Start/Bench—Week 4
 
After three weeks, we would assume that some fantasy owners feel great about their roster while others are second-guessing every move they have made since draft day.  We attempt to eliminate some of the guess work for you this week with our Week 4 Start/Bench.


Start
Chuckie Keeton, QB-Utah State at USC
Keeton is simply too talented to keep on the bench.  Unless you have great depth at quarterback, don’t be afraid to start Keeton because his running ability will give the Trojans defense fits.
 
David Fales, QB-San Jose State at Minnesota
Coming out of a bye week, expect Fales and the Spartans offense to take flight this week at Minnesota.
 
Shaun Wick, RB-Wyoming at Air Force
After three weeks, Wick is averaging 99 yards and a touchdown per game.  This week, Wyoming plays against an Air Force defense that is giving up over 200 yards per game on the ground.
 
Charles Ross, RB-Rice vs Houston
Ross has proven he can be a workhorse back and the matchups are only going to get better as the season progresses.

 

Adam Muema, RB-San Diego State vs Oregon State
Muema has had two weeks to rest his ankle and faces a Beavers defense that is allowing over 160 rushing yards per game.

 

John Hubert, RB-Kansas State at Texas
Hubert faces a Longhorns defense that is allowing over 300 rushing yards per game and is still looking for answers after consecutive crushing losses to BYU and Ole Miss.

 

Bronson Hill, RB-Eastern Michigan at Ball State
The Cardinals defense is allowing over 220 yards per game on the ground and should get a heavy dose of Hill on Saturday.

 

Gabe Marks, WR-Washington State vs Idaho
The Cougars offense is starting to take flight and Marks should have a lot of room to work in the Idaho secondary.
 
Albert Wilson, WR-Georgia State vs Jacksonville State
After catching 15 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season, Wilson was held without a reception at West Virginia last week.  Expect the senior receiver to get back on track when the Panthers host Jacksonville State on Saturday.

 

Jaydon Mickens, WR-Washington vs Idaho State
Mickens leads the Huskies with 17 receptions and should get a lot of looks this weekend as the opposition lessens considerably when FCS foe Idaho State comes to town.

   

Bench
Rakeem Cato, QB-Marshall at Virginia Tech
The Hokies defense held ECU’s Shane Carden to 158 passing yards last week and they figure to give the Marshall signal-caller trouble in Week 4.
 
Taylor Kelly, QB-Arizona State at Stanford
Kelly did throw for 352 yards against Wisconsin last week, but we are going to err on the side of caution and sit the junior quarterback as the Sun Devils hit the road for the first time this season.

 

Ford Childress, QB-West Virginia at Maryland
Last week against Georgia State, Childress threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns, but until he proves himself against a quality opponent, we’ll keep him stashed away on the bench.

 

Dri Archer, RB-Kent State at Penn State
Until Archer shows that he is close to full speed, fantasy owners must play it safe and utilize their roster depth in the place of the senior running back.
 
Kenneth Dixon, RB-Louisiana Tech at Kansas
Dixon was dinged up last week and only carried the ball four times against Tulane.  It’s too risky for fantasy owners to start the sophomore back, especially if his knee injury has a lingering effect.
 
Tre Mason, RB-Auburn at LSU
Mason was quiet last week against Mississippi State and doesn’t figure to make much noise on the road in Baton Rouge Saturday night.

 

Terron Ward, RB-Oregon State at San Diego State
Ward will start in the place of injured Storm Woods, but the junior is averaging less than three yards per carry so do not be surprised if other backs are worked into the rotation to help fill the void.
 
Jahwan Edwards, RB-Ball State vs Eastern Michigan
The coaching staff is hopeful that Edwards will be ready to play this weekend, but unless we are given a definitive update, fantasy owners may want to grab Horactio Banks as a backup plan because this matchup is very attractive.
 
Joe Hill, RB-Utah State at USC
The Trojans defense has been stingy this season and Hill has only totaled 133 yards from scrimmage in the last two weeks.


    

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