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As the weekend rolls around, BTB once again offers up some tips for your fantasy football team.

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I have to admit something, my tips last week did not pay off so well. Most notably Antonio Gates, Andre Johnson, and Jordan Matthews combined to give me less than 20 points. When you factor in a New England defense that added a -2 it is easy to see that Dawn did not collect any FanDuel cash last week. I now know what it feels like to be an Oakland Raider. This week I am looking forward to turning things around with some of the players listed here.



Russell Wilson - The Seahawks will pay a visit to the staggering Washington Redskins this Monday night. One thing that the Seattle QB and the Skins D have in common is that they are consistent. Wilson is consistently solid while the Skins D is consistently terrible and losing D'Angelo Hall is not going to better their secondary. Coming off of a week's rest Wilson should be the next NFL passer to light up Jim Hazlett's beleaguered secondary.

Philip Rivers - Rivers put up 27 points for me last week, and single handedly kept me out of the cellar at FanDuel. Overall he is the third most productive fantasy QB right now and he will be facing the third most generous pass defense in the New York Jets. The way this one adds up, Philip Rivers is going to be taking the helm for me again this week.

Cam Newton - Cam likes to make things happen with his feet, and the Bears are susceptible to running quarterbacks. As long as Riverboat Ron Rivera and his staff are willing to let Newton do what he does best, he will be a solid choice to start this week. One other thing; Cam is doing a good job of taking care of the ball (think Nick Foles last season) so he will not hurt you when he goes up top.


Kyle Orton - Orton may be the new passer in Buffalo, but he is still old news; and he is rusty as well, having started one game during his two years in Dallas. He won't have an easy time shaking off that rust against a Detroit Lions defense which is the toughest match-up for fantasy QBs.

Alex Smith - Smith faces his old team and a tough challenge this week. The 49ers shut down Nick Foles and the high flying Eagles offense last week, and they should be able to reign in the Chiefs and Smith much easier this time around.

Running Backs


Rashad Jennings - The New York running back has a dream match up this weekend against Atlanta. The Falcons served up over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns last week to the Minnesota Vikings backs. Jennings is a much better back that anything the Vikes can put on the field right now, so expect him to turn in what could be a career performance.

Andre Ellington - The Denver defense has been more than generous to opposing runners this season, and Ellington, who is rested from a foot injury, should be the next to cash in. Look for him to also play a critical role in the Cardinals passing game this weekend as well.


Montee Ball - Going the other way, don't expect Ball to have his much anticipated break out game this week. Not only has Montee not reached the level of performance that he did in college, he faces a Arizona defense that is among the better run stopping units in the league.

Stevan Ridley - A struggling Patriots defense seems to have no desire to prove that it can pound the ball against anyone. On the other side of the line of scrimmage is a Bengals defense that has no interest in letting them. Ridley is a talented back whose skill set is currently being wasted in New England.

Wide Receivers


Antonio Brown - Jacksonville's top CB, Dwayne Gratz, is expected to miss this week's game against the Steelers. If facing the Jaguars porous secondary wasn't enough to make you want to start Brown, the news about Gratz being out should change your mind. Oh, yeah...Brown has put up over 220 yards and four scores over the last two weeks. That should be the icing on the cake. Start this guy.

Vincent Jackson -  Jackson gets a shot at the same Saints defense that Terrance Williams put up some big numbers against on Sunday night. With Rob Ryan's corners both ranking near the bottom of the league, Jackson should be able to put up plenty of stats this week. To help pad those numbers, Jackson will not be splitting targets with rookie Mike Evans this week since the Aggie is expected to miss the next couple of weeks with an injury.

Percy Harvin - Harvin faces a beleaguered Washington defense that is led by a pair of corners with 20 games of combined experience. To cover the slot the Skins have another below average corner in E J Biggers. To say that they are vulnerable is an understatement. Look for Harvin and his QB, Russell Wilson, to cash in with a big game.


Eric Decker - Brandon Flowers has found a new home and it has sparked a return to the form he used to display in Kansas City. Over the first four weeks of the season, he and the Chargers secondary have shut down Larry Fitzgerald, Percy Harvin, Sammy Watkins and Cecil Short. That quartet has combined (yes combined) for only 71 yards receiving against the Chargers secondary. Decker will not be the one to buck this trend.

DeSean Jackson - It is not very often that I would suggest sitting DJax, but this is one of those times. This week the Skins face the dominating defense that prowls the gridiron on behalf of Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. This will not be a pretty game for Washington and I don't think there is much chance in Jackson's owners cashing in this time around.

Julian Edelman - The offense is a disaster in Foxboro right now, and the Bengals defense is on top of its game. The starting corners in Cincinnati have yet to surrender a touchdown in 2014, and they give up, on average, less than 75 yards per game combined.

Tight Ends


Heath Miller - Miller is facing a Jacksonville defense that is a dream for opposing tight ends, and he is the type of player that will cash in. Last week Heath had 10 catches for 85 yards and a score against Tampa Bay, and this week has the potential to be even more productive.


Jason Witten - I love the Senator, but Jason Witten is not a serious touchdown threat. That does not look to change this week against the Texans. Witten will make an impact for the Cowboys offense but not the type that will benefit your fantasy team.

Dwayne Allen - The Baltimore defense is not as nasty as it used to be and they can be had. The one area they are strong in is taking away the TE position. This year, through four games, the Ravens have allowed opposing tight ends just 7 catches for 88 yards and no touchdowns. They are the worst match-up for the position.

Once again this week I will be putting my money where my mouth is and playing guys from my start list in the money leagues over at FanDuel. Hopefully this week I will once again finish in the money the way I did during the first three weeks of the season. If you have not tried playing there I encourage you to do so. You don't have to get in on the money games, there are free contests as well. Come on over and join in on the fantasy football fun and if this week doesn't work out you can always draft a new team next week.

Editor's Note: FanDuel is hosting a private fantasy football League for SBNation readers this week. It's $10 to join, the top 200 teams win money, and first place wins $1,000. League starts Sunday 1 PM ET and ends on Monday. Here's the link.

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