Thursday, September 29, 2011

THE PREP - WEEK 4

Every game, every week, we break it all down and we do it for you. Now go out and dominate!

Detroit at Dallas 1:00 PM FOX Cowboys Stadium
Start Stafford, Megatron and Best (flex option only)
Start Witten, Dez Bryant and F.Jones (rb2)
Sit - Romo, Burleson.
Injuries - B.Pettigrew (may play), Miles Austin is out.

Carolina at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX Soldier Field
The Bears will come after Cam and I do not like this matchup for him. Sit Cam this week. I like Cutler much more in this matchup and think
this will be his best game of the year. Hard to start any Bears WRs though I like a sneaky breakout week for J.Knox in week 4. M.Forte should star
this week landing a TD rushing and receiving.

On the Carolina side this week there is not much to like...I just don't see the Panthers doing much and can't even recommend DeAngelo Williams
as a flex start since he seems to be in a full blown split with Jonathan Stewart...that is a real mess...why pay D.will 43 mil and not give him the rock?
We talked about this two weeks ago, they are in love with letting Cam run around and doing his Mike Vick impression, but realistically they need to run the football
and they have the rbs to do it. S.Smith came back to earth this past week and I expect more of the same this week unless he can bust one up the seam
of the Bears cover 2. He is a wr 3 in my book this week. G.Olsen may be a nice TD play as I like to go with players who come back and play
against teams that traded them.

Buffalo at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS Paul Brown Stadium
Cincy's D has been pretty good this year and kept them in games, but can they slow down the College offense that Chan Gailey is running there in
Buffalo...he is basically running an NFL version of the spread with 3 wrs on the field most of the time. How can you not love Stevie Johnson and on a lesser
level D.Nelson who has been targeted right around 20 plus times over the last two weeks? TE S.Chandler is a huge target in the redzone and is not gonna
catch many balls but his chances of a td are good almost every week. Start Fitzpatrick...he's hot don't pull him now! Maybe the most underrated rb in
the league right now is Fred Jackson...you could probably get this guy via trade for a bigger name right now ...he is the man in Buffalo and the way
they are scoring...there are not alot of backs better in the league right now.

I expect Andy Dalton to have a better game this week and Benson to have an avg week of about 90 yds and maybe a td and ya gotta keep playing
AJ green even though he let you down last week...as a no.3 wr he is a big game waiting to happen....and again if you can get him in a dynasty or keeper
setting take advantage of the bad week and get him! Hard to play Gresham on any given week because he depends so much on Dalton.

Tennessee at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS Cleveland Browns Stadium
The mighty Browns are 2-1....well wait a sec... they played Cincy and lost, and they beat Miami and Indy...don't believe the Clev hype just yet...and don't
count out a tough Titans team. I like Hasselbeck and Nate Washington this week. Hasselbeck makes a decent play again this week and Nate Washington is looking like a low end WR2.
With Britt going down for the season be on the lookout for jared cook to finally get into the passing action...so far this year
he has not been involved at all after a great preseason...put him on your watch list. Filling in for Britt will be Damien Williams..not a good route runner,
he is not usable at this point. And good Lord what has happened to CJ2K...hard not to start him here...you drafted him high, how can you not run
him out there? Makes you wonder how Harper would do if he got some reps? CJ owners are hoping are hoping that he snaps out of this sooner than later.
This running into the pile and falling down bit is getting old! 2K yd seasons take their toll on players...only the great Eric Dickerson was ever worth anything after a 2k yd season.

On the Browns side - keep an eye on Massaquoi this week, can be used as a wr 4, though B.Watson is still the top target there in Cleveland. Moore is a nice
player at TE but right now ya can't trust a guy getting so few targets. Colt McCoy is doing well in his second year but I cannot recommend using him outside
of a 2 qb league setting. P.Hillis should be back doing his thing this week and is a solid start to get close to 100 yds and a score and catch 3-4 balls. It will be
also be interesting to see how Hardesty is mixed into the running game...for Hillis owners sake let's hope we don't start easing into a split here. Some are
saying to run to the Hillis with Mr.Madden right now, but me..i am sticking with Peyton until I see Hardesty "wow" me.

