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Week 4: Brady Unstoppable - 12 comments

By R.J. White

You don’t need a Start/Sit column to tell you to start Tom Brady. He’s leading all QBs by almost 100 yards per game, and he has two more TDs than the next best QBs on the season. Someone may come along offering you a deal for Brady if you have him — I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t trade him for anything. He looks capable of breaking records this season. The Patriot defense doesn’t look as strong as it once was, so Brady’s going to have to fling the ball around plenty to keep the Patriots in games. Now that that’s out of the way …

Congratulations to our Cafe rankers for finishing third on the web in the Week 3 rankings, according to the Fantasy Pros. Let’s see if we can do ourselves one better this week.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOppAvg
1Tom BradyNEat OAK98.33
2Aaron RodgersGBvs. DEN96.50
3Drew BreesNOat JAC93.50
4Philip RiversSDvs. MIA90.50
5Matthew StaffordDETat DAL89.33
6Matt SchaubHOUvs. PIT80.83
7Michael VickPHIvs. SF79.05
8Ben RoethlisbergerPITat HOU78.50
9Matt RyanATLat SEA78.33
10Ryan FitzpatrickBUFat CIN76.67
11Tony RomoDALvs. DET75.00
12Eli ManningNYGat ARI74.00
13Rex GrossmanWASat STL71.17
14Cam NewtonCARat CHI69.33
15Kevin KolbARIvs. NYG68.00
16Matt HasselbeckTENat CLE67.83
17Josh FreemanTBvs. IND67.67
18Jay CutlerCHIvs. CAR67.33
19Sam BradfordSTLvs. WAS66.17
20Joe FlaccoBALvs. NYJ65.83
21Jason CampbellOAKvs. NE65.83
22Mark SanchezNYJat BAL62.83
23Kyle OrtonDENat GB61.50
24Chad HenneMIAat SD59.00
25Donovan McNabbMINat KC59.00
26Andy DaltonCINvs. BUF58.50
27Matt CasselKCvs. MIN56.17
28Colt McCoyCLEvs. TEN54.67
29Alex SmithSFat PHI48.83
30Curtis PainterINDat TB47.67
31Tarvaris JacksonSEAvs. ATL46.17
32Blaine GabbertJACvs. NO45.83

Start: Eli Manning. The Giants’ QB should have both Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham out on the field this week, and the trio of skill position players figures to take advantage of a terrible Arizona pass defense that just made Tarvaris Jackson and the Seattle offense look solid. We had him as a sit last week, and he still managed to produce top-seven numbers. The sky’s the limit in this matchup.

Sit: Joe Flacco. Flacco has mixed two excellent fantasy starts with one poor appearance, burning the Steelers and Rams while struggling against the Titans. This week he faces the Jets, a team that skews more difficult than the Steelers or Rams. We could be in for a repeat of his Week 2 line: 197 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT.

