Well its week four and by know you and I are starting to get a pretty good feel for who’s reliable and who’s not so reliable. But there are still a few players that have yet to live up to their billing. This week, I have one of them for you.
Also this week, I am stepping out on a limb with a few picks. Some of them seem to defy logic BUT I, like you, must trust my gut. Here’s what I have on tap for you this week.
Start em if you got em…
Santana Moss WR (WAS) – Last week I thought about starting him but opted instead for Hines Ward as my WR3… OOOPS ( thank God I still won). This week I won’t make the same mistake again. Look for him to post some decent numbers again this week against the pathetic Buc’s defense. 7 for 120+ and a TD.
Steve Slaton RB (HOU) - To some this may be a no-brainer but I know that he is killing some of you and you may be thinking about pulling the plug. Don’t do it man! Lets watch him get on track against a pathetic Raiders squad that let Denver run all over them at home last week. And if he doesn’t post a 100+ and a TD this week, then it is time to worry.
Cedric Benson RB (CIN) - So far he has been a nice surprise this year. After seeing him get it done against a solid Pitt defense last week, owners everywhere should be licking their chops this week when he takes on the 30th ranked Browns defense. Congrats on drafting a RB with some great value! Keep riding that pony and enjoy watching him post 125+ and a TD this week.
Sit em if you got em…
Stephen Jackson RB (STL) – I know it is borderline crazy to suggest benching a potential stud BUT it is all about who is going to perform on Sunday right? Its about filling your starting line-up with the players most likely to put point on the board and move your team into the “W” column right? So hear me out. I think Jackson could be in for a rough day on the road in San Fran. The Niners are pissed after the loss in Minnesota and, other than a 30 yard run, the best RB in the game wasn’t able to do much of anything. If you have to start him, do so. BUT if you have a RB2 on the bench with a decent match up – and you have testicles made of steel – I would seriously consider going that route. I am thinking less than 75 total offense and zero touchdowns.
Larry Fitzgerald WR (ARI) - Only because he has a bye silly! Don’t forget to bench your Eagles, Panthers, Falcons and Cardinals this week. Oh and it is the only time this year that Brian Westbrook owners know “foresure” that he isn’t playing.
Sleepers: Don’t be surprised if…
…Devin Hester WR (CHI) breaks out big against the Lions this week. I’m not sure he qualifies as a sleeper but then I’m not sure he qualifies as starter either so I’m putting him down here. He has only been getting 4-5 catches on average per game BUT he has been getting targeted about a healthy 8 times a game with his first TD of the season coming last week. Look for Cutler to look his way more often and for those targets to become catches and big plays from here on out. Remembering what Santana Mos did to the Lions last week, I think he goes for 7 for 100+ and a TD against them this week.
…Maurice Morris RB (DET) can post some yardage and maybe a TD against a sneakily suspect Bears run defense if Kevin Smith can’t go. If Julius Jones can run for 98, so can the guy he replaced in Seattle. How’s that for bye week desperation deep sleeper?
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