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Drew Brees might throw for 400 yards against the Lions on Sunday.

The 2009 NFL season, AND of course the 2009 fantasy football season are back. It's my favorite time of the year.

This also means that it's time for my weekly fantasy football roundups. For those of you(well, most of you) that weren't around for last year's roundups, I include many rankings, projections, injuries to monitor involving notable fantasy players, useful fantasy football articles from around the web, and make some picks of my own.

It's only Thursday, so many sites haven't released their main fantasy football articles this week. With that in mind, I'll continue to add projections, rankings, update the injuries to watch, and provide more articles from around the web until the early games start on Sunday. So keep checking back for updates.

If you come across any good articles that aren't on here, or have any yourself, don't hesitate to e-mail me: sharapovasthigh@gmail.com.

And some picks of my own(based on standard league scoring systems):

Week One's Best


QB: Drew Brees... In 2008, Drew Brees was just 15 yards shy of breaking Dan Marino's single-season passing yardage record. Now he starts off 2009 at home against a Lions team that was winless last season(did you hear?), and had a pass defense that ranked 27th in the league. He has a good chance to be the highest scoring player overall in fantasy this week.
RB: Adrian Peterson... You'll remember why he was the first player taken(or should've been the first player taken) in your fantasy draft after he runs all over a Browns defense that ranked 28th against the run in 2008. If you ever sit this guy, you should immediately be removed from your league.
WR: Marques Colston... After two sensational seasons to start his career, Marques Colston didn't accumulate the numbers fantasy owners expected in 2009, due to a broken thumb that sidelined him for five weeks. He's healthy now and has Drew Brees throwing his way which always helps. And of course like Brees, he'll be facing the Lions this week. Look for him to get 2009 going in a big way and get his name back in the discussion for the elite fantasy wide receivers soon.
TE: Greg Olsen... The Bears' tight end is entering his third season, and has moved ahead of Desmond Clark on the depth chart. Big things are expected and he looked terrific with new Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in training camp. Olsen figures to be Cutler's main target, and Cutler will surely be looking his way a lot in his first game in a Bears uniform Sunday night at Green Bay. Olsen's also put up four+ catches with 45+ yards in three of his four career games against the Packers.
K: John Carney... The Saints should be scoring over 30 points against the Lions. Yes they'll probably be just getting in the end zone rather than settling for field goals, but the 45-year-old is a safe pick to at worst be a solid fantasy kicker this week.
D/ST: Baltimore Ravens... Arguably the best defense in the league will have a bad Chiefs offense at home. New Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has an MCL sprain which makes his status for this week questionable(as are his chances to be a very good quarterback out of New England). I'll be surprised if the Ravens allow over a dozen points in this one, and expect a few turnovers.

Sleeper Picks

QB: Carson Palmer...
He's being very overlooked. He's healthy(the ankle he injured in preseason is fine now) and looked terrific in camp. At home Sunday, he'll get the Broncos and their pass defense that ranked 26th in the NFL in 2008.
RB: Fred Jackson... I've taken this guy in about every draft(and I've had a lot, trust me). He's been falling into the very late rounds, and for a solid backup running back that will be starting the first three games of the season for the Bills with Marshawn Lynch suspended. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry over 130 carries last season, and added 37 catches out of the backfield. So for PPR leagues, he could be terrific over these next few weeks, and should have some very good fantasy production this week against New England.
WR: Donald Driver... The Bears' best player in the secondary, cornerback Peanut Tillman, is very questionable for Sunday night against the Packers. Their other projected starting cornerback in Zackary Bowman only played in one preseason quarter after dealing with injury, and the rest of the Bears' defensive backfield is very iffy. So, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are set up to have big weeks.
TE: Jeremy Shockey... Shockey was a huge disappointment last season, catching no touchdowns. That's pretty pathetic when you consider his quarterback, Drew Brees, threw 34 of them on the season. Saints tight end Billy Miller is done for the season, so Shockey should see more targets this year. He also looked great in the preseason. Oh, and he's playing the Lions this week.
K: Steven Hauschka... The 24-year-old is taking over kicking duties in Baltimore. He has a good matchup this week as his Ravens should get scoring opportunities at home against the Chiefs, but they also struggle to get into the end zone.
D/ST: Seattle Seahawks... Facing the Rams at home should mean a good week to play any defense.

