Week 13 Fantasy Football Preview – Start or Sit?

11/29/2012

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Start Em’

Eli Manning –
Eli Manning and the New York Giants passing offense really caught fire in week 12 torching the Packers for 249 and 3 scores. It looks like The G-men might be poised for another title run and this match up should keep the good times rolling. The Redskins come in ranked 31st against the pass so the formula is right for Eli Manning to go off in week 13.

Jaquizz Rodgers –
Jaquizz took on a much bigger role last week against the Buccaneers touching the ball 12 times to 79 all purpose yards and a rushing score. Don’t be surprised if Michael “used to be the burner” Turner gets the goal line touches but look for Rodgers to increase his playing time tonight in the Georgia dome. The Saints rank dead last against the run making both running backs more than startable in all formats.

Lance Moore –
Lance Moore historically plays a bit better at home vs. away games. For as Hostile as the Georgia Dome can be, it’s a very similar filed to that which is found in the super dome. A bit of a gut feeling here but I think Lance Moore gets into the end zone tonight in what should be a shoot out. 6 catches for 80 and a touchdown seems doable to me.

Sit Em’

Steven Jackson –
Yes Steven Jackson is coming off a nice game against the Cardinals but the 49er’s are not the Cardinals. The Rams are on the road against one of the league’s top rushing defenses and his foot is bothering him, I’d let the old warhorse sit this one out.

Jeremy Maclin –
The Dallas secondary has done rather well this season and with Desean Jackson landing on injured reserve this week all eyes will be on Jeremy Maclin. He did have a nice game against the Cowboys in week 10 going for 93 yards and a score but that was with Michael Vick and Desean Jackson on the field. Look elsewhere if you can afford to.

Phillip Rivers –
The match up isn’t terrible but it’s not favorable either. Antonio Gates can’t seem to get on track and Malcolm Floyd will probably draw coverage from lockdown corner Leon Hall. These Chargers might be playing catch up but I wouldn’t count on it as a source of fantasy points in week 13. All signs point to benching Philip Rivers unless you have no better options available.

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Week 12 Fantasy Football Preview: Start or Sit?

11/22/2012

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Tony Romo
If you own Tony Romo and have yet to start him, this may be your week. Romo threw the ball a whopping 50 times in week 11 and the Cowboys face the Redskins and their 29th ranked pass defense in week 12. Romo has certainly let us down before but I think he gets the job done on Turkey day. Get Romo into your line up if you can.

Kendall Hunter
I don’t think he will get a ton of carries in this one but I do think the match up warrants a start if you are in need of a running
back in week 12. The Saints defense has been atrocious all season allowing a league worst 1,578 yards to opposing running backs. Based on what we saw on Monday night one would think the 49ers want to save Frank Gore’s legs for their playoff run which should get Kendall Hunter a few extra carries in this one. The 49er’s will have all hands on deck and Hunter has the skill set to help keep the New Orleans offense off the field as much as possible.

Kenny Britt – 
Bit of a gut call here but the formula seems right for Kenny Britt to have his long awaited 2012 breakout game. The matchup with the Jaguars 28th ranked pass defense bodes well and Kenny Britt should be fully healthy for the first time this season coming off the week 11 bye. Add in last week’s shoot out in which Chad Henne gave the Jaguars offense a much needed spark and we may have the perfect storm brewing. If the Jaguars can build off last week’s momentum and keep this one close Britt just might have a big game.

Sit Em’

Mike Wallace
The matchup is good but the situation is bad. Ben Roethlisberger is out for the next three weeks and now Byron Leftwich is out with broken ribs. Enter Charlie Batch; the 15 year veteran is well past his prime and will likely be managing the game and the Steeler’s season until Roethlisberger can suit up again. That does not bode well for any Pittsburgh wide receiver let alone a receiver who makes his living with the deep ball. Mike Tomlin may find some creative screen passes to get the ball in Wallace’s hands but I would expect a dip in Mike Wallace’s production for the foreseeable future.

