Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 4: 5 Quarterbacks Best Left on Your Bench

Phil G@FuturePhilGCorrespondent ISeptember 26, 2012

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 4: 5 Quarterbacks Best Left on Your Bench

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    Fantasy football got you down?

    Were you one of the unlucky few who lost because of the replacement refs' ineptitude in the closing seconds of the Seattle Seahawks' win (loss) against the Green Bay Packers?

    Don't worry, I'm here to help.

    In the PFL (Passing Football League), quarterbacks are crucial to success in fantasy. Without a good one, like in reality, you can kiss your chances goodbye.

    Here are five quarterbacks that should be left on the bench.  

Jake Locker

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    Jake Locker was sensational against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The problem is, he won't be facing the Detroit Lions against at the weekend. 

    Instead, Locker is playing the second best defense in the league in the Houston Texans. 

    The Texans' recent history against quarterbacks hasn't been so good for their opponents.

    Let's examine the Houston defense against opposing quarterbacks this season: 

    1) Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins): 20/36, 219 passing yards, 0 TDs, 3 INT

    2) Blaine Gabbert (Jacksonville Jaguars): 7/19, 53 passing yards, 1 TD 

    3) Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos): 26/52, 330 passing yards, 2 TD

    If you consider Locker in the same category as Peyton Manning, go ahead and start him.

    Locker isn't Tannehill or Gabbert, as is evident from his 91.9 quarterback rating through three games, but the Texans defense is legit. 

Jay Cutler

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    "The Inconsistent Truth"—it's a new nickname that I constantly throw at Jay Cutler

    After a solid Week 1 performance, Cutler has been heading downhill. Can we expect the talented quarterback to turn it around against a very solid Dallas Cowboys defense? 

    Statistically speaking, the Cowboys have the best defense in the National Football League. What's more, their pass defense ranks second in the league behind only the Green Bay Packers. 

    This is not the same Cowboys secondary from 2011. With improved cornerback play, Chicago Bears wideout Brandon Marshall will have trouble. 

    Throw in the fact that Cutler is prone to throwing an interception or two, and you have a quarterback that is a must-sit. 

Carson Palmer

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    Carson Palmer was fantastic against an injury-plagued Pittsburgh Steelers defense in Week 3.

    His matchup in Week 4 may look enticing, but it's a trap. Stay away.

    The Denver Broncos are currently ranked 15th against the pass and recently gave up almost 300 yards through the air to Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans. Schaub threw for four touchdowns. 

    Palmer isn't Schaub. He doesn't have an offensive line like him, either.

    Palmer has been madly inconsistent since arriving in Oakland, especially on the road.

    At home, Palmer has proved to be a quality starter this season. However, he's been subpar on the road, as is evident from his performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. 

    Palmer threw for 374 yards against the Dolphins, but also threw an interception and completed only 50 percent of his passes. 

    The Broncos at home are tough. Sit Carson Palmer. 

Eli Manning

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    Sit the defending Super Bowl champion quarterback? Yes.


    Eli Manning will face a stingy Philadelphia Eagles defense in Week 4, that's why.

    After his performance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, and his 510-yard aerial assault on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2, sitting the quarterback seems crazy.

    However, Manning will face an Eagles defense ranked third against the pass and fifth in total defense this week. More importantly, he will face the Eagles away from the Meadowlands. 

    Eli has had success against the Eagles in the past, but this Philly defense is looking stout. 

    Plus, look for the Giants to focus on the running game with Andre Brown. 

Cam Newton

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    Cam Newton will likely continue to disappoint this week.

    Sit the struggling quarterback against the Atlanta Falcons. 

    Newton faces an Atlanta defense that is ranked eighth against the pass and 13th in total defense. More importantly, this is a Falcons defense that loves to create turnovers. 

    Newton will fit right in. The former Auburn product has been a turnover machine over the last three weeks, and it's no wonder the Panthers are 1-2 so far this season. 

    Until Newton shows he can limit his turnovers, put him on your bench.