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Week 4: Bye Bye, Replacement Refs? - 11 comments

By R.J. White

This week we make our slow transition into the dreaded byes, with the Steelers and Colts off for a week. The great news of the week is that the NFL and the NFL Referee Association appear close to coming to terms and getting the replacement refs off our collective fields … finally. Let’s hope that by the time you read this, a deal has been finalized and we can all go back to complaining about good refs doing a mediocre job at times. And now, our Start/Sit rankings for Week 4.

Note: I’ll be out of town Thursday through Monday, but I’ll try my best to answer lineup questions in the comments section as often as I can.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOppAvg
1Aaron RodgersGBvs. NO1.0
2Tom BradyNEat BUF2.3
3Matt RyanATLvs. CAR3.3
4Drew BreesNOat GB4.0
5Robert Griffin IIIWASat TB4.7
6Eli ManningNYGat PHI7.0
7Peyton ManningDENvs. OAK7.3
8Michael VickPHIvs. NYG9.3
9Christian PonderMINat DET11.0
10Matthew StaffordDETvs. MIN11.0
11Joe FlaccoBALvs. CLE11.7
12Cam NewtonCARat ATL13.3
13Philip RiversSDat KC13.7
14Andy DaltonCINat JAC14.0
15Tony RomoDALvs. CHI15.0
16Ryan FitzpatrickBUFvs. NE15.3
17Josh FreemanTBvs. WAS15.3
18Matt SchaubHOUvs. TEN16.0
19Jake LockerTENat HOU19.0
20Alex SmithSFat NYJ20.7
21Jay CutlerCHIat DAL21.7
22Matt CasselKCvs. SD22.0
23Kevin KolbARIvs. MIA23.7
24Carson PalmerOAKat DEN24.0
25Mark SanchezNYJvs. SF25.0
26Sam BradfordSTLvs. SEA25.0
27Shaun HillDETvs. MIN25.3
28Russell WilsonSEAat STL27.3
29Blaine GabbertJACvs. CIN27.7
30Ryan TannehillMIAat ARI29.7
31Brandon WeedenCLEat BAL30.0
32Tim TebowNYJvs. SF31.7

Start: Christian Ponder, Vikings. Ponder grew up in front of our eyes by taking on the mighty 49er defense and not only surviving, but triumphing. He did it without Jerome Simpson, who returns from a three-week suspension this week. With Simpson joining a very talented core of Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph, Ponder has plenty of weapons to exploit bad secondaries. I’d say the Lions qualify after getting skewered by Jake Locker last week.

Sit: Tony Romo, Cowboys. Romo has had trouble getting things going in the past couple weeks after a nice performance against the under-manned Giants defense. After being stymied by the Seahawks and Buccaneers, the Cowboys offense rolls into a Bears defense that may be playing the best out of any defense after three weeks. If the Bears stay true to form, it’s going to be a long day for the Romocoaster.