RankRunning BacksTeamOppAvg
1Adrian PetersonMINat KC96.43
2Darren McFaddenOAKvs. NE93.33
3LeSean McCoyPHIvs. SF89.67
4Chris JohnsonTENat CLE88.00
5Ray RiceBALvs. NYJ86.40
6Matt ForteCHIvs. CAR84.17
7Rashard MendenhallPITat HOU82.95
8Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. NO82.07
9Fred JacksonBUFat CIN80.50
10Arian FosterHOUvs. PIT79.67
11Michael TurnerATLat SEA79.57
12Jahvid BestDETat DAL78.63
13Ahmad BradshawNYGat ARI77.17
14Peyton HillisCLEvs. TEN76.87
15Tim HightowerWASat STL76.50
16LeGarrette BlountTBvs. IND76.47
17Felix JonesDALvs. DET74.83
18Cedric BensonCINvs. BUF74.53
19James StarksGBvs. DEN73.08
20Daniel ThomasMIAat SD67.63
21Ryan MathewsSDvs. MIA67.62
22Darren SprolesNOat JAC65.67
23Brandon JacobsNYGat ARI65.57
24Steven JacksonSTLvs. WAS65.42
25Beanie WellsARIvs. NYG64.71
26DeAngelo WilliamsCARat CHI63.97
27BenJarvus Green-EllisNEat OAK63.73
28Mark IngramNOat JAC63.17
29Joseph AddaiINDat TB63.13
30Ryan GrantGBvs. DEN63.07
31Jonathan StewartCARat CHI62.30
32Mike TolbertSDvs. MIA62.27
33Willis McGaheeDENat GB62.17
34Shonn GreeneNYJat BAL61.50
35Dexter McClusterKCvs. MIN60.57
36Danny WoodheadNEat OAK59.93
37Frank GoreSFat PHI59.90
38Ben TateHOUvs. PIT59.33
39Michael BushOAKvs. NE59.07
40Pierre ThomasNOat JAC58.83
41Marshawn LynchSEAvs. ATL58.13
42Thomas JonesKCvs. MIN55.53
43Reggie BushMIAat SD53.03
44LaDainian TomlinsonNYJat BAL51.27
45Roy HeluWASat STL50.50
46Knowshon MorenoDENat GB50.33
47Cadillac WilliamsSTLvs. WAS42.97
48Montario HardestyCLEvs. TEN40.97
49Kendall HunterSFat PHI38.43
50Deji KarimJACvs. NO38.13
51Jerome HarrisonDETat DAL34.93
52C.J. SpillerBUFat CIN34.83
53DeMarco MurrayDALvs. DET34.27
54Earnest GrahamTBvs. IND32.90
55Delone CarterINDat TB32.60
56Stevan RidleyNEat OAK29.03
57Tashard ChoiceDALvs. DET23.77
58Marion BarberCHIvs. CAR21.50
59Javon RingerTENat CLE20.67
60Ricky WilliamsBALvs. NYJ20.13

Start: Arian Foster. He’s been in and out of the lineup over the first three weeks, but Foster appears ready for a full workload against the Steelers. The competition and the hamstring injury may have you considering keeping Foster out of the lineup this week; don’t. He has as much fantasy upside as any back in football in a given week.

