Studs, Duds & Sleepers Week 4

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The Whiz Staff bounced back in week 3 as we went 10-5 for the week, after a dreadful 9-9 in week 2. Overall we are 31-20 on the season and we will continue to strive towards that “Perfect” week. We have some intriguing picks this week, so read on and enjoy…

Here are Week 4’s Studs, Duds & Sleepers…

Colin Pekruhn

STUD: Cedric Benson RB CIN – Benson has been a rock for three weeks against some good defensive units. He should have a field day with the hapless Cleveland Browns.

DUD: Joe Flacco QB BAL – I like Flacco, but the New England Patriots have actually held up well against the pass through three weeks. The last good passing defense Flacco faced held him to 190 yards passing, and New England is a slightly better unit. That game was also his only road game thus far, and he is on the road up in New England this week. Signs point to his struggling this week.

SLEEPER: Davone Bess WR MIA – As I hint in “Dark Horses and Non-Starters” this week, I think pundits have it wrong about the Miami Dolphins’ receivers. Chad Henne was looking Bess’ direction, not Ted Ginn’s, in Week Three. Against a depleted Buffalo Bills secondary, Bess has a chance for a great day.

Brian Kruper

STUD: Jay Cutler QB CHI – Starting to look very comfortable in Chicago, goes against a team that is giving up an average of 278 yds, and a 10/2 td/int ratio. He is going to find Olsen a lot this game.

DUD: Steven Jackson RB STL – SF only gives up roughly 66 yds a game running the ball. With most of the offense running through Jackson, they will shut him down and make someone else try to beat them.

SLEEPER: Darren McFadden RB OAK – Fumbled the ball 3 times last week, but makes up for it this week against a WEAK Houston run defense. One way to finally get your #1 RB going is to play a team that allows 205 yds per game.

Rich Burkhardt

STUD: Steve Slaton RB HOU – Yeah, I know he’s looked incredibly mediocre thus far, but he’s going up against a Raiders defense that’s 28th in the league against the run and is allowing 155 ypg rushing. This is a chance for a pretty big game, and 90+ yds and a TD seems likely.

DUD: Brett Favre QB MIN – Favre’s first matchup against his former team may not turn out the way he’d like. The Packers’ run defense is pretty mediocre, so a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson is likely. The Packers also have a ball-hawking defense, tied for the NFL lead in picks with 7. Favre has also been sacked 9 times already, and it’s likely he could have another couple against them this week. He might well throw for 200+ and a TD, but could also wind up with a couple of picks and 2-3 sacks against him.

SLEEPER: Mike Wallace WR PIT – The Steelers 3rd round pick from 2009 came up big against the Bengals last week, with 7 catches for 102 yards, including one for 51. He has speed to burn, and Big Ben went to him in several key situations last week with good results. WR Limas Sweed is in the doghouse after dropping an easy TD catch last week. Wallace could get half a dozen catches for 80+ and a TD.

Bill Cervi

STUD: Matt Forte RB CHI – I am going out on a limb and selecting Matt Forte to have his 2009 coming out party vs. the Lions at home. Forte has not looked the same this year and he has been limited by a knee injury, but the Lions are giving up the 9th most points to Rb’s including over 8 receptions per game. Forte should be able to take advantage of this great match up, look for 100+ total yards and a good shot at multiple scores.

DUD: Marques Colston WR NOS – The Saints host the New York Jets this week in what should be one of the best match ups of the weekend. Unfortunately for Colston that means he should draw coverage from Darrelle Revis who has already shut down the likes of Randy Moss (4 catches for 24 yards) and Andre Johnson (4 catches for 35 yards).

SLEEPER: Glen Coffee RB SFR – Frank Gore will miss at least 2 games and Coffee is ready to pick up the slack as the workhorse in the San Francisco offense. The 49ers play at home against the St Louis Rams who are giving up over 21 points per game to running backs. Look for Coffee to get 20-25 touches, 100+ all purpose yards and a good chance to get into the end zone this weekend.

Jim Day

STUD: Vincent Jackson WR SDC – Normally I wouldn’t put a player coming off back-to-back 100 yard games as my stud, but he is playing the Steelers and he has never had more than 2 receptions in any game against them before.  This changes now. He is obviously the team’s best receiving option and has not caught less than 5 passes in any game this season, including 6 receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown against a vaunted Ravens defense. Look for Jackson to have a very good game against a Pitt defense without Troy Polamalu and whose pass rushing defense has not done much.

DUD: Tony Romo QB DAL – As much as Denver’s passing offense has been very disappointing to all fantasy owners in 2009, their defense has been amazing. They are currently ranked 1st overall and I don’t see Romo doing much against it. This is the week that Denver’s defense proves they deserve this ranking.

SLEEPER: Mike Sims-Walker WR JAC – Sims-Walker is surprising us all, not because of his success, because of the fact he is still healthy. That has always been the knock against him, but so far he has eluded that evil mistress. This week he goes against a Tennessee defense ranked 29th against the pass, PLUS it looks like they will be without the services of their best corner, Courtland Finnegan. Look for Sims-Walker to have a very solid game.

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