So I've decided to do this for at least another week, maybe more. Although people will rarely post comments so you'll never believe me, I surprisingly got some positive feedback, and I'm proud to say(and absolutely shocked) that some of my picks looked pretty good last week. Okay, I'll stop tooting my own damn horn and get to the Week 4 fantasy links and picks...
- The Week 4 Rankings: Rotoworld, ESPN, Yahoo, CBS Sports, Fox Sports.
- The Eagles have some injury situations that many fantasy owners need to monitor this week. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News is reporting that Donovan McNabb will be good to go Sunday night against the Bears, although the QB is listed as Questionable with a chest contusion. However, RB Brian Westbrook who is also listed as Questionable appears to be unlikely to play, especially if it's a high ankle sprain as Westbrook described it earlier in the week. Furthermore, TE L.J. Smith is listed as Doubtful, as is starting RG Shawn Andrews. So, pick up Correll Buckhalter if you're desperate for a running back this week, but McNabb seems like the only good play from their offense this week.
- Michael Bush could be a solid sleeper again, as Darren McFadden is a game-time decision against the Chargers. Justin Fargas is officially out.
- Tasty Booze which is a kickass website with incredibly similar content to ours has their start and sit picks for Week 4.
- The Bruno Boys give you their Week 4 Start 'em/Sit 'em. They suggest starting Carson Palmer, and benching Derek Anderson. I'm not sure I agree with benching either of them in that matchup, but good stuff from these fantasy gurus as usual regardless.
- US Tailgate ranks Jay Cutler #1 this week at QB and projects 290 yards passing and 2 touchdowns against the awful Chiefs.
- The Fantasy Sports Forum shows us some good Week 4 matchups to exploit. They like pretty much any 49ers offensive player against the Saints woeful pass defense that we saw Jay Cutler and the Broncos destroy last week.
- The Pass Rush likes Tampa Bay WR's Antonio Bryant and Ike Hilliard, as well as Brandon Lloyd, Robert Meachem, and TE Anthony Fasano as guys to pick up off waivers if they're available in your league .
- Lester's Legends gives some quality advice on some fill-in players for Week 4. The bye weeks have started and you're going to need fill-in guys soon if not this week. Fantasy Football Goat also prepares you for the bye weeks with the waiver wire suggestions, sleepers, etc.
Week 4's Best...
QB: Jay Cutler. 8 touchdowns and 914 yards passing in 3 games for the Broncos quarterback. Now he gets to play the Chiefs. Don't be surprised if he doubles his season totals in the first half of this game.
RB: Ladainian Tomlinson. If you're in a receptions league, Reggie Bush might be the better pick. If not, you sure as hell can't go wrong with LT against the Raiders.
WR: Brandon Marshall. 24 catches and 321 yards receiving in 2 games. That's good or something.
TE: Jason Witten. I think he grabs his first touchdown of the season this week at home against the Redskins in what could be a blowout.
K: Rian Lindell. I'm keeping the Lindell love. This week he goes into a dome to play arguably the worst team in the league. That should equal plenty of fantasy success. P.S., somebody should tell him he's spelling his name incorrectly.
D/ST: Carolina Panthers. Yeah, I know the ESPN fantasy nerds are only projecting 3 fantasy points from them this week. I'm starting this defense over the Bucs vs. the Packers, who the nerds project 11 points from. I think Julius Peppers rips off Matt Ryan's helmet, and then Jon Beason eats his face off on Sunday. Then Chris Gamble shits on Michael Turner's chest. And I better get extra points if those things happen.
QB: J.T. O'Sullivan. I picked him up in a league to start over Jason Campbell(my QB situation isn't really this bad, bye week for Peyton). 705 yards passing, with 3 touchdowns, and only 1 interception for the 49ers QB. The Saints are 29th in the league in pass defense, so O'Sullivan should be able to continue his unexpected success through this week at least.
RB: Chris Perry. Only averaging 3 yards/carry, he's yet to run for 75 yards in a game, and he's on the Bengals, so there's a good chance he could be arrested before the game. However, the Browns are allowing 145 yards per game on the ground, and the Bengals might want to simplify the gameplan for a struggling Carson Palmer. Nothing will open up the passing game like a good running game.
WR: Jerricho Cotchery. The 10 catches were nice last week if you're in a receptions league, but if not, he only got you 7 points. Favre's only found him in the end zone once, on that desperation 4th down heave against the Dolphins. Well in what should be a shootout, Cockery should be good for a touchdown, and finally earns his regular last name back against the Cardinals.
TE: Vernon Davis. Dude has to breakout sometime. The 2006 first-round pick caught 52 passes last season, 4 of which for touchdowns. He only has 4 catches in 3 games so far this year. If O'Sullivan is going to have a big game, I think Vernon will be a part of it. If not, blame Mike Martz, not me.
K: Matt Prater. The ESPN nerds are at it again! Their combined rankings place Prater 16th among kickers this week. Please. We'll likely see 30+ points out of Denver this week, so if nothing else plenty of extra points for the Broncos kicker. I like knowing that when I choose my kickers. He's a lock for at least a 5 or 6 spot. Kick a couple field goals and Prater's racking up double digits for ya.
D/ST: Broncos. This would normally be an awful pick, but not against an awful offense. The Broncos played shootout againts 2 great offenses in the last 2 games. The opener though, they didn't let the Raiders offense do anything until the final minutes of the game. I think this could be a similar game.
QB: Matt Ryan. If you actually considered starting him, you're likely one of the people that plays fantasy football but knows nothing about the players, other than what the stats say. Ryan played very well against the Lions and Chiefs at home. Helen Keller could light up those defenses. The other game he played a good defense in Tampa Bay: 13/33, 158 YDS, 0 TD, 2 INT
RB: Chris Johnson. The 4.2 40 YD dash man looks like a good one, but not this week against the Vikings run defense that ranked #1 in the NFL last year, and is currently ranked 4th.
WR: Roddy White. Remember last week how he was my sleeper pick although everybody else was predicting a bad week? 5 catches for 119 yards, and a touchdown. Well we're gonna reverse this bitch for Week 4. ESPN ranks him 15th, I say stay away.
TE: Todd Heap. I just can't see him having a big game at Pittsburgh with a rookie QB in Joe Flacco. Plus, he only has 3 catches in his 2 games.
K: Ryan Longwell. I don't expect the Vikings to be able to put many points up in this one. The Titans are incredibly similar to them, and win games by stopping the run. Well, that's all the Vikings can do on offense is run the ball.
D/ST: Redskins. I don't know why anybody would consider playing them, but I see them middle of the road in a lot of the rankings, and have seen people in my leagues starting them. Well, fix your lineups assholes. They will likely allow at least 4 touchdowns to the Cowboys in Dallas.
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