Chris Gingrich: Fantasy season heading into Week 4


It's probably safe to assume that you did not have Ronnie Brown in your lineup for his amazing 39-point outburst against the Patriots. Well, join the crowd because 75 percent of Ronnie Brown's owners did not start him last week.

It's hard to blame Brown owners for not starting him after outings of two points and nine points in weeks 1 and 2. Brown ran the ball for four touchdowns, while adding a passing touchdown for his fifth. He is the first player since 1923 to accomplish the feat. Consider Ronnie Brown a good option as a second running back going forward.

Another interesting line this week was that of Brian Griese for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He threw for 407 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions to lead all quarterbacks with 21 points. This stat line caught my eye because not only did he have a great day passing the ball, but he also had a bad one because of his three interceptions. I would call that an unusual week.

Here are my Top 3 pickups of the week heading into Week 4:

Julius Jones, running back, Seattle Seahawks - With Seattle's receiving corps ailing right now, it looks as if they're going to go with the running game a lot more. The main beneficiary of this change of plans has to be Jones. He is averaging 104 yards a game and has had a touchdown in his past two games. He looks to be a solid pickup right now for those in need of a running back.

Trent Edwards, quarterback, Buffalo Bills - Edwards is one of the main reasons the Bills are doing so well in the early going of the season. He's passed for 733 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Edwards is a good pickup in 12-team leagues and leagues that start two quarterbacks. For a small investment now, Edwards could pay big dividends if you're willing to take a chance on him now.

Brandon Lloyd, wide receiver, Chicago Bears - Lloyd has seen his receiving yards go up every week this year. He has 216 receiving yards on the season to go with one touchdown. He just missed being last week's leading receiver by one point, landing right behind Brandon Marshall. It looks as if Lloyd could be receiving more targets every game from quarterback Kyle Orton, and his production could stay consistent. He should be considered a low risk-high reward buy right now.

Good luck with your teams in Week 4!

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