Shit Picks

QB: Brett Favre... I just had to put him here to start the year. That's what you get for pissing us all off. But really, I wouldn't expect the Vikings to come out throwing too much in this game at Cleveland. Why put pressure on the new quarterback to get it all done when you have the best running back in the league to hand off to? Additionally, the Browns surprisingly were second in the NFL last year in interceptions, and Brett Favrah is the league's all-time leader in throwing them.
RB: Chris Johnson... The Steelers allowed just 80.2 yards per game on the ground last season, for second in the NFL. Johnson's an absolute stud who will have a huge season, but don't expect too much out of him in this one.
WR: Brandon Marshall... He just finally got to practice, and likely has a long way to go in getting comfortable with new Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton. Josh McDaniels is making it sound like Marshall could be a big part of the gameplan Sunday, but I'm skeptical. I wouldn't have him in my top 25 for this week.
TE: Visanthe Shiancoe... An underrated tight end that will have some very productive games this year, but I don't think it will be in this one as the Vikings likely won't call too many passing plays for Favre in week one.
K: Adam Vinatieri... The veteran kicker didnt get a field goal attempt when the Colts played the Jaguars in Indianapolis last year.
D/ST: Chicago Bears... Much of this is for the reasons I described when talking about Donald Driver. The Bears' secondary looks like a mess at the moment. Additionally, the Packers put up 37 points on the Bears at Green Bay last year. Aaron Rodgers, the extremely underrated Packers quarterback, threw only 13 interceptions in 536 passing attempts last season.

UPDATE(9/11, 11:00 PM ET): As FFBaller said in the comments, Saints running back Pierre Thomas is officially out, so Good news for Mike Bell and Reggie Bush owners. Also, I added a few more links and will keep doing so, as well as update the injury concerns.

UPDATE(9/12, 5:30 AM ET): Added a few links and updated the statuses of the the players with injuries to watch. I took Wes Welker off there, as he appears good to go for Monday night.

UPDATE(9/13), 2:00 AM ET): Browns rookie running back James Davis is a late addition to the injury report, and in odd fashion. Davis was in a car accident Saturday and is dealing with what they're calling a head injury. He's officially "Questionable" and considered a game-time decision. Either way, I'd advise not having him in your lineup against the Vikings' terrific run defense.

UPDATE(9/13, 2:50 AM ET): A bunch of links added. In the morning(well today in like eight hours), I'll be adding more updates leading up to the start of the 1 PM ET games, especially with injuries and/or weather conditions.

UPDATE(9/13, 11:18 AM ET): Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian reportedly will play today.

Saints running back Mike Bell, who was expected to be #3 on the depth chart this season, will reportedly get the majority of the carries today against the woeful Lions. Pierre Thomas would be the starter, but he is out, and Reggie Bush apparently isn't near 100%. Even if Reggie is, Bell figured to get a good amount of carries anyway. He should be a very good play today, so consider picking him up right now and putting him in your lineup if he's still available in your league.

UPDATE(9/13, 11:39 AM ET): Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is inactive today against the Ravens. You were crazy to play him anyway against the Ravens unless you're in a two-quarterback league with 16+ teams. Nobody knows what he'll do out of New England, and Baltimore was sure to make his debut a rough one regardless with their outstanding defense. Brodie Croyle will instead start... yikes.

Meanwhile, Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton and rookie running back Knowshown Moreno reportedly will play today against the Bengals. And another little fun Broncos nugget, Chris Mortensen reported on ESPN that Mike Shanahan planned to release wide receiver Brandon Marshall after the Pro Bowl had he not been fired. Brandon Marshall will play today by the way.

