Prepare Thyself: Week Four
Well, the big news this week has nothing to do with Week Three or Ronnie Brown and the Dolphins. Nope, it’s all about Matt Millen’s departure in Detroit. I have no fan-connection to the Lions beyond my enjoyment of watching the way Barry Sanders used to run around hapless foes. That said, I have a warm spot in my heart on behalf of Detroitites (?) everywhere. Millen, who was actually very good as a broadcaster, has been a scourge on the Lions. It goes beyond his personnel moves, which included drafting three first round wide outs and zero first round lineman (offensive or defensive) — It was his maddening 1984-esque approach that things were always improving. Just the other day, Millen was commenting about how the team looked better in practice, which turned me into Allen Iverson.
Basically, I feel sorry for you, Lion fans. But at least your basketball and hockey teams have won titles recently. I’m a Philly fan, for heaven’s sake. I got nothing! On to Week Four. And I promise to actually find a surprising sit, since that mysteriously didn’t happen last week. I promise I’m not drinking while I write these. Okay, a little homemade limoncello, but that’s to be expected!
Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills (@ Rams) – As I detailed last week, it’s the Rams. You can start anyone and everyone against them. It doesn’t hurt that Edwards has quietly turned in a solid, safe season so far, a la David Garrard from last year.
Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins (@ Cowboys) – Quarterbacks have fared well against Dallas this season, with Donovan McNabb and Aaron Rodgers turning in good fantasy performances. Not only has Campbell been strong this season, but he lit up the Cowboys last year (348 yards and two scores in Week 11) as well. Santana Moss and Chris Cooley are playing well, so there’s no reason to expect a down game for the Washington passing offense.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. Texans) – Despite the offensive line woes, I’ve maintained a certain amount of optimism for Jones-Drew and the Jaguar running backs. That worked out nicely last weekend, so I hope everyone was listening to me out there in series-of-tubes land. The Texans have struggled against the run and have had a tumultuous season for sure. Jones-Drew should not only have a decent rushing day, but the aggressive Texan pass rush will lead to more than a few dump offs to the diminutive back in space.
Chris Perry, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Browns) – Much like the Rams against, well, everyone, the Browns allow fantasy owners start running backs at will. They have twice given up more than 150 rushing yards and Perry should benefit. He has increased his yard-per-carry each week and with a little effort and little luck, might just get that number to about 4.0 this week. You can do it, Chris! I believe in you!
On Second Thought
New Orleans Wide Receivers – Well, last week I said that David Patten was the Saint wide out worth watching and that ended rather poorly for me. Robert Meachem also got some love from experts and, while he has a touchdown and a long reception this season, his total of three receptions is unimpressive. Now Jeremy Shockey has been lost for three-to-six weeks and Patten is out in the short term with an injury. Everyone will jump on the Meachem bandwagon. I just don’t buy it. Lance Moore got more looks from Drew Brees than Meachem, Patten, or Devery Henderson. I’m actually significantly worried the Saint passing game can stay afloat with the injuries to Shockey, Patten and Marques Colston. Meachem might be worth a waiver wire flyer (if he’s still available), but I’m still a little tepid on what he can actually bring to the table.
Good luck and, as always, email me any questions about your Week Four roster predicaments. Actually, you can e-mail me any question you like. I’m opening the floor up to dating advice, discussion about The Hills, or whatever floats your boat.