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NFL Predictions Week 4: Mike Wallace and WRs Primed for Huge Games

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 18:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a touchdown pass in front of Brandon Browner #39 of the Seattle Seahawks in the second half during the game on September 18, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Zach KruseSenior Analyst ISeptember 30, 2011

As you prepare to set your fantasy football lineups for Week 4, consider these receivers as solid plays this weekend: 

 

Obvious 4

  

Calvin Johnson, Lions

 Johnson became the first receiver in NFL history to catch two scores in each of his team's first three games. He's simply uncovered in the red zone, and there's no reason to think he'll cool off against a small Cowboys secondary this week.

 

Andre Johnson, Texans

 The Steelers have the top ranked passing defense so far this season, but no receiver in the game is as consistently dominating as Johnson. Betting against 100 yards and a score from him is playing with fire. 

 

Mike Wallace, Steelers

 Three straight 100-yard games makes Wallace a must start against any matchup. With the possibility of a shootout in Houston, Wallace could have a monster fantasy weekend. 

 

Greg Jennings, Packers

 He's so often over-shadowed, but all Jennings does is produce for the Packers offense. Even with Jermichael Finley back, Jennings is a top fantasy option—especially if Champ Bailey is out again for the Broncos this week.

 

Middle 4


Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

 The Kevin Kolb effect has been kind to Fitzgerald through three weeks, as he's found the end zone twice with over 250 yards. The Giants have been thrown on this season, and they're making the long trip out West.

 

Vincent Jackson, Chargers

 Jackson has been up and down this season, but there's no reason to think he won't be able to exploit the Dolphins secondary. Expect another big game from him on Sunday at home. 

 

Wes Welker, Patriots

Sixteen catches and 217 yards on 20 targets makes your head spin. Those are incredible numbers from a week ago. He might not see the ball that many times again this season, but it's hard to bet against him getting less than eight receptions and 100 yards against the Raiders.

 

Steve Johnson, Bills

 Leon Hall has established himself as a cornerback you avoid in Cincinnati, but Johnson has a score in all three games this season. With Ryan Fitzpatrick as hot as he is, you can't afford to do anything but start Johnson.  


Unexpected 4


Johnny Knox, Bears

 The Panthers are among the worst pass defenses in the NFL and Knox is the only Bears' receiver you can really trust. 

 

Denarius Moore, Raiders

 Outside of Darren McFadden, Moore is the best offensive weapon the Raiders have. He became the team's No. 1 receiver in a hurry, and we've seen how inept the Patriots are at stopping the pass. 

 

Nate Washington, Titans

 Losing Kenny Britt both helps and hurts Washington's fantasy case, but bet on Matt Hasselbeck targeting him more than ever now that his No. 1 is done for the season. 

 

Pierre Garcon, Colts

 Once he got in the game, backup quarterback Curtis Painter looked to Garcon early and often. If there's a chemistry there, Garcon could be a high-reward play in Week 4.  

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