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Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 4 Matchup Analysis and Impact

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 4 Matchup Review

September 28, 2013

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Week 4 Matchups

Week 4 is going to be a fun weekend of football.  Some division rivalries are going to heat up along with a few offensive powerhouses going head to head.  There are several games to preview that will have a huge impact on the NFL season's standings, but below are previews of games that will have an impact on the fantasy football season.


Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 4 Matchup Analysis and Impact

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Eagles at Broncos - This matchup was the most obvious of all the games this week because it should be one of the greatest offensive showcases in recent NFL history. Hopefully it will live up to the hype, and it should since it's a battle of the top 2 scoring quarterbacks in fantasy football.  The key player in this matchup is the 2nd highest scoring QB, Michael Vick.  Can Vick prove he is for real and keep pace with an unstoppable Denver offense? That is the big question surrounding this game, and the question fantasy footballers are wanting to see answered.  If Vick performs like he did in the Eagles' first two games, then Vick will become the #1 trade commodity in all of fantasy football.  In order for fantasy owners to finally realize the upside of Vick far outweighs his injury risk, fantasy owners must see Vick dominate and survive an encounter with a good defense on the road.  And Vick's matchup in Denver will be even more convincing because of the high altitude.  If Vick can orchestrate an offensive symphony against a top defense at Mile High Stadium, his fantasy value will skyrocket.

- Can Vick prove he is for real and that his upside far outweighs his injury risk?


Bears at Lions - From a strictly NFL fans perspective, this is a very intriguing matchup because the Lions will take over first place of the NFC North with a victory.  But fantasy footballers are more interested in the health of Reggie Bush and which Lions' receiver will step up and replace Nate Burleson.

Reggie Bush has been absolutely spectacular when on the field this season, but that ole injury bug just keeps picking on him.  If Bush has returned to full strength and is able to stay healthy for the long run, then his fantasy value will be tremendous.  As fantasy footballers know, that is a big "IF" that surrounds Bush staying healthy, and that is why Joique Bell is the most coveted handcuff in fantasy football.  Bell has shown that he can be a very good flex option even when Bush is healthy, but he will not remain a top 10 RB while Bush is able to play.

The Lions lost a key piece of their offense and fantasy owners lost a productive WR when Burleson had a car accident. Many people in the fantasy football world are expecting Ryan Broyles to step up and fill the void left by Burleson's injury, but Broyles is just returning to football action after suffering from a torn ACL.  The NFL world has gotten a miscued impression of ACL recoveries thanks to Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles.  AP and Charles' recoveries were the exception to the rule and not the norm.  Broyles may be able to produce similar stats as Burleson, but the Lions may also start targeting their big tight ends more.

- Has Bush returned to full strength?

- Who will step up for the Lions and fill the void left by Burleson's injury?


Cardinals at Buccaneers - The Arizona vs Tampa Bay game is not one that will be of great interest to NFL fans, but fantasy footballers know there's more to the story.  Several issues need to be investigated and this game should help fantasy footballers resolve some of these issues.

The Buccaneers have switched quarterbacks, and now Mike Glennon is their starter.  This move will have a huge impact on several reliable fantasy football starters: Doug Martin, Vincent jackson, and Mike Williams.  Glennon's ability to play quarterback will have a dramatic impact on the value of all the Buccaneers and fantasy owners will be interested in how he performs, especially since Doug Martin was a 1st round draft choice.

The Cardinals also have turmoil at a key fantasy position, running back.  Mendenhall was named the starter from the beginning of the season, but his production has steadily decreased.  Is this due to his lingering injuries or is he simply regressing as a runner.  The Cardinals stated they would prefer to have a lead back they could count on instead of a committee approach, and fantasy owners are hoping that remains true.  The only problem is that Mendenhall is making it tough on the Cardinals to stick to a lead back approach.  Fantasy owners will be watching to see if a lead back can emerge from the Cardinals backfield or will this become another fantasy football headache creating committee?

- How will the quarterback switch impact the Buccaneers' offense?

- Can Mendenhall be a bellcow running back, or will the Cardinals rethink their current running back strategy?

- When is Larry Fitzgerald going to finally breakout?


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