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Week 4 Fantasy Picks

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To recap our fantasy picks from Countdown To Gameday:

Joseph Addai plays a late afternoon game so owners will have to hold their breath and hope Addai is available.  With Donald Brown out Addai should see plenty of action if available and is a better choice over backfield-by-committee backs Brandon Jackson and Ronnie Brown

You have to give credit to Jay Cutler he's been more consistent in the early going and is facing a Giants team that again has question marks on defense.  Cutler is a better choice than Chad Henne though if Henne plays like he did against the Jets in Week 3 Henne will be a legit starter.

Ray Rice is banged up and faces a tough draw against Pittsburgh today...normally we always prefer RBs in the flex spot with with so many question marks Brandon Lloyd is a safer play against a weak Tennessee secondary

We're still waiting for Cincinnati's offense to click and this could be the day against Cleveland so Terrell Owens could have a big day especially when compared to Devin Hester who isn't always the number one target for the Bears.

The Monday night matchup features two teams that use backfield-by-committee but when comparing Ricky Williams to BenJarvius Green-Ellis Williams should have more opportunities.  For sure there are many questions about New England's defense.

Injuries are wreaking havoc on fantasy lineups and that isn't more evident than the plight of Andre Johnson.  Normally he's a must start but he's a game time decision today.  Austin Collie is also questionable but his prospects to play are better.  Look for Brandon Marshall to have a big night tomorrow.

Even though Miami splits time between Brown and Williams the Wildcat is still part of the offense and with a favorable matchup Brown is a better option than Baltimore's Rice.

What's the deal with Carson Palmer?  Until that offense clicks you may need to look elsewhere for a QB.  Meanwhile in New York Eli Manning has settled in and the Bears can be thrown upon.

Defensively speaking Seattle has a better matchup than Chicago especially with Seattle facing a banged up Steven Jackson.

Again that Andre Johnson injury comes into play...Randy Moss is a no brainer but when looking at Donald Driver or Johnson, Driver is safer today.

Not counting points per reception Matt Forte can be pretty ordinary especially when looking at him compared to Cedric Benson.  Chicago has proven they won't be afraid to throw often.

Michael Vick has had a tremendous start to the season and faces a soft Washington defense but Tom Brady is still a must-start.  Vick needs to put up big numbers week in and week out to be elevated over Brady.

What happened to Jonathan StewartDeAngelo Williams seems to be taking most of Stewart's carries and until that changes he should be on the bench and a guy like Green-Ellis should be elevated over Stewart.

Despite having a quiet Week 3 Hakeem Nicks is still a viable option and again with Andre Johnson's status unknown, Nicks is a good alternative.

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