Week 4: Start 'Em
Another week has come and gone and we still have some questions about players we all thought should be prime time fantasy studs that we could count on to start each and every week no matter the match-up. At this point we really aren't sure what to think about Steve Slaton, Reggie Bush or Terrell Owens This week there will be more owners searching their benches for someone new to start as more players went down with injuries like Frank Gore, Kevin Smith, Dwayne Bowe and Felix Jones. Not to mention the group of players who are still dealing with injuries, like LT, Wes Welker, and this is the first week of byes. So if you're looking at your bench and you see any of these players, you might want to get them in your line-up this week.
Not sure the last time anyone recommended starting Kerry Collins in a fantasy league, but that's what I'm about to do. As would be expected with the Titans being 0-3, Kerry Collins hasn't been very good himself. With injuries and bye weeks, some teams might be hard up for a starting QB and Collins happens to be facing the worst pass defense in the league -- the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are giving up 281.7 yards per game through the air (not to mention 6 passing touchdowns). If you're hard up and need a QB, put Collins in the line-up this week.
If you had been saving a spot on your roster for Glenn Coffee, your patience is about to pay off. Coffee was a 3rd round pick of the 49ers this year and he had a great pre season, but with Frank Gore ahead of him on the depth chart there wasn't going to be much playing for Coffee unless Gore went down with an injury. Gore went down last week and Coffee jumped right in and carried the ball 25 times. Unfortunately the 49ers were playing the Vikings (who have one of the best run defenses in the league, so he only gained 54 yards). Coffee has a great match-up this week vs. the St. Louis Rams. Look for Coffee to get more than 20 carries this week. No reason to believe he can't gain over 100 yards vs. the Rams this week. Make sure to get him in your line-up.
I have to admit this is weird for me, because I never thought I would be recommending starting an Oakland Raider, but this week they face the Houston Texans. The Texans have been the worst team against the run so far this season. They are giving up an average 204.7 yards per game on the ground and 8 rushing touchdowns. Not to mention that running backs are averaging 6.3 receptions for an average of 48.7 yards. Darren McFadden has been an underachiever so far this season and in most leagues he isn't worthy of a starter's spot. If there was any week to start him and get some use out of him it's this week vs. the Texans. There won't be many weeks when you should start McFadden, so take advantage of the match up and start him.
If you are (or have been) an owner of Santana Moss over the past few years, then you know he can be one of the most frustrating receivers in the league. For every good week, he normally has 2 or 3 bad ones. Just when you think he is ready to have a big week he disappoints. After 2 absolutely brutal weeks to start the season (a total of 5 catches for 41 yards), Moss broke out against the Lions last week posting 10 catches for 178 yards and 1 touchdown. This week Moss has another great match-up as he faces Tampa Bay (who have given up an average of 9.3 receptions for 176.3 yards to receivers so far this season -- not to mention 7 touchdowns). Make sure to keep Moss started this week so you can take advantage of one of his better match-ups.
Sims-Walker came out of nowhere in week 2 to be targeted 9 times, catching 6 balls for 106 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up in week 3 by leading the team in targets (10), receptions (6) and yards (81); with Troy Williamson out for the season, Sims-Walker seems to be entrenched as the starter opposite Torry Holt. As long as he stays healthy, he should definitely be considered for a starting spot in your fantasy line up (especially when he has a good match-up, like this week vs. the Titans). The Titans are giving up a league high 210.7 yards per game to wide receivers and have allowed 5 receivers to score touchdowns already. Look for Sims-Walker to have a big week in week 4.