Fantasy football sit/start advice, Week 4

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This is our weekly column where we call out who will overachieve or underachieve their ESPN ranking.

Each week in this space I will review players who are ranked outside the top 10 for QBs and TEs and top 20 for WRs in the weekly ESPN rankings. This is who I think will flourish and who will disappoint in the upcoming week.  I do not review those ranked higher since they are probably highly drafted and unable to be benched.  Last week was an average week, I went 5-4 in the "play them" and 8-2 in the "bench them."  We have our first bye week with the Packs and Panthers off.  Let’s get to this week;

Play them

Philip Rivers (14) –  He has had a great comeback in the McCoy offense, and only the Rams have made Dallas look good on defense.

Jay Cutler (15) – The Lions pass defense continues to be average at best plus Cutler is playing his best in years.

Bilal Powell (20) – He got 29 carries, and with Ivory injured he is the only option.

Bernard Pierce (26)-  Ray Rice may be back, but is not close to 100%, I would take a chance here.

Jason Snelling (35) – He had a 55/45 split with Rodgers last week, and will be the goal line choice.

Cecil Shorts (24)- He is a garbage points player, plus gets a great matchup versus the Colts who will have a letdown this week.

Denarius Moore (31) – He has a ton of talent and finally broke out last week. If Terelle Pryor plays, get him in your lineup as well as Pryor.

Coby Fleener (12) – This is more of a hunch, but the Jags are below average against tight ends and I can see Luck hooking up his college teammate.

Bench them

Russell Wilson (11) –  He is going on the road where his effectiveness goes down; plus, he faces a very tough defense in Houston.

Eli Manning (17) – He has a tough road matchup, and I can see them dialing back the pass attempts. Stay away from all Giants other than Victor Cruz until this gets straightened out.

Lamar Miller (22) – He is in a 50/50 split with no inside-the-10 carries, not enough volume.

Stevan Ridley (22) – Unless I had nobody else, there is no way I would start him in his current three-way job share.

Joique Bell (28) – Regge Bush is back and 100%, and Bell is due to fall off that cliff soon.

Josh Gordon (21)- He will not replicate 19 targets, and with film, expect teams to roll all coverage his way.

Julian Edelman (21) – He is a decent play in PPR, but at seven yards a catch there should be better options.

Dwayne Bowe (24) – Alex Smith is not looking his way at all. He needs a decent game before putting him back in my lineup.

Brandon Myers (14) – The Chiefs have the second best defense against tight ends; look elsewhere.

Thanks for reading and please free to ask any questions on Twitter.

Mike

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