Jamaal Charles
Odds are good if you own Jamaal Charles you are starting him. If you have any other viable options you might consider benching Charles due to this matchup. There is nothing scary about the Kansas City passing game meaning the already stout Denver defense can really focus in on stopping Jamaal Charles. Denver currently ranks 5th against the run and has only given up 5 touchdowns on the ground this year. Look elsewhere if you can afford to do so.

Antonio Gates
The matchup looks good on paper but my gut tells me to bench Antonio Gates in week 12. The Baltimore Ravens are renowned for their strong line backing corps and Phillip Rivers’ eyes have been securely fixed on Denario Alexander. I understand if you have to start Antonio Gates but temper expectations.

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Week 11 Fantasy Football Preview: Start or Sit?

11/15/2012

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All Raiders
The Saints Defense managed to bottle up Michael Turner last week and he’s a lot better than Marcel Reece; so he is sitting for my teams but I could see a fantasy owner starting him and getting decent results. That’s more of a gut call than anything. Other than that, I am getting all of my Raiders out there including Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brandon Meyers, Denarius Moore and Carson Palmer. I’m expecting a big game through the air as the Raiders try to keep up. They just might abandon the running game which is part of my reasoning for keeping Marcel Reece on the bench.

Reggie Bush
Look I know he was benched last week and I am aware that his numbers have been declining over the past few weeks but I think this prime time Thursday nighter is when Reggie Bush reasserts himself. The Buffalo Bills are dead last against the run making this a very inviting matchup.

Felix Jones –
Feels kind of gross having Felix Jones in the “start em’ category but the Cleveland Browns defense is pretty bad against both the run and the pass. Felix Jones has been contributing on both ends lately and Demarco Murray should sit out at least one more game. Felix Jones has amassed 400 yards from scrimmage since week 6 on 85 touches. Not amazing production but he should prove serviceable. I have been burned before by Felix Jones but I think he is safe play this week for those in need of a running back.

Sit Em’

Ryan Mathews –
He hasn’t looked good in the last few outings and this Broncos defense is rather stout against the run yielding just 98.3 yards per game opposing running backs. I think Peyton Manning comes out guns blazing in this one forcing the Chargers to play catch up. If you have any other viable options consider letting Mathews ride the pine in this one.

Matt Forte –
Second week in a row Matt Forte makes this list but once again, the match up warrants the recommendation. The 49ers are tough as nails and with Jay Cutler likely out this week those 49er’s linebackers will be able to focus most of their attention on Matt Forte. He has the skills to overcome the match up but he sure didn’t get it done against the Texans last week. Let him sit if you can afford to.

Torrey Smith & Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco on the road is never good. Throw in a match up against the top ranked Pittsburgh pass defense and you have a recipe for disaster. I don’t feel good about starting any Baltimore Raven aside from Ray Rice. If you have no better options available to you put them in but temper expectations.

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Week 10 Fantasy Football Preview - Start or Sit?

11/08/2012

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Start Em’ –

Vick Ballard – Thursday night should easily be won by the colts giving Vick Ballard ample opportunity to assert himself as the lead dog in this somewhat muddles backfield. Donald Brown may suit up tonight but should not steal too many touches but don’t be surprised if Delone Carter steals a few of the goal line looks. Either way start Ballard with confidence, the matchup with the Jaguars 27th ranked rush defense certainly warrants high expectations.

Malcolm Floyd – Opposing passers have failed to eclipse 300 yards though the air only 3 times this season! Those passers who failed were Brady Quinn, Tony Romo and Christian Ponder. Phillip Rivers is better than all three of them making Malcolm Floyd a must start against the league’s worst pass defense. He may not get the touchdowns (I expect Antonio Gates to get those) but he will rack up yardage.

Jonathan Dwyer / Isaac Redman – Check the injury reports first but if both are playing, both are start-able against a terrible chiefs run defense (22nd in the league currently) The Pittsburgh Steelers should be up big in this one and running the ball in the second half making both running backs viable fantasy football options this Monday night.

Sit Em’ –

Rashad Jennings
– The match up looks promising on paper so this is a bit of a gut feeling. I just cannot trust this Jacksonville offense. I get feeling Indianapolis gets rolling in this one forcing Jacksonville to abandon the run early limiting Rashad Jennings touches.