Minnesota at Kansas City 1:00 PM FOX Arrowhead Stadium
I hope this game is not on TV...surely not. I have a bone to pick with the Vikes coaching staff. They have the purple jesus and they gave him 17 touches last week.
You have a huge lead in the game, how hard is it to give him the rock 25-27 times and salt away that win. For fantasy owners and Vikes fans across the globe for
heaven's sake run AP more. Makes no sense not to take advantage of the most physically gifted running back in the league.
Start AP, Sit McNabb on the road, Start D.Bowe who I like alot this week and I also think McCluster is a spot flex start this week. thats about all I can recommend
in this matchup. Don't get fooled with Michael Jenkins...in a ppr maybe...if you are really desperate.

Washington at St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX Edward Jones Dome
My Rams have looked so bad...talk about a regression.
Sit - Sam Bradford in most leagues. He does not look good right now and you really have to be hurting to use Sam right now.
Sit - Cadillac Williams and Lance Kendricks (what a disappointment after a good preseason). All Rams WRs.
Caution - Be careful about rushing Sjax back into your lineups....he is barely a flex option at this point. Only way you are sure to play him is if you
get some real positive reports out of Rams camp heading into the weekend.
Out - D.Amendola

Washington has some good starts in this one: Timmy H.Tower has been great this season and is almost an RB 1 start for me here and S.Moss is looking good
as well...Sleeper alert! - Jabar Gaffney is a great play this week vs the Rams no.2 corner who couldn't cover his own shadow. Just ask
the Raven's Torrey Smith who scored 3 times vs the horrendous coverage. It's hard to say Start Grossman, but he is not a bad play this week though
I would not expect huge numbers. Start Fred Davis and Sit Cooley and also sit Roy Helu until his role becomes clearer. Some have dropped him already,
but be patient with him because it is a long season.

New Orleans at Jacksonville 1:00 PM FOX EverBank Field
This has the look of a blowout if you glance at it, but teams like the saints sometimes lay eggs when they gotta get outta the dome and play on grass fields...
add in alittle wind coming off the coast there in Jagsland and I can see the Saints winning but under performing in this game. Of course you play Brees and
J.Graham who is continuing to show that he is a stud at the TE position. With Colston back in the mix this week and Moore's value rising it will be
interesting to see what happens with R.Meachum the next few weeks. He could get lost in the shuffle at WR after 3 straight weeks with a TD.
Start Sproles who has been the best of the Saints RB's in your flex and Also take a look at Ingram this week. I called Ingrams first TD here in The Prep last week
and he could be in for some more good work if the Saints jump out to a big lead. I want to see what he can do with 15 plus touches.

On the Jags side, I like Mike Thomas more now with Gabbert in there...I also called in last week's Prep that his value would rise with someone under center
that could actually get him the ball, and MT got his first TD of the year. MJD looks good and is still a true no.1 rb. One good thing about having the young QB
is that they are going to run the ball...unlike alot of teams with good backs that have almost abandoned the run. Sit Mercedes Lewis until he gets over
this calf injury.

Pittsburgh at Houston 1:00 PM CBS Reliant Stadium
Start Schaub who has been playing great along with his beast No.1 WR Andre 3000. Owen Daniels will be used this week to slow Bllitzburghs rush so
I would play him as well. Could be another wait and see with Foster and Tate. Steve Slaton(wow what a fall from grace) was cut earlier this week so
maybe Foster is ready to roll. I am not so confident so will stick with him as a RB 2-3 this week. Tate is still a solid flex option going forward.
Sit - J.Jones who could be back this week and Sit K.Walter, yeah he scored last week, but if you saw the play it was off a tipped pass that I am not so
sure was even intended for him. D.Ward I believe is out again.

