Week 4 is upon us in fantasy football. Finding the right lineups each week in fantasy football can be a very hard thing. We’re each going to try and make it a little easier on you by giving you one player at each position that will have a good week. These players go beyond the weekly staples that are a must start week in and week out. These are the players that you might not have planned on starting; perhaps you should reconsider.
QB: Bruce Gradkowski – I know this may shock a few people, but Gradkowski hasn’t been so bad the past two weeks. With the Texans scheming for Darren McFadden, Gradkowski will throw for two to three touchdowns and a decent amount of yards. The Texans are giving up over 365 passing yards per game, which is good for last in the NFL.
RB: LaDainian Tomlinson- It appears that the New York Jets are making it no secret that they will be running the ball often on Sunday. LT has looked better and better each week and I think the Jets are starting to take notice that he is way more productive than Shonn Green. The Buffalo Billsdefense has given up the most rushing touchdowns in the league, while allowing 140+ yards per game. Look for LT to have his first 20 touch game of the 2010 season.
WR: Louis Murphy – This goes along with my sleeper QB. If Gradkowski is going to throw two to three touchdowns, one or two of them is going to Murphy. Murphy has had 11 and 15 points in his last two games against St. Louis and Arizona, who have much better passing defenses than the Texans. I still think the Texans win by two touchdowns, but the Raiders will be throwing it often and Murphy will be the beneficiary.
TE: Brandon Pettigrew- Quietly, Pettigrew has 13 receptions over the past two weeks as he’s gaining more and more trust from Shaun Hill. He’s yet to get into the end zone, but this should be the week he ends that streak. Against the Green Bay defense, Hill will have to use Pettigrew often. Look for him to have six to eight catches to go with 60 yards and a touchdown.
QB: Vince Young - That’s right I said it. If you have him and do not have a superstar at QB, start him or pick him up. The Titans had Vince as more of a game manager last week, but will need to open up the playbook to score on the Broncos. Look for the former Texas QB to throw for 200 yards, two touchdowns, and rush for one.
RB: DeAngelo Williams – It is finally time for Williams to get his, and this week is definitely it. If you have been scared of Williams’ season, make sure you do not fear this week. He will light up the Saints for 145 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Oh, and if you have Jonathan Stewart, start him as well. He will get a touchdown and at least 80 yards rushing.
WR: Jabar Gaffney – Gaffney was targeted 14 times last week. Look for him to receive just as many this week and come up with some big plays against Tennesse. Gaffney goes for 110 and a TD.
TE: Aaron Hernandez – I normally won’t double dip with a sleeper, however, I am doing it now. Hernandez was targeted seven times last week and with the Dolphins corners holding the Pats WR’s in check, look for the TE to get the majority of the quick outs catches. Big Aaron goes for 90 yards and a TD.
QB: Mark Sanchez – Nacho was a little shaky in the opener, but ever since the Jets coaches took off the shackles Sanchez has been on fire throwing for six TDs and no interceptions in his last two games. There is no reason to think his hot streak won’t continue against a struggling Bills D that has yielded five scores through the air in the last two weeks.
RB: Peyton Hillis – Hillis burst onto most peoples radars last week with 144 yards and a score, but if you’re a fantasy nut you’ve been keeping an eye on this guy. The bruiser is averaging 5.6 ypc and has scored in all three games this season. Even if Jerome Harrison plays expect 75 yards and a score from the big guy.
WR: Darrius Heyward-Bey - DHB is available in the majority of leagues and I encourage you to forget his pathetic rookie campaign of a year ago and pick him up. He has had 24 balls thrown his way in the last two weeks and with opportunity comes production.
TE: Greg Olsen- Maybe the TE never got the ball in a Mike Martz offense because they weren’t as good as Olsen. He’s been putting this myth to shame with scores in his last two games. Look for that trend to continue against a reeling Giants squad.