Matt Forte – This Texans defense is good, I mean really good. They rank 2nd in the league against the run and 4th against the pass. As multi dimensional as Matt Forte can be this matchup may be to much for him to overcome. If you own him odds are you’re starting him but don’t expect big things this week.

Steven Jackson – I usually like running backs coming off the bye week but in this case poor Steven Jackson is walking into the lion’s den. The San Francisco 49er’s are stout defensively and should have their ears pined back coming off of their own bye week. I would be surprised if Jackson eclipses 50 yards in this one especially when you factor in his current time share with Daryl Richardson. Let him ride the pine in week 10.

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Week 9 Fantasy Football Preview - Start or Sit?

11/03/2012

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Start Em‘ -

Jay Cutler - The Bears face off against the 29th ranked Tennessee Titans pass defense. I would never recommend leaning on Jay Cutler as your weekly fantasy starter but if you have Tom Brady on a bye this week you could do much worse. I do think this game will be much more competitive than people think so don’t worry about the Bears running out the clock.

Darrius Heyward-Bey - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank 31st in the league against the pass and just traded away one of their best defensive backs (Aqib Talib was suspended anyway) The Raiders like to pass (13th in the league as of this writing) and this one could be a shoot out.

Reggie Bush - Reggie has been unspectacular lately but he should get back on track this week against the woeful Colts rush defense (currently 27th against the run) There have been some rumbling that this is now a time share but make no mistake Reggie Bush is still the feature back in Miami. He will reassert himself in week 9.

Sit Em’ -

Fred Jackson / CJ Spiller
- This one may seem obvious with the Houston Texans only giving up 83 yards per game on the ground and 0 touchdowns to opposing running backs but some may have no better options. If you have any options at all you must consider them. There is a very real chance neither running back goes over 50 yards and praying for a touchdown seems foolish. Look elsewhere this week.

Benjarvis Green-Ellis - Coming off the bye he may have shaken out the cobwebs. We’ll find out on Sunday when the Bengals face the stout Denver defense. The numbers have the Broncos ranked 15th against the run but this Denver defense is on fire and will have their ears pinned back. I bet the run gets taken away from the Bengals sooner than most think in this one.

Eli Manning - This Pittsburgh defense still has some gas in the tank and ranks number one in the league against the pass through 8 weeks. That said they really haven’t faced a strong quarterback hitting on all cylinders yet either. Since Eli is not hitting on all cylinders right now he should be hitting your bench.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football Preview - Start or Sit?

10/25/2012

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There are many starts and sits that are obvious and therefore a waste of time to write about. Hopefully the following article will bring to light some lesser talked about fantasy football players who could help you win in week 8!

Start –

Vick Ballard

The rookie running back out of Mississippi State should get one more good start before Donald Brown retakes the starting role. The 24th ranked Tennessee Titans rush defense should provide an opportunity for Ballard to plead his case for more carries once Brown come back into the fold. Donald Brown has been practicing in full this week but the Colt’s brass should and hopefully will hold him out this week as a precaution. If Brown is a full go, obviously you should temper expectations. The Titans have given up 134 yards per game on the ground thus far in 2012 making both running backs viable fantasy football options even if they split time.

Joel Dreessen
Bit a of gut call since he shares time as Peyton Manning’s tight end with Jacob Tamme. It should be noted that Dreessen has scored 3 out of the last 4 weeks and has 19 targets over that time span. The Broncos face the Saints this week in what looks to be a Sunday night shootout. Get one of these tight ends into your lineup if you need a bye week fill in.

Emmanuel Sanders
Most analysts have the entire Pittsburgh offense going off this week and rightly so. Chances are all the core of that offense is already owned if you league is worth the buy in and your fellow owners pay attention. That said if you are in a tight spot at wide receiver or just need a “hail Mary” Emmanuel Sanders could be an excellent option. The Redskins rank dead last in the league against opposing wide receivers. Emmanuel Sanders is not normally a viable fantasy football wide receiver but given the circumstances you could reasonably start him in all formats. Sanders hasn’t scored yet this year but he might be due.

