Fantasy Football Week 4
If you can somehow completely ignore the worst officiating the league has EVER seen (yes, the final play of the Monday Night game ranks right up there with the worst calls ever, but it’s one of literally dozens of terrible calls that have been made over the first three weeks of the regular season) it’s been some exciting football and made for some interesting fantasy games.
I had a very good week, picking up wins in both my leagues and touting some pickups that panned out really well (see Andre Brown, Martellus Bennett, Mikel Leshoure and Michael Bush!)
As we get deeper into the season, those gold mines may be a little harder to find, but with bye weeks already starting this weekend, you may need a little fill-in help ad there are some guys that are likely hanging out there on your waiver wire just waiting for you.
At QB, I really like what Andy Dalton has been doing in Cincy after a rough week 1 with over 300 yards and three scores the last two weeks. And even though he hasn’t posted a ton of fantast points yet, it’s hard to deny that Christian Ponder has been playing really well and accounted for three scores against a stingy 49ers D last weekend. And Mathew Stafford owners will want to keep a close watch on his hamstring. There’s a chance he misses the feast of the Minnesota secondary on the schedule for Sunday, giving Shaun Hill a chance to rack up some fill in points
At RB, check out Ryan Williams in Arizona. Beanie Wells is complaining of a turf toe and Kevin Kolb is far from being Tom Brady. He’s worth a flyer as is Jacquizz Rodgers in Atlanta. Yes Michael Turner got ssome carries and a score as the Falcons sat on the Chargers, but Rodgers actually played more snaps and is a lot better fit in the uptempo attack. It’s just a matter of time.
There’s a trio of wide receivers worth a shot especially in deeper leagues: Leonard Hankerson in Washington, who is a newly annointed starter; Donnie Avery in Indy (the team is going to throw a LOT this season and Austin Collie is already out…again) and fresh off his suspension for weed, Jerome Simpson in Minnesota who, hopefully for Vikings fans, will be the deep threat we need to stretch the field, opening things up for the tight end tout of the week (who I gave you as a pre-season sleeper) Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph has built a bond with Ponder and scored twice last week. He’s a red zone beast and could continue to flourish.
On to Start ’ems and Sit ’ems, get your Ravens in your lineup Thursday. They’re facing an awful Cleveland team, and Flacco has the offense clicking. The Patriots always seem to have Buffalo’s number and desperatley needs a win. Start em! The Packers/Saints game should be a points bonanza, especially for Green Bay facing a putrid Saints defense. Yes, I’m predicting the Saints are getting off to an 0-4 start, effectively ending their season already. Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden could have nice games against a suspect Broncos D as well.
On the Sit ’em side, the Cowboys offensive line is a mess and will get eaten alive by the Bears D Monday, if you can find an option for Rom and Dez Bryant, take it. Chris Johnson, take a seat. No holes, no vision and facing Houston? Uff da. And if you’re starting Dolphins, Jets and Rams with any regularity, you’ve got plenty of issues already, but keep in mind that they’re facing some of the top defenses in Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle this weekend.
I hope some of these tips are working out for you and you’re on a winning track. And here’s hoping the officiating isn’t screwing you out of wins like they screwed the Packers on Monday.