RankRunning BacksTeamOppAvg
1Arian FosterHOUvs. TEN1.0
2Ray RiceBALvs. CLE2.0
3Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. CIN3.7
4LeSean McCoyPHIvs. NYG4.0
5Jamaal CharlesKCvs. SD5.7
6Adrian PetersonMINat DET6.0
7Darren McFaddenOAKat DEN7.0
8Marshawn LynchSEAat STL7.3
9Alfred MorrisWASat TB11.3
10Darren SprolesNOat GB12.0
11BenJarvus Green-EllisCINat JAC12.7
12Frank GoreSFat NYJ13.0
13Stevan RidleyNEat BUF13.3
14Trent RichardsonCLEat BAL14.3
15Doug MartinTBvs. WAS14.3
16DeMarco MurrayDALvs. CHI14.3
17Ryan MathewsSDat KC14.3
18Cedric BensonGBvs. NO18.3
19Michael TurnerATLvs. CAR20.7
20Fred JacksonBUFvs. NE21.0
21Steven JacksonSTLvs. SEA21.3
22Ryan WilliamsARIvs. MIA22.7
23Michael BushCHIat DAL24.3
24Willis McGaheeDENvs. OAK24.7
25Ahmad BradshawNYGat PHI25.0
26Mikel LeshoreDETat TEN25.3
27Chris JohnsonTENat HOU26.0
28Ben TateHOUvs. TEN26.3
29Reggie BushMIAat ARI27.3
30Jonathan StewartCARat ATL29.7
31Shonn GreeneNYJvs. SF30.3
32DeAngelo WilliamsCARat ATL33.0
33Pierre ThomasNOat GB33.3
34Tashard ChoiceBUFvs. NE35.0
35Andre BrownNYGat PHI35.3
36Mark IngramNOat GB36.3
37Dexter McClusterKCvs. SD38.0
38Jacquizz RodgersATLvs. CAR38.7
39Daniel ThomasMIAat ARI39.0
40Matt ForteCHIat DAL40.0
41Peyton HillisKCvs. SD41.0
42Lance BallDENvs. OAK42.0
43Bilal PowellNYJvs. SF43.0
44Kahlil BellCHIat DAL44.0
45C.J. SpillerBUFvs. NE45.0
46Danny WoodheadNEat BUF45.7
47Ryan GrantWASat TB46.7
48Kendall HunterSFat NYJ47.7
49Shaun DraughnKCvs. SD48.7
50Joique BellDETvs. MIN49.7

Start: Ryan Williams, Cardinals. Beanie Wells was placed on the see-you-in-a-couple-months IR this week, leaving Williams to pick up all the running game work in Arizona for the near future. He did well last week, and if the Cardinals defense is really as dominant as it looks, Williams will be protecting many a second-half lead while acting as the workhorse. I love his upside this week against the Dolphins and think he’s locked in as an RB2.

Sit: Shonn Greene, Jets. Greene has struggled to pick up any significant yardage this year, churning out less than three yards per carry. Now he faces an RB’s worst nightmare, the 49ers defense. Indications from Rex Ryan have me believing Greene may not be long for the starting job, and a Chris Johnson-type performance (sorry, CJ0K owners) against San Francisco may be the nail in the coffin. I’ve tried to make room for Bilal Powell in as many leagues as I can.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOppAvg
1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. MIN1.0
2A.J. GreenCINat JAC2.3
3Percy HarvinMINat DET3.3
4Andre JohnsonHOUvs. TEN3.3
5Julio JonesATLvs. CAR5.7
6Victor CruzNYGat PHI6.0
7Demaryius ThomasDENvs. OAK9.3
8Roddy WhiteATLvs. CAR9.7
9Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. MIA10.7
10Steve JohnsonBUFvs. NE11.3
11Dwayne BoweKCvs. SD11.7
12Vincent JacksonTBvs. WAS12.7
13Miles AustinDALvs. CHI14.0
14Steve SmithCARat ATL15.0
15Hakeem NicksNYGat PHI15.0
16Brandon MarshallCHIat DAL15.7
17Jordy NelsonGBvs. NO16.0
18Torrey SmithBALvs. CLE16.3
19Wes WelkerNEat BUF17.3
20Brandon LloydNEat BUF21.0
21Eric DeckerDENvs. OAK21.0
22Jeremy MaclinPHIvs. NYG22.3
23Greg JenningsGBvs. NO22.3
24Michael CrabtreeSFat NYJ24.3
25Danny AmendolaSTLvs. SEA25.3
26DeSean JacksonPHIvs. NYG25.3
27Dez BryantDALvs. CHI26.0
28Marques ColstonNOat GB26.3
29Malcom FloydSDat KC27.3
30Santonio HolmesNYJvs. SF29.0
31Denarius MooreOAKat DEN32.7
32Kenny BrittTENat HOU32.7
33Mike WilliamsTBvs. WAS33.7
34Lance MooreNOat GB33.7
35Anquan BoldinBALvs. CLE36.0
36Brandon LaFellCARat ATL36.0
37Jerome SimpsonMINat DET38.3
38Nate WashingtonTENat HOU39.0
39Nate BurlesonDETvs. MIN39.3
40Andrew HawkinsCINat JAC41.0
41Pierre GarconWASat TB41.3
42Leonard HankersonWASat TB42.0
43Randall CobbGBvs. NO42.7
44Brian HartlineMIAat ARI43.7
45Golden TateSEAat STL44.0
46Sidney RiceSEAat STL44.7
47Brandon StokleyDENvs. OAK47.7
48Justin BlackmonJACvs. CIN48.3
49Jeremy KerleyNYJvs. SF48.7
50Armon BinnsCINat JAC49.7
51Davone BessMIAat ARI50.7
52Greg LittleCLEat BAL51.7
53Robert MeachemSDat KC52.7
54Ramses BardenNYGat PHI54.3
55Titus YoungDETvs. MIN55.0
56Kevin OgletreeDALvs. CHI55.3
57Stephen HillNYJvs. SF56.3
58James JonesGBvs. NO57.3
59Mario ManninghamSFat NYJ58.3
60Steve BreastonKCvs. SD59.3
61Rod StreaterOAKat DEN60.3
62Randy MossSFat NYJ61.3
63Kendall WrightTENat HOU62.3
64Donald JonesBUFvs. NE63.3
65Kevin WalterHOUvs. TEN65.0
66Andre RobertsARIvs. MIA66.0
67Alshon JeffreyCHIat DAL67.0
68Santana MossWASat TB68.0
69Brandon GibsonSTLvs. SEA69.0
70Jacoby JonesBALvs. CLE70.0
71Cecil ShortsJACvs. CIN71.0
72T.J. GrahamBUFvs. NE72.0
73Aldrick RobinsonWASat TB73.0
74Laurent RobinsonJACvs. CIN74.0
75Harry DouglasATLvs. CAR75.0

