1) The Humdinger of Humdingers
Week 4 starts off hot this Thursday with Baltimore hosting their divisional “rival” Cleveland Browns. Anyone with a fantasy team or knowledge of the NFL can tell you that this match-up vastly favors the Ravens, and it’s not even close. Since the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens and after Cleveland got its’ Browns back in 1999, the Ravens have gone 19-7. The only thing worse than living in Cleveland, is having to watch the Browns. They have not won since 2007 when playing Edgar Allen Poe’s favorite team. While the Ravens Offense is pretty much doing what it wants right now, the Browns Defense hasn’t exactly set the world on fire this year, giving up an average of 25 points and almost 400 yards a game. If you have a Raven on your team and their name isn’t Bernard Pierce, Anthony Allen, or Ed Dixon, play them this week.
2) The Blatantly Obvious One
Considering what happened on Monday night in Seattle (which was beautiful in so many ways, by the way) I expect the Packers to be all sorts of pissed off. Like… I’m gonna take a dump in your mailbox pissed off. Unfortunately for the New Orleans Saints, they have to go to Green Bay and play this week. The Saints Defense has been wretched to put it mildly, giving up almost 500 yards and 34 points a game thus far. Green Bay’s Offense hasn’t been doing what it was supposed to yet this year so they’re due for a breakout week. Look for all of the Packers WR and TE’s to do very well this week and for Cedric Benson to have his best game yet.
3) The One That I Heard From a Bum at Super America
The Houston Texans are everyone’s favorite new “It” team these days, and they will be for another week. They host Tennessee and their ratty excuse for a defense this week so I expect big things from Matt Schaub and the boys. Adrian Foster and Ben Tate will have their usual big day, but so will the Texans pass catchers so put them in your lineup if there is any doubt whatsoever. The chances of the Titans defense making it a coming out party this week are about as high as you can jump, which I’m guessing isn’t very high these days but maybe I’m underestimating the SitEmStartEm demographic.
4) This Could Make Me Look Brilliant or Brutal on Monday
My ol pal Philly Boy Rivers (less tight than earlier in the year but still FB friends) could shred the Chiefs Defense or get destroyed in one of the NFL’s most hostile environments on Sunday when the Chargers go to Kansas City. Considering Dante Rosario has caught three out of the four touchdown passes Rivers has thrown this year, Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd could have an enormous week. They could also break out into interpretive dance or start getting too aggressive with the cheerleaders, I’m not here to judge them. I’m only here to judge their fantasy impact, which along with a healthy Ryan Matthews, should be pretty significant this week. And if I’m wrong about them this week, I won’t write about them for at least another week.
5) Last and Most Certainly Least
You can call me a homer. You can call me Al. You can call me late for murder, er I mean dinner, but you can’t call me oblivious to the sneaky good match-up right under my nose. The Minnesota Vikings travel to Ford Field to face the Motor City Kitties and based on what has happened in the first three weeks of the NFL season, I expect Vikings players to rack up the fantasy points this week. Jerome “Don’t call me Juice” Simpson is returning from a three game suspension and should help make the Vikings more explosive. And don’t look now but Christian Ponder might actually be worth picking up and starting if your QB isn’t doing it for you anymore. Detroit gives up a lot of points, yards, and white rappers so it’s worth giving both Ponder and Simpson a start this week.