For Pitt start Big Ben who I look to go for 285 and 2 TD's...at least one to Mike Wallace who is just playing off the charts right now.
Look for a small rebound from R.Mendenhall who I am liking less and less as he disappoints us more often than not. Look for 65 yds and a TD this week.
Sit H.Miller, Hines Ward, A.Brown and E.Sanders - not sure what is going on with the role players in Pitt's passing game these days.


San Francisco at Philadelphia 1:00 PM FOX Lincoln Financial Field
Start Mike Vick, Desean Jackson who needs to bounce back after two bad fantasy weeks. Maclin is a nice play this week as well and I am calling
Steve Smith my sleeper for this matchup as the Eagles throw all over Frisco. McCoy has been off the charts this year and is one of if not the best
RB in the league right now. Sit J.Avant and B.Celek.

On the Frisco side I am only recommending playing Gore (ankle) if he suits up...I would almost rather see Kendell Hunter to see what he can do. The
Rookie knows pass protection and is ready to step in and roll. If you are a Gore owner and you don't have Hunter, go get him now.
Sit the rest of the Niners offense. Sleeper - M.Crabtree - Crabby has had a few weeks now to get back in the groove and should be a fantasy factor
sooner than later...probably not here vs these corners. Put him on your watch list.

NY Giants at Arizona 4:05 PM FOX U of Phoenix Stadium
Eli - suddenly hot facing a weak def on the road is a must start. Nicks is a great play along with the lounge singer Victor Cruz...let he sweet sounds of VC give your no.3
wr spot a silky look in week 4. Manningham still battling the concussion he got in wk2 is cleared to practice but not yet cleared to play.
A.Bradshaw is a start and RB2 this week and Jacobs is a flex option.

For Zona Kolb hasn't been awful but like a frozen pizza he hasn't been great either. Beanie was banged up last week leaving us with the styling of Chester
Taylor...hurry back Beanie! Wells has looked good when he can stay on the field...always a problem for him. Other than Fitzgerald who is a flat monster the
rest of this offense just doesnt scare me. I hope you guys didnt start Jeff King last week. You just knew that productions wasnt going to last. Looking
for someone else to emerge as a no.2 WR for the Cards. For now you have to sit guys like Early Doucet and Andre Roberts.

Atlanta at Seattle 4:05 PM FOX CenturyLink Field
Weren't the Falcons suppose to be a superbowl contender? Matty Ice has melted under the expectations and Michael Turner has done nothing but turn stomachs
blowing a sweet matchup for us last week with exactly 1-2 pt in most formats. Start him this week so he can redeem himself. R.White did come
back and have a big game with his catches and yardage last week...we expect him to finish this thing off and with some tds this week. Start Roddy!!!!
Start Ryan and Tony G who continues to do his thing. Sleeper this week is Julio Jones who I expect to have his first really good game of the year.

On the Seattle side it's slim picking with Marsh-Yawn Lynch hardly going beast mode on anyone. Sit Lynch this week. Tavaris Jackson is a joke under center for the Hawks.
Sidney Rice is back and will be targeted heavily. I like his prospects to do some garbage time damage this year and to help us out in ppr's. Sidney is a
tentative start at a WR 4 this week.
Don't think Pete carol doesn't have Andrew Luck on speed dial. Which is weird if it works out because they were Pac 10 rivals.

Miami at San Diego 4:15 PM CBS Qualcomm Stadium
Start Daniel Thomas...has emerged passed Reggie Bush and is looking like the real deal now in Miami...deal for him while ya can.
Rivers is putting up monster yardage numbers and should put up the TDs as well this week ...Vjack will be huge. I am officially concerned about the foot problems
of A.gates ...this could be a real down turn in his career. Makes me wonder if he will try to play through this or not, stay tuned to injury reports. Randy Mcmichael
is his sub if you are desperate for a TE. Ryan Matthews is finally showing owners why many were singing his praises predraft 2010, start him over Tolbert.
M.Floyd is not a guy I am playing right now most weeks because ya cant trust him but Miami has been
having trouble at the #2 corner spot all year so he may actually be a sleeper special this week if you are desperate for a WR 4 play.
Start B.Marshall who is having a good early season. Sit R.Bush in all formats and D.Bess this week (except in ppr's). Sit Henne as well.

