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October 1, 2010 @ 3:10 am
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Fantasy Football Week 4 - Start 'Em

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Eric Dellaratta

Eric
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Eli Manning, New York Giants – The Giants have been shaky lately, but Eli is still playing solid enough to be a viable fantasy option. I like Manning this week against a Chicago secondary that can be beaten. In this game, I think the Bears will do a good job against the run. So Eli and all of his receivers are considered preferred fantasy options, as they will air it out.

Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins – Henne has quietly put together a nice start to the season against some impressive defenses. New England has been awful against the pass this season, so I expect Henne to hook up with Marshall for some big gains. The Dolphins as an offense shouldn’t have any problems moving the ball against this mediocre defense.

Louis Murphy, Oakland Raiders – Murphy and quarterback Bruce Gradkowski have a nice track record as a tandem in the past. I like Gradkowski to find him some more this week against a Texans defense that has had trouble against the pass. Murphy is averaging 79.5 yards per game so far this season, so if he didn’t score he will still be able to contribute.

Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts – Collie has been unstoppable this season. He scored 30 fantasy points last week against the Denver Broncos, and this week he gets a horrible Jacksonville defense. Collie has four touchdowns in three games this season, so the odds of scoring again are in his favor. Expect Collie to be a solid fantasy option for the rest of the season.

Legadu Naanee, San Diego Chargers – Although Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd have attracted the most attention, Legedu Naanee is still the number two receiver for the Chargers. The Chargers play a weak Arizona defense this week. I think that the Cardinals will focus on stopping Gates and Floyd, and Naanee will get open for a big play or two. He’s a real long-shot, but if you need a sleeper, he’s a good option.

Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns - Hillis had a fantastic game last week racking up 180 total yards against a very solid Baltimore Ravens rush defense. If Hillis can run like he did against Baltimore again, we could be looking at some high fantasy point totals. He gets a good Bengals defense this week, but I expect him to get around 15 fantasy points.  

Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers running back has exceeded my expectations this year. He has 332 yards through three games. He gets a Baltimore Ravens defense that was torched by Hillis last week. If Mendenhall keeps up his good play, and it remains a close game I can see Mendenhall getting around 25 carries.

Shonn Greene, New York Jets – The Jets haven’t used Greene as I thought they would this season. Veteran LaDainian Tomlinson has somewhat taken over in the Jets backfield. But I expect Greene to have a coming out party this week against an awful Buffalo Bills run defense. I’m predicting around 90 yards and a score for Greene this week.

Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots – The Dolphins have given up the most fantasy points against tight ends this season. Hernandez has solidified himself as the number three option in the passing game behind Moss and Welker. Although he doesn’t get many red zone looks, he gets it done through big plays. I expect Hernandez to go for around 75 yards with an outside shot at a touchdown.

Atlanta Defense – Atlanta faces a sputtering 49ers offense that hasn’t done anything to refute a good fantasy day for the Falcons defense. Alex Smith is struggling, and the offensive line still isn’t stable, so expect a nice combination of sacks and interceptions this week for the Falcons.
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