Fantasy Final: Week Four

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The following is an article written by Real Football Services. They are a frequent contributor on newyorkjets.com.

Who's Hot
Quarterback
*Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers: *Delhomme finally put together a decent  outing in Week 3, and by the way, did that happen to coincide with the return  of Steve Smith?  Ah, yes it did.  And did you see Keyshawn Johnson's  numbers?  Pretty good.  This is still a run-first attack, but with  Steve Smith back in the lineup, everyone becomes better, including Delhomme.  Start him this week.

Running Back

*Warrick Dunn, Atlanta  Falcons: *Once the inside running  game is established against the Cardinals undersized defensive front, the  Falcons will run Dunn at the edge, running behind a zone blocking scheme that  will get the LB's over pursuing and allow Dunn to use his great cutback ability  and run to open space.  He's good for 130  yards every week, but he needs to get in the end zone.  He's a sure starter this week.

Wide Receiver

*Chad Johnson, Cincinnati  Bengals: *Johnson was held to one  catch for 11 yards last week.  Don't  count on that happening again.  The last  three times in his career he's been held to two catches or less, he's responded  the next week with 6, 8, and 11 catches and at least one TD in each game.  Whatever he has to do, Johnson will demand  the ball early and often this week.

Tight End

Alge Crumpler, Atlanta  Falcons: *Cardinals S *Robert Griffith may spend some time in  Cover One this week because the team will play SS Adrian Wilson close to the  line of scrimmage to support the run and apply blitz pressure on passing downs.  If Crumpler comes lumbering down the middle  of the field, Griffith  is not the man to stop him.  Wilson will have to line  up over Crumpler and bang with him off the snap.  He is physical enough to do that, but the  Cardinals pass rushers will have to get to Vick quickly or Crumpler will eventually  get open and run over Griffith  on his way to the end zone.

*Chris Baker, New York  Jets: *In the Tampa Two defense that  Indy uses, the linebackers are called upon to make deep drops, leaving the  underneath crossing routes open for Baker to exploit. However, while the Colts  LB's are athletic, they do not have the size to get physical with Baker off the  line of scrimmage.  He will get a free  release and use his size to create space in the middle of the field.  He is worthy of strong starting consideration  in most fantasy leagues as Pennington looks to him more and more.

Defense

*Jacksonville Jaguars (@ Washington): *Defense wasn't the problem against the Colts.  Jacksonville  held the NFL's best offense to 14 points last week.  Their inside pressure will cause problems for  Mark Brunell, and the Redskins will struggle to run the ball.  They are a top five fantasy defense.

Who's Not

Quarterback

*Mark Brunell, Washington  Redskins: *Yeah, yeah, there's an  idea, let's bench him!  Nice job by  Brunell, silencing the critics last week with his 22 consecutive  completions.  We hope he's not getting  too comfortable though.  This week he  faces a real defense in the Jaguars.   Interior pressure will force Brunell out of the pocket.  While he can throw on the run, his accuracy  and decision making skills drop considerably when he does so.  Look for Brunell to fall back into some of  those mistakes that plagued him in the opening weeks.  He's only a borderline backup fantasy player against  the Jags.

Running Back

*Ahman Green, Green Bay Packers: *Green will run off tackle in the Pack's  zone blocking scheme, using his cutback ability to get to the hole after  pulling the LB's into pursuit.  But his  bigger value may be as a receiver.  He  already has 17 catches on the season and will slip behind the LB's or into the  flat for screen passes as an outlet receiver for Brett Favre against the Philly  pressure.  But look for Jeremiah Trotter  to spy Green for most of the game, picking him up out of the backfield on  passing downs, and filling hard against the run, forcing him back inside to his  defensive help.

Wide Receiver

*Muhsin Muhammad, Chicago Bears: *With safety help waiting over the top,  Muhammad will get physical off the line in order to get his release, then work  his way to the middle of the field where he can use his big frame to create  space.  Once the safety cheats to the  inside, look for him to run an up and in or a post route to get the safety  turned around downfield.  Seattle will smother him  in coverage and force Rex Grossman to find Bernard Berrian and TE Desmond Clark  or John Gilmore in single coverage.  The  yards will come hard for Muhammad this week.

Tight End

*Bubba Franks, Green Bay Packers: *Another game, another three catches for  30-something yards for Franks.  He is  what he is, a fantasy backup.  The  appearance of David Martin and Donald Lee in the receiving column of the stats  page, Franks seems to be slowly getting pushed out of the picture.  If Jeremiah Trotter can handle Ahman Green,  look for FS Brian Dawkins to cover Franks and keep him from releasing down the  seam.

Defense

*Buffalo Bills (vs. Minnesota): *Buffalo  will stunt and blitz to get pressure on the right side of the Vikes O-line,  which has struggled.  DE Chris Kelsay can  bring the heat and with a strong LB corps and two very good CB's, they have the  personnel in place to make plays on the defensive side of the ball.  But, Vikes QB Brad Johnson is the king of  taking what the defense gives and will use a dink and dunk ball control passing  attack to evade the pass rush and frustrate the Buffalo linemen.  Look for plenty of dump offs and screens to  Chester Taylor and seam passes to Jermaine Wiggins.

Sleeper of the Week

*Charlie Frye, QB, Cleveland Browns: *Frye has begun to show some playmaking  ability and the Browns have opened up their offense enough to allow him to get  the ball in the hands of his playmakers.   The Raiders have speed in the secondary, but lack ideal cover skills and  have been hurt by injuries.  That will  hurt against the likes of WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow.  Look for Frye to throw early and often in  this contest to give the Browns a lead.   Frye is a solid backup choice this week.

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