New England at Oakland 4:15 PM CBS Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Obviously Tom Terrrific is not going to throw another 4 ints so run him out with his energizer bunny Wes Welker. I am worried about the RB situation
and wonder if you can start anyone out of this group this week...stay away. Keep a watch on S.Ridley. Branch drops to a wr 4 this week after a no
catch week 3. Ocho remains on your bench. Gronkowski is a man child and the top fantasy TE right now.

Start McFadden who is running wild as he did earlier last year...makes ya wonder if he can sustain this and stay healthy. Start D.Moore the young play
making WR in Oakland who should be running wild through the lackluster Pats secondary. Jason Campbell is not a bad play this week vs that defense
that Ryan Fitzpatrick ripped to shreds. Jacoby Ford should be back this week to bolster the WR corp of the Raiders, but he is a sit till we see he is
back 100%. Sit M.Bush except in TD leagues where he could get a short TD this week.

Denver at Green Bay 4:15 PM CBS Lambeau Field
Rodgers Jennings Grant Finley Nelson all must starts
Sit Starks, had the fumble and grant could get the majority this week. Sit Driver and Jones as well...just not enough balls to go around.
Sit Kyle Orton..this has the makings of a nightmare game for Denver. Hey Tebow why don't you take this one in the tundra.
Sit Moreno for now. Use Mcgahee in the flex spot in your leagues. Willis has looked like the best back in Denver all season.
Play B.Lloyd who should look better this week recovering from the groin issue and keep playing E.Decker who is being targeted even more than Lloyd.


NY Jets at Baltimore 8:20 PM NBC M&T Bank Stadium
Big matchup at Baltimore this week.
NYJ - Sit Shonn Greene - LT is a better play catching balls out of the backfield..and frankly is the better player right now.
Start Sanchez cautiously - If he is your guy I say throw him out there because he has been good for the most part. Santonio Holmes is a good play along
with Keller. Has anyone seen Plaxico Burress? Maybe he is out gun shopping? I think the Jets should be playing D.Mason alot more on that side.
Flacco was fantastic last week but worries me abit in this matchup. Again like Sanchez start him if he is your best QB. d\Don't sit him for someone like a
Colt Mccoy or say Cam Newton who has a poor matchup...run him out and he should do well enough to get ya 225 and a touch or too. Start Boldin
who will be on Revis island but is big enough to contend with Revis, but is more of a wr 2 this week. T.smith burst onto the scene last week, but pulled a
hammy while running through the rams defense...he is an exciting player going forward but I would not touch him here...classic letdown coming.
Of course run the bell cow Ray Rice who should get a ton of touches and play huge. Expect to see abit more of Ricky Williams to spell RR going forward.
Sit Dickson, he's no more than a td lottery right now. I assume Lee Evans is out...if he is back, just pretend he is out and sit or drop him.

"Are you ready for some football?" When you read this matchup the question may be "NO".
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay 8:30 PM Raymond James Stadium
MNF has to be hating the Manning injury about now because this one is a yawner supreme.
Start Freeman and L.Blount who should have nice game and run out Mike Williams if you really need a WR this week and hope he snaps
out of his funk. I am Sitting Mike Williams in the one league I have him, but that's only because I am loaded at WR...he is a viable #3 this week.
Start K.Winslow(though he could have a tough time vs the Colts LB's who have played well) and sit Preston Parker, Benn and Briscoe this week.

Start Reggie Wayne for sure and Clark if you don't have a better option. Addai is a weak flex option...Sit Garcon and Collie.
I would say sit Collins but who knows if he will even play...we could get a C.Painter sighting this week which may not be a bad thing because he
does have some repoire with Reggie Wayne how lobied for him to start week 1.
Tampa DST a must play this week.

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