Before we get down to business, those of you in need of quarterback help should take a good, long look at Vikings signal-caller Christian Ponder. The former Florida State standout has yet to throw an interception this season and currently boasts a QB rating of 104.9. He’s got a lot of potential.
Start ‘em up
Philip Rivers QB, Chargers: Don’t let his dreadful performance against the Falcons in Week 3 serve as a reason to leave Rivers on the bench this Sunday. In the last three trips to Kansas City, he has thrown for an average of 311.6 yards with 5 TD passes. Expect a solid stat line in Week 4 against a Chiefs defense that is currently surrendering an average of 26.2 fantasy points per game to opposing QB’s (third-most in NFL).
Cedric Benson RB, Packers: He’s been quiet so far, but should explode in Week 4 against a Saints defense that looks completely overmatched now. In just three games, New Orleans has already given up 645 rushing yards and 6 TD’s. These guys can’t stop anybody.
Vincent Jackson WR, Bucs: After winning their first game of the Greg Schiano era, Tampa Bay has dropped two straight. The $55 million man did very little in Week 3 to help their cause (1 catch for 29 yards). Fear not, V-Jax owners, because Week 4 brings the arrival of the Redskins and a secondary torched by opposing receivers for an average of 40.3 fantasy ppg. That ranks dead last in the NFL.
Sit ‘em down
Jay Cutler QB, Bears: Since lighting up the skies in Week 1, Cutler is completing just 31% of his passes (18 for 58) for 309 yards with 1 TD and 5 INT’s over his last two games. That’s downright terrible. Expect the woes to continue Monday night in Big D against a Cowboys secondary giving up an average of only 12.5 fantasy ppg to opposing signal-callers (second-fewest in NFL).
Reggie Bush RB, Dolphins: Bush suffered a knee injury last Sunday against the Jets and is listed as questionable for Week 4. Even if he plays, the former USC standout is running into a buzzsaw of a run defense known as the Arizona Cardinals, who have surrendered an average of just 11.7 fantasy ppg to opposing RB’s (seventh-fewest in NFL). These guys are the real deal.
Steve Smith WR, Panthers: Smith has yet to find the end zone in 2012 and will have a tough time breaking that streak in Week 4 against a Falcons secondary giving up an average of just 17.0 fantasy ppg to opposing wideouts (fifth-fewest in NFL). On the year, Atlanta has already limited Matt Cassel, Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers. That’s a pretty respectable lineup.
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