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Good Call/Bad Call - Week 4

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Quarterbacks

I was surprised that Terrelle Pryor was able to put up 20 fantasy points last week playing Denver. Even more surprising is that he’s ranked as the 13th best fantasy quarterback. That means he should be owned in all fantasy leagues as a solid QB2. This week, if you have the chance, go ahead and start him. His home game against the second worst ranked Washington Redskins makes for a good matchup. Opposing Redskins quarterbacks are averaging 29 points so far this season. Michael Vick who plays a similar style to Pryor had nine runs for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, and I think Pryor should be able to have some similar rushing stats to go along with his passing stats.[Editor's note: As of Thursday, Matt Flynn had been practicing with the first team and it appears that Pryor will not play in Week 4. Check back Sunday morning for official word on Pryor's status.]

Temper you expectation for Matt Ryan this weekend. His matchup at New England is going to be a tough one. New England has been able to hold opposing quarterbacks to an average of 200 passing yards and less than a touchdown a game. Granted those quarterbacks were E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith, and Josh Freeman , but it’s still something to hold back quarterbacks who are playing from behind. You’ve still got to start him.

One guy you’re definitely not going to want to start is Matt Schaub . His matchup with Seattle is not going to be a pretty one. Seattle is the toughest team for quarterbacks to go against. Only one quarterback has thrown a touchdown against the Seahawks this year. They were able to keep Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick to under 130 passing yards. Don’t expect Schaub to go for three passing touchdowns like he did in Week 1 and 2. If you’ve got Schuab keep him on your bench this week, he’s a bad call.

Running Backs

Giovani Bernard has been increasing his fantasy points every week this season; from three, to 19, to 21. This is reflective of his expanded role in the Bengals offense, and he’s currently the 16th ranked fantasy running back. His matchup this week is a favorable one, and you’re going to want to make sure he’s in your starting lineup. The Browns have allowed five rushing touchdowns this year, and Bernard actually got two red zone carries last week. It was assumed at the beginning of the season that BenJarvus Green-Ellis would be getting all the red zone carries. With Bernard cutting into Green-Ellis' carries it seems like the Bengals coaching staff is becoming more comfortable with calling Bernard’s number. You too, should be calling Bernard’s number and starting him this week.

Stevan Ridley . Is anyone still starting this guy? If you are, stop. Leave him on the bench this week. Not only is he not producing, but he’s also got a horrible matchup this week. The Atlanta Falcons allow just 79 rushing yards per game and have allowed just one rushing touchdown on the year. With Ridley losing touches to Brandon Bolden and a tough game ahead of him, he’s a bad call for you to start this week.

If you’ve got Arian Foster you might want to consider sitting him. Foster has been under-performing for his fantasy owners this year. He definitely hasn’t been performing like a top-five pick. This week he has to play the tough Seattle defense, which is strong against the pass and the run. Currently, they allow less than 100 rushing yards a game, and have let just two running backs score touchdowns against them this year. Foster has been outplayed by teammate Ben Tate and is averaging just 3.87 yards per carry. That’s not going to get it done for his fantasy owners and it’s going to be worse against Seattle this week. He’s a bad call for you to start this Sunday.



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