Passed Out at Your Desk: Coffee Break
Last week's column might have been a mixed bag, but when we hit, we did really well. Tashard Choice looks like he's capable of being a feature back in this league, LeSean McCoy did a great job as your flex in Week 3, and the Denver defense was dominant once again. Ricky Williams received only eight carries, but turned them into 55 yards and a TD. Can we find you some more sleepers for your fantasy football team this week? Of course!
Jason Campbell, QB, WAS vs. TB
Sure, the Redskins just suffered an embarrassing loss to an 0-19 team, but a cursory glance at Campbell's numbers wouldn't reveal anything is wrong. Coach Jim Zorn revealed that the game plan, against an undersized front seven that could compete for the league's worst rushing defense, was to air the ball out. The result was a 340-yard, two-TD day for Campbell. The Tampa Bay secondary is awful as well, so Campbell should see another great week of stats. The 40%-available Washington QB is a perfect bye-week fill-in for your Kurt Warner or Matt Ryan led team.
Donald Brown, RB, IND vs. SEA
Throw Week 2's game against the Dolphins, when the Colts only had the ball for about 15 minutes, out the window, and it's clear that Indianapolis is willing to give Brown a lot of work each week. He toted the rock 14 times in Week 3 (albeit for a terrible average) and was able to break a long gain on a pass play as well. Include the TD he scored in the Dolphins game, and that makes back-to-back 11-point efforts for Brown. Against Seattle, a team with a terrible rush defense, Brown could very well have his breakout game.
Ted Ginn, WR, MIA vs. BUF
The switch to the big-armed second-year QB should help speedster Ted Ginn, who caught 11 passes against Indianapolis in Week 2 but was shut down and shut out of the San Diego game in Week 3. Which Ginn is the real one? Well, I don't think there's any chance he has a double-digit reception game again, but I do foresee some long TDs in his future from this point on. That could easily start this week, and I love Ginn as a flex play against the Bills.
A Good Night's Sleep
Shaun Hill, QB, SF vs. STL
Josh Morgan, WR, SF vs. STL
Coach Mike Singletary has done a great job of establishing this new-look 49ers team as a power-running, ball-control type team, and it's had a negative effect on Hill's numbers. Of course, now that the studly Frank Gore is sidelined, the 49ers may have no choice but to air it out a little more. Luckily for Hill, Vernon Davis has emerged as a weapon in the passing game, and I think preseason sleeper Josh Morgan will be the next to break out. Your league would have to be pretty deep to consider starting Morgan, but both these players are capable of putting up huge games against the Rams, so act now if you want to stay ahead of the curve.
Glen Coffee, RB, SF vs. STL
Of course, Singletary could just stick to the script and give Coffee 25 carries, as he did in the Vikings game last week when Gore went down. The rookie had a terrible 2.16 yards-per-carry average in that game, but with a week of preparation for the awful Rams defense, Coffee should be much better. Congrats if you snagged him off your wire, and don't hesitate to plug him right into your starting lineup.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, JAC vs. TEN
Pick MSW up. I don't know if I can make it any more clear. The third-year player has quickly become a reliable target for quarterback David Garrard, catching six balls in each of his last two games while totaling 187 yards and a TD against Arizona and Houston. Next on tap is Tennessee, a team with turnstiles at safety and matadors at cornerback. With all the defensive attention focused on shutting down Maurice Jones-Drew, MSW should score a TD and reach 100 yards in this game.
Chad Henne, QB, MIA vs. BUF
The Dolphins would like to take it easy with Henne as they ease him into the starting QB role, but with the season quickly slipping away from the defending AFC East champions, they have no time to lose. Buffalo will be so keyed on stopping the run, and the wildcat formation in particular, that I can definitely see Henne connecting on a couple long TDs with Ginn. This recommendation is obviously just for those in two-QB leagues, but I see Henne as a decent option this week. Who's to say he doesn't take the QB job and run with it?
Maurice Morris, RB, DET at CHI
With Kevin Smith listed as week-to-week, the rushing duties will fall on the shoulders of Morris and rookie Aaron Brown. I'd expect the coaching staff to make Morris the lead back of the committee, and remember that Morris scored a TD in last week's win over Washington. Sometimes when you're trawling the wire for a decent fill-in, all you're looking for is a guy that's going to get touches. In Morris' case, deep-leaguers have found that guy.
Kelley Washington, WR, BAL at NE
While we think of Derrick Mason as the possession receiver and only WR worth owning in Baltimore, Washington has started to emerge as an option for deep-league owners. He's gradually accruing more receptions and more yardage (five catches for 66 yards in Week 3), and he should be able to find five receptions per game for the Baltimore offense. With Laurent Robinson out in my deep dynasty league, I'm looking to Washington to fill the hole this week.