Week 4 Pourcast
Each week, we'll bring you a fantasy football Pourcast, featuring five fingers of start/sit goodness. We'll be keying in on less obvious starts rather than guys like Aaron Rodgers, Rob Gronkowski, or other solid weekly starters. Enjoy, and set your lineups responsibly.
START OF THE WEEK:
Andy Dalton (QB-CIN)
Ranking: Killian’s Irish Red
No explanation necessary
The Bengals are on fire, and in no small part because of Dalton. The Red Rifle has been throwing some of the best and most consistent ball of his career. If he stays on his current pace, he is set to have the highest fantasy point total of his career, surpassing 2013 where he finished 5th in QB scoring. This week, Dalton and the Bengals host the Chiefs, a team who has surprisingly allowed the most fantasy points after three weeks to both QBs and WRs. Start him, with confidence, in all formats.
A.J. Green (WR-CIN)
Lower in calories than Budweiser, but always a solid performer
I’m all in on the Bengals passing game, this week, and Green is no exception. A.J. committed a heinous act of arson last week against an underwhelming Ravens secondary. Having recently awakened, realizing that he’s A.J. Green, he and his red hot signal caller take on the KC Chiefs Week 4. The Chiefs are the only team with a worse fantasy performance than the Ravens against wide receivers. If you have Green, and he’s not in your lineup, this week, you’re drunk. Go home.
Brandon Marshall (WR-NYJ)
Ranking: Mickey’s Big Mouth
It doesn’t always taste good, but it’s got a lot to say, and it’s gonna light you the hell up
I love Brandon Marshall, but having had him among a distinguished cast of horrific disappointments last season, I failed to pull the trigger on him. If you have Marshall, you love Marshall. If he can stay healthy, you get to keep loving him, because he is loving New York and Chan Gailey’s pass friendly offense. This week’s matchup is appealing for Marshall. Miami’s "promising” defense is a mess right now, and this bodes well for the veteran stud receiver.
Jason Witten (TE-DAL)
Ranking: Miller Genuine Draft
Good, old fashioned, American beer; not the best, but it always seems to show up to the party
Witten is the quintessential football player, and a legendary competitor. That being said, the last few years have been lean on the fantasy front, showing a steady decline in production. Right after a solid Week 1 performance with two trips to the end zone, Witten found himself minus a Quarterback. In spite of the fact the Cowboys host the Saints, a team that has yielded the second most fantasy points to TEs this season, Brandon Wheedon seems to have developed no chemistry with this future Hall Of Fame Tight End. Expect the requisite number of yards for a tight end this week, just like the last two games.
Jeremy Hill (RB-CIN)
Ranking: Pabst Blue Ribbon
Everyone’s got it, but you don’t want to drink it
High expectations followed Hill into his sophomore season, after he finished 10th in fantasy points at the running back position in 2014. He may very well make good on those hopes, but it hasn’t really happened yet. The one area where Kansas City has stayed consistent, defensively, is against the run. The Chiefs have held opposing RBs to just over 10 fantasy points per contest, and I don’t expect that to change this week. Start him if you have no other options, but I only consider Jeremy Hill to be a low end RB2 in Week 4.
Jeff "The Guru" Gray owns Gray Area Fitness, has a BA in Biology from Whittier College, works with osteopathic and medical students at 2 universities, is an avid shooter, acts, writes, and spins fire. Animal lover, Burner, traveller, fantasy football analyst, he's just your typical Tourette's/A.D.D. kid from the suburbs. He currently looks after his codependent dog and neurotic cat. Passion and experience sums it up for The Guru, and new destinations, great shows, cars, and crazy animal adventures are always within his purvey.