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Week 4: Hot & Cold

Here are some lesser known players who I consider to be hot right now.

QB Jason Campbell (WAS): Campbell struggled in week 1, but has been very consistent ever since, scoring around 17 points per game. Plus, Campbell has yet to thrown an INT. People forget about the Skins, because they are in the NFC East, but they are playing very well.

RB Steve Slaton (HOU): Slaton had unimpressive rushing numbers against the Jags, but caught 8 balls for 80 yards and a TD. As long as he remains involved in all phases of the game, he is a must-start.

RB Chris Johnson (TEN): He scored his first 2 TDs of the year and looked good against the Vikings, who have a very good run defense. He should begin to command most of the carries in Tennessee, although LenDale White will get some looks at the goal line.

WR DeSean Jackson (PHI): Okay. I am a believer. He has been very productive so far this year, and it looks like he will continue to be a big part of Philly’s offense. He is a rookie, so he will make a few mistakes, but he is a playmaker, so he is worth starting.

And here are some guys who are very cold. When a player is cold, you have a couple options: (1) Stash them on your bench and stick it out or (2) give up and drop them (assuming there are better options).

Stash ’em:

RB Ryan Grant (GB): The Packers claim his hamstring is healthy, but Grant is really struggling. Remember, though, before he went on a rampage at the end of the year in 2007, the Packers were dead last in the NFL in rushing. He has shown flashes, and I think he will eventually return to form. If you can, wait it out.

WR Andre Johnson (HOU): Outside of his 10 catches in week 1, Andre Johnson has struggled. He dropped a couple potential TD passes in week 3 and was a non-factor in week 4. However, if Slaton can get the ground game going and take some pressure off Schaub, Johnson should find some room to work.

WR Donald Driver (GB): I love Driver, but Greg Jennings has clearly replaced him as the go-to WR in Green Bay. Plus, the Packers have been strugglig on offense recently. I think the Packers will look to get Driver more involved, especially as teams try to force Rodgers to go away from Jennings, but he is not going to put up the same numbers he did when Favre was QB.

Drop ’em:

QB Derek Anderson (CLE): Anderson has played very poorly this year. The Browns have many issues, but Anderson is really struggling. And on top of it all, they have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. I would not expect him to rebound any time soon. Kerry Collins and Brian Griese, who have only started 3 games, have scored more fantasy points than Anderson.

RB Kevin Smith (DET): Smith lost his starting job to Rudi Johnson, essentially destroying what little value Smith had left. See how many carries he gets this week compared to Rudi, but he is likely not worth a roster spot anymore. But keep an eye on him. Rudi has been injury prone as of late, so Smith could return to the mix. Either way, the Lions have not been very productive on the ground.

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