Week 4 Studs
Kyle Orton QB, Denver Broncos (341 yards and 2 touchdowns); Ladainian Tomlinson RB, New York Jets (133 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns)
Terrell Owens WR, Cincinnati Bengals (10 receptions, 222 yards and 1 touchdown); Reggie Wayne WR, Indianapolis Colts (15 receptions, 196 yard)
Arian Foster RB, Houston Texans (131 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards, 1 touchdown); Antonio Gates TE, San Diego Chargers (144 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns)
New York Giant Defense (10 sacks, 3 turnovers); Jason Hansen K, Detroit Lions, (4/4 Field Goals and 2/2 Extra Points)
Week 4 DUDS
Derek Anderson QB, Arizona Cardinals (64 yards and 2 interceptions); Chris Johnson RB, Tennesse Titans, (64 total yards and 1 fumble)
Desean Jackson WR, Philadelphia Eagles (3 receptions, 19 yards); Mike Wallace, WR Pittsburgh Steelers (2 receptions, 24 yards)
Buffalo Bills Defense (273 rushing yards against and 30+ points allowed for three straight games)
Week 5 Preview
BYE: Steelers, Patriots, Dolphins, Seahawks
Eli Manning @ Houston
Analysis: Manning has been a disappointment this season so far but I’m predicting a big game against the NFL’s worst passing defense. Houston allows a whooping 337 passing yards against per game and was unable to stop Seton-La Salle graduate Bruce Gradkowski last week. Manning has made some bad decisions with the ball but he has the ability and the weapons to do some damage this week. This matchup is too good to ignore.
Sean Hill vs St. Louis
Analysis: In his last three starts Hill has averaged 47 pass attempts and 301 yards. Hill also scrambled for 54 yards last week which adds to his fantasy value. This week he faces a Rams secondary that ranks 21st against the pass giving up 230 yards per game. I like Hill this week even knowing he’ll throw an interception or two.
Other QBs with good matchups: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Jacksonville, Sam Bradford vs Detroit, Matt Ryan vs Cleveland
Ryan Torain vs Green Bay
Analysis: Clinton Portis will miss four to six weeks with an injured groin muscle which means Torain will have a golden opportunity to showcase his skills. Torain finished with 70 yards and a touchdown against Philadelphia last week and may continue that success against a Green Bay team that ranks 24th against the run. Green Bay is strong against the pass however which furthers the idea that the Redskins will try to run their way to victory.
Jamaal Charles/Thomas Jones @ Indianapolis
Analysis: Both Kansas City runners had solid games last week against a decent 49er defense. Jones led the way with 19 carries, 95 yards and a touchdown while Charles added 97 yards on 12 carries and 57 yards on 3 catches. Jones will continue to get the bulk of the carries but Charles catches more passes and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The Chiefs will rely on their dual-threat tandem to keep Peyton Manning on the sidelines this week. Indianapolis allows 150 rushing yards per game which ranks 29th in the NFL.
Other RBs with good matchups: Cedric Benson vs Tampa Bay, Matt Forte vs Carolina, Mike Tolbert vs Oakland, Fred Jackson vs Jacksonville
Mark Clayton @ Detroit
Analysis: The Rams have a good match up this week vs the Detroit secondary. Clayton was targeted 14 times last week vs Seattle and should continue to be Sam Bradford’s go-to receiver. Detroit is allowing 240 passing yards and 2 touchdowns per game. I think Bradford and Clayton both have solid performances this week.
Brandon Lloyd @ Baltimore
Analysis: The #1 passing offense takes on the #1 passing defense in this showdown. Starting Lloyd is risky but while I believe the Ravens secondary is solid, it has yet to be tested because teams are finding success running the ball against them. The Broncos, meanwhile, continue to pass the ball regardless of the matchup. Kyle Orton is averaging 44 passing attempts and 350 yards per game. Brandon Lloyd has three 100 yard games and two of them have come against the Titans and Colts that both rank in the top half of the league against the pass. Lloyd was targeted an eye-popping 18 times last week vs Tennessee and has separated himself among a crowded Broncos receiving corp.