UPDATE(9/13, 12:05 PM ET): Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter is inactive. Walter had eight touchdowns last season, the same amount as teammate Andre Johnson.

UPDATE(9/13, 12:12 PM ET): Browns running back James Davis was in a car accident a day ago and reportedly had a "head injury". Well, one day later, he's playing. We still don't know what his workload will be regardless of health, and he's facing the Vikings' Williams Wall.

UPDATE(9/13, 2:58 PM ET): Anquan Boldin is apparently active today. Now back to drinking and watching all these games.

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Adrian Peterson is the consensus #1 pick in 2009 fantasy football.

Last year, I did weekly fantasy football roundups here on the Thigh. I'd provide various rankings, projections, injury news, and just good fantasy football articles I came across around the web(here's an example from week 17 of last season: Fantasy Football Roundup). I'd also offer some fantasy football analysis of my own and won't do that for this one, but you can see my quarterback keeper rankings, running back keeper rankings, and wide receiver keeper rankings.

I'm going to change it up a little bit for this roundup and include some draft kits I come across. Those should contain a ton of great stuff that you can use for your upcoming draft(s).

If you find any great fantasy football material that fits what I'm doing here that is not included in this post, please e-mail me at sharapovasthigh@gmail.com, and I'll consider adding it to this post.

And if you already had your draft, blame yourself or your league commissioner. A lot of injuries will happen and there's key position battles everywhere, so you can really get screwed if you have the draft this early.

I plan on updating this a lot over the next few weeks so keep checking back.

Note: These are in no particular order...

Again, e-mail me if you have or come across something that we could use on here, and make sure to check back(will be on the top right side of the site) as I'll surely update this.

Update(8/15): I've added a four guys to the injury concerns: Jonathan Stewart, Knowshown Moreno, Bernard Berrian, and Kenny Britt. They might be spending the season in their beds.

I also added a Rotoworld article on Percy Harvin, a Razzball write-up on what we've learned from the first weekend preseason for fantasy, and an article about what you should know about Philip Rivers before you decide whether to draft him high or not from Sports Data Hub.

Update(8/17): Razzball's fantasy football team name generator added, as well as an article from CBS Sports about why you shouldn't waste your time drafting Michael Vick this year.

I've also put Carson Palmer in the injury concerns, as he has a high ankle sprain and will at least miss the next preseason game. Something to keep an eye on.

Update(8/19): Raiders second-year wide receiver Chaz Schilens added to the injury concerns. He was looking like JaMarcus Russell's top target and is going to be out awhile.

Added articles from Yahoo and Rotoworld about Brett Favre(I hate even mentioning his name) and how he should do for fantasy. Also, an article from Fanhouse about the consistency kings for fantasy, a 30-team mock draft from CBS Sports, how what you're wearing on draft day gives away how your fantasy season will go, and a great write-up on the art of targeting certain players/types of players from Fantasy Phenoms.

Just put a great article from Midwest Sports Fans projecting some late round sleepers.

Update(8/24): Put in the links to a second mock draft done by the ESPN fantasy experts, Fanhouse's examination of Tony Romo versus Matt Schaub, a look at quality flex options from Fantasy Phenoms, a very cool "running back handcuff index" from The Fantasy Football Geek Blog, and an explanation from Pro Football Weekly of why it might be better off to just wait for the second-tier quarterbacks in your draft.

Also, updated my quarterback, running back, and wide receiver keeper rankings. I'll of course continue to update this over the next two to three weeks, so keep checking back.

Update(8/28): Matthew Berry's rankings for his top 200 players added, as was an article from Fox Sports about Brett Favre's impact on Adrian Peterson, a piece from Fantasy Football Fools on Reggie Bush and Brian Westbrook, an FFBaller article about sleepers we've found this preseason, and some last minute advice from Rotoworld and Ebony Bird.

Just put in a draft kit from RotoRob as well.

