NFL Week 4 Start and Sit
Andrew Luck QB Indianapolis Colts
Luck has been the model of consistency so far this season, averaging 18 points a game through the first three weeks. Last week, even though he didn’t pass for a touchdown, he did manage to walk in on a bootleg late in the game. Now Luck has a welcome date with the Jaguars, who have allowed seven passing TD’s to just one INT so far this year. I expect Luck to toss a couple first half touchdowns, and I expect him to bag at least 20 points this week.
Go with Luck over Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, and Phillip Rivers this week.
Darren McFadden RB Oakland Raiders
Don’t look now, but Run DMC has managed double digits in all three games so far this year, and I expect the trend to continue this week. Terrelle Pryor will likely be out with a concussion, so the Raiders will be relying heavily on McFadden out of the backfield. Combine that with the fact that the Redskins are awful on defense, and I’m expecting a big week for the Oakland back.
I like McFadden this week over DeMarco Murray, Chris Johnson, and Maurice Jones-Drew.
Mike Wallace WR Miami Dolphins
Wallace has been a tough player to read this year. He started out with a disappointing premiere with just one catch, before lighting up the Colts in week two for nine catches, 115 yards, and a TD. However, he followed that up with a two catch outing against the Falcons last week. In a game that will likely be a shootout, I like Wallace to have a bounce back week. The Saints defense is much improved, but still doesn’t have a corner that can matchup with Wallace’s amazing speed. Look for him to make a few big plays under the bright lights of Monday Night Football. He’s a must start this week.
Go with Wallace over Marques Colston, Hakeem Nicks, and Andre Johnson.
Reggie Bush RB Detroit Lions
Lions fans got a huge scare a couple of weeks ago when Bush went crumbling to the ground following a low tackle. It didn’t turn out to be too serious, but Bush did miss last week, and he’s questionable this week. Even if he does manage to play, he won’t be 100%, and considering that Joique Bell played well in Bush’s absence last week, the Lions will be looking to split the load. Combine all of that with the fact that they are playing the staunch Bears defense, and it’s the recipe for a single digit performance for me.
I’d sit Bush in favor of Knowshon Moreno, Giovani Bernard, and Trent Richardson amongst others.
Vincent Jackson WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In all likelihood, you are going to start Jackson anyways, as for most teams he is a consistent WR1 or WR2. But consider this. The Buccaneers are going through a QB change, switching over to Mike Glennon, who will be making his first professional start. In addition, Jackson will be staring across the field at Patrick Peterson all day. Peterson is one of the premiere corners in the league, and is one of the rare players who can compete with Jackson’s combination of size and speed.
Some bench guys I think you can plug in for Jackson are Josh Gordon, Julian Edleman, and Stevie Johnson.
Kyle Rudolph TE Minnesota Vikings
Unless you have Adrian Peterson, you shouldn’t be starting anyone on the Minnesota offense. Greg Jennings has been a disappointment as the new #1 option, while Ruldoolph has seen his production fall from last year. Christian Ponder is clearly struggling, and that makes all of his targets a liability. Pittsburgh’s defense isn’t what it used to me, but it still has the potential to shut down what is in the end a subpar, one dimensional offense.
I like Charles Clay, Coby Fleener, and Martellus Bennett over Rudolph this week.