Sit: Daniel Thomas. We included him above thinking he had a chance at playing, but now it appears he’ll miss this game. Be sure not to take the zero and get him out of your lineups immediately. Looking for a “sit” option that actually is playing? How about Shonn Greene? He got going a little bit last week thanks to finally getting involved in the passing game, but things aren’t looking up in his matchup against the Ravens.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOppAvg
1Calvin JohnsonDETat DAL95.00
2Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. NYG94.00
3Andre JohnsonHOUvs. PIT93.33
4Roddy WhiteATLat SEA89.67
5Mike WallacePITat HOU89.17
6Wes WelkerNEat OAK88.93
7Hakeem NicksNYGat ARI86.17
8Greg JenningsGBvs. DEN84.83
9Steve JohnsonBUFat CIN81.13
10Vincent JacksonSDvs. MIA78.00
11Steve SmithCARat CHI77.83
12DeSean JacksonPHIvs. SF77.73
13Santana MossWASat STL77.67
14Brandon MarshallMIAat SD77.40
15Percy HarvinMINat KC76.30
16A.J. GreenCINvs. BUF75.23
17Santonio HolmesNYJat BAL74.93
18Mario ManninghamNYGat ARI73.03
19Mike WilliamsTBvs. IND72.33
20Reggie WayneINDat TB72.17
21Dwayne BoweKCvs. MIN71.53
22Nate WashingtonTENat CLE71.50
23Jeremy MaclinPHIvs. SF69.48
24Dez BryantDALvs. DET68.43
25Anquan BoldinBALvs. NYJ67.50
26Nate BurlesonDETat DAL67.33
27Deion BranchNEat OAK67.17
28Jordy NelsonGBvs. DEN67.07
29Brandon LloydDENat GB67.00
30Lance MooreNOat JAC65.20
31Mike ThomasJACvs. NO64.93
32Julio JonesATLat SEA63.53
33David NelsonBUFat CIN62.63
34Jacoby FordOAKvs. NE61.43
35Plaxico BurressNYJat BAL60.53
36Devery HendersonNOat JAC59.79
37Robert MeachemNOat JAC59.43
38Mike Sims-WalkerSTLvs. WAS59.00
39Marques ColstonNOat JAC58.27
40Johnny KnoxCHIvs. CAR57.57
41Early DoucetARIvs. NYG57.03
42Devin HesterCHIvs. CAR56.03
43Sidney RiceSEAvs. ATL53.87
44Denarius MooreOAKvs. NE53.17
45Pierre GarconINDat TB52.37
46Michael CrabtreeSFat PHI51.70
47Torrey SmithBALvs. NYJ51.27
48Davone BessMIAat SD51.20
49Derrick MasonNYJat BAL50.83
50Mohamed MassaquoiCLEvs. TEN47.97
51Danario AlexanderSTLvs. WAS47.83
52Hines WardPITat HOU47.47
53Malcom FloydSDvs. MIA47.40
54Brandon GibsonSTLvs. WAS45.83
55Josh CribbsCLEvs. TEN45.83
56Eric DeckerDENat GB45.47
57Donald DriverGBvs. DEN45.10
58Mike WilliamsSEAvs. ATL44.17
59Kevin OgletreeDALvs. DET43.40
60Brian HartlineMIAat SD41.67
61Jerome SimpsonCINvs. BUF39.33
62Titus YoungDETat DAL38.27
63Jacoby JonesHOUvs. PIT38.17
64Jabar GaffneyWASat STL38.00
65Brandon LaFellCARat CHI36.63
66Donald JonesBUFat CIN34.33
67James JonesGBvs. DEN34.33
68Lavelle HawkinsTENat CLE34.10
69Antonio BrownPITat HOU33.83
70Emmanuel SandersPITat HOU33.57
71Arrelious BennTBvs. IND33.50
72Roy WilliamsCHIvs. CAR33.03
73Kevin WalterHOUvs. PIT32.83
74Andre RobertsARIvs. NYG32.33
75Michael JenkinsMINat KC30.77
76Victor CruzNYGat ARI30.47
77Chad OchocincoNEat OAK30.30
78Greg LittleCLEvs. TEN29.83
79Bernard BerrianMINat KC29.40
80Andre CaldwellCINvs. BUF28.33
81Randall CobbGBvs. DEN28.33
82Austin CollieINDat TB26.97
83Harry DouglasATLat SEA26.23
84Ted Ginn Jr.SFat PHI26.00
85Jason AvantPHIvs. SF24.77
86Damian WilliamsTENat CLE23.90
87Steve BreastonKCvs. MIN23.50
88Anthony ArmstrongWASat STL23.00
89Dane SanzenbacherCHIvs. CAR22.67
90Preston ParkerTBvs. IND21.83

Start: Santana Moss. He has a dream matchup against the Rams, who couldn’t contain a guy that entered Week 3 with zero career catches. Moss has managed at least five catches in each of his first three games, and it’s hard to imagine him not getting at least that many in Week 4, with 100 yards and a TD to boot.

Sit: Torrey Smith. You added him from the wire this week, and you’re itching to use him. However, this isn’t the time. Baltimore should have trouble moving the ball with Smith, who caught the eye of Jets coach Rex Ryan as someone that deserves extra attention.

