ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders throws a pass during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Here is Evan Levine's Week 4 Start'Em/Sit'Em:
Jason Campbell QB – The Patriots have given up 1,131 passing yards through three games and that includes a 416 yard performance by Chad Henne. Campbell won’t be asked to throw the ball 35 times, but the lack of a New England pass will allow Campbell to pick his spots vs. an underwhelming secondary. While the Raiders strategy has been run to develop the pass, against the Patriots you pass, pass and pass more. A 250 yard passing performance with two touchdowns should be in the cards as a shootout takes place in Oakland.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB - Owners of Green-Ellis were discouraged after last week’s performance of 10 carries for 18 yards, while watching Stevan Ridley takes off for 42 yards on six carries. Owners of the Law Firm should not worry, as there is no doubt about it, he’s the featured back in the red zone. Last Sunday the Patriots played a surprisingly stout Bills run defense, while this week they will go against a run defense that gave up 131 rushing yards to Buffalo. Ridley and Danny Woodhead will get touches, but Green-Ellis is the Patriots back to own coming off a season where he broke on to the scene and showed he can be a workhorse. Start him as a flex on Sunday, just like you planned to before the season started.
Nate Washington WR – Even with Kenny Britt in the lineup, Washington was a force to be reckoned with through three games. The veteran receiver is tied for the third in the league with 21 receptions as the Titans offense has moved the ball through the air rather easily. The Tennessee offensive line is better in pass protection, so quarterback Matt Hasselbeck should have plenty of time to pick apart the Browns defense. A must own in ppr leagues, the Titans offense will rely heavily on Washington if this team is playoff bound.
Jermaine Gresham TE – After watching Rob Gronkowski have 7 catches for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns, Marvin Lewis will plan on utilizing Gresham more than usual. The first round pick was bothered by injuries in college, with elite hands and athleticism Gresham could breakout in 2011. Buffalo was historically pathetic defending the Tight End a season ago, so expect rookie QB Andy Dalton to get Gresham going if Cincinnati has any shot of keeping up with the high powered Bills offense.
Titans D/ST - Tennessee has been done a 360 in 2011 with their ability to pass the ball as well as defend the pass and run. The Titans have given up a league low 783 yards and are giving up 14.3 ppg which ranks second to the Ravens. The Browns have a conservative offense so expect the Titans to stop Peyton Hillis and dare Colt McCoy to win with his arm. McCoy can’t win with his arm, making the Titans a sneaky defense for Sundays brawl in Cleveland.
Evan's Sit'Em selections after the jump:
Joe Flacco QB – Flacco has had two great performances as well as one subpar game, so who is the real Flacco? My belief is that he is somewhere in between, which is not favorable with the Jets coming to Baltimore Sunday evening. A year ago Flacco threw for 248 yards and an interception in a victory over the Jets, and nothing has changed about the Ravens to make me think he will improve from that performance. Yes, Flacco dominated the Rams on Sunday, but St. Louis couldn’t beat Alamaba at the moment so don’t take too much from that game. Bench Flacco on Sunday and play it safe with Re xGrossman or Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Joseph Addai RB – Don’t be fooled by Sunday’s performance by Addai where he ripped off 86 yards on 17 carries and a score in a loss to Pittsburgh. In 2008 and 2009 when Addai was healthy he averaged less than 4.0 ypc and that was with Peyton Manning behind center. Addai lacks breakaway speed and with Curtis Painter starting on Monday, Addai’s job will change as he will be utilized as a pass blocker more than usual. Addai is a sell high through three games, so move him and bench him.
Anquan Boldin WR– Boldin is clearly the number one in the Ravens passing game but when you’re going against the Jets defense, you would rather be the number two. Darelle Revis will be locked in on Boldin who has struggled since dawning the purple and black. An elite talent, Boldin has been a disappointment in Baltimore as he hasn’t helped the development of Flacco. A great blocker down field, expect Boldin to be more of a decoy on Sunday then relevant catching balls down field.
Greg Olsen TE – Coming off his best performance of the season, there is optimism in the Olsen camp. While I think Olsen is an excellent talent, the Panthers are going to have an inconsistent passing game from week to week, therefore Olsen will follow suit. The Carolina passing game is like their running game with Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, as Jeremy Shockey is stealing targets away from Olsen. The Bears have an elite defense which will make Olsen pay for demanding a trade out of Chicago in the offseason. My recommendation is to bench all of your Panthers in what will be a Chicago blowout.
49ers D/ST – San Francisco has been solid on the defensive side of the ball, so but a trip to Philadelphia will be their biggest test on the season. Yes, Michael Vick is dinged up and Jeremy Maclin won’t be suiting up, but in a statement game for the Eagles their offense is going to shine. The 49ers have looked better than expected but the Seahawks, Cowboys (with an injured Tony Romo) and the Bengals don’t come close to the Eagles. Expect a heavy dose of LeSean McCoy and for Vick have his best performance of the year while Philadelphia dismantles San Francisco.