Our Week 4 start ’em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 4 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Drew Brees NO @ DAL

The Brees has been a bit too chilly to start the season for owners of this Saints quarterback. This week he’ll turn it around for fantasy owners in Big D against the Cowboys. About five years ago, Brees led his Saints down there and put up 45 plus fantasy points. While I don’t expect those gawdy numbers again, I’m comfortable with a 25 point outing and getting back on track.

Ryan Tannehill MIA @ OAK

Coach Philbin has sounded like Captain Callout when it comes to the Dolphins quarterback play. Since Week 1 and their drubbing of the Patriots, it’s been rough times for the Miami offense. Last week was a step backwards against the Chiefs, but this week should be a step forward. With the idea of a possible benching coming Tannehill’s way if he can’t produce, my bet is that Ryan brings his A game to the black and silver’s house of horrors. He’s someone to play if you need a bye-week fill-in for Week 4.

Running Backs

Eddie Lacy GB @ CHI

I’m going for broke with Lacy in Week 4. If he cannot gear up against the Bears and get this Packers offense off the ground then the cheeseheads might be in for a long season. I love how he looked against the Seahawks defense, despite not producing big fantasy numbers. He’s simply too good to bench, especially with all the injuries and players on bye-weeks. Julius Peppers is now on the other sidelines, so Lacy should find more room to roam against a Raji & Peppers-less defensive line.

Donald Brown SD VS JAX

The long-time backup in Indianapolis has his time to shine with Mathews out for another month and Danny Woodhead headed towards season-ending surgery. Expect the Chargers to feed him the rock after getting up big on this Jacksonville Jaguars bunch that has a hard time stopping anyone this season. Brown might not be a top tier runner, but this week the Jaguars might make him look like LaDainian Tomlinson circa 2008. Got a sad face from bye-week woes, no need to frown when there is Donald Brown.

Wide Receivers

Pierre Garcon WAS VS NYG

Monsieur Garcon had a monster performance in the city of brotherly-love last weekend with Captain Kirk Cousins at the helm for the Redskins. On a short-week, it’ll be the Giants secondary that will be his to gash. DeSean Jackson exacted some revenge on his old team last weekend, but coming off a shoulder injury on a short week will be a tough task. I expect Garcon to be a reliable pass catcher the rest of the way for Cousins. This game could be a Thursday night shootout.

Jeremy Maclin PHI @ SF

Maclin made his money in the end zone last weekend against the Redskins. He’s also the reason Jordan Matthews is seeing open looks as well. While Maclin is the true #1 receiver in this offense, he’s up against a hard-nosed Niners defense, that is desperate for a win to avoid losing 3 straight. The Eagles will need to throw it to win, as the Niners have a stronger rush defense. Keep Mac’in with Maclin in that pass-heavy Philly offense.

Tight Ends

Owen Daniels BAL VS CAR

Sad news out of Baltimore, not related to Ray Rice, is the Dennis Pitta season-ending hip injury. Hopefully it’s not the end of his career, but Daniels is now set to take the starting job in Kubiak’s tight-end predominant offense. Daniels is not a spring chicken, but he can still be a reliable target. He’ll be a zed zone machine and Carolina had plenty of problems last week against the Steelers in the passing game. While Daniels is not a sure-fire start here on out, he’ll do in a bye-week pinch this week for sure.

Heath Miller PIT VS TB

The Heee-ath chants will be raining down on Heinz field come Sunday. Big Ben loves throwing the dump offs over the middle and finding chunks of yardage around the hash marks to his sturdy tight end. Tampa Bay is coming off one of the most woeful defensive performances of all time too. This game could get ugly early, but either way it promises to be a big day for Big Ben. The suds run smooth for Miller time on Sunday!

Defense/Special Teams

Pittsburgh Steelers PIT VS TB

Steel Country will be loud and proud coming off their Sunday Night victory against the Panthers. I expect another dominant performance on the defensive side of the ball. The Buccaneers might want to invest in some throw-back tangerine uniforms, to remind themselves how woeful they’re playing right now. More importantly, with the team in disarray, it’s difficult to imagine that backup quarterback, Mike Glennon, will find much success on Sunday. Steelers have the look of a 15 plus point defense this week.