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Every Saturday throughout the NFL regular season I will be sending you this lineup helper that I like to call: Tough Decisions. In this article I will breakdown players with similar value, ranking and projection heading into this coming week.
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Let’s take a look at the TOUGH DECISIONS for Week 4:
The Case For Cutler: Against two of the supposed better defenses in the league on the road the past two weeks Cutler has throw 6 TD’s and 0 INT. When healthy he is one of the most dangerous QB’s in the NFL and has an outstanding supporting cast around him. Coming home against what has been a horrible Green Bay defense is a recipe for a huge game for the Chicago offense and Cutler in specific.
The Case For Foles: The Eagles offense is definitely one of the most prolific and exciting in the NFL. They tend to run more offensive plays than any other team in the league which obviously is a great thing in fantasy football. As I mentioned above, Cutler torched the 49ers defense for four second half TD’s just two weeks ago and the thinking is that Foles could do the same this week.
The Verdict: I would go with Jay Cutler here. The Packers defense especially without Clay Matthews presents a lot less of a threat than the 49ers does against Foles. Plus, you have to factor in the Bears at home and the Eagles traveling across country. It’s a slight lean here for Cutler but that is why we call this Tough Decisions.
The Case For Brady: The Chiefs defense has taken a big step back this season and Brady has always shined in the spotlight of Monday Night Football. Each week Rob Gronkowski is getting more and more snaps which gives Brady and company more and more opportunities to make plays.
The Case For Newton: From one struggling QB to another. The issue with Newton is that he isn’t running which hurts his fantasy value. The Panthers though are coming off of a stinging home loss to the Steelers last week and cannot afford another one to the Ravens. Without Jonathan Stewart or Mike Tolbert the running game falls on DeAngelo Williams and Cam Newton.
The Verdict: Cam Newton. As I always say, Cam Newton is five pounds of talent in a four pound bag. When it comes to two struggling QB’s I am going to side with the one with the most talent and thereby the most upside. If both Brady and Newton each throw 2 TD’s this week, I am certain that Newton will score more because of his running ability.
The Case For Miller: Miller finally saw full time action last week and didn’t disappoint. He will once again carry the load this week for the Dolphins with Knowshon Moreno out. The Raiders rank #23 against RB’s so far this year and Miller’s elite speed make him a big play threat every time he touches the ball.
The Case For Thomas: It is tough to pass up on Pierre Thomas in PPR leagues. Thomas is assured of a high volume of catches in the Saints offense and he also picked up a goal line carry last week. The Saints are going to score quite a bit of points this week and Thomas will get plenty of opportunities for production.
The Verdict: Pierre Thomas. There is just less downside here with Thomas and the Saints offense as there is with Miller and the Dolphins offense. In a PPR format Pierre Thomas is assured of 10+ points and anything he gets near the endzone is just gravy.
The Case For Asiata: Asiata is in a great situation as the lead RB for the Vikings at home against the defensive impaired Atlanta Falcons. The problem with Asiata is that he is just so plodding of a runner that the big play really isn’t a possibility here. Still. the Falcons rank 30th against fantasy RB’s and the Vikings are starting a rookie QB in Teddy Bridgewater. This tells us that they are going to rely on the running game quite a bit here in week four.
The Case For Jackson: The thing about Fred Jackson is that he always produces. Whether it is making big runs, catching the ball out of the backfield or converting on his red zone touches, Jackson is one of the most underrated fantasy RB’s in the league.
The Verdict: Give me Fred Jackson. I absolutely love players that consistently produce and in this case there isn’t a ton of upside with either player so why not go with the more consistent one.
The Case For Williams: The Panthers are hurting at RB with Jonathan Stewart (Knee), Mike Tolbert (leg) and Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) our for this week. DeAngelo Williams will carry the load for the Panthers against the 16th ranked Baltimore Ravens defense.
The Case For McFadden: McFadden has amazingly stayed healthy so far this season. He is getting the start ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew this week and is facing the 29th ranked defense against RB’s.
The Verdict: I normally would vote against both of these guys but I actually like DeAngelo Williams a bit this week. Getting the full complement of carries will greatly impact his fantasy value in an already solid matchup.
The Case For Allen: People have been quick to criticize Keenan Allen for his slow start this season but it should be noted that he is far ahead of his 2013 production at this point. The Chargers should rack up the yards and the points against the horrific Jacksonville defense this week and this matchup just screams in favor of Allen.
The Case For Jackson: Mike Glennon is a big improvement over Josh McCown at QB and should be able to get this Buccaneers offense back on track. Glennon and V-Jax had great chemistry last season and should be able to breathe life into the Bucs passing game starting this week against the banged up Steelers defense.
The Verdict: Keenan Allen. This is the week to start Keenan Allen no matter what your choices are. The Chargers are going to be able to throw the ball all over the Jaguars defense this week and I wouldn’t doubt if he put up a multi TD game.
The Case For Patterson: There aren’t many more exciting players with the ball in their hands than Cordarrelle Patterson. The Vikings have a good matchup this week at home against the Falcons in what could turn into a high scoring affair.
The Case For Hilton: There hasn’t been a hotter QB in the league so far this season than Andrew Luck. Hilton was banged up earlier in the week but he is probable for week four. Hilton is the big play receiver in this high octane Colts offense and could wind up having a really big game.
The Verdict: Cordarrelle Patterson. This one is really close in my mind but I would have to side with Patterson and his upside this week. Both of these guys have big upsides and pretty significant downsides so start with care.
The Case For Williams: The Cowboys are going to have to throw the ball a lot more this week going up against the New Orleans offense. The Cowboys had been running the ball at a furious clip over the first three weeks but they won’t have that luxury this week. With so much attention being brought to Dez Bryant there is bound to be plenty of run off for Terrance Williams this week.
The Case For Shorts: Playing from behind isn’t necessarily a bad thing for wide receivers of the losing team. This is exactly the case I would build for Shorts this week as new QB Blake Bortles has already shown he can move the offense better than Chad Henne.
The Verdict: Cecil Shorts. At the end of the day I don’t want to put my faith in Tony Romo or the Cowboys offense. I think the Jags are going to surprise folks this week with their offensive performance and Shorts should be a prominent figure in that output.