Sit –

Shonn Green

Don’t get cute here. Yes Green has had a couple of good outings the past two weeks but this week he faces the Dolphins 3rd ranked rush defense in week 8. Let Shonn Green ride the pine this week if you have yet to sell high on him.

Cam Newton -
Odds are good if you own him you feel inclined to start him but this Bears defense has been very good this season. Pair that with the fact that Cam Newton has yet to live up to his year one fantasy football expectations and you have slim odds of success. I’m not saying that Cam is not a good fantasy football quarterback (we all know he can be one of the best) but right now he is not playing like the first round draft pick he was in many fantasy drafts. Facing the Bears defense at soldier field is not an ideal match up for a young passer to try to get his game back on track.

Rashad Jennings -
If you own Maurice Jones-Drew odds are good you may not have any better options at your disposal. Green Bay’s offense is clicking on all cylinders despite all of their injuries and I don’t see any reason they will slow down against a reeling Jacksonville team. There is a good chance The Jaguars are out of it early on in this one taking the running game out of the equation, crippling Jennings’ value this Sunday. Look elsewhere if you can.

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Week 7 Fantasy Football Preview: Desperation Bye Week Fills!

10/20/2012

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With week 7 underway a lot of your may be scrambling for a bye week fill in for some of your fantasy football studs. This week Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia and San Diego are off. There a quite a few starters missing this week and many waiver wires have already been hit hard. If you missed out earlier in the week you may find some fantasy gold deep down on the depth chart.

Notable Quarterbacks out this week; Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Michael Vick and Phillip Rivers.
I would certainly hope even the most amateur fantasy football players have a reasonable back up quarterback on their roster but that’s not guarantee. That said, there is a decent chance the top 24 quarterbacks are already gone leaving you with slim pickings. If you have failed to plan ahead and do not have a quality back up I would check the waiver wire for Josh Freeman. Thus far he has been pretty unreliable so should be lurking out there on the wire somewhere. Snatch him up if he is, the Bucs face the Swiss cheese New Orleans Defense this week at home!

Notable Running Backs out this week; Michael Turner, Willis Mcgahee, Jamaal Charles, Reggie Bush, Lesean McCoy and Ryan Mathews.
The running back position has never been thinner when it comes to fantasy football. When you take out 6 of the top backs in the league there are sure to be some deep sleepers in starting lineups this week. Assuming Felix Jones has already been taken, consider Phillip Tanner. The third string running back in Dallas could very well be in line for goal line duty this week against a porous Carolina defensive front. A savvy owner must also consider that the solution to his or her bye week woes might already be on their roster. Don’t be a dinosaur, start three wide receivers and two running backs! That flex spot is not reserved for running backs like it was a decade ago!

Notable Wide Receivers out this week; Roddy White, Julio Jones, Demayrius Thomas, Eric Decker, Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline, Jeremy Maclin, Desean Jackson and Malcolm Floyd.
With all these fantasy football studs out this week we have seen an influx of trade advice emails! If you were unable to pull off your deal you may be looking to the bargain bin for wide receiver help. I might consider some of the following; Mike Williams (Tampa Bay) Emanuel Sanders (Pittsburgh) Darius Heyward-Bey (Oakland) Devery Henderson (New Orleans) All have decent match ups and could sneak in a touchdown.

Notable Tight Ends out this week; Tony Gonzalez, Jacob Tamme, Joel Dreesen (I guess..) Brent Celek, Antonio Gates.
Not a ton to mention here as the tight end position is pretty deep but if you are desperate why not Dallas Clark? He doesn’t get a ton of targets but he is a good route runner and about due for a decent game. This week against the 28th ranked New Orleans Pass defense is as good a time as any to roll the dice.

