Welcome to week 4 NFL fans! Here we are after 3 weeks of fantasy football and already some players are forcing our hands or making us push that big ol’ panic button. Let’s say you grabbed Arian Foster first and maybe a guy like LaGarrette Blount third, how badly are you struggling right now? Well there is always a chance for redemption, and the beauty of fantasy football is that a good match-up can change your fortunes very fast.
So here we are, more advice and some players who have those good match-ups this week. It is my “Start ’em/ Sit ’em” segment where some wise words can go a long way. As always don’t forget if you need some inside advice, I welcome all of you to email me at the address below for a little help can’t hurt, right
Matthew Stafford, Lions at Cowboys: No longer any great secret, Stafford has reached prime time status. Many have said that the Cowboys defense is lousy against the pass, but they have seems to be able to hold their own so far. Well here comes Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Brandon Pettigrew, which by the numbers looks tough to stop. The Lions do not run very well, so they will need a lot of the air game here.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Broncos: A no-brainer as always, but this one could be extra special. Denver actually plays the run pretty good, and since the Pack is banged up at RB, it should be a busy day for Rodgers.
Alex Smith, 49ers at Eagles: The Eagles may be dreadful against the run, but still play tough against the pass, allowing under 200 yards per game. Smith is never a hot start, but this week may be worse than usual. Also the 49ers rarely fair well against Philly.
Rex Grossman, Redskins at Rams: Not that the Rams are so scary on defense, but last week we saw the Rex we all grew to love, or hate if you will in fantasy land. The Rams usually, for some reason play the Redskins tough, and at home we may be looking at a nice little upset and the first win for the Rams.
Cam Newton, Panthers at Bears: We know that this isn’t the rough and tough Bears of years past, but they have looked decent at home against some pretty tough pass attacks. Newton had an off week last week, and it may be, as more film is available, teams will be able to better adjust.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars vs. Saints: The Saints will try to throw as always, so to keep them in check, the Jags will need lots of MJD here. He is a tough back and has the good hands and is really the best thing Jacksonville has right now. The Saints defense is not highly touted, so this could be a big one for Drew.
LaGarrette Blount, Buccaneers vs Colts: For you who may be crying the Blount Blues, this may be the week to get some juice out of him. The Colts, still like always, get run on a lot and with QB Josh Freeman struggling, we expect to see loads of this big load. Usually the more times Blount touches the ball, the better he gets.
Matt Forte, Bears vs. Panthers: He always gets the numbers in the passing game, even if he does not run wild. Forte is nice in point-per-catch leagues, and is a dynamite flex player in leagues that offer such a position. The Panthers are not as bad as years past, but they may have a long day here.
Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers at Texans: It is a good atmosphere for runners, but Mendenhall just isn’t busting it open here. Last week the Colts of all teams actually held him down. He does not have that explosive first step, and the Texans are actually playing good defense so far.
Arian Foster, Texans vs. Steelers: As much as I love the fact that he is back, this may not be the best spot to bank on him. Still fighting that nagging injury, and the fact the Steelers are still decent against the run, I ask you all to maybe wait one more week.
Willis MacGahee, Broncos at Packers: Allowing only 51 rush yards per game makes the Packers the best in the league by far, and while MacGahee has been active, he will probably see mostly pass catches, and be held back against the run. The Packers do allow some stuff through the air, so we expect the Broncos to throw often.
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Nate Washington, Titans at Browns: With Kenny Britt out for the season, and the run game struggling so far, this is a chance for Washington to come up big. Yes, the Browns defense has been decent vs. the pass so far, but they have not faced real tough pass attacks. Matt Hasselbeck seems to be healthy and playing decent football, so give Nate a shot here.
Vincent Jackson, Chargers vs Dolphins: Miami is really awful so far this year, and Jackson has weeks where he can be an absolute beast. He has the size, speed and hands to dominate small secondaries, and the Dolphins can be had.
(Editor’s Note – Vincent Jackson missed practice all week, keep an eye on the injury report before game time to make sure you don’t get burnt.)
Calvin Johnson, Lions at Cowboys: Simply put, one of the very best WR in football today. It just seems that no matter where the ball is thrown he will find it, and should be able to use his massive size to dominate a suspect secondary in Dallas.
Santonio Holmes at Ravens: On the road, and hurting badly this looks like a very poor scenario for Holmes. It seemed like this could have been a bounce back season for him, but this offense likes to run and use TE’s over the WR corps. Holmes had just one grab last week, and seems very slowed by the injury.
Reggie Wayne, Colts at Buccaneers: Oh, Reggie. Another new QB this week for Indy, plus a tough place to play in Tampa does not look like a big match-up. Yes Ronde Barber may be aging, but he can still be tough, and Reggie is looking discouraged.
Percy Harvin, Vikings at Chiefs: McNabb just can’t seem to get it right this year, and the talented Harvin seems to be suffering the most. He has all kinds of skills, but the Vikings don’t seem to be taking advantage of that. Kansas City is usually tough on visiting teams, even when they are this bad.
Here is my look at the supermarket of fantasy football, also known as the Waiver Wire. If you need some fix ups, these may be your guys:
Michael Jenkins, WR, Vikings: I know I said McNabb is not sizing up right now, but Jenkins has become a safety valve for the Vikings. He is averaging 5+ catches per week, and against a struggling Chiefs team may just be able to find the end zone.
Nate Burleson, WR, Lions: Yes we know he has not scored a TD this year, but the better Calvin Johnson plays, the better a chance he has to see some looks and some open space. He is a talented speedster who needs to see the ball more to thrive.
Emanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers: With Hines Ward aging, and Mike Wallace creating havoc on defenses, Sanders can actually get some rewards. In the past, the Steelers have made great work with number 2 and 3 WRs, and Sanders may start to see more activity.
Steve Slaton, RB, Dolphins: The recently signed Slaton may not see time early, but if Daniel Thomas goes down, this guy can have a rebirth. Reggie Bush just does not have it as a legit RB, so Slaton can see some time here and maybe make some noise.
So here it is folks, my splash of info on week 4. Go with your gut or go with me,m either way I wish all of you the best of luck in week 4.
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