Matchup Analysis - Week 4

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The first bye week of the season is surely going to force the majority of fantasy players out there to adjust their rosters to compensate.

Guys like Plaxico Burress, Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning, Joesph Addai and Eli Manning leave gaping holes in either your lineup or your opponents.

So make sure you're paying attention, this is a very important week.

Today we'll take a look at each game on this week's schedule to give you our initial impressions of whom we think might shine and who might struggle based upon the matchups.

Tomorrow we'll still have our Start or Sit column, but this helps out just as much because not everyone we like makes it onto that list.

And don't forget, each week we'll field your questions regarding lineups, trades, start or sit, waiver wire and everything else you could possibly come up with that has to do with fantasy football.

If you'd like to submit a question, shoot us an email at:

and we'll do our best to get back to you even if it doesn't make it onto the site as apart of the column.

Falcons at Panthers

Who to like

Falcons: Michael Turner, Roddy White.

Panthers: Jonathan Stewart, Steve Smith, Jake Delhomme.

Who not to like

Falcons : Jerious Norwood, Michael Jenkins, Matt Ryan .

Panthers : DeAngelo Williams, Muhsin Muhammad, Dante Rosario.

Texans at Jaguars

Who to like

Texans: Steve Slaton, Andre Johnson.

Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew, Fred Taylor, Jags DEF.

Who not to like

Texans: Matt Schaub, Kevin Walter, Owen Daniels.

Jaguars: David Garrard, Matt Jones.

Browns at Bengals

Who to like

Browns: The Big Three: Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow Jr., Jamal Lewis.

Bengals: The Other Big Three: Chad _______, TJ Houshmandzadeh, Carson Palmer.

Who not to like

Browns: Browns DEF, Syndric Steptoe, Donte' Stallworth.

Bengals: Kenny Watson.

49ers at Saints

Who to like

49ers: Frank Gore, J.T. O'Sullivan, Bryant Johnson.

Saints: Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas.

Who not to like

49ers : Isaac Bruce, Vernon Davis.

Saints : David Patten, Robert Meachem, Deuce McAllister.

Cardinals at Jets

Who to like

Cardinals: Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Tim Hightower.

Jets: Jerricho Cotchery, Thomas Jones, Brett Favre.

Who not to like

Cardinals: Edgerrin James, Neil Rackers, Cards DEF.

Jets: Chansi Stuckey, Chris Baker.

Broncos at Chiefs

Who to like

Broncos: Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Tony Scheffler.

Cheifs: Tony Gonzalez .

Who not to like

Broncos: None.

Chiefs: Larry Johnson, Dwayne Bowe.

Packers at Bucs

Who to like

Packers: Aaron Rogers, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver.

Bucs: Earnest Graham, Antonio Bryant, Brian Griese.

Who not to like

Packers: Ryan Grant, Packers DEF, Brandon Jackson, James Jones.

Bucs: Warrick Dunn, Bucs DEF, Ike Hilliard, Joey Galloway.

Vikings at Titans

Who to like

Vikings : Adrian Peterson, Vikings DEF.

Titans: Bo Scaife, Kerry Collins, Titans DEF.

Who not to like

Vikings: Bernard Berrian, Gus Frerotte, Chester Taylor.

Titans: Chris Johnson, LenDale White, Justin Gage.

Bills at Rams

Who to like

Bills: Everyone. Play your Bills with confidence.

Rams: Steven Jackson.

Who not to like

Rams: Trent Green, Torry Holt, Randy McMichael.

Chargers at Raiders

Who to like

Chargers: LaDanian Tomlinson, Phillip Rivers, Chris Chambers.

Raiders: Darren McFadden, Michael Bush.

Who not to like

Chargers: Antonio Gates, Darren Sproles.

Raiders: JeMarcus Russell, Sebastian Janikowski, Ashley Lelie.

Redskins at Cowboys

Who to like

Redskins: Jason Campbell, Clinton Portis, Santana Moss.

Cowboys: Tony Romo, Terrel Owens, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Jason Witten.

Who not to like

Redskins: Redskins DEF, Chris Cooley.

Cowboys: Patrick Crayton, Miles Austin, Dallas DEF.

Eagles at Bears

Who to like

Eagles: Donovan McNabb, DeSean Jackson, Brian Westbrook/Correll Buckhalter.

Bears: Matt Forte, Brandon Lloyd.

Who not to like

Eagles: Hank Baskett, Jason Avant, L.J. Smith

Bears: Everyone else on the team.

Ravens at Steelers

Who to like

Ravens : Le'Ron McLain, Ravens DEF.

Steelers : Rashard Mendenhall, Hines Ward.

Who not to like

Steelers: Willie Parker (out w/a sprained knee), Santonio Holmes, Heath Miller.

Ravens: Joe Flacco, Willis McGahee, Mark Clayton, Derrick Mason.

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Olsen responds: You're definitely going to want to go with Minnesota for your defense. The Bears offense is about as putrid as it gets and if there was a quarterback of Aaron Roger's quality under center for the Bears last week, the Bucs would've gotten burned.

With the Vikings going to visit Kerry "it's only a matter of time before I start making it rain with interceptions" Collins, I like their chances. The Titans entire offense is predicated upon their strong running game behind LenDale White and rookie sensation Chris Johnson. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for you, the Vikes boast a run defense that is just starting to really show its teeth.

Quarterback wise, let's just take a quick moment to reflect on how crazy this season has been.

J.T. O'Sullivan or Brett Favre?

I feel dirty even writing that but it's an extremely valid question.

I'm going to tell you to play O'Sullivan here, simply because the Saints are in injury hell right now and are definitely prone to getting into shootouts. Both Brees, and more importantly O'Sullivan, have running backs at their disposal who are phenoms catching balls out of the backfield.

O'Sullivan could very well end up with a couple touchdown passes simply by throwing a screen pass to Frank Gore.

The Cardinals have a better secondary than most give them credit for and Favre is still trying to fit his style of play in with the Jets offensive weapons.

Who should I start as my flex edgrin james or isaac bruce?

Ricky responds: I'd go with James. He's due to find the end zone, and he's put up two really good games so far.

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