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Week 4

The injuries continue to mount and some big names are on a bye week this week, so beware. Would the proud owners of Roy Williams, Javon Walker, and Reggie Wayne please report to the front desk. Your package of rabbit’s feet, four-leaf clovers and horseshoes has arrived.

When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:

1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions. I will try to answer as many inquires as possible.

2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!

 

Quarterbacks

Bye Weeks: Vinny Testaverde, Joey Harrington, Dante Culpepper, Matt Hasselbeck

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville
Donovan McNabb, Philly vs.
Chicago
Michael Vick, Atlanta vs.
Carolina 

Removed from Studs list:

Steve McNair, Tennessee: Bruised sternum, questionable.

Start

Marc Bulger, St. Louis (vs. San Francisco): All Bulger has done thus far in ’04 is average over 300 yards passing and thrown a TD in each game. Look for those numbers to continue this week as the Rams look to get back on the winning track at the expense of the 49ers secondary.

Jake Delhomme, Carolina (vs. Atlanta): Even without Steve Smith, Delhomme threw five TDs in Carolina’s first two games. With Atlanta’s tough run defense likely to keep DeShaun Foster in check, look for Delhomme to go up top and post solid numbers this week.

Bench

Jake Plummer, Denver (vs. Tampa Bay): Ah, listen to the magical sounds of the rattlesnake as you as lulled to sleep by it’s beautiful rattling sounds….then CHOMP! You’re today’s lunch. That’s what it’s like rolling with Plummer as your QB. Some weeks you can sit back and enjoy watching him work. Other weeks, you feel like the mouse dropped into his cage. Avoid being the mouse this week and sit Plummer.

Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo (vs. New England): Giving Bill Belichick an extra week to prepare for a game is like giving Eric Clapton a week to practice before a big show. Look for Bledsoe to once again struggle against his old mates with plenty of help from his below average offensive line.

 

Running Backs

Bye Weeks: Eddie George, Reshard Lee, Richie Anderson, Kevin Jones, Onterrio Smith, Moe Williams, Michael Bennett, Shaun Alexander

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Tennessee
Priest Holmes, Kansas City vs.
Baltimore
Ahman Green, Green Bay vs.
N.Y. Giants
Clinton Portis, Washington vs.
Cleveland
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore vs.
Kansas City
*Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville
*Thomas Jones, Chicago vs. Philadelphia
*Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. Miami

Removed from Studs list:

Deuce McAllister, New Orleans: high ankle sprain, out
Domanick Davis, Houston: ankle injury, questionable


Start

Duce Staley, Pittsburgh (vs. Cincinnati): If Staley can crack the century mark against the Dolphins defense in Miami, what do you think he can do against a Bengals defense that has allowed an average of 166 yards on the ground this season? He’s worth a start to find out.

Aaron Stecker, New Orleans (vs. Arizona): Those of you lucky enough to pluck Stecker off the waiver wire last week were rewarded with a strong performance. With the lowly Cardinals next up who rank dead last in rushing yards allowed, expect another fine day from Deuce’s replacement.

Warrick Dunn, Atlanta (vs. Carolina): Dunn has quietly posted very solid numbers thus far scoring four TDs in three games and breaking the 100-yard mark rushing last week. On the road, expect Atlanta to keep the ball on the ground and Dunn will continue to be a big part of the offense.


Bench

Lee Suggs, Cleveland (vs. Washington): The good news is Suggs is finally being cleared to play after some neck problems. The bad news is the Browns face the Redskins this week who are tops in the NFL allowing an average of only 47 yards rushing a game. Don’t expect much from Suggs this week.

DeShaun Foster, Carolina (vs. Atlanta): Foster posted big numbers on the ground for Carolina in week two before their bye week. The Panthers face a tougher run defense this week in Atlanta and with Stephen Davis potentially returning this week, you should look for other options.

T.J. Duckett, Atlanta (vs. Carolina): So much for the RBBC in Atlanta. A healthy Duckett was not given a carry last week and has only 11 touches and one reception on the season. Hopefully, you went for the lighter side of this duo in your fantasy draft.

