Week 4 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Why You Must Sit Arian Foster
Like the NFL season, in the fourth week of your fantasy league, some trends are likely starting to develop. Tom Brady has been a fantasy godsend, while Chris Johnson has fantasy owners across the country scratching their heads.
The fourth week is pivotal for teams trying to dig their way out of some early-season troubles. Here are three players you should start or sit for this week’s matchups.
Sit ‘Em: Peyton Hillis
Peyton Hillis faces a tough Tennessee Titans’ D. That alone would not be enough for me to suggest sitting the bruising back. However, Hillis is a power back that just lost up to 12 lbs. in a matter of days due to strep throat.
Even in the macho world of the NFL, it is unlikely Hillis is back to full strength. For a 250-lb. brute that is not known for his speed, this is not a good thing. The Titans’ D is one of the more balanced in the NFL (top eight against the pass and the rush) and will likely stack eight in the box to stop the Cleveland Browns’ primary offensive threat.
Start ‘Em: Jason Campbell
If your quarterback is facing a tough matchup, you may want to take a long look at picking up Jason Campbell and throwing him in the starting lineup.
Campbell already has one top-notch performance under his belt (326 yards, three total touchdowns against Buffalo), and now faces the New England Patriots’ passing defense. Through three games, the Pats’ D has given up 416 yards to Chad Henne, 378 to Phillip Rivers and 369 to Ryan Fitzpatrick to place them dead last against the pass.
It is not out of the question to expect 350 yards and a couple of touchdowns from Campbell, especially if the defense stacks up against Darren McFadden.
Sit ‘Em: Arian Foster
In the topsy-turvy world of the 2011 season, the Steelers’ defense has kept up with the trend. Their pass defense (first) has actually been better than their rush D (12th). Still, the Steelers’ track record speaks for itself.
They gave up 100 yards to Ray Rice in Week 1 and aren’t due to give up another 100 for, oh, about three years or so.
Plus, Foster is trying to come back from a hamstring injury. He will probably split carries with Ben Tate as the team eases him back into action. Plus, one tweak will send him back to the bench, as it did against the Dolphins in Week 2.