Update(8/29): Awesome post from our good buddy Bob at Detroit4lyfe added, where he's made or found a bunch of hilarious names you can use for your fantasy football teams. Definitely check that out and give him a thigh five.

Update(8/31): Included some rankings from FFBaller, a look at key position battles from Rotoworld, contract-year players to keep in mind from CBS Sports, and an article from Fanhouse on James Davis.

Also, I removed Beanie Wells from the injury concerns, and added Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton to the list.

Update(9/5): Added rankings from The Daily Blitz which were updated yesterday, an article from The Scores Report about how wide receiver Chris Henry is no longer a sleeper, a piece from Top Fantasy Football which takes a look at the importance of strength of schedule for fantasy football, sleepers and busts for every team from Fantasy Football Brothers, an article from Lester's Legends about why you should wait until the last round to draft a kicker, and a Rotoworld article about players whose stock has changed for keeper leagues.

I also put Pierre Thomas in the injury concerns, as he's questionable for the opener against the Lions due to an MCL sprain.

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Week 8's Best...

QB: Drew Brees. 12 TD in the first 6 games, 0 last week. Look for him to get back on track against the Chargers, who currently have the league's worst-ranked pass defense.
RB: Clinton Portis. The Redskins' RB has 20+ fantasy points in each of his last 3 games. Oh, and he's facing the Lions. This is the no-brainer play of the week.
WR: Andre Johnson. I love watching this guy play. He's a beast and maybe the most underrated wideout in the game. In receptions leagues, he's tearing it up, with 3 straight games of at least 9 catches. He also has 3 straight games over 130 yards receiving. Now he'll be facing a crappy Bengals defense, so his success should continue.
TE: Antonio Gates. Although he has 4 TD's on the year, he's yet to have the Antonio Gates blow-up games that we usually see a few times a year. I predict he has one this week, in a game that should be a shootout at New Orleans.
K: Matt Bryant. Bryant has at least 2 field goals in all but 1 game this season. Add in that his Bucs will be facing a banged up Dallas defense, and he should get at least a few extra point opportunities as well.
D/ST: Baltimore Ravens. Arguably the best defense in the league, at home against a 23rd ranked Raiders offense with a young quarterback.

Sleeper Picks...


QB: Jeff Garcia.
Threw for 310 yards last week, and now faces the Dallas secondary full of injuries. Maybe he doesn't throw for 310 yards again, but should be a solid play at least. Remember, he was just starting to get into the groove of his offense last week after being behind Brian Griese on the depth chart for a few weeks. Now he should feel better and better each game out.
RB: BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Who? Trust me, I said the same thing. Well he had a touchdown Monday night, and it appears he could be starting for the Patriots this week with Sammy Morris and LaMont Jordan both likely out. It sounds like Belichick wants to use Kevin Faulk in the same role he's always used, so this dude could be the feature back at least this week. If you need a running back, this guy should get some touches this week, although it's unknown how well he'll do.
WR: Josh Morgan. The rookie out of Virginia Tech had 5 catches, 86 yards, and his first-career TD Sunday at the Giants. Now he has a great matchup against the Seahawks at home, and should be starting.
TE: Billy Miller. Jeremy Shockey's status is up in the air for Sunday's game against the Chargers, but Miller should still have a solid game regardless. Miller has at least 3 catches in each of the last 4 games, and as I mentioned earlier, the Chargers are ranked last in the NFL in pass defense.
K: Joe Nedney. The 49ers' kicker has attempted 17 field goals on the year already, converting 15 of them. Look for at least a few more attempts this week, as the 49ers should move the ball well on the Seahawks.
D/ST: Patriots. The Patriots defense appears to be getting their swagger back, and dominated a powerful Broncos offense Monday night. Now they take on a St. Louis offense that is finally showing some signs of life, but I definitely like the Patriots in that matchup, especially at home. If Steven Jackson is out, they're a top-5 defense this week.

Shit Picks...