 

Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks: Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn, Antonio Bryant, Roy Williams, Az-Zahir Hakim, Randy Moss, Nate Burleson, Kelly Campbell, Darrell Jackson, Koren Robinson, Bobby Engram

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. San Francisco
Te
rrell Owens, Philly vs. Chicago
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati
Chad Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh
Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Arizona
Derrick Mason, Tennessee vs. San Diego
Laveranues Coles, Washington vs. Cleveland
*Isaac Bruce, St. Louis vs. San Francisco

Start

Javon Walker, Green Bay (vs. N.Y. Giants): Anyone who watched the Colts/Packers game last week, knows exactly why Walker is on this list. Don’t expect another eleven catches for 198 yards and three TDs this week, but cracking the 100-yard mark again with at least one score is not out of the question against the G-Men.

Amani Toomer, N.Y. Giants (vs. Green Bay): Toomer looks to be clicking nicely with Kurt Warner as his five catches for 126 yards last week would indicate. Against Green Bay, Toomer should find plenty of openings against a pass defense that allowed five TDs in the first half last week.

Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville (vs. Indianapolis): Despite the 3-0 start, there hasn’t been much to get excited about from the fantasy perspective in Jacksonville. Leftwich has made the big plays, but his overall numbers are down. Expect the Jags to open up the offense this week and Leftwich airs it out to Smith as they try and keep pace with the high-voltage Colts offense.

Chris Chambers, Miami (vs. N.Y. Jets): With Jay Fiedler returning to QB this week playing for his job, you can expect him to look for his favorite target as often as possible. Chambers should be a decent play against the Jets with Booker and McMichael opening up the deep ball.


Bench

Bill Schroeder, Tampa Bay (vs. Denver): Schroeder is this week’s version of the flavor of the week. Schroeder caught four passes for 126 yards and a TD but cannot be relied on to produce consistent numbers especially against a tough Denver pass defense.

Peerless Price, Atlanta (vs. Carolina): Okay, I fell into the “Price is bound to snap out of this” trap last week. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Until Vick can use Price on a consistent basis, the Price is wrong!

Ashley Lelie, Denver (vs. Tampa Bay): Lelie is on the cusp of putting it all together and becoming a solid #2 receiver. That progress will be delayed a week as Plummer and the Broncos passing attack will struggle on the road this week.

David Terrell, Chicago vs. (Philadelphia): Ugh. From 5-126 with a TD, to ZERO catches, to 2-25. Now Rex Grossman is out for the season. Run. Run far away.

 

Tight Ends

Bye Weeks: Jason Witten, Stephen Alexander, Jermaine Wiggins, Itula Mili

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Baltimore
Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants vs. Green Bay
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets
*Daniel Graham, New England vs. Buffalo

Removed from Studs list:

Kellen Winslow, Cleveland: broken leg
Todd Heap, Baltimore: ankle injury

Start

Eric Johnson, San Francisco (vs. St. Louis): Who needs T.O when you got E.J! Johnson has posted at least five receptions in each of the first three games this season. There’s no reason to think he’ll slow down this week against the Rams at home on Sunday night.

George Wrighster, Jacksonville (vs. Indianapolis): Who? Kyle Brady’s replacement had quite a nice game last week catching five balls, one for a TD. With Leftwich likely to throw more often this week, Wrighster should be in line for another solid fantasy day at the office.


Bench

Bubba Franks, Green Bay (vs. N.Y. Giants): Don’t be fooled by Franks’ four catches last week. I think Favre completed a couple passes to Antonio Freeman and Sterling Sharpe he was passing so much last week. Franks is still not worthy of a start.

Dallas Clark, Indianapolis (vs. Jacksonville): Or Mr. Frustration as I like to call him. One catch for 64 yards on opening day is all the young rookie has to show for his 2004 season thus far. Clark hasn’t been fully healthy so until he becomes involved in the offense, keep him on your pine.

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