Start: Michael Crabtree, 49ers. The dropoff from Darrelle Revis to Kyle Wilson is pretty steep even if Wilson is a league-average cornerback. If he’s less than that, the Jets defense is in trouble. It’s going to be much easier for teams to pass on the Jets for the rest of the year, and that should start this week against the 49ers, where Crabtree looks like a quality WR3 option and Mario Manningham has a little sleeper potential.

Sit: Golden Tate, Seahawks. The “hero” of Monday night grabbed two TDs and locked in his place in the starting lineup over Braylon Edwards, but that doesn’t mean Tate’s ready to be plugged in as a decent WR3/flex option. The Seattle passing offense, with Russell Wilson at the helm, doesn’t look very good, and the Rams pass defense looks vastly improved now that they aren’t signing and starting street free agent cornerbacks on a weekly basis.

RankTight EndsTeamOppAvg
1Jimmy GrahamNOat GB1.0
2Rob GronkowskiNEat BUF2.7
3Vernon DavisSFat NYJ3.7
4Tony GonzalezATLvs. CAR4.0
5Kyle RudolphMINat DET7.0
6Dennis PittaBALvs. CLE7.0
7Brandon PettigrewDETvs. MIN7.7
8Jermichael FinleyGBvs. NO8.0
9Antonio GatesSDat KC8.0
10Owen DanielsHOUvs. TEN9.0
11Martellus BennettNYGat PHI11.0
12Brent CelekPHIvs. NYG11.3
13Fred DavisWASat TB12.7
14Scott ChandlerBUFvs. NE14.0
15Jason WittenDALvs. CHI14.7
16Greg OlsenCARat ATL15.7
17Jermaine GreshamCINat JAC16.0
18Jared CookTENat HOU17.7
19Brandon MyersOAKat DEN19.7
20Jacob TammeDENvs. OAK20.0
21Marcedes LewisJACvs. CIN21.0
22Anthony FasanoMIAat ARI21.3
23Kellen DavisCHIat DAL23.0
24Todd HeapARIvs. MIA24.0
25Lance KendricksSTLvs. SEA25.0
26Tony SchefflerDETvs. MIN26.0
27Joel DreessenDENvs. OAK27.0
28Tony MoeakiKCvs. SD28.0
29Jeff CumberlandNYJvs. SF29.0
30Dallas ClarkTBvs. WAS30.0

Start: Kyle Rudolph, Vikings. Rudolph hooked up with Christian Ponder for two TDs last week, giving him three scores on the season. He should be able to exploit the Detroit defense for his biggest game yardage-wise of the season.

