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Fantasy Football: Week 4 Start 'em

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Each week we tackle the more difficult decisions for fantasy football owners when it comes to which players to start and which players to sit. We back our advice up with solid research so you can start or sit your players with confidence. Here's our list of some of the players you should start in Week 4. 

Start 'Em

Denarius Moore - WR - Oakland Raiders

Moore was the apple of Carson Palmer's eye. Palmer threw the rock 34 times in Week 3 and looked Moore's way on 11 of those attempts. Moore caught five of those passes for 45 yards and a score. 

Moore now lines up against the Denver Broncos' secondary who has been unable to shut-down quality wide receivers. Roddy White (8/102/1), Kevin Walter (3/73/1) and Andre Johnson (2/72/1) have all produced quality fantasy stats against the Broncos.

And with DHB and tight end Brandon Myers both likely out of Sunday's game with concussions, Moore should be featured even more. Moore is a strong WR2 play this week.
 

Eric Decker - WR - Denver Broncos

To say the Oakland Raiders' secondary is banged up is a gross understatement. Shawntae Spencer is out indefinitely with a foot sprain, and Ronald Bartell will miss the next 4-5 weeks with a broken shoulder. The Raiders have moved Michael Huff over to corner in an attempt to stop the passing hemorrhage opposing quarterbacks have bled out of their secondary. 

Ben Roethlisberger torched the Raiders for 384 yards, four touchdowns and no picks in Week 3. Look for Peyton Manning to do the same in Week 4. And with Decker drawing significant targets from Manning (11 last week), look for Decker to put up solid WR2 numbers, as well.
 

Lance Moore - WR - New Orleans Saints

In Week 3, Moore outpaced all Saints receivers with seven targets. His snap count (50) was much higher than Marques Colston's (34). And Moore showed that he's still a red-zone gem by hauling in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees.

This week Moore faces the Green Bay Packers who look like they have a daunting pass defense on paper (giving up only 125.3 YPG, 1st in NFL). Those numbers are misleading. The Pack has faced Alex Smith, Jay Cutler and Russell Wilson. They have yet to face a quarterback with Brees' talent. 

Moore will be a strong WR3 play in Week 3 in a game where both teams will be desperate to get a win.
 

Ben Tate - RB - Houston Texans

If you think Ben Tate is only viable as Arian Foster's handcuff, think again. Tate rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last season and proved to be a solid RB2 many weeks during 2011. He's already shown his fantasy worth this season in Week 2 by out-scoring Foster.

But you have to be smart about when to trot Tate out in your line-up. Against solid defenses, he's not worth a look. But in weeks like Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans, he's a sure-fire bet to put up strong RB2 numbers. 

Not only does the Titans' rush defense rank 29th in the league, they are giving up the most points each week, as well. Tennessee is giving up an average of 37.7 points to opposing offenses thus far (Patriots, Chargers and Lions). The Texans' offense is just as explosive—if not more—than any the Titans have faced. 

Tate will look to make up for his crucial Week 3 fourth quarter fumble.
 

Ryan Fitzpatrick - QB - Buffalo Bills

Fitzpatrick had a sizzling start to last season, just as he's doing this year. Over the first three weeks of this season, Fitz has tossed eight touchdown passes. That's tied for the most in the league. Last week he threw three against the Cleveland Browns. Granted, the Browns were without Joe Haden, but he still looked masterful in his performance.

With C.J. Spiller likely out for Week 4 and Fred Jackson questionable at best, the Bills will rely on Fitz' arm to pull out another miracle-game against the reeling New England Patriots. The Pats are 1-2 thus far, something that's completely foreign to that organization in recent years. 

There's no doubt Tom Brady will be looking to light up the Bills, which means Fitz will have to keep pace. Look for Fitz to put up four scores against the Pats' 24th-ranked passing defense. 

 

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Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).

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Cedric Hopkins

Cedric Hopkins runs this sports law/fantasy football blog. If you have issues with it, it's all his fault. Cedric was an athlete-student at the University of New Mexico (Basketball - Go Lobos!). He then morphed into a student-athlete when he attended law school in San Diego. Age replaced athleticism and now he writes appellate briefs for criminals (alleged criminals, of course) in state and federal cases, including writing U.S. Supreme Court briefs.

For years Cedric has researched and written about legal issues but maintained a love for sports. With FieldandCourt.com, he's combining his two passions: researching and writing about sports. When he's not in court arguing a case before a judge (or writing about himself in the third person), he'll be doing the same with his articles on FieldandCourt.com. Follow me, er, him on Twitter (opens in a new window).