RankTight EndsTeamOppAvg
1Jermichael FinleyGBvs. DEN92.67
2Rob GronkowskiNEat OAK92.67
3Jason WittenDALvs. DET89.83
4Vernon DavisSFat PHI87.17
5Jimmy GrahamNOat JAC85.83
6Owen DanielsHOUvs. PIT76.50
7Fred DavisWASat STL75.53
8Tony GonzalezATLat SEA73.50
9Dustin KellerNYJat BAL73.10
10Kellen WinslowTBvs. IND72.67
11Dallas ClarkINDat TB72.13
12Brandon PettigrewDETat DAL71.23
13Jermaine GreshamCINvs. BUF71.00
14Greg OlsenCARat CHI67.00
15Scott ChandlerBUFat CIN64.50
16Ben WatsonCLEvs. TEN60.17
17Todd HeapARIvs. NYG58.20
18Ed DicksonBALvs. NYJ57.33
19Anthony FasanoMIAat SD54.33
20Randy McMichaelSDvs. MIA50.96
21Brent CelekPHIvs. SF50.33
22Tony SchefflerDETat DAL47.67
23Visanthe ShiancoeMINat KC47.50
24Heath MillerPITat HOU46.83
25Jeremy ShockeyCARat CHI46.00
26Evan MooreCLEvs. TEN44.67
27Jeff KingARIvs. NYG44.33
28Lance KendricksSTLvs. WAS43.50
29Daniel FellsDENat GB43.00
30Chris CooleyWASat STL40.97
31Marcedes LewisJACvs. NO40.50
32Antonio GatesSDvs. MIA40.00
33Jared CookTENat CLE38.83
34Zach MillerSEAvs. ATL32.63
35Leonard PopeKCvs. MIN28.50
36Kevin BossOAKvs. NE27.83

Start: Dustin Keller. The tight end has become a major part of the Jets offense early on, catching TDs in two of his first three games while averaging over 80 yards each week. On the surface this looks like a tough matchup, but Keller is playing much better than any TE the Ravens have faced so far.

Sit: Randy McMichael. With Gates out, smart owners may be looking to pick up McMichael and plug him into the lineup, hoping for Gates-level production. It’s not going to happen. He caught two TDs in Gates’ first missed game last year, but those were his only two catches (for 23 yards) in that one. He averaged just over 20 yards in the other five games Gates was out, failing to score in any of them. He’s just not a good bet for fantasy relevance.

RankKickersTeamOppAvg
1Sebastian JanikowskiOAKvs. NE80.53
2Neil RackersHOUvs. PIT77.93
3Jason HansonDETat DAL76.67
4Stephen GostkowskiNEat OAK74.57
5Mason CrosbyGBvs. DEN74.00
6John KasayNOat JAC72.60
7David AkersSFat PHI71.30
8Rob BironasTENat CLE71.10
9Nick FolkNYJat BAL69.60
10Dan BaileyDALvs. DET68.10
11Alex HeneryPHIvs. SF67.53
12Billy CundiffBALvs. NYJ67.03
13Robbie GouldCHIvs. CAR66.80
14Adam VinatieriINDat TB66.50
15Ryan LongwellMINat KC66.33
16Matt BryantATLat SEA65.83
17Jay FeelyARIvs. NYG65.33
18Rian LindellBUFat CIN65.33
19Dan CarpenterMIAat SD65.03
20Josh BrownSTLvs. WAS64.70
21Matt PraterDENat GB64.03
22Mike NugentCINvs. BUF63.00
23Connor BarthTBvs. IND61.23
24Josh ScobeeJACvs. NO60.80
25Shaun SuishamPITat HOU60.53
26Graham GanoWASat STL60.17
27Nick NovakSDvs. MIA59.67
28Lawrence TynesNYGat ARI59.47
29Olindo MareCARat CHI58.63
30Phil DawsonCLEvs. TEN57.33
31Steven HauschkaSEAvs. ATL55.22
32Ryan SuccopKCvs. MIN53.23

Start: Jason Hanson. He’s leading fantasy leagues in points, and he has a great matchup against the Cowboys.

