Did you have a good week 3? My fantasy teams did, but my real team didn’t (if you know me, you know who that is). Hopefully the momentum continues this week.
Byes: TB, MIN, KC, DAL
Who to Start:
QB Bruce Gradkowski (OAK) vs. HOU: He didn’t get Oakland a win in Arizona, but he opened up the Raider offense. And against the worst pass D in the league, who will be without one of their starting safeties that will make this matchup only more enticing.
RB: Matt Forte (CHI) vs. NYG: He has only averaged 36 yards rushing this season, but due to his contribution in the passing game, he still remains a viable option to start. Against the Giants, who had trouble stopping Chris Johnson, he should continue to have success.
WR: Donald Driver (GB) vs. DET: With Aaron Rodgers being under center, and him throwing against the Lions, Driver should have a great game. Enough said.
WR: Mark Clayton (STL) vs. SEA: He is Sam Bradford’s favorite target, and due to this, he’s caught 17 passes, and 2 TD’s this year. Get him while he still is being targeted, and Steven Jackson is injured, because matchups like Seattle’s poor pass D don’t come around too often.
TE: Dustin Keller (NYJ) vs. BUF: He’s been better fantasy wise than any other Tight End in football not named Antonio Gates, and he should be licking his chops, because he’s facing Buffalo.
DEF: Indianapolis vs. JAX: Boy did the Jags O look horrid last week, with less than 100 passing yards, and allowing 7 sacks to the Eagles. Against the 2 best pass rushers in the league, this trend will continue, so start the Colts.
Who to Sit:
QB: Joe Flacco (BAL) vs. PIT: For the 1st time all year, he looked half-way decent last Sunday. But against the Steelers, who have allowed only 2 TD’s all season, avoid starting Flacco.
RB: Jerome Harrison (CLE) vs. CIN: Boy, how far he has fallen. From being a fantasy hero last season, to a bench warmer this year, he’s fallen a long way. And, with Peyton Hillis emerging as a big back, Harrison’s time will continue to dwindle.
WR: Steve Smith (CAR) vs. NO: With Jimmy Clausen under center now, Smith’s value has taken a hit. And against New Orleans, who has done a reasonably good job stopping wideouts this year, he should be on the bench, despite how good he is.
WR: Calvin Johnson (DET) vs. GB: This is more of a warning than a stern edict. Shaun Hill has struggled somewhat in his time, and with Johnson matched up against Charles Woodson, start with extreme caution.
TE: Heath Miller (PIT) vs. BAL: Despite the safety net factor for Charlie Batch, he should be avoided, because, well, it’s Baltimore.
DEF: San Francisco vs. ATL: One of the highest drafted D’s coming into the year, and now one of the most disappointing D’s around. Against the Falcons, who laid a 41 spot on Arizona 2 weeks ago at the Georgia Dome, they will continue to struggle. They have given up 62 points on the road so far.
3 Super Sleepers for Week 4:
DEF Seattle vs. STL: Because of the special teams’ factor, with Leon Washington now being Leon Washington, they are a nice sleeper if your D is on a bye. Also, facing Sam Bradford without Steven Jackson doesn’t hurt either.
WR Louis Murphy (OAK) vs. HOU: I guess once I recommend someone once, they must be recommended twice, right? Same goes for Murphy, who had a nice week with Bruce Gradkowski under center. And, against a porous Houston Pass D, the trend should continue.
WR Blair White (IND) vs. JAX: Who? The Pierre Garcon of 2010 for the Colts, and that should bode well for him. He will perform well with Garcon and Anthony Gonzalez nursing injuries. Facing Jacksonville doesn’t hurt that much either.
Good Luck in Week 4!