Fantasy Football: Week 4 starters and bench warmers

Taylor Piper


Darren McFadden — Honestly, I had all but given up on McFadden being a premiere running back in the NFL after his nine yards on 12 carries against Denver last week. However, the Raiders will be playing one of the worst defenses in recent NFL history in the
Redskins this week. 


Colin Kaepernick — Kaepernick is a better quarterback than he has shown in the last two weeks. I gave him a pass against the Seattle defense, but his follow up performance against Indianapolis is worrisome. However, I have faith that the Kaepernick that we saw throw for over 400 yards in week one will return sooner rather than later.


DeMarco Murray — Murray might finally string two solid performances together. Last week the Cowboys’ offense ran through Murray, as he totaled 175 rushing yards and a touchdown against St. Louis. This week the Cowboys travel to San Diego to face the Chargers 28th ranked rushing defense. 


Philip Rivers — Rivers started to look like a candidate for bounce-back player of the year by totaling 51 fantasy points in his first two weeks. However, he regressed greatly against a strong Titans defense, throwing for less than 200 yards and only one touchdown last week. Look for more of the same against an equally physical Cowboys’ defense in Week 4.


Any Patriots Receiver — This is where things start to get interesting in New England. Kenbrell Thompkins is looking like quarterback Tom Brady’s favorite red zone target, and Aaron Dobson seems to have solved his problem with dropped passes but all might change this week. Rob Gronkowski may return from his injury, which provides Brady with his favorite weapon in the passing game. This offense will be unrecognizable come week six or seven.


Ahmad Bradshaw — Bradshaw delayed the Trent Richardson arrival party last week by rushing for 95 yards and a touchdown. Bradshaw seems to be part of the Colts’ game plan moving forward, but look for him to be more of a spectator for Richardson’s official arrival this week.