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Fantasy football NFL week 4; Start ‘em/sit ‘em

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A look at some players to target and some players to avoid in your fantasy football match-ups for week 4.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

There are tough decisions to make every week in your fantasy football match-ups. One key decision on which guy to play and which guy to sit can be the difference in winning or losing your weekly game. I am here to help. Here are some guys you should absolutely be playing and some guys you should be benching this week:



Carson Palmer ARI (vs. Los Angeles Rams)- A lot of people are going to be scared of Palmer this week because he threw 4 picks last week against the Bills. That wasn’t a great spot for the Cardinals flying across the country for an early game. This week they are at home against a Rams team that is really bad in the secondary. Bruce Arians isn’t afraid to keep him foot on the gas even if his team is up big. This is a good bounce back spot for Palmer.


Eli Manning NYG (vs. Minnesota Vikings) - The Vikings have one of the best defenses in football. They are only allowing 211 yards per game through the air and that includes match-ups against Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton. They also got a huge boost last week when Xavier Rhodes returned from injury. He shut Kelvin Benjamin down. You can find a better option than Eli this week.

Running backs


Jordan Howard CHI (vs. Detroit Lions)- I am not sure how good Howard is at football, but fantasy football isn’t always about actual football talent (just ask Ryan Tannehill last week against the Browns). Howard is the only show in town with Jeremy Langford out for at least a month and Ka’Deem Carey out this week. Howard will be a 3 down back and this game will be closer than people think. The Lions are giving up 114 yards per game on the ground. This is a good spot for Howard.


Matt Forte NYJ (vs. Seattle Seahawks)- Forte has gotten off to a really nice start to the season, but he faces a tough match-up this week against the Seahawks. It is always tough to find running lanes against the Seattle defense, and the Jets passing game is hobbled with Eric Decker likely to miss the game and Brandon Marshall not at 100%.

Wide receivers


Will Fuller HOU (vs. Tennessee Titans)- Yep, this one hurts a little bit, but Fuller has a great match-up. Perrish Cox has been nothing short of terrible through 3 weeks. Fuller will be matched up with Cox quite a bit in this game. The Texans rookie receiver is averaging 20.2 yards per reception. It is hard to see that number going down in this one.


Brandon Marshall NYJ (vs. Seattle Seahawks)- The stars just don’t line up for this one. Marshall is limited, Decker probably won’t play, and receivers on the outside have a tough time gaining yards against Seattle. There are plenty of good weeks ahead for Marshall, but this one will be a struggle.

Tight ends


Hunter Henry SD (vs. New Orleans Saints)- The Saints defense is atrocious. The Chargers are another team in a bounce back spot after losing to the Colts on Sunday. Of course you should only play Henry if Gates is out again, but it is a pretty safe bet that he will be. Rivers will have a big game in this one. Henry should see 5-8 targets with a couple coming in the red zone.


Jacob Tamme ATL (vs. Carolina Panthers)- Tamme is very match-up dependent, and this just isn’t a good match-up. Last year Tamme had a total of 55 yards receiving in 2 games against the Panthers. Tamme is a streaming option in a lot of weeks because the Falcons offense is really good, but this is a week to find someone else.