Published: Sept. 30, 2015 at 10:40 a.m.
Updated: Oct. 4, 2015 at 09:24 a.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 4: Wide receivers


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes: Patriots, Titans

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Jordan Matthews vs. Washington Redskins

Matthews was stranded on Revis Island in last week's win over the Jets, but he'll be back on solid fantasy ground against the Redskins. Their defense surrendered over 31 fantasy points to Odell Beckham Jr., Reuben Randle and the Giants wideouts one week ago, and Eagles coach Chip Kelly is certain to exploit that void this week.

Amari Cooper vs. Chicago Bears

Cooper has recorded 100-plus yards in each of his last two games, including a 134-yard effort in last week's win over the Browns. His success should continue against the Bears, who field one of the league's worst defensive units. In fact, Chicago has surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points (28.63 PPG) to opposing receivers.

Brandon Marshall vs. Miami Dolphins

Marshall, despite an awful lateral last week, has been a major draft bargain so far this season with 272 yards, three touchdowns and 43.2 fantasy points. Fantasy fans should continue to roll with the veteran this week as he travels to London to face Miami. Their defense has given up 25.9 fantasy points per game to wideouts this season.

T.Y. Hilton vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Hilton has had a slow start to the season. Fantasy fans should keep the faith though, as he should put up a nice line against the Jaguars. In his last three games against this AFC South opponent, he's put up a combined 20 catches for 357 yards and one touchdown. Consider him a WR2 or flex even with Andrew Luck out of action.

James Jones vs. San Francisco 49ers

How in the world did the Giants cut Jones? He's been a fantasy superstar since re-joining the Packers, posting 219 yards and four touchdowns while catching passes from his old pal Aaron Rodgers. Jones needs to be a fixture in your lineup against a Niners defense that has given up the fourth-most points to opposing wideouts.

Good matchups: Keenan Allen vs. Browns, Allen Robinson at Colts, Pierre Garcon vs. Eagles

Sit' Em

Sit of the Week - Vincent Jackson vs. Carolina Panthers

Once considered a top-10 fantasy wideout, Jackson's stats have taken a nose dive in the last 19 games. In fact, he's scored just three times and had three 100-yard performances in his last 19 games. Jackson has also scored no more than 7.9 fantasy points with no touchdoen catches in his last four meetings overall with the Panthers.

Jarvis Landry vs. New York Jets

Landry has been a PPR star (24 catches), but his impact in standard leagues (26.9 fantasy points) hasn't been as significant. In fact, he's not even a top-20 wideout in such formats. Couple that with a matchup against Darrelle Revis, and Landry is not as attractive an option. If you so start him, do it with lower expectations in base formats.

John Brown vs. St. Louis Rams

I've been a fan of Brown, and he's definitely going to make some noise in this league sooner than later. But with the recent resurgence of Larry Fitzgerald and a matchup against the Rams next on the schedule, well, Brown is not a lock to produce. St. Louis has surrendered just 14.37 fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.

Golden Tate vs. Seattle Seahawks

Yes, you can argue the whole "revenge game" angle of this game for Tate against his old team. You can also argue that scoring fantasy points in Seattle is tougher than in most stadiums around the NFL. Regardless, Tate isn't productive enough in standard leagues to warrant a starting role while Calvin Johnson is on the field.

Mike Wallace vs. Denver Broncos

Wallace hasn't done much in his first three contests as a member of the Vikings, scoring a combined 15 fantasy points. Both Wallace and Charles Johnson could have a tough time making a major impact this week against the Broncos, who have allowed an average of 8.13 fantasy points to opposing wideouts in their first three games.

Bad matchups: Travis Benjamin at Chargers, Anquan Boldin vs. Packers, Roddy White vs. Texans

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Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!


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