Evan’s Week 4 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
While it never easy to put faith in a rookie wide receiver, even more so when he has a fellow rookie in Andy Dalton throwing him the ball, I feel extremely confident in A.J. Green in Week 4. After producing the first 100-yard receiving game of his career in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, Green had a subpar Week 3 in which he caught 4 balls for 29 yards. Despite this mediocre performance, Green has still been targeted just as many times as Larry Fitzgerald thus far in 2011, and, with the Buffalo Bills coming to town in Week 4, fantasy owners should expect a big game out of the Bengals rookie.
Buffalo may be 3-0 and will most likely win the game, however, they have proven to be a team that will give up a lot of yards through the air in 2011 (almost 272 yards per game). Expect the Bengals to fall behind in the game, meaning that they will be put in situations where Andy Dalton is going to need to throw the ball quite a bit. He will look for Green as his primary target, and fantasy owners should expect the receiver to surpass 90 receiving yards for the game with a good chance that he also finds the endzone.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Let me first start by saying that I am not putting Reggie Wayne in this spot because I do not like him as a player or because I think his skills are deteriorating. He has proven thus far in 2011 that, even without Peyton Manning, he can still be a very productive NFL receiver. The Colts travel to Tampa in Week 4 for a Monday night game however, and it looks extremely likely that Kerry Collins will not be able to play. Curtis Painter will get the start against a young, hungry Buccaneers team that will do anything it can to confuse the young QB in his first NFL start.
I cannot see Painter doing much against the Bucs defense which hurts the fantasy outlook for the Colts playmakers this week. When you add in the fact that Wayne will most likely line up against a tough corner in Aqib Talib for most of the night, all signs point to a rough week for the Colt receiver. Even though most fantasy owners drafted him in the first 3 rounds of their draft, Wayne is a guy that should be benched in Week 4 (listen to the 2 Guys Fantasy weekly podcast for other ideas at receiver this week). He will not exceed 45 yards receiving against Tampa on Monday night.
Frank’s Week 4 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
I was really excited when Greg Olsen was traded to the Panthers in the offseason. I felt like he would get a great chance to truly show his skills as he developed a rapport with rookie QB Cam Newton. Olsen finally flashed his talent last week against the Jaguars with 7 catches, 57 yards, and a touchdown.
This week Olsen travels to Chicago to go up against his former team, the Bears. During his four seasons with the Bears Olsen most certainly learned some of the soft spots in the Bears D and will look to exploit those with Cam Newton. Look for another strong performance from Greg Olsen in the form of at least one touchdown and around 75 yards receiving.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Shonn Greene, New York Jets
The Jets running game as a whole has gotten off to slow start this season. Shonn Greene hasn’t rushed for more than 59 yards in the first 3 games of the season to make matters even worse.
While I do think Greene will get going at some point this season, I don’t see it happening Sunday against a ferocious Ravens defense that has something to prove against its former defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan. If you have to start Green don’t expect a touchdown and more than 60 or 70 totals yards.