NFL Fantasy Mailbox - Week 4

Fantasy line-up and trade decisions can lead to stressful weeks when there are difficult choices to make prior to Sunday's fantasy contests. We've answered a few of your emails to help ease some of your fantasy dilemmas prior to week 4.

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Q : I drafted Peyton Manning in the first round of our fantasy draft, but he hasn't produced. I also have Drew Bledsoe as my backup. Should I play Bledsoe against the Raiders or stick with Manning against the Titans in Nashville?

Tim F. - Dallas, TX

Always play your studs. You didn't draft Manning to have him ride the pine. Manning may not be on target to repeat his 49 TDs of last season, but he will soon find his rhythm. I like him against the Titans over Bledsoe.

Q : Should I drop Laveranues Coles now that Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler are done for the season?

Mike S. - Little Rock, AR

No. Unless you are in a small league, you won't do any better on the waiver wire than Coles. Pennington wasn't exactly lighting it up when he was in the line-up. The Jets signed veteran Vinny Testaverde on Tuesday...and although Vinny probably won't start in week four over Brooks Bollinger, he should get the nod by week five and throws a much better deep ball than Pennington. Ironically, Testaverde may help Coles salvage his season.

Q : Our league allows a flex player. Should I start Travis Taylor or Tatum Bell in week 4?

Keith B. - Dayton, OH

Travis Taylor continues to be a fine option in Minnesota with Nate Burleson banged up. Denver does not have a clear starter at running back and faces a tough Jags defense on Sunday. I recommend starting Taylor over Bell.

Q : I need to start three of the four...Brandon Lloyd, Antonio Gates, Matt Jones, and Isaac Bruce. Please help. Thank you!

Jason R. - Freemont, NE

I'd definitely play Gates (regardless of the match-up) as Brees' top red zone receiver. Lloyd will have a decent game against the Cardinals' defense in Mexico. Bruce is worth playing for the high powered Rams against the Giants. I like Matt Jones, but would wait on him until he finds more of a role in Jacksonville's offense...hope that helps!

Q : I'm worried that Donovan McNabb may not last the season. His injuries are piling up and maybe I should trade him. I also have Aaron Brooks. What do you think?

Tony B. - Davenport, IA

Keep McNabb! He is a huge upgrade over Brooks and almost anyone else at his position. Unless he suffers a long term injury that has him missing playing time, his fantasy stats alone should be enough to make you a Superbowl contender in your league.

Q : I drafted Steven Jackson for the Rams and LaMont Jordan for the Raiders. Who should I start in week 4?

Alan M. - Seattle, WA

Jackson will start to get more carries as defenses key on the St. Louis passing game. It's only a matter of time before he emerges as one of the premium fantasy running backs. Jackson was dinged up a bit this past weekend and sat for part of the game, so check his status closer to game time against the Giants. If healthy, he is a solid play this weekend over Jordan.

Rising Stock - Troy Williamson, Travis Taylor, Reuben Droughns, Drew Bledsoe, Colts Def/ST, Brandon Lloyd, Carnell Williams, Thomas Jones, Tatum Bell, Eli Manning, Chris Brown, Jeremy Shockey, Keenan McCardell

Falling Stock - Travis Henry, Cedric Benson, Kyle Orton, Curtis Martin, Stephen Davis, Willie Green, Priest Holmes, Laveranues Coles, Drew Bennett, Anquan Boldin, David Carr, Lee Evans, J.J. Arrington

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