Sit: Jason Witten, Cowboys. He’s had problems with drops this year, and now he has to face an extremely tough Bears defense. If I owned him in any leagues (I don’t), I’d be finding a Week 4 replacement if at all possible.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOppAvg
1CardinalsARIvs. MIA2.3
2RavensBALvs. CLE3.0
3SeahawksSEAat STL4.7
4GiantsNYGat PHI4.7
5TexansHOUvs. TEN5.0
6BearsCHIat DAL5.7
749ersSFat NYJ6.7
8FalconsATLvs. CAR9.3
9CowboysDALvs. CHI9.3
10BengalsCINat JAC10.0
11PackersGBvs. NO11.0
12PatriotsNEat BUF12.0
13EaglesPHIvs. NYG12.3
14JetsNYJvs. SF13.0
15ChargersSDat KC15.3
16BillsBUFvs. NE16.3
17BuccaneersTBvs. WAS17.3
18LionsDETvs. MIN17.7
19RedskinsWASat TB19.0
20BroncosDENvs. OAK19.3
21DolphinsMIAat ARI22.7
22TitansTENat HOU22.7
23JaguarsJACvs. CIN23.0
24RaidersOAKat DEN24.3
25RamsSTLvs. SEA25.0
26VikingsMINat DET25.0
27BrownsCLEat BAL25.3
28ChiefsKCvs. SD26.0
29SaintsNOat GB28.0
30PanthersCARat ATL29.0

Start: Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have faced the Seahawks, Patriots and Eagles, three good teams by most accounts, and they have three wins on the scoreboard. Most of the success can be attributed to the defense, and they now get to face rookie Ryan Tannehill at home. Have at it, gentlemen.

Sit: Buffalo Bills. The Patriots seem primed for one of those “Screw You” 49-14 wins this week. At 1-2, their season may depend on it. Though I like the Bills defense most weeks, I wouldn’t run them out there in this one.

RankKickersTeamOppAvg
1Jason HansonDETvs. MIN2.7
2Matt BryantATLvs. CAR2.7
3David AkersSFat NYJ3.0
4Mason CrosbyGBvs. NO4.7
5Stephen GostkowskiNEat BUF5.3
6Justin TuckerBALvs. CLE5.7
7Lawrence TynesNYGat PHI8.7
8Shayne GrahamHOUvs. TEN8.7
9Nate KaedingSDat KC9.0
10Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat DEN9.0
11Blair WalshMINat DET9.7
12Garrett HartleyNOat GB13.0
13Mike NugentCINat JAC14.3
14Robbie GouldCHIat DAL15.7
15Greg ZuerleinSTLvs. SEA16.3
16Matt PraterDENvs. OAK16.3
17Billy CundiffWASat TB17.3
18Jay FeelyARIvs. MIA18.7
19Ryan SuccopKCvs. SD19.0
20Alex HeneryPHIvs. NYG19.3
21Dan BaileyDALvs. CHI20.0
22Steven HauschkaSEAat STL21.7
23Connor BarthTBvs. WAS23.0
24Josh ScobeeJACvs. CIN23.3
25Rian LindellBUFvs. NE24.0
26Nick FolkNYJvs. SF24.3
27Dan CarpenterMIAat ARI24.7
28Phil DawsonCLEat BAL27.3
29Rob BironasTENat HOU28.0
30Justin MedlockCARat ATL29.7

Start: Lawrence Tynes, Giants. Tynes is available in many a league despite putting up one of the best performances by a kicker, if not the best, over the first three weeks. The Giants defense should give the team great field position consistently against a struggling Philadelphia offense, and that could lead to several FG attempts for Tynes yet again.

