Fantasy Football Week 4: Best Matchups for Each Position
Matchups are virtually everything when it comes to winning in fantasy football.
And sometimes, finding the best matchups for your team each week can be frustrating: This holds especially true for anyone with Aaron Rodgers in 2012.
After all, he is the NFL's reigning MVP, but the Green Bay Packers quarterback hasn't produced anything like he did in the early stages of 2011. Then again, the Packers have also faced a much more difficult schedule by comparison and Rodgers gets each defense's A-game to boot.
Fortunately, Rodgers faces an unproven New Orleans Saints defense on Sunday and he's not the only one playing against a favorable opponent.
To that end, let's move forward and see who joins Rodgers for the best fantasy football matchups in Week 4.
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. Saints)
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Aaron Rodgers is going to pick apart the New Orleans Saints this week.
No, he and the Packers offense haven't been dominant this season; but after Week 3 Green Bay possesses extra motivation.
In addition, New Orleans ranks 25th against the pass and 32nd against the run. So, the Packers will see success in both aspects—and it's not like the Saints play well inside the red zone either.
Sitting at 0-3, New Orleans allows an average of 34 points per game and Drew Brees will turn the ball over on occasion. Therefore, Rodgers and co. won't have any trouble scoring and will get additional possessions as Green Bay remains opportunistic defensively.
Running Back: Arian Foster, Texans (vs. Titans)
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Until the Tennessee Titans prove they can stop an offense, any opponent will be a great fantasy football matchup.
This week that guy is Houston Texans running back Arian Foster: And you can virtually put any Texans offensive fantasy player here as well.
Foster has racked up 294 rushing yards in three games and the Titans have allowed an average of 150 yards per game. Include Tennessee's extremely weak pass defense and Houston will roll across the board in Week 4.
Foster slamming on the ground will set up the pass and Matt Schaub slicing downfield to Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels. Then, it's back to Foster in the second half to put the game away.
Simple game plan, because the Titans offense will get shut down by Houston's stellar defense.
Wide Receiver: A.J. Green, Bengals (at Jaguars)
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For the Cincinnati Bengals to get a needed road win, receiver A.J. Green must burn the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary.
It will, however, be rather difficult because the Jags are likely to gear all coverages toward Green after his unreal numbers from Week 3.
The good news, though, is that Jacksonville has not been completely effective against the pass or the run. So, for Green to see more targets as the game progresses Cincinnati must utilize the running game early on.
Mel Tucker's defense is more vulnerable up front, and the Bengals establishing the run game from the start sets up play-action pass. Although Green won't flirt with 200 yards against the Jaguars, he'll see a good number of targets to make plays and get the needed yards after the catch.
Tight End: Vernon Davis, 49ers (at Jets)
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Week 3 was certainly a setback for the San Francisco 49ers.
Now, though, the loss is out of the way and Jim Harbaugh's offense has the opportunity to respond in Week 4.
Vernon Davis is a key component to San Francisco's offense as well as Alex Smith's production. After all, the star tight end leads the 'Niners with four receiving touchdowns and four catches of 20-plus yards.
Also favoring Davis, San Francisco and the offense will be the absence of New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Per Rich Cimini of ESPN New York:
A Monday morning MRI exam confirmed the Jets' worst fears, leaving their struggling defense without its best player.
Such an unfortunate break for the Jets, but this also makes Gang Green more vulnerable defensively. So, expect San Francisco to take advantage and get back on track.
Kicker: Dan Bailey, Cowboys (vs. Bears)
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On Monday, the Dallas Cowboys offense lines up against a well-disciplined Chicago Bears defense.
Chicago knows how to apply a solid amount of quarterback pressure, isolate in man coverage and stop the run.
Dallas may be 2-1, but Tony Romo's offense has yet to show any consistent explosiveness at scoring and piling up yards. Fortunately, kicker Dan Bailey is as reliable as they come.
To this point in 2012, Bailey is perfect on field goals and extra points. Plus, he did go 3-for-3 at home last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And considering the Bucs limited Dallas' offense, we can anticipate the Bears to give Jason Garrett some trouble as well.
Still, we can expect Romo and the 'Boys will move the rock rather well. We just also have to expect that most drives will halt once near the red zone.
Defense: Seattle Seahawks (at St. Louis Rams)
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Week 3's Monday night insanity aside, the Seattle Seahawks field one elite defense.
Any unit that can limit Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to just 12 points and 268 total yards is impressive.
Not to mention the eight sacks and two forced fumbles (no recoveries) mainly due to Seattle's front four.
Squaring off against the St. Louis Rams in Week 4, the Seahawks are going to have an eerily similar performance. Sam Bradford has already been sacked 12 times and the Rams managed just six points against the Chicago Bears.
In addition, St. Louis turned the ball over twice and totaled only 160 yards. Seattle's defense is just as dominant as Chicago's and is backed by a more reliable offense. With reason, we can expect Bradford under much pressure all game long and the Seahawks secondary locking down in coverage.
If there's one game capable of a shutout, this is it.
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