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Week 6 Fantasy Football Preview –

10/11/2012

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What is wrong with the Law Firm?
BenJarvus Green-Ellis
has seen a significant dip in production over the last few weeks after such promising start. Week one saw the Law Firm rush for 91 yards and score against the previously vaunted Baltimore Raven’s defense. That is roughly 5 yards per carry. He followed that up with a decent game against browns where he rushed for 75 yards on 21 carries only 3.5 yards per carry, the arrow is point down at this point. In weeks 3, 4 and 5 BenJarvus Green-Ellis has rushed 52 times for an atrocious 2.5 yards per carry – unacceptable! This week he faces the Browns once again and in my mind this is his last chance to right the ship before I send him packing! Bernard Scott is officially on IR with a knee injury (what else is new?) so the law firm has no excuses against this 26th ranked run defense.

Who is Vick Ballard and can he be trusted?
Vick Ballard
is a rookie running back from Mississippi State who has just inherited the Colts starting running back job from the injured Donald Brown. Vick Ballard actually had a nice little college career. In his junior and senior seasons Ballard rushed a combined 379 times for 2,157 yards and 29 touchdowns averaging 5.6 yards per carry. Don’t overlook the fact that Ballard played his college career in the highly competitive SEC. He did not do much in the passing game but let’s face it; the only Colt catching the ball is Reggie Wayne. This week, Ballard faces the Jets and their 31st ranked rushing defense. This a perfect chance for the young rookie to seize the starting job from the lackluster Donald Brown! He is a must add and a start-able fantasy football flex player in week 6. Do I trust him yet? of course not, but he has a chance to steal that starting gig which equates to fantasy football gold.

Which Cardinal’s Running back should I start?
Only the most desperate of fantasy football managers should be starting any Cardinals running back this week. The match up is just fine against the bills and their 30th ranking rushing defense but I don’t think the Cardinals really know who they want to start. LaRod Stephens Howling is the logical choice simple because he has been with the team the longest but let’s not forget how well William Powell played this preseason. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on Powell winning the job outright. I just don’t think it will happen this week. The Arizona offensive line has been terrible and could not open any holes Beanie Wells or Ryan Williams so I would temper expectations regardless of who get the job. If you had to start one this week I would start William Powell. If he does well, sell high and be done with it.

How sweet it is to be the Packers number two wide receiver!
Remember last year when Jordy Nelson went nuts scoring 15 touchdowns? He always had Greg Jennings on the other side drawing the opposing defenses attention. This season, Jennings has been out for a few games with a groin injury and Jordy Nelson is getting all of the attention. As a result one James Jones has finally found his moment in the sun catching 4 touchdowns in the past two weeks! As long as Jennings is out James Jones will remain a viable flex option in all formats if not better. Get him on your team and into your lineup, but feel free to parlay him over to the Greg Jennings owner for the right price.

Looking for Depth? Try selling your quarterback!
This is usually a tough sell since most standard leagues are 10-12 teams making any top 15 quarterback start-able any given week. But let’s say you need running back depth and someone offers you something like Michael Turner and Joe Flacco for Tom Brady? If you need the depth its worth looking into and it is not often someone is actually looking to obtain a quarterback via trade. Joe Flacco has thus far passed for 1,450 yards to Tom Brady’s 1,456. Tom Brady has 8 passing touchdowns to Flacco’s 7. Not saying you should run out and a make a deal like that but if you need the depth, I don’t see why not.

Sell High, Buy Low?
Speaking of Michael Turner, The artist formerly known as “the burner” scored yet again last week – his 3rd of the year. I think it is very clear that his value has become touchdown dependent so he may have stinkers on the horizon. Looking a little closer at the numbers we will find that so far he has rushed for 324 yards on 73 carries. That would be 4.4 yards per carry which when combined with 3 touchdowns in this running back market we find ourselves with a top 15 running back. His offense is top notch and he will score, DO NOT SELL unless you get some kind of ridiculous offer, which you won’t.

What about Aaron Rodgers? I say buy low while you still can. Let’s remember how good he was last season and put some of these rough games behind us. If there is a disgruntled Aaron Rodgers owner in your league why not throw him an offer? He just might bite and you can pass your way to the playoffs!