Sit: Alex Henery, Eagles. Henery was a pretty appealing kicker option heading into the season but has had to deal with an inept Eagles offense. This may be the week Philly gets it together, but I wouldn’t trust the Eagles kicker until I see it with my own eyes.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to CBSSports.com's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. 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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11 Responses to “Week 4: Bye Bye, Replacement Refs?”

  1. SMACK1028 says:

    Help who do I play this week
    gonzalez, gates, daniels? I need to play 2 of them but who do I bench?
    Everything i see said play them all
    But GATES keep screwing me
    help

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  2. dstar22222 says:

    I would bench Gates… He is fantasy whack-a-mole, the rest get a lot of touches and have a lot of trust from their QB’s, Gates has better upside than Daniels but Daniels is consistent and gets more looks than Andre Johnson.. Just thought I would offer my opinion for what its worth…

    So my question is:

    I am in a head to head, standard non ppr league that is 1QB, 2RB, 3 WR/TE (can use either/or), DST and K

    I can’t decide if I start Colston or Jermichael Finley in my last WR/TE spot…

    I would love some opinions: I am thinking Finley for the following: Colston is still a bit banged up, the Saints are a mess, his touches are down and my opponent is starting Rodgers as his QB….

    If Rodgers has a big game I sort of handcuff it under the assumption that Finley will most likely put up nice numbers as well, and if Rodgers sucks and Finley sucks then he would be worse off than I would since it is my only #3 WR/TE spot… Everywhere I look people think Colston is going to have a breakout game this week but I have no idea what to do and he has killed me this year so far…. Thanks!

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  3. STLpride says:

    @dstar22222:

    I would definitely go for the Rodgers handcuff, it’s really a brilliant idea. Believe it or not the team I played last week deliberately dropped his kicker and picked up Lawrence Tynes to handcuff me because I’ve got Eli as my QB. I had never seen it done before, but it definitely worked out for him.

    Go with Finley, you won’t regret it.

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  4. dstar22222 says:

    Thanks, glad to get some constructive feedback! My only concern is that Nelson and Jennings will go off for crazy points and Finley will be left in the dust :{ Kickers are one thing since they automatically tie to the QB but a TE with drops isn’t as automatic… but i put in a trade for Nelson since I have rediculous depth at WR/TE so fingers crossed :)

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  5. rdj3385 says:

    @dstar22222: While I understand the theory about handcuffing a receiver to the qb and all of that…but my opinion is and always has been to start the guy who you think will get you the most points every single time. And I tend to agree with the hype that Colston will have a big game. Both QB’s know how to spread the ball around, of course, but I feel like Colston has the better chance in this situation. What ever you do, I hope it works out. Good luck.

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  6. FantasyChump says:

    I’m in a 12 man .75 ppr league. I have sporles R bush Ryan Williams and Tashard Choice. I know I play sproles but the other three idk. I have an open RB and a Flex spot. I also have Garcon, if he plays do I bench 2 rbs and run Garcon in the flex. These match ups kinda make it tough for me.

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  7. User avatar daullaz says:

    Smack: I’d bench Gates too. I like Daniels’s matchup.

    Dstar: I don’t see the handcuff strategy there. Rodgers has so many weapons that he could be fantastic and Finley still have a bad game. I think you have to go by whichever guy you feel is a stronger play without considering handcuff. For me that’s Colston.

    Chump: Williams is a definite play for you in the RB slot. If Bush is active, he’s your flex. If not, Choice is your guy.

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  8. ObeYsXeGianT says:

    Two weeks in a row I have started Pitta over Rudolph and 2 weeks in a row it doesn’t work out >.> Only been playing Pitta because its a PPR league. Hopefully it doesn’t cost me the W.

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  9. User avatar Ted Spencer says:

    Hi R.J. … just heard that Nicks is doubtful … got Nicks, MacLin, Moore, Barden and Marshall … need two for a 1 pt. PPR.
    Who do you like?

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  10. MistaBigxxL says:

    These comments are better suited for the Start/Sit forum.

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  11. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Ted Spencer: I like Maclin and Marshall.

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