Week four of the NFL fantasy football season sees the first byes, and with both the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers off, some quality wide receivers are out of action this week. ESPN reported on Sept. 25 that the Detroit Lions Nate Burleson will be about until November after breaking his arm, taking another starter out of commission.
Here is a look at the fantasy football start ‘em and sit ‘em options at wide receiver for week four. Remember that this is not an obvious list with names like Calvin Johnson on it, but a bubble starter list.
Torrey Smith – When Anquan Boldin left Baltimore, the Ravens hoped that Torrey Smith would step up and be a star. After three weeks, he is on pace for career numbers except when it comes to touchdowns, because he has not found the end zone yet. Against the Buffalo Bills pass defense, that might happen this week.
Pierre Garcon – Much like Robert Griffin III, this should be a great game for his leading wide receiver Pierre Garcon against the lowly Oakland Raiders. The two should move the ball at will against this defense.
Eric Decker – When you think about the Denver receiving targets, Eric Decker is usually the fourth name people mention. However, with Peyton Manning on a torrid pace this season, he will get his looks. Expect Decker to play a solid game against Philadelphia this week and produce solid fantasy football numbers, even while sharing the ball with his teammates.
Roddy White – Don’t start Roddy White, no matter what he says about his injuries. He cannot be trusted in fantasy football until he proves himself on the field. The Patriots have a solid pass defense, but White is not worth starting in any league until he shows something on the field.
Larry Fitzgerald – If you are curious why Fitzgerald is not one of the NFL’s leading receivers, despite having a real quarterback finally throwing him the ball, it is because he is playing injured. He has a hamstring injury and has been slowed, which does not bode well with a meeting with Darrelle Revis coming up.
Greg Jennings – He was supposed to be the answer for the Minnesota Vikings, but has not been the same since leaving Green Bay. His quarterback is not playing well, and in week four he has Ike Taylor covering him. Avoid starting him in any fantasy football league.