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Week 5 Fantasy Football Preview - Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady

10/04/2012

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Were going to take this article in a new direction this week. Instead of previewing and regurgitating information about each and every game this weekend, I am going to touch base on just a few. For those of you seeking specific insight on a certain team, position or topic simply head over to our home page to submit your question. You will receive an in-depth answer within 24 hours!

Green Bay vs. Indianapolis -
This one is going to go one of two ways; either its going to be a shootout with Green Bay eventually taking the win or its going to be an onslaught in which Andrew Luck comes down to earth. I’m thinking shootout for two reasons; the game is being played in Indianapolis on turf and the colts have had two weeks to prepare for the Packers prolific offensive attack. Get all your Wide receivers in there aside from Greg Jennings who has officially been ruled out. If you are in a pinch at wide receiver James Jones is worth a look. The guy is maddeningly inconsistent and the last time Greg Jennings sat out I’m pretty sure he got negative fantasy points but the guy can score and will have plenty of looks coming his way. Last week Jones caught two touchdowns (it looked like he stole one from Jermichael Finley) Donnie Avery looks to be a nice play as the Green Bay defense is likely to key in on Reggie Wayne.

Baltimore vs. Kansas City -
This Baltimore defense has not been as unforgiving as it has been in years past but I expect that to change this week against Kansas City. I don’t think the Chiefs passing game scares the Ravens at all so they should be able to key in on Jamaal Charles and Bottle him up. There is a good chance Charles gets loose for a long touchdown out of sheer talent but make no mistake, this veteran defense still knows how to handle business. It should be noted that the Baltimore defense has allowed a surprising 6 touchdowns on the ground so far but I think they right the ship this week in that aspect. Ray Rice is about to have a field day as he runs out the clock. Baltimore wins big.

Atlanta vs. Washington -
I wish I could say that this is the game Robert Griffin III get stopped but I just don’t believe that to be true. He will throw a few interceptions in this one (the Atlanta Defense really knows how to scheme) but the talented rookie will make up his fantasy football points on the ground and will probably score twice. I do think Alfred Morris gets put in his place, his time is the sun is coming to a close any day now. Michael Turner should come back down to earth a little bit in this one but he is still expected to score. Both Roddy White and Julio Jones will score in this one as well as Matt Ryan balances out his dealing in week 5.

Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh -
This is a statement game as both teams try to claim supremacy over their home state. I get the feeling this one will be Lesean McCoy’s big breakout game despite the tough Pittsburgh defense match up (Pittsburgh has only allowed 303 yards on the ground to date - good for fifth best in the league) If Andy Reid has learned anything this year its that he should give the ball to his most talented player if he wants to win. Eli Manning managed to find some open receivers last Sunday night against this highly touted Philadelphia pass defense and I see no reason Ben Roethlisberger cant do the same. Keep in mind Hakeem Nicks sat out this week and all of Pittsburgh’s receivers are well rested and healthy.

Tennessee vs. Minnesota -
Chris Johnson’s big game last week sure came out of nowhere. He failed to score but racked up 141 yards on the ground against the leagues best all around defense (statistical) Make no mistake, this Minnesota defensive front is no slouch so a let down could certainly be on the horizon. Either way, if you own Chris Johnson you have to start him. It looks as though Kenny Britt will once against be inactive for the second week in a row so make other plans. I do expect Adrian Peterson to have a nice game, 80 yards and two touchdowns sounds about right. If Chris Johnson gets half that stat line consider yourself lucky.

Denver vs. New England -
This one has all the makings of a shootout. The Patriots lit up the Bills last week but still allowed 4 touchdowns passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Peyton Manning is just a little bit better than Fitzpatrick so I’m sure he can put out an equally strong performance. We all know the history between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, this should be the best game of the week with fantasy football implications galore. don’t get cute and start Brandon Bolden unless you are in a tight spot but both Willis Mcgahee and Stevan Ridley should be ok. Do not expect huge numbers from Ridley this week, the Denver defense has been pretty good against the run having only allowed one rushing touchdown to date.

