.33 TDs per game to opposing QBs, and Garrard should see some openings throughout this matchup.

With some decent options to throw to in WRs Mike Sims-Walker and Torry Holt, he could make for a perfect pickup off your waiver wire.

Kyle Orton (Denver Broncos) vs. Dallas

Orton was a winner in Chicago and has proven to be nothing but the same in Denver leading them to a 3-0 record. At the same time, if you had him starting for you, your fantasy team would probably not share that record. While some of Orton’s numbers may be slightly skewed (87 yards and a TD came on a fluke play in week one), the Dallas Cowboys pass defense has proven to be one of the worst in the league thus far.

Allowing 268 passing yards per game and 4 TDs, Orton could be able to air it out in this matchup. Orton has a solid run game and two of the better receivers in the league (or at least we thought) in Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal, so perhaps he will pay dividends with your short-handed fantasy team in week four.

Jason Campbell (Washington Redskins) vs. Tampa Bay

Facing the Buccaneers defense has been a pleasure for opposing QBs in the first three weeks of the year. We figure that there is more of the same to come in week four. Campbell is coming off of one of the best starts of his career (361 total yards, 2 TDs), and while he is typically not a great start, this should be a week where he exceeds expectations.

Being bad against the pass would be an understatement giving up 245 yards per game and 7 TDs through 3 games. Start Campbell if your options are limited, but reap the benefits when he excels.


Glen Coffee (San Francisco 49ers) vs. St. Louis

Here is the man everyone is talking about. The biggest pickup thus far in 2009. Not only do the 49ers run the ball (constantly, even when it should be a guaranteed passing down), but he goes up against one of the worst run defenses in the St. Louis Rams.

The Rams allow 148 rushing yards and a TD per game, and while we can’t be sure that RB Michael Robinson won’t steal a few carries, it is obvious the 49ers have faith in the rookie, Coffee. He was impressive in the preseason, and if the Niners stick to their running ways, he should be in for a nice first start to his career.

Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders) @ Houston

Yes, we will do our best to tell you to start any RB facing the hapless Texans run defense. They have allowed 615 rushing yards and 8 TDs in three games. If there is one game that Run DMC is going to go off, it is this match-up. McFadden has been a disappointment in the first three weeks accumulating 196 total yards and 1 TD.

Looking at other RBs that have faced the Texans (Thomas Jones—107 yards and 2 TDs, Chris Johnson- 284 total yards, 3 TDs, Maurice Jones-Drew—147 total yards and 3 TDs), McFadden should be in for some nice totals. Even though fellow RB Michael Bush may steal a TD (and some carries), DMac is a solid play in this cushy matchup.

Jerome Harrison (Cleveland Browns) vs. Cincinnati

If you are scrounging on the waiver wire (all three of your RBs are on a bye in week four) and stumble upon Harrison, it may be in your best interest to pick him up. Jamal Lewis has fallen out of favor/hit by injury, and Cleveland is looking to right their wrongs. With QB Derek Anderson under center, the Browns could have a better passing game to open up room for Harrison and RB James Davis.

While Cincinnati’s run defense has been surprisingly good (they looked tough on Hard Knocks), Coach Eric Mangini should try and control the clock with Harrison and Davis. Harrison had a solid 85 total yards against the stout Ravens defense, so he could be a diamond in the rough in week four.



Fantasy Football Week 4 Start 'Em Advice