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Fantasy Football Week 4 Pickups: 10 Moves To Save Your Season

RM HeroldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 4 Pickups: 10 Moves to Save Your Season

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    You might be struggling right now in Fantasy Football. You might be sitting at 0-3 or 1-2 and thinking that the boat is taking on water.

    Here are a few moves that might salvage the season. Today is pickup day for a lot of leagues so you have to move quick.

    Good luck and may the Fantasy Gods start to bless you.

    Yeah, I said it.

    What? I'm invested.

    So here we go.

10. Kyle Orton

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    OPPONENT: Tennessee Titans

    Remember a few months ago or even a few weeks ago, the talk was that he was Dead Man Walking and it was inevitable that Tim Tebow was going to be taking over soon?

    Well Orton is throwing the ball around like he is channeling Elway.

    I put him low on the list because he's been taken in most leagues, but you if you find him, you better snatch him up right now.

    What do Tony Romo, Tom Brady Drew Brees and Matt Schaub have in common?

    They all have less fantasy points than Mr. Orton.

    EXPECT: Decent numbers 275 yards, 1 touchdown passing.

9. BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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    OPPONENT: Miami Dolphins

    I have been telling everybody about the "Law Firm" for two weeks now and all of a sudden Yahoo and ESPN are jumping on the bandwagon.

    I am taking credit. Me and Belichick go waaaaay back. Don't get me wrong, he is still part of a committee and this week they are playing the stingy 2010 version of Miami's No Name defense.

    But pick him up and spot start him with waivers coming up. He is the youngest by ten years of anyone else in the Pats backfield.

    EXPECT: Won't kill it like last week, but as a bye week or flex you could do worse. 70 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards, a few goal line looks.

8. Greg Olsen

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    OPPONENT: NY Giants

    Last week it was all about snatching up one of the Patriots young tight ends. They both will pay off but they share time.

    Greg Olsen is the number one tight end in Chicago and he wouldn't have been available on waivers this year if it wasn't for people worrying about how the offense was going to look and if Jay Cutler and Mike Martz would mesh.

    They have and Olsen is Cutler's drop down guy, as well as his down the seam guy.

    Deceptive speed and pretty good hands. Get him if you can, start him unless you got a top 5 guy.

    EXPECT: steady numbers from here on out. 7 catches, 80 yards, 1 td.

7. Ryan Torain

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    OPPONENT: Philadelphia Eagles

    There's a guy in one of my leagues who either reads this column or bugs my house. Either way, he is always one upping me with waiver wire pick ups.

    Last week after seeing Clinton Portis run he picked up Keiland Williams. Ha!

    While I took a chance and grabbed Torain because I remember seeing him in college.

    Clinton Portis will not make it the rest of the season as the starter, he looks like he is running on fumes and it's only week 4.

    Don't start Ryan Torain this week, especially against the Eagles. But see if you can grab him.

    EXPECT: For future use only. Limited numbers as a back up. 40 yards rushing, 3 catches for 20 out of the backfield.

6. Lance Moore

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    OPPONENT: Carolina Panthers

    Let me preface this by saying I hate Saints receivers. Hate em!

    Not as people and I like the team, but in fantasy other than maybe Marques Colston, good luck figuring which guy Drew Brees is going to fall in love with this week.

    Will it be Robert Meachem, Devery Henderson or will he try and prove a point and pull a guy out of the stands and throw to him like Peyton Manning did last week?

    (Just kidding, Blair White.)

    Anyway, Moore had a monster week, last week and someone has to get those quick tosses that Reggie Bush used to get. Why not Moore? He should be available in most leagues.

    EXPECT: half of last week's numbers, which is still pretty good. 6 catches 75 yards and 1 td.

5. Mark Sanchez

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    OPPONENT: Buffalo Bills

    I refuse to call him Sanchize. And I definitely won't call him Manchise.

    But I might call him during a bye week, (you see what I did right there? I might call him... forget it.)

    Ever since people were calling him a bust in week one, he has cleaned up his act against two divisional foes and looks like a decent bye week starter, unless you feel the need to trade with someone.

    I mean you can continue hating the guy but back to back weeks with three touchdown passes?

    Definitely worth a look.

    EXPECT: Another good week, maybe a great one. 275 yards passing, 3 td's.

4. Brandon Lloyd

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    OPPONENT: Tennessee Titans

    I gotta admit, I missed the boat on Mr. Lloyd. I picked up Demaryius Thomas instead, thinking he was bigger, faster, flashier.

    But you love who you love, and right now Orton loves Brandon Lloyd better.

    Two 100-yard receiving games in three weeks means Lloyd is worth getting if you can. My brother scooped him up and won't part with him. (Might have something to do with the soap I used to put in his eyes when we were younger.)

    EXPECT: The Titans will key on him a bit since he's not a secret anymore.  5 catches, 80 yards 1 TD.

3. John Kuhn

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    OPPONENT: Detroit Lions

    I did an auction draft this year and, not knowing what the hell I was doing, spent a ton of money buying Brandon Jackson on waivers once Ryan Grant went down.

    And now after watching Kuhn, I know I backed the wrong horse.

    Kuhn runs harder and with more intention. As in, he really wants to get through the hole. Jackson? Notta so mucha.

    I will be attempting to grab him this week, but one of those SOBs in my league is probably reading this and I won't get him.

    EXPECT: He will eventually transition to the featured back. 75 yards, 3 catches for 25 yards, and a goal line TD.

2. Louis Murphy

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    OPPONENT: Houston Texans

    Many years ago, San Francisco drafted a receiver named J.J. Stokes to either be the heir apparent or the perfect complement to Jerry Rice. They also brought in a guy from a small school that they hoped might make the roster as the fifth wide receiver.

    But as the preseason and then the regular season went along, anybody with eyes could see that Stokes was borderline bust and the little school guy was the one they should be playing. It took a while but they eventually figured it out.

    Now again in the Bay Area, you have a situation where the Raiders reached up and made a high pick out of a guy, Darrius Heyward-Bey, that would have been around much later.

    Later on, they picked up Murphy from Florida. It's gonna happen again.

    Will he turn out to have Terrell Owens's career numbers? Probably not, but he'll be better than DHB.

    EXPECT: 6 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD. Houston is big on giving up fantasy points.

1. Dustin Keller

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    OPPONENT: Buffalo Bills

    Sure, we mocked him.

    We laughed when Ray Lewis beat the brakes off of him whenever he came across the middle in Week 1.

    We giggled when he stepped out-of-bounds instead of getting the first down later in the game.

    But who is laughing now?

    Keller leads the Jets in everything: targets, receptions, yardage, and touchdowns.

    EXPECT: 8 catches, 120 yards and 1 TD. It's the Buffalo Bills.

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