Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Week 4 is already here as the fantasy football season moves right on along.  Let's see who makes the list as the hot pickups for the week. 

Kirk Cousins:  We included Cousins for the second week in a row for emphasis.  It is likely Cousins is already scooped up (hopefully you listened to us last week) after he threw for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Eagles.  The classic dropback passer, Cousins has a huge array of weapons that now also includes this guy.....

Niles Paul:  The super-athletic Paul has been a frequent target of Cousins as Jordan Reed remains out injured.  While Reed could return as soon as Week 5, Paul looks like a great add for Thursday nighty against a Giants team with weak linebackers.

Jordan Matthews:  It took a few weeks but the rookie Mathews found his groove in Chip Kelly's offense during the Washington shootout as he caught two touchdown passes among his 8 grabs.  Matthews is a slot machine who can go wild the rest of the way next to Jeremy Maclin.  A must add.

Blake Bortles:  The next Ben Roethlisberger threw for two scores in relief of the awful Chad Henne last Sunday and at the very least Bortles will use his cannon arm to rifle throws down the field to Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee.  Only for two-QB formats.

Teddy Bridgewater:  I don't usually tout rookies but in two-QB formats it is always a good idea to check them out when they do finally go under center.  Bridgewater was fantastic in the preseason as he threw for five scores and zero picks and he has scrambling ability as well.  The Vikings have some weapons in Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson and Bridgewater's very good accuracy is something to be intrigued about.

Jerrick McKinnon:  There is no way the awful Matt Asiata story continues as he has been terrible running the football the last two games.  McKinnon is the next man up and his solid speed is a nice fit for the good Minnesota line. 

Mike Glennon:  It never made any sense that Lovie Smith benched Glennon for Josh McCown as the former was quietly very good as a rookie in throwing for 19 scores and only 9 interceptions.  Glennon has a cannon of an arm and has two field-stretching wideouts in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans so right away he gains QB-2 value.

DeAngelo Williams:  Since so many teams are on a bye, old man Williams has some value this week given the fact he literally is the last man standing in an injury-plagued Carolina Panthers backfield. 

Alfred Blue:  Arian Foster could be a weekly riddle with his hamstring so the plowing running of Blue takes on added significance.  While he won't help in PPR formats, the pickings are getting slim at running back.

Allen Robinson:  With the powerful arm of Bortles under center, the rookie Robinson becomes a major receiver of interest.  Having good speed that will allow him to run down the deep Bortles passes, Robinson could do a Jordan Matthews impression this week.


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