Fantasy Football Week 4: Atlanta Falcons and 2 Teams Full of Fantasy Studs

Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2011

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons fakes a handoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 25, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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I don't have to tell you that matchups are everything in fantasy football. Sometimes the difference in a good fantasy play and a bad fantasy play is the teams the players are going up against.

Often times, there are full NFL teams that are great fantasy plays thanks to a good matchups. The following are three teams full of great fantasy plays thanks to favorable matchups this week.


Atlanta Falcons

The much-anticipated Falcons' offensive outburst will finally begin in earnest this week against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks are a team that has struggled to even slow teams down this season, much less stop them completely. It's easy to imagine many of the Falcons' offensive stars having huge days.

Not only are Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Michael Turner must-starts this week, players like Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez will be as well.


New Orleans Saints

Most of the Saints' biggest offensive playmakers are good fantasy options every week, but this week, they have a particularly tasty matchup. They take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags are a team that gave up 32 points to a Jets' offense that isn't anything special.

The only thing that can limit the Saints production in this game is the score. If the score gets too out of hand too early, head coach Sean Payton might start to pump the brakes on the offensive play calling.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints calls a play during a game being held at the Louisiana Superdome on September 25, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Texans 40-33. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty I
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With the exception of Pierre Thomas, who is caught up in a numbers game at the running back position, play every Saints' player you have on your roster within reason. 


Green Bay Packers

Even though they put up their share of points, the Packers aren't known as a team filled with fantasy studs. Aaron Rodgers is a lock to have a big game more often than not, but everyone else around him is somewhat iffy. The Packers just do too good a job of spreading the ball around. 

This week, you can expect big games from just about every contributor in the Packers' offense. Ryan Grant is out, so James Starks is a great play. Jermichael Finley exploded for three touchdowns this week, so you have to think they'll be looking for him again this week.

Best of all, they are taking on the Denver Broncos. The Broncos' defense isn't the worst defense in the league, but they are nowhere near good enough to slow down the Packers.