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Week 4 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Santonio Holmes and 3 Star WRs to Bench

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates a third quarter first down against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2011

It's Sunday morning, and you're trying to make some last-second fantasy football decisions on which players to start and which to leave on the bench. We've all been there, and it feels like you always make the wrong decision. To help you out, here are three star wide receivers to leave on your bench in Week 4.

Marques Colston—New Orleans Saints

There are too many red flags attached to Colston to start him in his first week back from a collarbone injury. He's expected to play despite having the dreaded questionable tag attached to him, but head coach Sean Payton wouldn't commit to how many snaps he will see against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

While Colston caught six passes for 81 yards in his only start this season, that was against the struggling Green Bay Packers secondary. Jacksonville's ranks fifth in the league against opposing fantasy wideouts, including a great performance against Cam Newton and crew last week.

Drew Brees has at least five other options in the passing game to utilize, so it seems logical that the Saints will work Colston back into the lineup slowly. You shouldn't anticipate more than 50 yards from the veteran WR on Sunday.

Anquan Boldin—Baltimore Ravens

Boldin is about to step foot onto “Revis Island.” It's a place that a lot of fantasy weeks have gone to die over the past couple seasons, and you shouldn't expect anything different on Sunday night. Boldin is averaging less than five catches per game as it is, and Revis will only make it tougher.

After a lackluster game against the Dallas Cowboys in the opener, the Jets defense has returned to its usual vaunted self the past two weeks. They'll be more prepared for Torrey Smith than the St. Louis Rams were last week, so no Baltimore receiver is a solid option on Sunday.

Lee Evans has been a major disappointment since being acquired from the Buffalo Bills during the preseason. Getting him completely healthy and back on the field after the bye week should do wonders for Boldin's fantasy value. That said, he should be left on the bench in Week 4.

Santonio Holmes—New York Jets

Holmes scored 17 points in the first two weeks, which is an acceptable total. His one-point outing against the Oakland Raiders surely cost a bunch of fantasy owners their Week 3 games, though. He'll fare better than that against the Ravens, but not by much.

Dustin Keller is starting to see more looks from Mark Sanchez, and Plaxico Burress has become the main red-zone option for the Jets, leaving Holmes to pick up the scraps. Not to mention Derrick Mason, who is still seeing snaps out wide as well.

Add all of those things up and it equals Holmes on your bench in Week 4, despite a Ravens secondary that ranks 21st against opposing receivers. He's also dealing with a shoulder ailment, which makes it even more likely he'll struggle against the hard-hitting Ravens.

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