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Fantasy Football 2014: Week 4 Start/Sit

Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 4

September 25, 2014

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It’s Thursday, and not only does that mean it’s the official start of Week 4 in the NFL, but it’s also time for our newest edition of the Start/Sit list in fantasy football. We’ve got another crop of notable players in store for you today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and situations coming up this week that you need to be aware of.

Start ‘Em:

Fantasy Football 2014: Week 4 Start/Sit

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Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers: Benjamin is a must-have, must-start guy this week and beyond. It hasn’t taken him long to emerge as the go-to receiver on the Panthers offense, and his star is only going to continue to rise.
Benjamin is getting the most targets on the team so far (tied), making him a stellar WR2 or flex option for Baltimore.

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Running backs are a precious commodity this week, as there are some big-time names on bye. Asiata makes sense on a few different levels, as he’s heading into a decent matchup (Atlanta) and seems to be getting a solid workload.
The uncertainty of new QB Teddy Bridgewater is also a deciding factor here, making Asiata seem like a smart move this week.

Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens: As a high-end backup, these bye weeks are where Flacco makes his fantasy living. He’ll be having one of those useful outings this week, as he’ll take the Ravens into a home game against the Panthers.
The Carolina defense may seem scary to some, but Flacco has enough weapons and veteran presence to be able to put up a solid fantasy line here. He makes a good start if you need him.

Sit ‘Em:

Justin Forsett, RB, Baltimore Ravens: If you can avoid it, steer clear of the Baltimore backfield while we await some clarity on which guy (if any) will emerge as the clear frontrunner for carries.
Forsett seems to have taken a backseat to new guy Lorenzo Taliaferro, and then there’s also the matter of Bernard Pierce, who just won’t seem to go away. We don’t expect much out of any one player here until we see a little consistency in the running game.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: We’ve been big fans of Patterson so far this season, but this week we’ve got to put on the brakes. He’s coming off a “blah” fantasy performance, his second underwhelming outing in a row.
Making matters worse, Patterson may take some time to get going with rookie Teddy Bridgewater, so just exercise some patience here.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: If you’re a Romo owner, you’ve probably been thinking about sitting him for the past couple of weeks. If you’ve got a reasonable option on your bench, we’d say go ahead and do it.
The Cowboys seem content to put their offense in the hands of DeMarco Murray, which leaves Romo out in the cold. He may be able to hook up with Dez Bryant a couple of times this week, but the far more likely option is that he has another underwhelming fantasy week.

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