How can this season get any better? Every week, every game, every quarter, and even every drive (well, except for the Chiefs' drives) has been overwhelming. And when every game is close, how can you watch every single one? How can you see who is performing and who isn't? That’s why I’m here; to enlighten you on who to start this week, and who is going to fart this week. Last week's Bank/Tank wasn't great, but it was better than the week before. In every category I was near perfect, but then there was one: my tank wide receivers. For the second straight week I did not hit on my wide receivers, but hey, it happens. This week, I’ll be aiming for perfection (yeah right, when man sets foot on the moon…oh wait…).
Tony Romo vs – Disagreeing with Liz Loza on this one. Romo may be injured, he may not of had the best last two games. But this game is going to be a shootout; no doubt about that. With Stafford, Megatron, and Jahvid Best in town, this is going to be a tough one for the Cowboys to handle. They aren’t going to be running on the Lions defensive line, so I think Cowboys will resort to the air. Call me crazy, but if Dez Bryant is active on Sunday, Romo is going to have a nice game.
Eli Manning @ Arizona – Look, we all know Arizona (since losing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) has fallen apart nearly every game. Manning is fifth in the league against the Arizona Cardinals is in my best Bart Scott voice “25th in the league!” The Cardinals “can’t stop a nose bleed” and with Nicks and Manningham ready to go, Manning (of the Eli variety) is going to have a really good game.
Extra: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Michael Vick vs San Francisco – Rather it be his offensive line, injuries, or the newly designed playbook, Mike Vick has not lived to one-half of his standards so far this year. I know San Francisco has looked bad in previous weeks, but in week three they actually showed us that they can stop. With Maclin not completely 100%, Vick could really struggle on Sunday, just as he has in the previous three weeks. I think this might be the one pick that could backfire on me the most, but if that happens you can blame me. Sit Vick this week.
Matt Schaub vs Pittsburgh – The Pittsburgh defense is still the Pittsburgh defense. They are a force on the ground and through the air. They’re going to shut you down. Schaub hasn’t been playing particularly well, so sit him this week.
Extra: Mark Sanchez, Joe Flacco
Legarrette Blount vs Indianapolis – Not only is this guy getting all of the carries for the Bucs, but now, he is taking on the Indianapolis Colts. This is the matchup you see on your schedule and say, “This is his day.” And that is exactly what it is going to be. I see the Bucs coming out early, and handing it off for the majority of the second half, which means it’s going to be a LeGarrette Blount fest. Get ready for it.
Darren Sproles @ Jacksonville – The Saints are using Sproles the way he is supposed to be used: screen passes, very few carries, the carries he gets are to the outside, and they are getting him in the open field. All of those are the ways that Darren Sproles finds the endzone. If he continues to be used like this, it will make Sean Payton look like a genius, and it is going to only help your fantasy team. With an excellent matchup against Jacksonville this week, Sproles could be huge.
Extra: Daniel Thomas, Joseph Addai (this is going to be a let down..)
Beanie Wells vs New York Giants – I think Wells’ injury is going to linger this week, and it doesn’t help he is playing a tough Giants defense. I expect this game to be close, and not be Beanie running the ball for the Cardinals all day long. Wells says he is ready to go, but I’m not so sure he’s going to be 100 percent. I think it is in your best interest to keep Wells on the pine this week and wait for a better matchup and a stronger hammy.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Oakland – BenJarvus had $100 for every time I was impressed last week, he be broke. Not only was he losing carries to Stevan Ridley, but he averaged under two yards per carry. And that’s not even all. The Lawfirm got stuffed three times at the goal line. Ouch. The Raiders defense has looked fairly good, and I think this is your week to sit BenJarvus.
Extra: Frank Gore (even if he plays)
Dwayne Bowe vs Minnesota - Those of you who saw my week two and week three Bank and Tank, you know that I hated Dwayne Bowe… and I got burned, twice. This week, even with the way that Antoine Winfield has been playing, I am starting Dwayne Bowe. It doesn’t look like the Chiefs’ struggles have affected Bowe that much. Cassel is still throwing him the ball on a consistent basis.
Nate Burleson @ Dallas – With the Cowboys’ secondary banged up, Burleson or Titus Young is going to have a huge game. Cowboys have stopped the run defense pretty well, but they can’t shut down the pass game (hmm, that’s odd). I look forward to Burleson making me look good on Sunday. If you are trying to find a man to fill your flex, then this is your man.
Extras: AJ Green, Julio Jones
Sidney Rice vs Atlanta – He had a great game last year, but Brent Grimes is a top ten cornerback in this league. Rice is going to take him on this week with his shoulder still injured. I’m not saying Rice is going to dump a goose egg for you, but I would temper your expectations. Falcons shut down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers last week, and they have a hell of a better quarterback than Tavaris Jackson.
Anquan Boldin vs New York Jets – The Jets have dominated wide receivers through the air (as you might have guessed). Boldin hasn’t looked great in the last two games. Well, I’ll just put this one out there: Revis Island. Boldin is going to be shut down by Revis, keep him on your bench.
Others: Santonio Holmes
Vernon Davis @ Philadelphia – The Eagles are only allowing 8 points per game to tight ends, but don’t but into it. The only tight end that the Eagles have played that has some respect is Tony Gonzalez, and he destroyed them all night long. With the Eagles’ linebackers looking like garbage, I love Davis this week.
Extra: Jared Cook
Brandon Pettigrew @ Dallas – I’m not buying yet. He had a great game last week and all, but can he really do it again. With the Cowboys’ week secondary, Stafford will look to use his wide receivers and expose the Cowboys weakness. The Cowboys kept Keller in check and shut Vernon Davis down. Don’t depend on Pettigrew quite yet.
Extra: Tony Gonzalez
I hope you enjoyed the week four edition of Bank/Tank, but more importantly, I hope it helps you get a win this week. I don’t do a big of good if I’m not helping you win your games. I’ll be back this weekend with my picks with my start/sit for each game included. If you ever have a question about your lineup, trades, or start/sit questions then send me a tweet on twitter or you can send me an email. Don’t forget to look in the Fantasy Rankings page for my updated rankings, and the Injury Report tab for all of the latest injury news. On Sunday that will pretty much be a live stream of all of the news that I can find that you are going to need to get the crippled out of your lineup. Thanks for reading!