As we head into week four of the NFL season, fantasy owners can start truly evaluating what type of team you have and what direction your team is headed in. You have now been through the first round of bye weeks and probably already suffered a key injury (or two). It's either time to stand back and admire what a great job you did drafting or time to shake up your roster a bit and make some moves that could change the fortunes of your team. A good fantasy owner shouldn't have too much of a falloff when these things happen. Staying abreast on the latest new and NFL information will allow you to make wise free agent pickups and trades that work in your favor.
Hopefully, when you drafted, you drafted for not only starting talent, but also depth on your bench for when the tough times hit. You should have the backup to your stud running back and you should have drafted a sleeper or two in the later rounds that is paying some dividends. You should also be aware of names like Greg Jennings, Maurice Colston, Ron Dayne and Michael Robinson as players that may still be available on your waiver wire that could really help you team and solidify your reputation as a team to be reckoned with. These are some early, in-season moves that can separate the good teams from the also-rans and provide a launching pad for fantasy success later in the season.
Here are a few players that you might want to take a look at plugging into your starting lineup this week to either turn around your luck or keep your success going! They may not be the top names in fantasy football, but most are the 'in between' guys that you might have to make a tough decision on. The good fantasy owner is able to pick these players out from a crowd and stick them in their lineup for fantasy success!
QB - Charlie Frye - Frye has been one of the big surprises of the fantasy football season so far, ranking as the 7th best fantasy QB overall in 2006. His legs and guts give him an edge on other QB's as he has scored three rushing touchdowns through three games in this young season. He will be facing a Raiders defense that is surprisingly ranked 3rd against the pass in the Huddlegeeks team fantasy rankings, but we're going against the grain on this one. The reason the Raiders rank so high against the pass is because teams have been running all over them on the ground. Look for the Browns to try to establish the run, but for Frye to use his arm more this week and have his first game in which he throws multiple touchdowns.
RB - Julius Jones - Jones hasn't had a 100 yard game yet
this season, but he is clearly the No. 1 RB in
RB - Chester Taylor - Taylor has been pretty consistent so
far this year. Consistent, but not spectacular. We expect him to be a little
closer to spectacular in this game as the Vikings will be facing a Bills defense
that currently ranks 20th in team fantasy rankings when it comes to stopping the
WR - Troy Williamson - Williamson has been the deep threat in the Vikings offense so far this season averaging 15.6 yards per catch. Expect Brad Johnson to look Williamson's way often, since the Bills start a pair of inexperienced players at the safety position. Even thought the Bills rank 12th in passing defense, we think the Johnson will be able to find Williamson deep on at least one big play.
WR - Terry Glenn - With Terrell Owens not expected to suit up this week, Glenn should be a definite starter in any league. The Cowboys are going against a Titans team that currently ranks 23rd against the pass and gives up an average of over 222 yards per game through the air. Look for Glenn to be the focal point of the Cowboys passing game and put up some quality fantasy points for you this week.
TE - Eric Johnson - With the injury to rookie tight end
Vernon Davis last week, Johnson will be the clear No. 1 tight end for the Niners.
Look for Johnson to be QB Alex Smith's safety valve against an aggressive Chiefs
defense. Johnson had a fine game last week after