The following four mtchups represent must-have starts for Fantasy football owners in Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season:
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans Defense
A case could be made for starting Arian Foster every week, no matter the opposition. However, Week 4 can be better than most for the talented Houston Texans' running back.
Going against the Tennessee Titans' defense is a dream matchup for Foster. The Titans currently rank 29th in the league against run, alllowing an average of 150.3 yards per game.
Last week, the Music City outift somehow contrived to allow the Detroit Lions to amass 123 yards on the ground, including 100 yards for Mikel Leshoure on his first start. That's not good news as they prepare to face a Texans rush attack that is one of the best in the NFL.
Expect Foster to dominate early and often against the Titans, behind Houston's expert zone-blocking.
Dallas Cowboys Defense vs. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears
Disgruntled Chicago Bears' passer Jay Cutler can't be happy about the prospect of facing the Dallas Cowboys' defense, behind a woeful offensive line. The Bears have surrendered 11 sacks in three games this season. While Cutler may express himself badly, he certainly has a right to gripe about the lack of pass-protection.
He shouldn't expect things to get any better in Dallas on Monday night. DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer are causing havoc for opposing quarterbacks so far this seasdon and are likely to consistently get to Cutler.
Kellen Winslow, TE, New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills Defense
Veteran tight end Kellen Winslow began his career with the New England Patriots slowly against the Baltimore Ravens last week. The recently signed pass-catcher made only one reception for 12 yards.
However, now that Winslow has had more time to settle in, expect him to play a more active role in Tom Brady's offense. Brady likes Winslow and will likely rely on him to help replace the injured Aaron Hernandez.
He has the athleticism to stretch the seams and make plays along the sideline, against a Buffalo Bills' defense ranked 19th against the pass. With plenty of attention sure to be paid to Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Lloyd, expect Winslow to get open often.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins Pass Defense
Vincent Jackson poses a matchup nightmare to any member of the Washington Redskins' 31st-ranked pass defense. The Redskins have been appalling against the pass, being shredded for big yards by the likes of Lance Moore, Danny Amendola and A.J. Green.
Jackson has the size and speed to expose any seconday deep. He has tallied 10 catches for 204 yards and a touchdown so far for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Expect the 6'5", 230-pounder to torment Redskins defensive backs all game long and find the end zone at least once.