QB: Matt Ryan. Going into a hostile Philadelphia environment, against a defense ranked 10th in the league versus the pass... I just don't see him doing much. Then again, I didn't expect him to tear apart the Bears defense like he did.
RB: Dominic Rhodes. The coverboy of the Week 7 Fantasy Football Roundup doesn't appear to be a good play this week. Tennessee has a terrific run defense, and they'll be pumped up to try and really separate themselves from the Colts in the AFC South, in front of their home crowd.
WR: Bobby Engram. A solid receiver without a quarterback. Normally he's a safe play that will get you a handful of catches and maybe a TD. With Seneca Wallace at QB, I'm not going to even predict a catch.
TE: Marcedes Lewis. He has touchdowns in each of the last two games, so he's due for a turdly showing.
K: Adam Vinatieri. Not expecting the Colts to get many scoring opportunities this week. I'm even benching Peyton Manning.
D/ST: Chargers. As I've already explained a couple times... worst-ranked pass D, against Drew Brees and the top-ranked pass O.


As always, I'll add any good links as they show up on the web. E-mail me at sharapovasthigh@gmail.com if you have an article I should link. Also, feel free to critique any of my picks or rip on my awful picks from previous weeks.

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Adrian Peterson stunk Monday night, but nothing gets you out of a slump like the Detroit Lions.


Week 6's Best...

QB: Brett Favre.
He's a QB for the New York Jets if ESPN's never told you. The There's Something About Mary star has other talents besides acting, as displayed by his league-leading 12 TD passes and league-leading 110.8 QB Rating. There's no way he can top his 6 TD performance against the Cardinals, but he'll still have a big day against the Bengals.
RB: Adrian Peterson. 21 carries for 32 yards at the Saints on Monday night. He's too good to repeat such a performance, and add in the fact that he's facing the 30th ranked Lions run defense. Look for AP to blow up.
WR: Santana Moss. Not a single catch Sunday against the Eagles. Although they still won the game, they'll normally struggle to win if they don't incorporate this playmaker into their gameplan. Look to see the ball thrown his way a bunch against the Rams on Sunday. I say 7 catches, 135 yards, and a TD.
TE: Jason Witten. Best fantasy tight end in the game. He's pretty much a shoe-in for 6+ catches a week, and 70+ yards.
K: Ryan Longwell. Facing the Lions at home, and indoors. It's a good recipe for success as Robbie Gould displayed last week.
D/ST: Washington Redskins. The Rams have scored an NFL-low 43 points on the season, in 4 games. They're going into Washington to face a very good Washington defense that has a great swagger right now after beating 4 terrific offenses in a row: New Orleans, Arizona, Dallas, and Philadelphia.

Sleeper Picks...

QB: David Garrard. Broncos are 30th against the pass, and Garrard's looked like the QB he was last year over the last 2 weeks. 200+ yards and 2 TD is my prediction.
RB: Michael Pittman. If you're in need of a RB this week, here's a good choice. He should get 10+ carries with starting RB Selvin Young out, and almost surely the goal line carries. He has 4 TD's on the year already.
WR: Steve Breaston. He'll be getting a ton of breasts in his face if he performs like I think he will this weekend against a struggling, and banged-up Dallas secondary. Terrence Newman is out 2 months with a sports hernia, and Pacman hasn't changed it turns out, shocking! The Cowboys say he'll play Sunday, but he still has 3 nights to change that: Lines are to be blown and bitches are to be smacked. Anyway, Breaston will start with Larry Fitzgerald at WR unless Anquan Boldin has a miracle recovery by Sunday, and he has 16 catches for 199 yards in the last 2 games. Ride it out.
TE: John Carlson. Yeah I know I keep hyping this dude up and he's yet to have a big game. I won't predict a big game this week, but Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren is pissed that Carlson didn't see a pass thrown his way against the Giants last Sunday: "He's got to be involved. He's a good player." When the head coach says that, expect the ball thrown the player's way at least a few times in the next game.
K: Sebastian Janikowski. The Saints are going to give you chances to score as they allow 26 points per game. The Raiders' offense isn't as bad as people think as well, and they'll have RB Justin Fargas back for this game.
D/ST: San Diego Chargers. They're pissed, and against a team that's pwned them in recent years. They'll be pumped up for this Sunday night and probably even borrow some of Merriman's roids.

