In Week 4 of the 2012 fantasy football season, some players have tougher matchups than others. When considering who to start and bench this week, here are some star players at each position who have unfavorable statistical matchups in Week 4*.
QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (95% owned)
Matchup: vs. Chicago Bears, 4th least fantasy points to quarterbacks
Despite escaping with the win, Romo had his worst start of the season last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 283 passing yards, one interception, and two fumbles lost. His matchups will not get any easier in Week 4, as he'll face a Bears defense that has allowed just three passing touchdowns and few fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The two worst performances by quarterbacks against the Bears this season were Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams in Week 3 (5.48 points) and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 (11.16 points).
RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs (99% owned)
Matchup: vs. San Diego Chargers, 3rd least fantasy points to running backs
Charles had the game of his career against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3 but will face a tougher test in Week 4 against a Chargers defense that has allowed an average of 67.3 yards per game. While he is must-start material after his last outing, his numbers could be lower than expected against a tougher opponent. The two worst top performances by running backs against the Chargers this season were Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans in Week 2 (2.8 points) and Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders in Week 1 (11.8 points).
WR Victor Cruz, New York Giants (100% owned)
Matchup: at Philadelphia Eagles, 6th least fantasy points to wide receivers
Last season, Cruz broke out against the Eagles in what became an excellent rookie campaign. This year, the Eagles will focus their defense on stopping him, especially with Nicks out of the lineup. With the defense looking to limit him, Cruz may have a hard time putting up great numbers in Week 4. The two worst top performances by wide receivers against the Eagles this season were Mohamed Massaquoi of the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 (4.1 points) and Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2 (5.1 points).
TE Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles (85% owned)
Matchup: vs. New York Giants, 2nd least fantasy points to tight ends
After a career game in Week 2, Celek dropped back down to reality in Week 3. Up against a stingy Giants defense who has limited tight ends this year, his best chance at success this week is a shootout between the Eagles and Giants. The two worst top performances by tight ends against the Giants this season were Jason Witten of the Cowboys in Week 1 (one point) and Dallas Clark of the Buccaneers in Week 2 (3.3 points).
K Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots (99% owned)
Matchup: at Buffalo Bills, 6th least fantasy points to kickers
Gostkowski was expected to be a top kicker this year and has followed through on his high pre-draft rating with plenty of points scored this year. With the Patriots offense going in high gear, there may be fewer field goal opportunities for him in Week 4 against the Bills. The two worst performances by kickers against the Bills this season were Phil Dawson of the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 (two points) and Ryan Succop of the Chiefs in Week 2 (five points).
San Francisco 49ers team defense (98% owned)
Matchup: at New York Jets, 4th least fantasy points to team defenses
The 49ers defense has not looked like the dominant fantasy force it was last year. The Jets have at times looked good on offense and in term given fantasy team defenses problems in the first three weeks. The two worst performances by team defenses against the Jets this season were the Buffalo Bills team defense in Week 1 (minus-two points) and the Miami Dolphins team defense in Week 3 (six points).
*Point totals determined through standard Yahoo! scoring structure; player percentage owned data accurate as of September 29, 2012.
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Fantasy Points Against San Diego Chargers Running Back, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football
Fantasy Points Against Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football
Fantasy Points Against New York Giants Tight End, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football
Fantasy Points Against Buffalo Bills Kicker, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football
Fantasy Points Against New York Jets Defense, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football
Tony Romo Profile, Yahoo! Sports
Jamaal Charles News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.
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