San Diego vs. New Orleans -
Everyone loves a Sunday night shoot out and this match up aims to please! New Orleans cant stop anyone! The New Orleans defense has given up over 1,100 yards through the air and over 700 yards on the ground so be sure to start all of your Chargers. New Orleans has been surprisingly good against tight ends thus far so don’t expect a ton of yards from Antonio Gates but I do think he is due for a touchdown. Both Ryan Mathews and Jackie Battle are start-able in this one due to the match up, just be sure to monitor the situation going forward. On the other side, the saints will need to find their scores through the air; this San Diego defense has only given up 317 yards on the ground in 2012. That shouldn’t be a problem for fantasy football purposes, if you are starting any saints running backs besides Darren Sproles (who makes his living through the air) your team is in trouble anyway.

Houston vs. NY Jets -
This game will be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Mark Sanchez’s days are numbered and getting chased down by JJ Watt all night will not help his cause. Couple that with the prolific Texans rushing attack and you have a recipe for disaster. The Jets defense has given up 691 yards on the ground and 7 scores, second only to the New Orleans Saints. If you have a chance to grab Tim Tebow do it now while he is still available. Arian Foster should run wild and Ben Tate might get in on the action if things get out of hand (and if his toe is ok) Matt Schaub should be an ok start but the Texans are likely to be up big limiting his upside.

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Week 4 Fantasy Football Preview: Who’s Starting, Who’s Sitting?

09/27/2012

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Now that we are approaching week four of the NFL season the picture seems to be getting a lot clearer. Jamaal Charles appears to be back, Chris Johnson appears to be done and Aaron Rodgers is mired in some sort of funk. The Seahawks defense looks pretty serious and don’t look now but The Redskins just signed Ryan Grant, plan accordingly!

Cleveland vs. Baltimore
If you own Trent Richardson, you are starting him regardless of match up. This Baltimore defense is still a strong fantasy play but they have no looked as menacing as in years past. I don’t trust any of the Brown’s receiving options but definitely think you need to start Torrey Smith in all formats. Torrey finally broke out last week and looks to continue his success in week 4 against and overmatched Browns team.

New England vs. Buffalo
A lot of questions about the Buffalo running backs coming into week 4 and it looks to be a game time decision for Fred Jackson. If I am starting any of the Buffalo running backs it would have to be Tashard Choice who had a nice game in relief of CJ Spiller last week. Tom Brady should get things going against this underrated bill’s secondary; he is due for a breakout game. Those of you relying on Stevan Ridley should proceed with caution. I do think he will carry the load but based on last week, you are walking on thin ice until further notice.

San Diego vs. Kansas City

The Chargers defense has thus far bottled up Darren Mcfadden, and the mighty Chris Johnson but I do not expect similar results for Jamaal Charles. Charles should get a full work load with Peyton Hillis on the mend and should expose the Chargers defense. I am not expecting the eye popping numbers from last week’s performance but 90 yards on the ground and 40 through the air should be in order. Ryan Mathews had a decent game last week and should continue on that success if he can avoid any more injuries. This is tackle football Ryan, you have to be careful out there.

Minnesota vs. Detroit
Good to see Calvin Johnson get on track last week, he should continue that trend in week 4 regardless of the signal caller. Mikel Leshoure may take a small step back in this one; the Vikings front seven is stronger than you think. Regardless he should get the start in all formats. Adrian Peterson is due for a big game and this just might be it and look for Jerome Simpson to start stealing some of Percy Harvin’s looks as soon as this Sunday. If Jerome Simpson is still on your waiver wire add him while you still have the chance.

Seattle vs. St. Louis
Get all Rams out of your lineup; this Seattle Defense is for real! They shut down Aaron Rodgers and the high octane Packers on Monday night and should man-handle this sad St. Louis offense in week 4. I get the feeling Beast mode Marshawn Lynch is going to go off in this one.

San Francisco vs. NY Jets
Only the most desperate owners should start any of the Jets running backs in this one. Joe Mcknight has been moved to corner back and Shonne Green looks terrible. If you had to start one it would have to be Bilal Powell. If Powell gains 40 yards and even sniffs the end zone, I would be very surprised. Keep them all on your bench if possible. Frank Gore should roll up his usual 50-80 yards and will most likely score making him a top 15 rusher in most formats and Michael Crabtree could be a sneaky start with Darrel Revis out for the season.