Shit Picks...

QB: Matt Cassel. I know the Chargers have the last ranked pass defense but... read above. Cassel will be on the rise in coming weeks though if he keeps finding Randy Moss like he did last week, but I'd avoid him for this matchup.
RB: DeAngelo Williams. 3 TD's last week, so if you're a DeAngelo owner, you're probably in the middle of fellating him, followed by putting him in your lineup. Not so fast, as he'll have a difficult task ahead against the vaunted Tampa Bay defense, that held the NFL's leading rusher Michael Turner to 42 yards on the ground. Plus he'll still be sharing the carries with Jonathan Stewart.
WR: Marvin Harrison. The former fantasy God looks old out there. He's only had more than 40 yards receiving once so far in 2008. He could be a better play than he looks at the moment if Anthony Gonzalez is out. However, it's just hard to expect much out of him against a Ravens defense allowing only 128.5 passing yards a game, the best mark in the league.
TE: Todd Heap. Ravens rookie QB Joe Flacco hasn't found his great target at tight end very much this year. They'll also be facing the Colts, who haven't allowed a tight end to score against them.
K: Jason Elam. Elam's scored at least 8 points each week in fantasy so far this year and is 11/11 on field goal attempts, but his Falcons likely won't get many scoring opportunities against the Bears defense.
D/ST: New England Patriots. Everybody's shitting down LT's leg, and he doesn't like that. It's an uncomfortable feeling, trust me. I think the Chargers' offense of old shows up for this one.

I'll update this over the next couple days if I run into any good links, there's injuries to the players I talked about, etc. If you know any good fantasy football material that you think I should link on here, send me an e-mail: sharapovasthigh@gmail.com

UPDATE: I added a few new links and will continue to do so if find some more good ones. Tons of guys on the injury report this week, specifically at receiver. I posted John Clayton's injury article for some help with that.

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Donovan McNabb should have a big week against a banged up Redskins D.
Week 5's Best...

QB: Donovan McNabb. He's thrown for over 260 yards in 3 of his 4 games, and the only time he didn't was against a very good Steelers defense. It sounds like he'll be getting Brian Westbrook back this Sunday which always helps, and the Redskins will be without Jason Taylor, Shawn Springs is questionable, and Marcus Hamilton is a game-time decision.
RB: Matt Forte. Detroit is last in the league in run defense, and Forte is averaging 23 carries per game. A stout Philly run D held him to 43 yards on 19 carries in Week 4, but he still caught 5 passes for 43 yards. In receptions leagues, he's getting you about 5 extra points a week. ESPN projects him to be the top player in all of fantasy football this week.
WR: Brandon Marshall. Last week was easily his worst week yet: 7 catches, 77 yards, 1 TD. Still pretty damn good. He's averaging 10 catches, 133 yards, and 1 TD per game. In receptions leagues with 1 point per reception, 10 receiving yards per point, that adds up to 29 points per week. He's going up against a good Tampa Bay defense, but it seems like he's virtually unstoppable right now.
TE: Jason Witten. Blowing away the rest of the fantasy tight end competition. At least 6 catches in all 4 games(7 in 3 of them), and 90+ receiving yards in 3 games. Romo finally found him for a TD last week as I predicted(one of the few things I got right).
K: Matt Bryant. He's the Week 5 Best in my book for what he went through last week, and then did Sunday. Even still, he's one of the best kicker plays this week at Denver. Tampa Bay should be able to put up a lot of points and he's yet to miss a FG this year.
D/ST: Baltimore Ravens. Allowing 186.7 total yards per game. The next best is the Steelers at 236.2. Tennessee scores points by running the ball down the defense's throat, but the Ravens are only allowing 69.7 yards per game. Tennessee has a tremendous defense as well, and Baltimore's offense isn't anything to write home about, but I'll go with the home team defense.

