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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Wide receivers 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. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Aaron Rodgers and LeSean McCoy will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Byes: Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, St. Louis

Start 'Em

The Chiefs have struggled against wideouts this season, allowing 21-plus fantasy points to the position in each of their first three games. That's good news for Edelman, who is on pace to finish with 117 catches and well over 1,300 yards based on his current numbers. He's a low-end No. 1 wideout in PPR and a No. 2 in standard formats.

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Maclin has been hotter than a Kate Upton photo shoot, scoring 10-plus fantasy points in each of his first three games. He's in line for another nice stat line based on a favorable matchup against the 49ers, who have surrendered an average of over 30 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season.

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Crabtree has been solid at home, posting 80-plus yards in four of his last six games on his own turf. He also has a great matchup against the Eagles, who have allowed 32-plus fantasy points to wide receivers in two of their first three games of 2014. Philadelphia has also allowed seven touchdown catches in their last three road contests.

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Allen has been one of the biggest busts in fantasy football after three weeks, but this week's matchup against the Jaguars makes him worth a look. This unit has allowed an average of almost 24 fantasy points per game to wideouts, and eight touchdown catches in their last four road games. If Allen can't produce here, that's a major concern.

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Who is the best wideout in Houston? It might be Hopkins, who has recorded double-digit fantasy points in two of his first three games of the year. The Bills have allowed two or more touchdown catches six times in their last nine road games, including three of their last four, so the matchup is also favorable for Hopkins this week.


Sit' Em

Decker, who has been dealing with an injured hamstring, expects to return for Week 4. Regardless, I wouldn't start him based on the risk alone. Hamstring injuries can be problematic, so Decker might start ... but will he finish? What's more, the Lions have surrendered the second-fewest fantasy points (13.43 PPG) to opposing wideouts.

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There are a lot of mouths to feed in the Colts pass attack, so Hilton's numbers haven't been great. Next up is a date with the Titans, who have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to wideouts this season. What's more, Hilton has had fewer than 80 yards in four of his last six home games ... he also hasn't scored in that time.

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Benjamin was awesome last week, posting 115 yards and 17.50 fantasy points. However, you have to remember that rookie wideouts can be unreliable in the stat sheets. Also, the Ravens have allowed a mere two touchdown receptions in their last three home games, including games against Antonio Brown, A.J. Green and Edelman.

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Smith has had a miserable statistical start to this season, scoring a combined 8.50 fantasy points while losing targets to Steve Smith. Up next is a game against the Panthers, who will be fired up after being embarrassed on national television last week. If you start a Ravens wideout named Smith this week, it should be Steve and not Torrey.

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Jackson has been a massive disappointment this season, so fantasy fans are hoping new quarterback Mike Glennon can change his fortunes. Still, it's hard to start Jackson on the road. He's had 90-plus yards just three times in his last 12 games away from home. Furthermore, he's scored a touchdown in just two of those games.


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 _**@MichaelFabiano**_ or send a question via **Facebook**!

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