Fantasy Football: Week Four Staff Must Start, Must Sit and Sleeper Picks

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Sep 22, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) reacts after rushing for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The Colts defeated the 49ers 27-7. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

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Must Play Player: Andrew Luck (QB) Indianapolis Colts

At this point, seeing “vs Jacksonville” should cause every fantasy team owner to drool when seeing that on their lineup. This week, Indianapolis faces a rebuilding team that has been the whipping boy for every opponent so far this young season.  Jacksonville is rebuilding in the mold of the Seattle Seahawks, but are a long way from there at this point.  Andrew Luck should put up a handful of touchdowns by halftime, so there is no more mortal lock as “must play” this week. In fact, anyone from Indianapolis should be starting this week.

Must Sit Player:  Eli Manning (QB) New York Giants

As good a week as Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck lines up for this week, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks to be in a world of trouble. After an embarrassing performance last week in being shutout by a good Carolina defense, this week a very good defense matches up against Eli Manning. Expect a whole lot of nothing again from the G-Men’s signal caller. In fact, the entire offense is a good bet to sit down for a week.

Sleeper Pick:  Frank Gore (RB) San Francisco 49ers

Hard to believe, but since when is Frank Gore, a perennial top fantasy performer at running back a sleeper?  When the 49ers decide to get pretty and mess around with the pistol and other trickery instead of just pounding a defense into submission behind Frank Gore and then use the play-action pass to find big plays. This season, the 49ers have fallen in love with themselves on offense and abandoned Frank Gore.  Gore is still a top five fantasy back, and after being underutilized for three weeks has fallen from favor. Forget simply starting Gore, if you don’t have him, make a lowball offer for him.  A top five fantasy talent may be available for peanuts from a frustrated fantasy owner.

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