Sleeper Picks...

QB: Trent Edwards.
Matthew Berry is telling fantasy owners to feel free to drop Edwards. All the more reason for you to expect him to do well this week against the Cardinals.
RB: Jonathan Stewart.
The rookie out of Oregon has 4 TD in 4 games. I expect his Panthers to handle the Chiefs without much trouble, and predict 10+ carries and a score for Stewart.
WR: Devin Hester.
Hester finally was a part of the Bears passing game last week, with 3 catches and a TD. The Bears best big play threat in Brandon Lloyd is out this week, and Marty Booker is Questionable as well. The Windy City Flyer should be the big play guy for the Bears this week, and against an awful Lions defense. Plus if your league counts return touchdowns, there's always that possibility, and he ran one back at Detroit last year. It's possible that the Bears avoid him completely in the passing game again, but if you're a gambler like me, I think you could strike gold with him and it's worth the risk.
TE: Alex Smith.
Denver's defense is 31st in the league against the pass, and tight ends have had success against them in the last 3 games: Antonio Gates had 4 catches for 61 yards, Jeremy Shockey had 8 catches for 75 yards, Billy Miller had 2 catches for 41 yards, and Tony Gonzalez had 3 catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. Alex Smith found the end zone last week and has a good chance to do the same this week.
K: Robbie Gould. Bears fail to get it in the end zone a lot and should get plenty of red zone opportunities against the Lions, it's indoors, he's a good kicker, etc.
D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jags should be pumped up against the Steelers in a Sunday night game at home, and the Steelers run game is a mess right now with Willie Parker out, and rookie Rashard Mendenhall done for the year. Mewelde Moore will get the start at RB for Pittsburgh, and they were only able to get 46 yards on 26 carries against Jacksonville last season in the playoffs.

Shit Picks...

QB: J.T. O'Sullivan. I whiffed on my Week 4 sleeper pick. Now he's being punished.
RB: Chris Perry. I can't see him getting many carries, as the Bengals will be playing from behind at Dallas. He's also averaging under 3 yards/carry.
WR: Bernard Berrian. He's questionable for Monday night at the Saints with a knee injury and apparently wasn't moving well in practice today.
TE: Vernon Davis. I'm probably starting him in a week unfortunately because I don't have any better options, and I still hold out hope that J.T. O'Sullivan will use him at some point. I don't see that happening this weekend though at New England. For the sake of my fantasy team, I hope I'm wrong.
K: Matt Stover. Will be a low scoring game against the Titans and his offense blows.
D/ST: Indianapolis Colts. Last year playing them against the Texans seemed like a no-brainer, but they've been an awful fantasy defense in their 3 games so far in 2008. Having arguably the best defensive player on the sidelines in safety Bob Sanders obviously hurts.


Also, if you have a website or come across one that has some good fantasy football material and would like me to link it on here, shoot me an e-mail at sharapovasthigh@gmail.com.

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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.
And for some picks of my own that are sure to look awful come Tuesday:

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.

Sleeper Picks...

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.

Shit Picks...

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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Jay Cutler should be able to shred the Saints defense this Sunday and find his chick-beating WR all day

I'm a fantasy football addict. I have 7 teams, and probably over half the league's worth of notable offensive players. Therefore, filling out my lineups and making decisions on who to start and sit can take up plenty of my time each week from September to December. I consider myself a very knowledgeable football fan, but I like to get assistance from some of the fantasy experts/nerds that spend all day working on this stuff.

I figured while I'm surfing the net for this stuff, I'd link some things I found interesting for the readers of the Thigh too. It'll also be handy for me so I have the sites in front of me on here. Whether or not this will be a weekly thing, I don't know...


And for some picks of my own that are sure to look awful come Tuesday:


Week 3's Best...