Carolina vs. Atlanta
Say what you want about Michael Turner but the guy has been reasonably effective from a fantasy football stand point. I do not expect “the burner” to ever return to form but 60 yards and touchdown is a lot better than many running backs are putting out at the moment. This Carolina defense poses no threat to the Atlanta running game and if they can get up big they should look to run out the clock and Keep Cam Newton off the field. Speaking of which, if you have any other reasonable option I am benching Cam Newton in week 4. The Atlanta defense has been stifling to opposing quarterbacks and Cam has been a little careless with the football lately.

Tennessee vs. Houston
For those of you still holding out hope for Chris Johnson forget about it! The Houston Defense is stout to say the least. If you are stuck and have to start Chris Johnson I would expect no more than 30 yards rushing and 20 receiving. Based on his track record that is pretty generous. Sneaky play for Houston might be Ben Tate; if the Texans get up big he may see an increased workload to spell Arian Foster. I am not starting Matt Schaub despite his 4 touchdown performance last week. I think The Texans get back to the ground and pound in week 4.

Miami vs. Arizona
If Reggie Bush is playing he is a must start from here on out. This Arizona Defense has been surprisingly look and could be a decent start this week for those of you using the Pittsburgh defense (bye week) I need to see Brian Hartline do it again before I can recommend starting him regularly but if you are desperate he should be ok in this one. Beanie Wells hitting the IR is the best thing that could have every happened for fantasy football purposes. Ryan Williams will get the bulk of the carries but don’t expect a high yard per carry average; the Dolphins defense is somewhat stingy when it comes to running backs.

Cincinnati vs. Jacksonville
Tasty match up for Benjarvis Green-Ellis in this one, expect a nice bounce back from his lack luster week 3 performance. AJ Green is going to once again have a big game and should score as well. Feel free to consider all reasonable Bengals in this one, that Jacksonville defense is porous at best. Still only starting one Jaguar on offense and that is Maurice Jones Drew.

Oakland vs. Denver –
Another week another shoot out! Oakland and Pittsburgh found themselves in a nice little shoot out last week and I see no reason it won’t happen again this week. Start all skill positions in this one but be sure to double check Willis McGahee’s status prior to kickoff. I might temper expectations for Darren Mcfadden in the ground game but he will still get his points one way or another.

New Orleans vs. Green Bay
This should be the game Aaron Rodgers gets his mojo back and I fully expect Jordy Nelson to score his first touchdown of the year. Cedric Benson should be better than average for a change as this New Orleans defense can’t seem to stop anyone. All saints are a go as they try to keep up. This is a good game for both teams as they try to right the ship.

Washington vs. Tampa Bay
I am expecting one more good game out of Alfred Morris before I sell high! Call me crazy, but I just flat out do not trust Mike Shanahan. Do not overlook the recent signing of Ryan Grant. Vincent Jackson ha s a nice match up here and should easily go over the century mark. I would not dream of starting either the Tampa bay defense or the Washington defense; this should be a high scoring affair.

NY Giants vs. Philadelphia
I think I speak for all fantasy football players when I say give the rock to Lesean Mccoy! Michael Vick will probably get roughed up in this one but if Andy Reid is smart (and he is) he will try his best to keep this high powered Giants offense off the field though ground control. Brent Celek may well end up being the week’s top scoring tight end if Vick can deliver the ball properly. If you own any of the Giants starters you have to play them but temper expectations for Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. They will score but may not put up the monster games we have come to expect.

Chicago vs. Dallas
Hopefully these two teams can provide a better match up than last week’s Monday night stinker. The Chicago corners are tough but I think Tony Romo can pull through if his offensive line can keep him up right. Speaking of which, the bear defense might not be a terrible play in sack heavy leagues, they lead the league in sacks thus far. I get a feeling we might see a breakout game from Alshon Jeffrey here as Brandon Marshall draws top coverage. Risky start but his stock could well be on the rise after this prime time match up.

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