Sunday, September 28, 2008

WEEK 4 PRE-GAME PLANNER....11:50 a.m.

Fantasy football experts on other sites are telling you to play it cautious with Jaguars receiver Jerry Porter and Saints quarterback Drew Brees today.

Don't buy into that nonsense.

Porter has missed the first three weeks recovering from a hamstring injury. He practiced last week and is ready to step in as the Jags' No. 1 receiver. It couldn't come at a better time with the Jags' offense struggling on the offensive line and in the secondary. Porter wasn't given a big contract to provide minimal production. He will be targeted often and early today and his presence will make the Texans' defense ease up on pressuring the Jags' O-line.

You can never sit Brees down in that high-powered offense he plays in. Yes, the Seahawks' receiver injury bug has hit the Saints with the likes of Marques Colston (out at least three more weeks), Jeremy Shockey (sports hernia) and David Patten hurting. But enter backup receiver Robert Meachem with an opportunity to showcase his speed and deep-threat ability. All Meachem has been asking for is a chance to play and here it is. Lance Moore might take some receptions away, but Meachem represents a home run and I would start him if you're in tough shape when it comes to receivers (I'm starting him in three of my eight leagues). Meachem is still available on many waivver wires. My prediction: If Meachem catches just four balls he'll end up with a 100 yards and a touchdown. If he catches 10 balls, he'll have nearly 150-200 yards and two touchdowns.

Everyone is predicting huge numbers for LaDainian Tomlinson against the Raiders. But don't forget his backup Darren Sproles if you're looking for some running back help. Tomlinson still has some slight pain left over from his turf toe. If he can run, Tomlinson will get his yardage and TDs through two and a half quarters. If San Diego is well ahead, they will rest Tomlinson and Sproles will finish up the day. If Tomlinson struggles, Sproles will be used a lot more earlier in the game. Either way, Sproles should produce his own decent numbers, at least for this week.

Despite all that ruckus going on with the St. Louis Rams, I'm still leaning toward a big day from Rams back Steven Jackson, QB Trent Green and receiver Torry Holt. Jackson is finally losing the rust of his preseason holdout and the Rams, with nothing to lose at this point, will air it out.

Also...Derek Anderson, Jamal Lewis and Braylon Edwards should have a big day; the Chiefs offense will wake up a bit and receivers Isaac Bruce (49ers) and Antonio Bryant (Bucs) should post good numbers.

Good luck!


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