QB: Jay Cutler. After lighting up the Raiders and Chargers with 6 touchdowns and 1 interception, Cutler should light up a banged up Saints defense at home. 300+ yards and 3 td's seems about right. Most of the experts are saying Romo, but I could see the Packers defense at home giving him some trouble.
RB: Frank Gore. With a below average passing game, the 49ers should feed Gore the ball like crazy against a defense allowing 240 yds/game on the ground thus far.
WR: Brandon Marshall. Don't really agree with him slapping women around... but do agree he can catch 140 passes this season. Shit, he's played only one game and had 18.
TE: John Carlson. "Who the fuck Clapp?" I know, it seems like a reach, but I really expect him to have a huge week. The Seahawks wide receivers are dropping like flies. Apparently Courtney Taylor and Koren Robinson who they just signed this week will be the starting wide receiver. No Deion Branch, no Bobby Engram, no Nate Burleson... you get the point. Carlson might be Hasselbeck's best target, and already has 10 catches for 130 yards. I'm predicting 5+ catches with a touchdown.
K: Mason Crosby. A toss up between him and Nick Folk... and they'll be playing each other. I'll go with the kicker from the team I think is going to score the most points.
D: Bears. They look incredibly fast to the ball and appear to have that swagger back after taking '07 off(although injuries certainly played a part in it). Home opener against a weak offense should= huge day.


Sleeper Picks...

QB: Eli Manning. The Bengals defense has less talent than the basketball teams in Teen Wolf.
RB: Michael Bush. If you're looking for a running back, pick him up. Even with Darren McFadden likely to start, he should get plenty of carries with Justin Fargas out. Bush was expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft before injuring his knee at Louisville. It appears he's fully recovered, as displayed by his 32-yard touchdown run last week at Kansas City.
WR: Roddy White. Matt Ryan played well against the Lions defense, and expect him to do the same against the abysmal Kansas City defense that will be starting two rookie cornerbacks. Roddy White should have a huge day.
TE: Dallas Clark. It appears he's finally back. Peyton's yet to get his game where he wants it to be, and he hasn't been helped by his usually reliable receiving corps that's dropped at least a few potential touchdowns. Dallas Clark caught 11 of those for Peyton last year. Expect him to look for his security blanket this week.
K: Rian Lindell. Rotoworld ranks him 25th and ESPn 24th. One of the better kickers in the league, I think he's also one of the top fantas kickers this week against a Raiders defense that allowed 41 points to the Broncos at home. The Bills offense is looking pretty good, and he should get at least plenty of extra point chances, if not field goal chances.
D: Bills. At home against a Raiders offense that was almost shutout against the Broncos at home, and scored 23 last week... but against Kansas City. Add in that running back Justin Fargas and wide receiver Javon Walker are likely out, and this could be quite an ugly day for the Raiders offense.

Shit Picks...

QB: Brian Griese. Joey Galloway is out, leaving him with Antonio Bryant, Michael Clayton, and Ike Hilliard as the best receiving options. Oh, and he'll be facing a Bears defense that looks every bit as good as the one that went to the Super Bowl in 2006. The Bucs might give Earnest Graham and Warrick Dunn the ball 40 times.
RB:Jamal Lewis. Unless it's a top-10 back, you don't want to start them against the Ravens. Not a bad flex option, but you could do better with your 2 starting RB spots.
WR: Chad Ocho Cinco. He'll blow up at some point soon, but this is not a good match-up for him and his struggling quarterback Carson Palmer(49.0 completion percentage, 0 td, 3 int). The Giants defense, and specifically pass rush is looking better than most expected with the loss of Michael Strahan to retirement and Osi Umenyiora to injury.
TE: Greg Olsen. 2 catches last week... 2 fumbles. It might take him a few games to get his confidence back.
K: Shayne Graham. Had him until this week, but finally dropped him. Until the Bengals offense plays like they're capable of, sit him.
D: Broncos. Great performance against the Raiders, but could not stop a Chargers offense that looked average in week one against the Panthers. They should win this game... but a high-powered Saints offense(even without Marques Colston) should still be able to put up 28+.


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