7NEWS Week 4 NFL Fantasy Football tips, 2013

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Teams on bye this week are: Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers

 

Tip of the week: Focus on waiver wire pickups for depth

Three weeks down and whether you’re 3-0, 0-3 or somewhere in between, everyone’s still in it, so scrutiny is warranted across the board.  Remember, one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity.  Having depth is the key, but if you’re struggling at a position the waiver wire is hotter than ever right now.  I’ll go over some players who may reap the benefits from being thrown to the fire.  Until anything changes with these defenses, start whomever you can against the Giants, Redskins, Jaguars and Vikings.

Donnie Avery WR-Kansas City Chiefs:

Donnie Avery has had the most targets to date from Alex Smith.  Smith seems to be keeping the passing game tight and not going down the field much, holding Dwayne Bowe to one catch last week.  It’s clear that Avery has been the benefactor as he’s had more catches and twice the amount of yards as Bowe.

Dallas Clark TE-Baltimore Ravens:

In two out of the first three games Dallas Clark has had four or more receptions, but he’s yet to find the end zone.  Clark took over the starting tight end spot since Dennis Pitta’s season-ending preseason injury.  Clark is a decent play in ppr leagues especially as long as Ray Rice is out.

Ryan Broyles WR-Detroit Lions:

This would have been about Nate Burleson if he hadn’t made an early morning pizza run, crashing his car and breaking his arm.  So while he’s out, Broyles logically should see more looks from Stafford.  The idea being, more attention is paid to Calvin Johnson so the guy on the other side of the field should see a good dose of single coverage from the defense.

Danny Woodhead RB-San Diego Chargers:

Only in a ppr league has Danny Woodhead been relevant so far.  In the last two games, he’s caught fifteen passes. Woodhead has a meager 92 total yards on the year with only 58 of them coming from the ground.

Brandon Bolden RB-New England Patriots:

I never like trying to guess what “the hoody” (Bill Belichick) is up to each week, but Stevan Ridley apparently isn’t the answer at running back right now. Also, with Shane Vereen out, Brandon Bolden may be the slash back out of the backfield for New England.  Bolden is worth grabbing as a plug-in if needed during bye weeks, especially if Tom Brady starts to favor him in dump off situations.

Charles Clay TE-Miami Dolphins

The AFC East leading, 3-0 Miami Dolphins -- sounds weird doesn’t it? The Dolphins are spreading the ball around on offense, and it hasn’t really been with Lamar Smith.  Clay has been consistent through three weeks with 5/5/4 receptions and over 200 yards combined with a rushing touchdown.  He can be an every week starter in your lineup.

Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers RB-Atlanta Falcons

Until Stephen Jackson comes back Jason Snelling and Jacquizz Rodgers will split the Falcons backfield. Last week Snelling showed he can catch the ball out of the backfield just as well as Rodgers.  Plug and play as decent flex options until the return of Jackson.  Any week could be feast or famine for either depending on how the game plays out.

Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill WR-New York Jets

It seems odd we can talk about relevancy with the New York Jets, but Geno Smith is getting it done and Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill are benefitting.  Hill has been consistent through the first three games, hauling in 13 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown. Holmes on the other hand had his best game yet last week, catching five passes for 154 yards with a touchdown.  Each can be in your starting lineups on a weekly basis.

Ahmad Bradshaw RB-Indianapolis Colts

Odds are someone may have dumped him in your league after the Trent Richardson trade last week.  Against the San Francisco 49ers, Bradshaw led the Colts in rushing and is a great choice for some spot duty during bye weeks.  Richardson will undoubtedly get the starts but Bradshaw showed he’s still serviceable especially at the goal line.  He’ll certainly steal some touchdowns from Richardson inside the ten yard line.

Sidney Rice WR-Seattle Seahawks

Sidney Rice is a bit of an afterthought among the Seattle receivers, but he showed last week that given the right matchup, he could still provide as a descent fantasy option.  Rice is worth a spot start during bye weeks against teams that has weak pass defenses in the coming weeks.

Quarterbacks for bye week fill-in

Geno Smith, Terrelle Pryor, E.J. Manual, Ryan Tannehill, and Alex Smith are all playing well enough to give you a bye week filler with some respectable numbers given the matchup.  This week Aaron Rodgers is off and Alex Smith has a great matchup against the not-so-mighty New York Giants.  Even Cleveland Browns Brian Hoyer pillaged the Vikings for more than 300 yards last week, giving Cleveland their first win of the season. This week don’t start Pryor who will be out with a concussion injury.

Week 4 defensive ranks against run and pass, best to worst.

 

AGAINST THE RUN  ---   AGAINST THE PASS

 

RAVENS-------------------SEAHAWKS

BEARS----------------------PATRIOTS

JETS-------------------------SAINTS

COWBOYS-----------------PANTHERS

SEAHAWKS---------------LIONS

RAIDERS------------------CHIEFS

CARDINALS---------------STEELERS

CHIEFS---------------------COLTS

BROWNS-------------------TITANS

BUCCANEERS------------BENGALS

TEXANS--------------------JETS

FALCONS------------------BUCCANEERS

PANTHERS----------------DOLPHINS

CHARGERS----------------TEXANS

BENGALS------------------BEARS

SAINTS---------------------BROWNS

PATRIOTS-----------------BRONCOS

TITANS--------------------49ERS

BILLS----------------------VIKINGS

COLTS---------------------BILLS

EAGLES-------------------RAMS

PACKERS-----------------FALCONS

DOLPHINS----------------RAVENS

JAGUARS-----------------EAGLES

GIANTS-------------------RAIDERS

RAMS---------------------JAGUARS

BRONCOS----------------COWBOYS

STEELERS---------------GIANTS

VIKINGS-----------------PACKERS

REDSKINS--------------CARDINALS

LIONS--------------------REDSKINS

49ERS--------------------CHARGERS

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