2013-09-25 11:00:00 EDT
It’s Thursday, which not only means it’s officially time to kick off Week 4 in the fantasy football season, but it’s also time once again for our weekly start-sit recommendations. We’ve got our usual mix of borderline and not-so-obvious lineup calls today, so let’s get right to it. Here’s how we see things shaking out.
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers has been a good call as a sleeper pick over the past couple of weeks, and he remains that way as a bye-week fill in for Rodgers or Newton. He had kind of a blah week against Tennessee, but should fare reasonably well against the Cowboys. If nothing else, Rivers should at least be able to avoid turnovers.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers: There was some controversy surrounding Gore last week, as the Niners failed to continue utilizing him against the Colts (which was probably because they were getting blown out. He’s got a good matchup against the Rams this evening, and St. Louis is in the top seven in the league when it comes to points allowed to opposing running backs. Start Gore with confidence.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: After Celek’s 56-yard, one-TD performance in Week 1, he’s cooled off considerably. We like the matchup against the Broncos Sunday, however, as the Eagles will be passing, passing, and passing some more in order to keep up with Peyton Manning. Celek should be able to find some holes in the defense and could have a big day.
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Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: You may be tempted to put Manning in your starting lineup in place of your regular QB, but we’d advise against it. He’s coming off an abysmal performance in Week 3, and has just one TD and five picks in the last two weeks. Kansas City’s defense doesn’t look very inviting either, making Manning a bad starting choice for Week 4.
Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: Holmes has been a popular pickup this week after his breakout line against the Bills. He went for 154 yards and a score and looks to be gradually returning to form. We’d still give him another week or so to get going, as we just don’t see another breakout line like that against Tennessee. They’re a mid-level defense and will be giving Holmes a lot of coverage attention.
Owen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans: Daniels has three touchdowns so far this year, which have earned him a starting spot on many rosters. He likely won’t see much success this week, however, as he’ll be facing the dreaded Seattle defense. The Seahawks are allowing the fewest passing yards in the league, and that’ll take its toll on Daniels. A potentially sidelined Andre Johnson (shin) won’t help, either.
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