Fantasy Football Week Four Sit 'Ems

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 3, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 28:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks at the Carolina Panthers line on the field at Cowboys Stadium on September 28, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With the bye weeks now upon us, we are left with fewer options to choose from for our weekly lineups. This makes sitting a player an even more difficult decision than before. However, remember that leaving a guy in your lineup that puts up a stinker is the worst way to lose your fantasy matchup.

As such, the Bruno Boys bring to you our Fantasy Football Week Four Sit ‘Ems.

Quarterbacks: Sit 'em

Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) at Denver

Romo’s inconsistencies can be extremely frustrating to fantasy owners. Even though he shows legitimate flashes of brilliance, he can also struggle miserably in other starts.

Before the season began, most would have argued that this was a great matchup versus a weak opponent, but Mike Nolan’s Broncos defense has flourished.

The Broncos have allowed an astonishing 5.3 points a game along with just 136.3 passing yards per game and ZERO TDs through the air. Yes, they have been that good.

However, they haven’t exactly faced the best QB competition in Carson Palmer, Brady Quinn, and JaMarcus Russell. Tony Romo will do better than all of them and record the first TD against the Broncos, but don’t expect lofty numbers against Champ Bailey and the rest of the Broncos’ secondary.

Mark Sanchez (New York Jets) at New Orleans

Mark Sanchez has been as impressive as any rookie QB in NFL history. Yes, it’s actually true. He’s the only QB in NFL history to win his first three games.

However, the Jets and Sanchez face their toughest matchup in week four against the high-powered New Orleans Saints. While everyone knows about the Saints’ offensive power, their defense has been instrumental in frustrating QBs to the tune of seven interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Expect the Jets to try to control the clock by running the football and playing solid defense throughout this matchup.

Sanchez will probably play decently, but his fantasy stats could suffer on Sunday.

Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. New York Giants

The Giants have been the best team in the NFL defending the pass, allowing only 124 yards per contest and two TDs on the year, while recording five interceptions.

It is unsure what WR Dwayne Bowe’s health status is currently. Without him, Matt Cassel will struggle mightily as he did in week three against the Eagles when he had just 90 passing yards.

The Chiefs offense has been horrendous (except when Brodie Croyle was under center), and it doesn’t seem like this matchup will make it any easier on them. Scour the waiver wire for ANY other options instead of trying to use Cassel this weekend.

Running Backs: Sit 'em

Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens) at New England

While the RBBC in Baltimore has been better than good to fantasy owners thus far, this could be the week where it sputters.

While Ray Rice is the starter in Baltimore, he probably will not be finding too much open room to run on the New England defense. Most people believe the Pats’ defense hasn’t been very Patriot-esque, but they have only allowed 88.3 rush yards per game and one rushing TD through three weeks.

Considering that RB Willis McGahee will probably be stealing those goal-line carries, Ray Rice makes for a Sit ‘Em in week four.

Ryan Grant (Green Bay Packers) at Minnesota

With the bye weeks upon us, many fantasy owners may be struggling to find running backs to plug into their lineup. If that is the case, this is probably not a player you will be able to bench unless you have some solid options waiting in the wings.

Grant faces a tough opponent in the Minnesota Vikings, while he has only been average against some great opponents through week three.

Through three games, Grant has averaged 18.7 carries a game for just 69 yards rushing (per contest) and two TDs.

The Vikes pose more of a threat than any of the Grant’s previous opponents considering they have allowed zero TDs through week three.

Grant may see some decent carry totals, but don’t expect him to find the end zone in this matchup.

Darren Sproles (San Diego Chargers) at Pittsburgh

He just hasn’t looked like the same player that was able to tear up teams when he was splitting time with LaDainian Tomlinson. Being the “only” RB on this team, his real value is in PPR leagues where he is still very talented as a receiver.

The Steelers allow 76.7 rushing yards per game and have only given up one TD. If the Chargers do get into goal-line sets, RB Michael Bennett would probably be seeing those carries if LT is out.

This is a tough matchup for a RB who has not exactly shined in his two starts (2.4 ypc in weeks two and three).

Wide Receivers: Sit 'Em

Braylon Edwards (Cleveland Browns) vs. Cincinnati

His 16 TD season is a distant memory in the eyes of fantasy owners everywhere. Honestly, those that have him on our roster would be happy if he could just score once every four weeks…which would mean this is the week he's due to score.

Realistically, though, that probably won’t be happening.

Even though he definitely has a better relationship with QB Derek Anderson than with Brady Quinn, the Cincinnati defense will probably be shutting down the Browns’ passing game.

The Bengals have given up 240 passing yards and a TD per game through three weeks (which isn’t phenomenal), but they have only allowed 45 yards and no TD's to opposing teams' top WR's (B. Marshall—27, G. Jennings—0, S. Holmes—18).

Braylon could definitely be shut down in this matchup.

Donnie Avery (St. Louis Rams) at San Francisco

Donnie Avery is again the No. 1 receiver in St. Louis, so people believe he could perform like he did last season? With WR Laurent Robinson out for the year, it is essential for the Rams to find someone to pass to other than Steven Jackson.

Perhaps Donnie Avery could step up and be that player. It probably won’t happen this week with CB Nate Clements covering him all game, though.

Clements has given up 189 receiving yards and a TD (to Larry Fitzgerald), but Donnie Avery isn’t exactly as good as Fitz.

With a QB dilemma in STL (Bulger or Boller…Does it really matter?), Avery could struggle against the Niners solid defense.

Ted Ginn Jr. (Miami Dolphins) vs. Buffalo

While Miami is attempting to get out of their 0-3 start, they will do so without their starting QB, who went down for the season (career ending?) in week three.

While QB Chad Henne has a stronger arm than Chad Pennington, it is expected that coach Tony Sparano will run the ball to avoid Henne having to make too many plays.

Ginn has not been allowed to be a playmaker so far this season as he only has 134 receiving yards on 13 receptions.

While some would think Henne’s arm equates to more value for Ginn (we do), Henne’s first start of his career is probably not when the relationship brings success.

Tight Ends: Sit 'em

Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints) vs. New York Jets

He’s not exactly an elite option, and while his overall numbers look/are impressive (128 yards and two TDs), in his last two games he has posted just 97 yards combined.

Don’t let his week one leave you jaded. He is not that valuable of a commodity in the world of TE's anymore. If you have someone like Celek or Gonzalez (TE's on a bye this week), Shockey is a decent replacement, but 4-5 points is more his regularity than the 15 he posted in week one.

Kickers: Sit ‘em

Kris Brown (Houston Texans) vs. Oakland

Typically, it is recommended that a kicker playing a mediocre team is a good start. However, there are the times when an offensive juggernaut (Houston) could score at will and leave a FG kicker like Brown in the dust.

While he could definitely post seven points (a field goal and four extra points), it would not surprise us if he doesn’t get the opportunities for field goals.

Defenses: Sit ‘em

New York Jets D/ST at New Orleans

The breakout D/ST so far this season has undoubtedly been the Jets. They have forced seven turnovers and have only allowed 11 points per game.

Rex Ryan has transformed this defense into a matchup problem for anyone playing them. But, this is no ordinary game. The Saints are the best offensive team in the NFL averaging 40 points a game.

And while the Jets will NOT allow that many points, this is not the matchup you want for your fantasy defense. Words of advice: Bench ANY defense going against the New Orleans Saints until otherwise noted.





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