2011 NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football PicksThursday, September 29, 2011 21:57
2011 NFL Week 4 fantasy football player picks.
2011 NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football
Week 3 — finally some signs of life for me in the 2011 edition of Suicide Fantasy Football. The first two weeks had been exceedingly disappointing, especially Week 2. But the combination of Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski paid huge dividends, even with the shocking collapse of the Patriots offense in the second half against the Bills.
Here’s hoping that Week 4 continues that momentum…
- Quarterback – Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions): I’ve liked Stafford since his rookie season and have always felt it was a matter of time (translation: acquisition of more pieces) before the Lions were once again a successful team. The only question surrounding Stafford is his durability. His first couple years, the lack of a strong offensive line led to his injuries. Now that the O-line is performing better, has he taken too many hits and become fragile? Time will tell. I definitely wanted to play him while he it still hot and before the injury bug strikes again.
- Running Back – Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders): McFadden may be the best running back right now not named Adrian Peterson. I’m always weary of playing anyone on the injury report, even if he is listed as probable, but by all accounts McFadden is good to go. For all their defensive struggles, the Patriots have actually been decent against the run, but McFadden has been too good not to play.
- Running Back – Matt Forte (Chicago Bears): Despite not rushing for many yards, Forte has been a solid fantasy performer due to his receiving yards. Carolina finally showed some defensive teeth in Week 3 against Jacksonville, but considering the first couple weeks of the season, one still has to believe the Panthers D is very suspect.
- Wide Receiver – Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions): Similar to last week, I’m going with the hot quarterback to receiver combination, taking Johnson to be on the receiving end of all those Stafford passes. And like Stafford, Johnson is another player I’m worried about being injured before I have a chance to play him, so why wait?
- Wide Receiver – Wes Welker (New England Patriots): When Tom Brady isn’t hitting his tight ends, he more often than not is passing the ball to Wes Welker. Brady to Welker has been one of the most prolific passing combinations since the receiver’s arrival in New England, and even in the Patriots’ “spread the ball around offense”, Welker always catches his share.
- Tight End – Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys): After their utter collapse in the second half of Week 1, the Cowboys finally showed some grit in pulling out the victory against the Redskins in Week 3. Witten leads the team in yards and has been a reliable target throughout his career, even when the rest of the offense is in flux.
- Kicker – Connor Barth (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Barth has been excellent so far, perfect on the year in both field goals and extra point attempts (6 for 6 in each). Indianapolis’s woes are well-documented; the Bucs are not a great offensive team, but they should do well enough against the pitiful Colts at least to place Barth within his field goal range.
- Team Defense – Philadelphia Eagles:
The vaunted (in preseason) Eagles defense has not been everything it was cracked up to be yet, but the 49ers are dead last in the league in total offense. This is the week for the Philly D finally to shine.
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