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THE FIRE SALE: Week 4

I was going to do my usual introduction but I have to get this posted. There’s some big debate everyone is talking about between the guy who fired T.O. and some grandma that screams all the time. I can’t miss it.

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Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas – As a real Dallas fan, owner Jerry Jones took all the fight out of me years ago with the ridiculous way he runs a football franchise. It takes a lot for me to get excited about anything Dallas does because in the end the road ultimately leads to failure. I’m really excited about Prescott. I don’t mean about the silly hype or talk radio nonsense, just what I see from him so far. Now his schedule gets tougher and he refuses to throw the ball to the Dallas receiver I own in all my leagues for some reason but he looks like the real deal. Eli Manning better watch out. In a year or two he might be the third-best quarterback in the NFC East. Or he may win his third Super Bowl ring.

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago  Jeremy Langford injured his ankle and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. I don’t know if he could look any worse running on one leg. Howard was about to take Langford’s job anyway. Now Howard gets the opportunity to cement himself as the lead back for the rest of the season. Of course, Howard does play on the worst team in football and for a coach that’s just collecting a paycheck. He should still be the top waiver wire pickup of the week. Howard is by far Chicago’s most talented running back. I like him as a weekly RB2 because of his pass-catching skills even on a bad team.

Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia – I own Ryan Mathews in a couple of leagues. I’m not bragging. That’s actually a bad thing. Mathews has one of his ankle injuries that are lasting 16 weeks. Smallwood replaced Mathews on Sunday. He rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Coach Doug Pederson said he’s going to continue to rotate backs going forward. I assume he means until Mathews goes on Injured Reserve. Then Smallwood will take over as the lead back. Get this guy now before Mathews limps off the field for good. And the next time someone says you can’t predict injuries, make sure to laugh in their face for me.

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore – Baltimore is averaging 3.3 yards per carry through three games. To be honest, I’m surprised it’s that high. I guess Terrance West isn’t working out. Who saw that coming? I mean other than everyone. Dixon suffered a knee injury in the third preseason game. He’s been targeting Week 4 as his return but Dixon could still be a couple of weeks away. I don’t know if Dixon will be a fantasy stud in Baltimore but I’m willing to bet $1 he’s better than what the team has right now. Dixon is only owned in 14 percent of leagues. He’s worth stashing if you need help at running back.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay – When I’m wrong I’m really wrong. I only predicted seven touchdowns for Brate before the season:

“I had a vision. It’s Cameron Brate. He’ll catch 60 balls and seven touchdowns this season. Go get him.”

The Cameron Brate takeover has begun. You can either join the revolution or get left behind. You’ve been warned.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.