LIONS INSIDER

FANTASY FB: Tim Twentyman takes a look at players to start and player to sit for Week 4

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Twentyman also puts the spotlight on five key Detroit Lions heading into Week 4 vs. the Bears

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Matthew Stafford, QB, Start: I'm not crazy about this matchup for Stafford. I don't see him getting the 25 points he did last week against a Bears defense that I much better than Washington. But it's almost impossible to sit Stafford with how much the Lions throw the football.

Reggie Bush, RB, Start: This isn't a good matchup for Bush on the ground, either. The Bears are giving up the second-fewest Fantasy points to running backs this year. But is always a threat in the pass game and that's why he's so valuable to owners.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Start: Do you ever just get one of those feelings about a player? Pettigrew has struggled so far this season, but I have a weird feeling he might find the end zone this week. Call me crazy, it's just one of those feelings.

Ryan Broyles, WR, Start: Broyles is going to see his snaps increase this week and his targets, too, with Nate Burleson out. He's not a bad flex option this week.

Joseph Fauria, TE, Start: I'd only recommend this if you're dealing with an injury or bye situation, because he's probably not going to get you a lot of yards, but he's scored in two of three games this year and is becoming a solid red zone weapon for Lions.

Note: I will never include Calvin Johnson in the Lions 5 because he's a must start every week he's healthy.

A look at last week's Lions 5: I had a great week picking the Lions 5 last week. I told you to start Stafford (25), Joique Bell (18) and Nate Burleson (11) and told you to sit Brandon Pettigrew (0). Bush was a game time decision, so I hope you were monitoring him and following me on Twitter leading up to the game.

START

Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis (vs. JAX): Richardson has a full week of practice under his belt with his new team and is facing a Jaguars team that's giving up either 100 yards or a score (in some cases both) the first three games of the season.

Tony Romo, QB, Dallas (vs. SD): Romo has scored 20-plus points twice in three games and is facing a Chargers team that's allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (32 on average).

Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore (at BUF): Smith has recorded at least 85 yards in each of his first three games. He could get his first touchdown of the year this week against a Bills defense that's given up five of them so far.

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland (vs. WAS): McFadden had only nine yards rushing last week but ran for a score and threw for another. This week he'll feast on the Redskins defense that's given up the third-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh (at MIN): The Vikings allowed one tight end touchdown Week 1 vs. Detroit, two the following week vs. Chicago and three last week to Cleveland. Miller might have a career day.

SIT

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego (vs. DAL): After an okay start to the year (11 points vs. Houston), Mathews has scored just seven and five, respectively, the last two weeks. The most rushing yards Dallas has given up this year is 55 (Week 2 vs. Kansas City) and has yet to yield a rushing touchdown.

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston (vs. SEA): The Seahawks have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far this year (26).

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston (vs. SEA): It's not a great matchup for Johnson, especially considering he's not 100 percent. If you can afford to sit him this week, it might not be a bad option.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (vs. KC): It's only a matter of time before Manning goes off, but the odds aren't in his favor this week against a Chief defense that has yet to allow a 300-yard passer and has given up only two passing touchdowns.

Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota (vs. PIT): Jennings has to be missing quarterback Aaron Rodgers about now. He's yet to reach double-digit Fantasy points and has been held to four or less in two of his three games this year.

SLEEPERS

Matt Flynn, QB, Oakland (vs. WAS): Flynn is playing the Redskins. That is all.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (at TEN): Powell had 12 Fantasy points two weeks ago against New England and 14 last week vs. Buffalo. He's the man in that backfield now and faces a Titans defensethat's given up at least 100 rushing yards and a touchdown the last two weeks.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago (at DET): Since joining the Bears in 2009, Cutler is 7-1 vs. Detroit, completing 155 of 244 (63.5 pct.) for 1,802 yards with 12 touchdowns, one interception and a 100.5 rating.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh (at MIN): Bell is likely to make his season debut this week for a Steelers team desperate for a consistent runner. The Vikings have given up the fourth-most Fantasy points to opposing running backs this year.

Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England (at ATL): The Falcons have already allowed double-digit Fantasy Points to five receivers in three games.