Week 4: Fantasy Matchups

Updated: September 29, 2006, 2:01 PM ET
By Scott Engel | ESPN Fantasy Games
Every week, we preview all of the upcoming games from a fantasy perspective. To help you with lineup decisions, we give you matchups to exploit, some key starting choices and advice on whom to leave on your bench.

Arizona at Atlanta: Edgerrin James will have to battle hard for yardage this week, but should still finish with respectable overall numbers even if he doesn't find the end zone. CB DeAngelo Hall (calf) is expected to play and could limit the production of Larry Fitzgerald, so Kurt Warner could throw to Anquan Boldin often. The Falcons could get ahead quickly in this one, and Warner could produce mixed results as he plays from behind. The Cardinals could be focused on stopping the run, and that means Michael Vick could surprise them with his arm, especially if Arizona brings their safeties up, leaving TE Alge Crumpler some open room in the middle of the field. Both Warrick Dunn and rookie Jerious Norwood will be factors as Atlanta runs the ball often with a lead in the second half.
Start and Smile: Anquan Boldin, Michael Vick, Warrick Dunn, Jerious Norwood, Alge Crumpler
Watch and Worry: Kurt Warner

Cleveland at Oakland: Braylon Edwards has quickly re-emerged to become a go-to guy for the Browns, and even if the Raiders shut him down early, expect Edwards to catch a TD pass. You can also look for a good day for Kellen Winslow Jr., who should be open over the middle of the field often and will get a few chances to catch a short TD pass if his knee doesn't hold him back. Browns QB Charlie Frye should certainly be good for more than one TD. The Raiders will try to establish LaMont Jordan early, but the Browns will key on him often and force QB Andrew Walter to throw. The Raiders QB will be intercepted more than once, but he can throw the occasionally accurate deep ball, and he'll surprise Cleveland with a TD pass to Randy Moss.
Start and Smile: Charlie Frye, Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow Jr., Randy Moss
Watch and Worry: LaMont Jordan


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