NFL Soup|Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Four Guys You Must Start in Week 4 

Come Thursday night, you’ve heard or read everything you can think of when it comes to preparing for your fantasy football matchup. From rankings to sleepers, to start/sit or buy/sell columns, you’ve been over and back.

Maybe you even have information overload. Whatever the case, despite all the info, you may still be lacking someone telling you flat-out who you need to start. And actually shackling themselves to that guarantee.

In a new weekly column, I’ll issue four absolute locks for the week that will pay off. You can lock them in your lineup, throw away the key, and never look back.

Let’s see who you can fully rely on come week four (barring injury, of course):

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

He’s not going to be the #1 QB this week, but he’s going to produce for you. The Raiders are a hapless bunch on defense, both because of injuries and a lack of talent. Manning turned in a solid outing last week despite struggling mightily early, while all three of his first three Broncos games have been against fairly tough defenses (Steelers, Falcons and Texans). I think he unleashes at home against Oakland this week. I’m looking for 300+ yards and 3 touchdowns.

Ryan Mathews, RB, San Diego Chargers

Mathews turned in a sour effort in his debut last week, but don’t get down on him. It was only his first game back, and the Falcons are no cakewalk. This week he draws a familiar foe in the Chiefs, who have gotten abused against the run at times this season. Don’t expect that to change when a hungry Mathews comes to feast.

Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots

Welker owners were sulking and/or shaking their hands through the first two weeks, but were jumping for joy when he finally broke out in week three. Aaron Hernandez is still out (ankle) and even Julian Edelman (hand) might miss week four. That all bodes well for Welker, who faces a beatable and familiar Bills defense this week.

Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers

Is there a guy you want to slap around more? Okay, maybe Chris Johnson, but still. Finley has done nothing but drop passes left and right all season. He had a solid week one and is still highly targeted, but he probably needs a big performance to keep you from shipping him off to Jeff or Tony’s team, right? Well, it’s coming this week. The Saints have a pitiful defense and Finley is playing at home. Look for him to haul in 6-7 passes and score a touchdown in what hopefully will be a high scoring affair.

About the author: Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts heads the fantasy football division of NFLSoup. In 2012, Roberts finished 16th overall in Fantasy Pros expert fantasy football rankings. In addition to running the fantasy football section of the site, Roberts contributes to NFL Soup’s NFL Draft coverage and breaking news reporting. Follow Kevin on Twitter @NFLSoupKevin

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