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FFB Advice From An Almost Champion: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em Week 4

by Joe

Sometimes I miss the days where I had lots of time to mess with my lineup and could make all of my decisions on Sunday at noon. But where would we be without football on Thursday nights?! Time for the Week 4 Start 'Em/Sit 'Em. This week you'll be hindered thanks to bye weeks beginning but it's only for Green Bay and Carolina so not too much damage should be done unless you have Aaron Rodgers as your starter and Brian Hoyer as your back up. 

The league that I use to write about is a 10 team league and I had first priority on the waivers this week because I still haven't won a game in this one. That changes this week.

Start 'Em

1. Giovani Bernard, RB Bengals

He's had a touchdown in back to back weeks and going up against a Browns defense that gave up 115 yards to Adrian Peterson a week ago. I know this is a division game so it might be played a little more rough than usual but Bernard is proving that he can take the work in the backfield as a solo back in Cincy. 

2. Antonio Brown, WR Steelers

After the Bears defense absolutely shut down Emmanuel Sanders it was Brown who emerged as the savior for the Steelers Sunday night, having nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns (he was the sole reason I lost my match up last week). He'll be facing a Vikings defense in London this week and if the Steelers start losing early look for them to go to the passing game like last week.

3. Bernard Pierce, RB Ravens

Still uncertain if Ray Rice is healthy enough to get the bulk of the work, look for Pierce to have at least a decent game against the Bills on Sunday. He has a touchdown in his past two games but not much on the rushing yards. Luckily for Pierce he can catch too so Joe Flacco can work him into the passing game too. 

4. Isiah Pead, RB Rams

With the injury to starter Darryl Richardson it could spell trouble for him on your team the next couple of weeks. If you have Pead then you'll be fine as he'll get the majority of the work. He'll be facing the 49ers defense tonight which surprisingly has allowed the most fantasy points to running backs so far this season. 

Sit 'Em

1. Roddy White, WR Falcons

He may still be a little hurt but that's not the reason to bench him. Julio Jones has become the clear #1 target in the Falcons passing game as he's a deep threat and can catch. White hasn't produced much in the first three weeks so he's worth benching for the likes of Donnie Avery or Brian Hartline this week. 

2. Greg Jennins, WR Vikings

As stated last week: CHRISTIAN. PONDER. IS. HIS. QUARTERBACK. If you're in a deep league and need him for a bye, it might be ok seeing as the Steelers pass defense isn't that great this season. Otherwise, let him ride the bench until the Matt Cassel era begins in Minnesota.

3. New England Running Backs

We all know how Bill Belichick operates and this year it looks like there will be FIVE running backs looking for carries and catches for the season. It's a roulette wheel that you don't want to be relying on so if you have one, start 'em in the flex and hope for the best unless you have a more viable option. I wouldn't play this game too long. 

4. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB Colts

Because Trent Richardson. Bradshaw had a decent week last week but that could be his last one as a productive member for your team because Richardson is going to be gradually getting the bulk of the work.

Make sure those line up's are set and if you're still looking for that first win (like me) don't worry; slow and steady wins the race!

Just Plain Joe is a die hard Atlanta Braves, Dallas Cowboys, Orlando Magic, and Michigan State Spartans fan. He almost won a Fantasy Football title last season. Want to talk more sports with him? Follow his Twitter.