Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pickups for Week 4

Are you in need of some assistance on who to pickup to help bolster your roster? Here are some players who we think can make a positive impact on your fantasy squad, who are still available in most leagues.

Must Haves

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RB) - No real RB in New England.  Fred Taylor is nearing the end of his career and they got rid of Maroney.  Green-Ellis was impressive against the Bills rushing for 98 yards and a score on 16 carries.  He should be the primary back from here on out for the Patriots, and that should make him a must have on your fantasy team.  The Pats score points and Brady gets the ball down the field in a hurry, so that can mean some TDs in the redzone for Green-Ellis.
18 Carries for 76 Yards and a TD.

Solid Pickups

Lance Moore (WR) - Moore came out of nowhere against the Falcons, scoring 2 TDs on 149 yards receiving.  We know Brees likes to spread the ball around a lot in his offense, but it looks like Moore has played himself back into the Saints pass game.
5 Catches for 37 Yards and a TD.

Mark Sanchez (QB) - Who would of thought after last year that Mark Sanchez would be worth giving a shot at QB on your fantasy team.  After a tough first week against the Ravens, Sanchez has back to back 220+ yard games with 6 TDs. He has no turnovers so far this year, and will go up against the Bills who he shouldn't have any trouble handling.
14 of 24 for 161 Yards, 2 TDs 0 INTs

Louis Murphy (WR) - The Raiders offense has looked a lot better in 2010, with the help of McFadden getting it done on the ground.  Louis Murphy has 15 catches and is averaging 80 yards and a TD through the first 3 games.  He goes up against the worst pass defense this week against the Texans, and he should be able to get it done with Gradkowski throwing him the ball.
1 Catch for 5 Yards

Brandon Lloyd (WR) - Lloyd had a huge week against the Colts with 6 catches 169 yards and a TD.  Its not every week that Orton will throw the ball 50+ times, but he has trust in Lloyd which is good.  He could be a solid WR option if continues to show he can produce when the ball is thrown his way.
11 Catches for 115 Yards

Good For A Week
Kenneth Darby (RB) - Steven Jackson suffered an injured groin in the first half on Sunday that caused him to miss the rest of the game.  Darby filled in nicely for him, rushing for 49 yards and a TD on 14 rushes.  If you have Jackson or are weak at RB, Darby will be a nice pickup if Jackson is forced to miss some time.  The Rams have said its only a strained groin, not torn, but they are being extremely careful with it.
2 Carries for 1 Yards, 2 Catches for 19 Yards and a TD.

Willis McGahee (RB) - Ray Rice has a badly bruised knee that could force him to miss a few games here.  If that's the case McGahee will take over.  Nothing exciting about playing the Steelers, but if Rice misses more than a game McGahee can produce and score some points.
14 Carries for 39 Yards and a TD, 2 Catches for 2 Yards.


Players to Watch
Danny Woodhead RB - From CBS Sports
Believe it or not, but the third-year former undrafted player out of Chadron State even received praise from coach Bill Belichick. "Danny really did a good job," Belichick said. "He came in here and really started grinding through it on Monday and then Tuesday -- the off day -- and Wednesday. He had a pretty good week. We put him in practice on Friday and he was pretty good on all of his assignments and everything he had to do. We didn't ask him to do everything, but I think he's working pretty hard at it. He picked it up pretty quickly. He seems like a smart guy." If Fred Taylor (toe) is unable to play in Week 4 against the Dolphins, then that will leave Sammy Morris, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Woodhead in the backfield. Woodhead once again might be involved in the offensive game plan. RBs have 300 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Miami this season. Still, most of Woodhead's yards in Week 3 came on his touchdown, so unless he breaks a long gain, he might not have great numbers in Week 4. We say consider many other Fantasy alternatives before turning to Woodhead.
8 Carries for 36 Yards, 1 Catch for 11 Yards and a TD.


Kansas City Defense - The Chiefs are off to a 3-0 start, led by their defense that has only allowed 38 points, against the Chargers, 49ers and Browns.  They have racked up 7 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 INTs (1 for a TD).  If they can keep this up, you might want to pick them up and give them a shot.  As of right now they are playing like a defense worthy of starting each week.

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