Well, after some redemption last week, we enter Week Four with a 13-13 record for the season on Start ’em Up. So now we begin and hope to get back on the right side of .500. Here is a reminder of the rules: Every player listed is expected to exceed 15 fantasy points for QBs, and 10 fantasy points for other positions using the following scoring system:

◾- 10 Pass Completions per point
◾- 25 Passing Yards per point
◾- 10 rushing/receiving yards per point
◾- 2 receptions per point
◾- TDs are 6 points

AND NOW WE BEGIN START ‘EM UP!!!

QB- Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons (Fanduel Price- $5900)- With Matt Cassel going on the IR on Wednesday, the future is now for Bridgewater and the Vikings, and on the road, the Falcons aren’t going to be as dominant as they were against the Bucs. He’s a good bye week fill-in or cheap option on Fanduel this week, with a reasonable expectation of 250 passing yards and his first two touchdown passes. Take the chance.

QB- Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints ($7500)- He finally put up quality fantasy numbers last week, with 21 fantasy points against the Rams after barely putting up 27 points through the first two games combined. Now he’s home, taking on a Saints defense allowing the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. It should be a high scoring game, and expect the prerequisite interception or two in the first half, but after that he could crack 300 yards, with at least two scores.

RB- Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars ($6300)- With Ryan Matthews still nursing an MCL injury and Danny Woodhead out for the season, Brown becomes the starter after signing a three-year contract in the offseason. Brown had a good season in Indianapolis last year, capitalizing on Trent Richardson’s struggles as his backup, and now takes over as the starter as the 2-1 Chargers welcome the team that has given up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs over the first three games. Perfect plug-in-play for bye weeks, with an expectation of 60 all purpose yards and one touchdown.

RB- Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins ($5700)- Maurice-Jones Drew might still play this week after missing the last two games with a hand injury, but even if he does he should be limited in England. Run- DMC has showed signs of returning through the last two games (22.5 fantasy points) and now looks to get the majority of chances against the second most generous defense to opposing running backs in the Dolphins, who won’t arrive in England until the weekend, which could factor into their performance. I’ll predict 80 total yards and the goal-opportunities, for at least one short strike.

WR- Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars ($6700)- He’s been an utter disappoint through three games, bottoming out last week with only two catches for 17 yards. But he’s actually practicing in full this week after being limited the last two weeks with various ailments, and he’s facing the Jaguars defense. Also a great buy-low option for the season.

WR- Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles ($7000)- He’s put up 17 and 19 fantasy points up the last two weeks, and now he takes on an Eagles defense allowing the second most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Even with Vernon Davis likely to play, expect at least 80 yards, 7-10 receptions and two scores.

WR- Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys ($6200)- Drew Brees will spread the ball around against a Cowboys defense that has actually overachieved this year, leading to a big day for the Saints rookie. He caught eight passes on 10 targets last week, and he could duplicate that this week, plus add 90 receiving yards and at least one long strike.

TE- Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints ($5900)- I like this matchup for Witten even though he’s been silent thus far, and the Saints have been stingy to opposing tight ends through three games. But Romo will have to throw a lot this week, and if the offense finally turned a corner last week against the Rams and is now firing on all cylinders, Witten will be a part of that. Expect a return to the 80 yards and one score you would expect from Old Reliable.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

LaGarrette Blount, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers/ Kenny Stills, WR, New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys (Both $4600)- I’ve only gone with running backs thus far for this category, so I’ve decided I’ll do one back and one receiver. Blount probably won’t get over rushing yards this week, but he and Chong Le’veon Bell have formed an effective backfield tandem that benefits both, and that should continue against the weak Bucs defense. He should charge his way to a goal-line score, with at least 50 rushing yards, while Stills will be involved in Drew Brees’ assault on the Cowboys, even if he only pulls down one 80 yard bomb for a score. For $4600, putting that with bigger names like Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees and Megatron looks like a winner.

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  1. Mike Aglialoro Mike Aglialoro says:

    Ouch. 3-7. Terrible. 16-20 overall

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