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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Kickers for Week 4

Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Sleeper alert features an under-the-radar player who could produce good numbers. Owners beware features a regular fantasy starter who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of his opponent. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start of the week

Matt Prater vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Tied for the fantasy league lead in points among kickers, Prater has emerged into an elite option at his position. Keep him active this week, as Prater and the Broncos will face an Eagles defense that has surrendered an average of over 10 fantasy points per game to opposing kickers after three contests. (Maximum value: High-K1)

Start 'em

Dan Bailey at San Diego Chargers: Bailey, a free agent in more than 25 percent of leagues, needs to be owned in all formats. Tied with Prater for the lead in fantasy points among kickers, Bailey's success should continue against the Chargers - their defense has allowed an average of 10 fantasy points to kickers over the last two weeks. (Maximum value: High-K1)

Justin Tucker at Buffalo Bills: Tucker has had a modest start to the season, averaging just over seven fantasy points in his first three games. He has a nice matchup this week against the Bills, who have surrendered an average of 10 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Look for Tucker to produce a nice stat line in Buffalo. (Maximum value: Mid-K1)

Sleeper alert - Ryan Succop vs. New York Giants: A free agent in more than 90 percent of leagues, Succop has some sleeper value as a one-week starter against the Giants. Kickers have combined to average 11 fantasy points per game to kickers, which is tied with the Buccaneers for the most in the NFL. That makes Succop a viable option. (Maximum value: Low-K1)

Sit of the week

Randy Bullock vs. Seattle Seahawks: A preseason sleeper among kickers, Bullock ranks an unimpressive 25th in fantasy points at his position after three weeks. His fortunes don't figure to improve much in Week 4, as he'll face a Seahawks defense that has surrendered the third-fewest fantasy points to Bullock's position. Keep him on the sidelines. (Maximum value: Mid-K2)

Sit 'em

Josh Brown at Kansas City Chiefs: Over the last two weeks, Brown has been among the worst-scoring kickers in fantasy football. That's due in large part to a Giants offense that has looked awful, and is showing no signs of reversing gears on its misfortunes. Owned in over 80 percent of leagues, Brown should be benched (or released) for Week 4. (Maximum value: Mid-K2)

Nick Folk at Tennessee Titans: Folk has alternated good and bad stat lines to start the season, and he's due to struggle based on that trend. Another reason to be concerned about the Jets kicker is a date with the Titans. Tied with the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee is one of two teams to allow the fewest fantasy points per game to kickers in 2013. (Maximum value: Mid-K2)

Owners beware - Matt Bryant vs. New England Patriots: Bryant is coming off a strong stat line in Miami, scoring an impressive 13 fantasy points after combining to record just 12 in his previous two starts. This week's matchup is problematic, though, as the Patriots have given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing kickers this season. (Maximum value: Low-K1)

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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