Other WRs with good matchups: Steve Smith (NYG) vs Houston, Donald Driver vs Washington, Steve Johnson vs Jacksonville, Lance Moore vs Arizona
Brandon Pettigrew vs St. Louis
Analysis: The former 1st round draft pick has formed some nice chemistry with Lion’s QB Sean Hill. Pettigrew is averaging 6 catches and 83 yards in the last three weeks and should be a factor this week vs the Rams.
Other TEs with good matchups:, Ben Watson vs Atlanta, Brent Celek vs San Francisco, Marcedes Lewis vs Buffalo
New Orleans @ Arizona
The Cardinal offense is in complete disarray. Derek Anderson is being benched this week in favor of undrafted rookie QB Max Hall. The Saints defense should put up some nice numbers here.
Other D/ST with good matchups: Chicago vs Carolina, Cincinnati vs Tampa Bay, Atlanta vs Cleveland
Bruce Gradkowski vs San Diego
Analysis: Gradkowski has been decent since he was named starter over Jason Campbell in week 2. Gradkowski has 695 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions but faces a San Diego defense that is allowing the 2nd fewest fantasy points per game vs opposing quarterbacks. San Diego has given up only 3 touchdown passes versus 7 interceptions. Gradkowski will have his work cut out for him this week especially considering that he was limited in practice on Wednesday with a sore throwing shoulder. Gradkowski’s weapons are also dealing with injuries. RB Darren McFadden is doubtful and WR Louis Murphy is dealing with an injured clavicle.
Vince Young @ Dallas
Analysis: Young has only attempted 71 passes through four games which ranks 29th in the NFL. He has jut two more attempts than Jimmy Clausen who has only started two games. Dallas ranks 8th in total defense and 15th against the pass. Only Jay Cutler has thrown for more than 250 yards and more than one touchdown against Dallas all season.
Other QBs with tough matchups:, Alex Smith vs Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb vs Green Bay, Mark Sanchez vs Minnesota, Josh Freeman vs Cincinnati
Ladainian Tomlinson vs Minnesota
Analysis: Last week I said to start LT vs Buffalo and he paid dividends running for 133 yards and two scores. Minnesota present a much bigger challenge this week for LT. Minnesota is fresh off of a bye week and has only allowed one rushing touchdown through three games.
Brandon Jackson @ Washington
Analysis: The Packers are going to continue to split carries between Jackson and John Kuhn, but neither are viable starting Fantasy options. Both runners struggled against Detroit last week, as Jackson was limited to nine carries for 33 yards while Kuhn had nine carries for 39 yards. Since taking over for the injured Ryan Grant, Jackson has 74 rushing yards and one touchdown against Buffalo, Chicago and the Lions.
Other RBs with tough matchups: Laurence Maroney vs Baltimore, Marion Barber vs Tennessee, Cadillac Williams vs Cincinnati
Malcolm Floyd @ Oakland
Analysis: Oakland is terrible against the run which probably means big yards for San Diego running backs this week. Floyd does have the potential to get into the end zone but will probably have to out race stud CB Nnamdi Asomugha to get there.
Dwayne Bowe @ Indianapolis
Analysis: Bowe has only been targeted 15 times this year hauling in 7 receptions with one touchdown. It’s hard to trust that kind of production. I think the Chiefs running backs play a big role in this game. I’d leave Bowe and QB Matt Cassel on the bench until they produce with some consistency.
Other WRs with tough matchups: Lois Murphy vs San Diego, Michael Crabtree vs Philadelphia, Santana Moss vs Green Bay
Jason Witten vs Tennessee
Analysis: Witten has just 6 touchdowns in his last 39 games. That’s a touchdown every 6 ½ games. Not exactly the production you’d expect from a big named tight end. This season Witten is averaging 5 receptions and 45 yards per game. Tennessee has been strong against tight ends allowing only 15 catches, 167 yards and zero touchdowns on the year.
Other TEs with tough matchups: Owen Daniels vs NYG, Jermaine Gresham vs Tampa Bay, Todd Heap vs Denver
Washington vs Green Bay
Analysis: Washington’s defense is ranked 31st in total yards, averaging over 400 yards per game. Aaron Rodgers and company are capable of putting up huge numbers this week.
Other Defenses with tough matchups: Oakland vs San Diego, Cleveland vs Atlanta, Arizona vs New Orleans