Sit: Matt Bryant. He hasn’t received too many chances at scoring this year, resulting in a low total. He also may have to battle the elements in Seattle, making his outlook poor again.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOppAvg
1Philadelphia EaglesPHIvs. SF79.83
2Tennessee TitansTENat CLE73.05
3Atlanta FalconsATLat SEA72.87
4New York JetsNYJat BAL71.75
5San Diego ChargersSDvs. MIA71.67
6Baltimore RavensBALvs. NYJ71.67
7Green Bay PackersGBvs. DEN70.50
8Minnesota VikingsMINat KC70.07
9Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBvs. IND68.40
10Pittsburgh SteelersPITat HOU67.50
11Washington RedskinsWASat STL67.28
12Chicago BearsCHIvs. CAR66.32
13New Orleans SaintsNOat JAC65.92
14Detroit LionsDETat DAL64.65
15Houston TexansHOUvs. PIT63.13
16New York GiantsNYGat ARI59.83
17Dallas CowboysDALvs. DET59.83
18Cleveland BrownsCLEvs. TEN56.87
19Buffalo BillsBUFat CIN56.58
20Carolina PanthersCARat CHI56.15
21San Francisco 49ersSFat PHI55.33
22New England PatriotsNEat OAK54.60
23Arizona CardinalsARIvs. NYG53.35
24Indianapolis ColtsINDat TB52.40
25Cincinnati BengalsCINvs. BUF52.22
26St. Louis RamsSTLvs. WAS52.20
27Kansas City ChiefsKCvs. MIN50.08
28Seattle SeahawksSEAvs. ATL46.68
29Jacksonville JaguarsJACvs. NO46.08
30Oakland RaidersOAKvs. NE44.05
31Denver BroncosDENat GB43.50
32Miami DolphinsMIAat SD42.53

Start: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They draw Curtis Painter on Monday night in a road game for the newly-minted starting QB. Good luck with that one.

Sit: San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers fantasy defense has gotten off to a hot start in the first three weeks, but they should struggle against a dangerous Eagles offense.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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12 Responses to “Week 4: Brady Unstoppable”

  1. y0ukn0wit says:

    Decker should be higher than that…

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  2. User avatar Fartman says:

    u mean STAFFORD UNSTOPPABLE….. I’m playing against Brady this week…. SUCK IT UP BRADY.

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  3. User avatar Fartman says:

    Like what 40? I have him to.. home he pans out

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  4. Johnny Know or Dexter McCluster for flex pos?

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  5. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Ian Griffiths: I like McCluster for you.

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  6. User avatar umma10 says:

    Is Winslow really going to do better than Dickson, Gresham, or Moore?

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  7. User avatar Navyseal says:

    hey Ian — I’m tempted to start Knox this wknd over the likes of Manningham (concuss.) and Lloyd (potential “bust”) because RoyWills is still a punk who will never be ANYBODY’S WR1, and Knox’s targets have increased each wk, from 4 to 6 to 9 last wknd. Over the last 2 seasons, Knox has notched 5TDs in each, this being wk #4 and Knox still looking to hit paydirt, statistically he may be “due” in a manner of speaking… But I will probably roll with Lloyd for one more week before resorting to Cutler’s default WR1 in Knox… my 2c

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  8. User avatar Deryck Bogs says:

    Whoo Do I start, Michael Jenkins, Meachum, orr Victor Cruz?

    And on a side note I got offered, Larry Fitz, Jon Stewert, Tolbert, and Hightower for Ryan Mathews, Cedric Jailbird Benson, and Miles Austin… Should I Accept or ride out mathews in hopes he doesnt get injured…

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  9. Youngsir620 says:

    Who do i start as my flex, Steve Smith (carolina), Tim Hightower, or Felix Jones?

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  10. User avatar Deryck Bogs says:

    Being from chicago and knowing how bad the bears corners get beat I think Steve smith will have the best upside… cam is gonna throw throw throw cuz Williams and Stewert have been pretty unproductive thus far.. Hightower is in the shanahan ride, Helu will get more carries than you think and is more explosive… Felix jones could have an upside but Detroits Line is pretty solid, and and i see megatron owning the whole team soo im guessing dallas run game is going to be nonexistent when they are playing from behind

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  11. User avatar lidlchris says:

    Meachem or Henderson?

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  12. oranger68 says:

    AJ Green or Dez Bryant

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