It’s almost go time for week 4 but before we lock in our lineups and crack a cold one, let’s go over all the information needed to make this week another successful one for our fantasy teams. Here are some of my thoughts leading up to week 4 as well as a rundown of the injury reports, my top player rankings for the week and some predictions on this weeks results. Oh, and be sure to check out the brand new song and video playing right now on Fantasy Alarm TV. We’ve come up with a way to give Michael Vick the protection he so desperately needs. Enjoy…
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed that unless anything “unforeseen” happens in the next 16 hours, Beanie Wells will be active and starting against the Giants. Wells is a good play this week as he has had two weeks now to recover from what was a pretty mild hamstring injury in the first place. I expect a real good game out of Beanie this week and he makes for a very solid RB2 in this matchup.
Vincent Jackson returned to Chargers practice on Friday and says that he is for sure going to be out on the field Sunday against the Dolphins. It pretty much guaranteed not only that V-Jax suits up but thrives in this matchup on Sunday. Make sure he is in your lineup (even if you don’t own him!) this week and fight that stupid urge you might be feeling that says to bench him in favor of Percy Harvin.
I thought that is was weird how the Packers weren’t making a big deal out of Ryan Grant’s bruised kidney all week but now it is official that Grant will not play in week 4 against the Broncos. James Starks draws the start and will see the majority of carries in this very tempting matchup.
Daniel Thomas aggravated his hamstring injury during practice on Thursday and has now been downgraded to OUT for week 4. Thomas had just started being the lead back in Miami and was putting some solid distance between him and Reggie Bush the past few weeks. Bush draws the start and will be backed up by Lex Hilliard with newly acquired Steve Slaton a possibility for carries as well.
The Rest Of The Injury Report
Derick Ward – Houston – Ankle
Miles Austin – Dallas – Hamstring
Braylon Edwards – San Francisco – Knee
Earl Bennett – Chicago – Chest
Danny Amendola – St. Louis – Elbow
Jonathan Baldwin – Kansas City – Thumb
Jason Snelling – Atlanta – Concussion
Eddie Royal – Denver – Groin
Aaron Hernandez – New England – Knee
Louis Murphy – Oakland – Groin
Antonio Gates – San Diego – Foot
Lee Evans – Baltimore – Ankle
Josh Cribbs – Cleveland – Groin
Mohammad Massaquoi – Cleveland – Ankle
Dez Bryant – Dallas – Thigh
Tony Romo – Dallas – Ribs
Frank Gore – San Francisco – Ankle
Marques Colston – New Orleans – Shoulder
Roddy White – Atlanta – Thigh
Jacoby Ford – Oakland – Hamstring
Malcom Floyd – San Diego – Groin
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Vick In A Box
Earlier today on The Fantasy Alarm Show we debuted our new original song written by yours truly and performed by show producer Jonesy. For those who didn’t hear it on our SiriusXM show tonight, you can check out the video of Vick In A Box right here on our Fantasy Alarm TV Channel.
Week 4 Rankings
1) Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay
2) Phillip Rivers – San Diego
3) Drew Brees – New Orleans
4) Eli Manning – N.Y. Giants
5) Tom Brady – New England
6) Michael Vick – Philadelphia
7) Matt Ryan – Atlanta
8) Jay Cutler – Chicago
9) Matthew Stafford – Detroit
10) Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee
11) Cam Newton – Carolina
12) Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay
13) Rex Grossman – Washington
14) Kevin Kolb – Arizona
15) Sam Bradford – St. Louis
1) Adrian Peterson – Minnesota
2) Ray Rice – Baltimore
3) Chris Johnson – Tennessee
4) LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay
5) Darren McFadden – Oakland
6) Michael Turner – Atlanta
7) Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh
8) LeSean McCoy – Philadelphia
9) Fred Jackson – Buffalo
10) Matt Forte – Chicago
11) Brandon Jacobs – N.Y. Giants
12) Arian Foster -- Houston
13) James Starks – Green Bay
14) Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville
15) Cedric Benson – Cincinnati
1) Greg Jennings – Green Bay
2) Hakeem Nicks – N.Y. Giants
3) Vincent Jackson – San Diego
4) Wes Welker – New England
5) Roddy White – Atlanta
6) Steve Johnson – Buffalo
7) DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia
8) Andre Johnson – Houston
9) Steve Smith – Carolina
10) Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City
11) Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona
12) Santana Moss – Washington
13) Brandon Marshall – Miami
14) Dane Sanzenbacher – Chicago
15) Mike Williams – Tampa Bay
1) Vernon Davis – San Francisco
2) Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta
3) Greg Olsen – Carolina
4) Jason Witten – Dallas
5) Rob Gronkowski – New England
6) Jimmy Graham – New Orleans
7) JerMichael Finley – Green Bay
8) Owen Daniels – Houston
9) Dustin Keller – N.Y. Jets
10) Randy McMichael – San Diego
5 Team Parlay
Washington Redskins (-2) at St. Louis Rams – This is definitely a risky game to select but I am putting the pressure on the Rams right now. Sam Bradford has looked like dog vomit the first three games and there just aren’t enough metaphors for how awful the defense has been. The Redskins are coming off a tough loss on Monday night and will take it out on the defenseless Rams this week.
New Orleans Saints (-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars – Jacksonville has nothing on offense other than Maurice Jones Drew and the Saints defense will be focused on shutting him down all afternoon. One TD isn’t enough to deter me from picking the high powered Saints even on the road.
San Diego Chargers (-7) Vs. Miami Dolphins – A week after barely beating the terrible Chiefs, the Chargers will exact revenge on the poor Dolphins. Miami doesn’t travel well west and will get pulverized once again this week.
Baltimore Ravens (-3.5) Vs. New York Jets – The Jets just aren’t that good. That is really all that there is to it and I will enjoy, as I did last week, betting against them often this season. Ravens win this game easily.
Houston Texans (-3) Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – I have decided to start going with teams that I believe in and stop playing the hype of teams that just aren’t as good as Vegas bets they are. The Steelers have big problems and the Texans should be able to make mince meat out of them all day long both in the running and passing game. Wade Phillips has made a big difference already for the Texans defense even though they did get stung late in the game at New Orleans last week.
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