Philip Rivers (Chargers): If I told you Rivers would essentially be a must-start four weeks ago, you would have thought I was crazy. Well, you might have thought that regardless of Rivers’ play, but Rivers has the third-most Fantasy points and is playing excellent. It’s a testament to coach Mike McCoy and Rivers, considering this might be the worst receiving corps Rivers has played with. The Raiders are a favorable matchup for Rivers.
Michael Vick (Eagles): After passing for four TDs and rushing for two TDs the first two weeks, Vick has just one passing TD and no rushing TDs the last two games. Vick hasn’t topped 248 passing yards the last two weeks, but he has rushed for 140 yards on 12 carries. Vick will bounce back against the Giants, who are in the bottom five in Fantasy points allowed against quarterbacks.
Terrelle Pryor (Raiders): Pryor has been cleared to start this week against the Chargers after missing last week with a concussion. He has rushed for 36 yards in each of his three games and made big strides as a passer against the Broncos in Week 3, going 19-for-28 for 281 yards and a TD. The Chargers have allowed the most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Matt Schaub (Texans): Schaub has been erratic, and while he did pass for 355 yards and two TDs against Seattle last week, he threw two INTs and was sacked four times. This is a tough spot on the road against the 49ers.
Carson Palmer (Cardinals): Palmer had a good Week 1, and with the weapons in the passing game and Bruce Arians running the offense it appeared Palmer would be a Fantasy asset. Since the first game, he has just two TDs and five INTs. The Cardinals have no running game and the offensive line is shaky. Against an excellent front seven that destroyed the Giants two weeks ago, it won’t get easier with the Panthers on tap.
Joe Flacco (Ravens): Flacco can’t be counted on, even in good matchups. The Bills have been a favorable matchup, especially with all their injuries and Flacco fell flat with five interceptions last week. Even with a Dolphins team vulnerable against the pass, Flacco can’t be trusted.
David Wilson (Giants): Do I feel good about this? No. How can you, with the way Wilson has looked so far? The Giants did cut Da’Rel Scott, who was playing significant snaps, so this could be the week Wilson gets unleashed. Four teams are on bye and if you own Wilson, he is probably one of the better options. The Eagles are awful on defense and Wilson will thrive if the touches are given to him.
Eddie Lacy (Packers): Lacy is slated to return from a concussion and play this week. Lacy was looking good before the concussion in Week 3. Lacy has a good matchup against the Lions, who rank 20th against the run and have allowed five rushing TDs and 5.2 yards per carry.
Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars): The outlook for Jones-Drew is bleak because the Jaguars offense is abysmal, especially with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. If there is any week MJD can be good, it is here against the Rams, who were gashed by DeMarco Murray and Frank Gore the past two games. The Rams are ranked 30th against the run, allowing an average of 133.5 rushing yards per game.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Bengals): Green-Ellis saw fewer snaps last week and part of it was due to the Bengals trailing and being in pass mode, which means more snaps for Giovani Bernard. He has 16 carries for 42 yards the last two games with a TD and has a tough matchup against the Patriots.
Rashard Mendenhall (Cardinals): He is still the starter for the Cardinals, but that doesn’t mean anything. He’s losing snaps to other running backs and has rushed for 50 yards on 21 carries the last two weeks. Mendenhall also made some critical mistakes, fumbled twice and dropped a pass.
Daryl Richardson (Rams): There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the Rams running backs right now. Richardson responded to a question on Twitter saying he would not start this week, and coach Jeff Fisher said he would use all running backs. It’s a situation to avoid until there is more clarity.
Josh Gordon (Browns): After an explosive season debut in Week 3, Gordon had four catches for 71 yards last week. People have trepidation about using players in the Thursday game because of poor offensive performances, but Gordon has a great matchup against a Bills defense that has been destroyed by wide receivers. They have allowed seven TDs to wide receivers.
DeSean Jackson (Eagles): Jackson has been quiet the last two games after being one of the top Fantasy receivers the first two weeks. Jackson has just five catches for 96 yards the past two games. He will rebound this week against a Giants team that has allowed 10 passing TDs.
Jeremy Kerley (Jets): The Jets will be without Santonio Holmes due to a hamstring injury and Stephen Hill could be out with a concussion. The Jets could be playing from behind often and Kerley will be targeted heavily. If you have some receivers on a bye, Kerely is a solid fill-in in PPR leagues.
Steve Johnson (Bills): Johnson is coming off a game with one reception for minus-1 yards and he has a tough matchup against the Browns. Johnson could see a lot of cornerback Joe Haden, who is playing at a high level and limiting top receivers. The Browns have allowed just two passing TDs.
Mike Wallace (Dolphins): Wallace has produced one big game and struggled in the other three. He’s getting a lot of defensive attention and the Dolphins are not forcing the ball to him. Wallace has 24 yards receiving in three of four games. After allowing seven passing TDs in Week 1, they have allowed one passing TD since.
DeAndre Hopkins (Texans): The 49ers ranked third against the pass and Hopkins is not high in the pecking order in Texans’ passing game.
Greg Olsen (Panthers): Olsen is going to get targets as one of the few viable options in the passing game. He has at least eight targets in all three games and has a good matchup against the Cardinals, who have allowed the second most Fantasy points to tight ends.
Julius Thomas (Broncos): After 16 targets the first two games; Thomas has eight the last two games, something that will happen at times due to the array of weapons in the Broncos passing game. The Cowboys have struggled defending the tight end, as Antonio Gates showed last week.
Brandon Myers (Giants): Myers didn’t have a reception last week and went three catches for 33 yards two weeks ago. While it seems everyone should be played against a putrid Eagles defense; that is not the case here.
Tyler Eifert (Bengals): He has talent, but Jermaine Gresham is getting more looks. Eifert has four catches for 46 yards the last two games.
Alex Henery (Eagles): The Eagles offense will rebound against the Giants enabling Henery to put up some points.
Adam Vinatieri (Colts): There might not be many scoring opportunities against a staunch Seahawks defense.
Carolina Panthers: The Panthers could be available in a lot of leagues since they are coming off a bye. The front seven is excellent and has a good matchup against a shaky Cardinals offense.
Dallas Cowboys: Can you really start any defense against the Broncos? In case you’re not sure, the answer is no.
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