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Fantasy football Week 4: Start ‘em or sit’ em

September 26, 2013

Six key roster suggestions for Week 4 of the fantasy football season.

Start: Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns tight end, at Chicago Bears

Last week, with six receptions for 66 yards and three touchdowns on 11 targets, Jordan Cameron proved to any doubters he is a fantasy stud and should be a must-start each week. Things are looking up right now in Cleveland as Brian Hoyer is giving Browns fans something to talk about, and Cameron and Josh Gordon will continue to reap the benefits.

Thanks to the return of Gordon, Cameron is also now in a position to capitalize regardless of who is throwing the ball in Cleveland. With Gordon now commanding double coverage after his explosive game last week, Cameron should be a red-zone favorite in Cleveland. Tack on the loss of a capable running back in the Browns system, as Trent Richardson’s assumed replacement, Willis McGahee, failed to impress with just eight yards on nine carries, Cameron should continue to get targets and pull in touchdowns against the Chicago Bears.

Cameron joined Nathan Zegura to talk about what has contributed to his early-season success on the SiriusXM Fantasy Consultant.

Sit: CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills running back, at Baltimore Ravens

It’s not often you bench a player that was drafted in the first round. But after a dismal game against the New York Jets (one reception, nine yards rushing and a second-half quad injury), CJ Spiller shouldn’t be a starter against the Baltimore Ravens.

While right now it is determined that CJ Spiller will play this Sunday against the Ravens, this quad injury will continue to hamper Spiller. Injuries aside, the Ravens defense has yet to give up a 100-yard rusher and is ranked fifth in the league against the run. When everything adds up, starting Spiller this week is a good way to guarantee at least one of your running backs fails to crack double digits.

Start: Bilal Powell, New York Jets running back, at Tennessee Titans

Bilal Powell is a sleeper this week after his breakout performance against the Buffalo Bills. And with Geno Smith also having his biggest game of the season this past week, the field should open up even more for the Jets running game.

The Jets’ Week 4 opponent, the Tennessee Titans, has been inconsistent against the run. Against the anemic rushing attacks of the Chargers and Steelers, Tennessee allowed 102 yards per game. And against the Ben Tate-Arian Foster tandem of the Houston Texans, the Titans surrendered 172 rushing yards. Don’t expect another 149-yard game from Powell, who should still see a bulk of the carries ahead of Chris Ivory, but he has the upside of a RB2 and could make a solid flex start in Week 4.

Sit: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers running back, at Minnesota Vikings

Many fantasy owners saw Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell as a solid stash going forward in the season. That’s not untrue, but Week 4 isn’t the time to unleash the rookie.

The Jonathan Dwyer-Isaac Redman-Felix Jones three-headed attack has been a failed experiment for the Steelers, and Bell will almost certainly become the feature back in this system. That being said, the Steelers will likely ease Bell, who is returning from injury, back into the rotation, meaning more carries for Dwyer, Redman and Jones. Keep Bell on your bench for at least another week.

Start: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, at Minnesota Vikings

After remaining relatively quiet through weeks 1 and 2, Antonio Brown put up monster numbers with nine receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 against a staunch Chicago Bears defense. Many owners will be quick to say Brown’s week consisted of garbage-time points. However, his two second-half touchdowns brought the Steelers to within a touchdown of the Bears, and the game was really only put out of reach in the fourth quarter. Plus, the Steelers poor run game will be a bonus for Brown, as the Steelers will be rely more on the pass than the rush. Big Ben will only keep going to Brown, as was seen with his 13 targets last week.

This week, the Steelers face off against the Minnesota Vikings defense that has allowed a 100-yard receiver each week.

Sit: Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, at Houston Texans

Sidney Rice came up big last week, totaling the fourth-most fantasy points for wide receivers with five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. But the Seahawks had it easy, playing against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that may struggle to win a game this season.

Things are different Week 4, as Seattle takes on the Houston Texans on the road. Russell Wilson is also a quarterback who will continue to spread the ball around, creating inconsistent fantasy performances for his receivers. The facts make this an easy choice for Rice: Sit him, because that two-touchdown performance isn’t a likely repeat.

Colton & The Wolfman discuss which surprising fantasy wide receivers from Week 3’s Top 10 fantasy owners can trust going forward: