Fantasy Football and Sports Betting News and Notes For Week 4

Here are sports betting and fantasy football
news and notes for Sunday’s action.


So-called “intangibles” handicappers, note that Houston
starting quarterback Matt Schaub returns to Atlanta
where he backed up disgraced signal caller Michael Vick. Houston
running back Ahman Green is questionable and wide receiver Andre Johnson is
likely out.

Green Bay-Minnesota

Green Bay,
with Dallas, is one of two NFC
undefeated teams. The Packers have a seven-game winning streak dating back to
last year, the longest in the NFL. Minnesota,
much like last year, has a dominant run defense. They allow a conference best 67.3 yards per
game. Though Pack QB Brett Favre lost nine of his first 11 starts at the
Metrodome, he has turned it around winning 3-of-4 in the Twin Cities.

Who will start at quarterback for Minnesota,
Tarvaris Jackson or Kelly Holcomb, still remains to be seen. NFL guru, Mike Godsey of GodsTips, echoes a
common theme among sharpies, “It’s not that consequential from a handicapping
standpoint. Jackson will have
growing pains and the jury is still out. Holcomb is what he is—a journeyman
emergency starter.”


Dante Culpepper gets the start at QB for Oakland.
Culpepper is another quarterback returning to play the team he played for last
year. Fresh off a knee injury, he had a career worst season in his brief four-game
stint with the Fins. Miami
is 6-0 straight up in the series.


As the world knows, the Bears have finally benched
incompetent quarterback Rex Grossman in favor of Brian Griese. Chicago
has some injuries on defense. Defensive tackle Tommy Harris is doubtful. Starting linebacker Lance Briggs is
questionable to probable and starting cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Nate
Vasher are questionable.


Admitting he has not fully handicapped this game in
particular, expert Cy
McCormick of the MasterLockLine, warns “beware the oddsmakers know the public
will love an undefeated home team against a winless road team,” while
emphasizing it’s a rule of thumb, he continued, “the betting value is almost
always with the road team.”

Neutralizing that fact is that the Rams will be without
Steven Jackson, who led the NFL in yards from scrimmage last year. Dallas
defense is improving each week allowing just 10 points and 239 yards to Chicago
last week. But then again, it was the
Bears and Rex Grossman.

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Baltimore was
6-2 outright on the road last year. They
are 5-3 at Cleveland. Starting
quarterback Steve McNair is hurting and head coach Brian Billick promised to be
“cautious”. Former starter Kyle Boller has shown some spark in relief.

Browns running back Jamal Lewis will have extra incentive
going against his former team which cut him despite being the franchise leader
in total yards and touchdowns. In the last nine series matchups, Cleveland
has been held to 256 yards or less.


A healthy Jets quarterback Chad Pennington goes against a
ravaged Bills defense. Also, Buffalo
starting quarterback J.P. Losman is likely out with a knee injury which means
rookie Trent Edwards gets the call.


Shaun Alexander will play with a broken wrist. San
will be without Vernon Davis, their reliable
target at tight end. Second half bettors note that Seattle
has given up only 17 combined second half points. The Niners swept the series last year
following a six game Hawk winning streak.


David Carr appears the likely starter at QB for Carolina
as Jake Delhomme has an elbow injury. Carolina
is 7-1 straight up to Tampa, but
with Delhomme as the starter. Tampa,
led by new quarterback Jeff Garcia, has averaged 27.5 points per game in their
last two. Oft injured Panther middle linebacker Dan Morgan is questionable with
an ankle injury.


KC ranks 31st of 32 teams in scoring at 8.7.


“Indy has all the makings of a top dichotomous ATS and SU
team,” says NFL Guru Mike Godsey of GodsTips. Often used
in the NBA, he explains, “We discount 98 percent of trends, but this has proven
to be the exception to the rule. Explained in our articles around the Net,
basically if a team has a great SU record but horrid ATS record or visa versa,
you ride for that to continue as it is the sign of which teams are most under
or overvalued.” The Colts are 3-0 SU,
yet just 1-2 in the back pocket.

The Colts are 19-2 straight up in September under Tony
Dungy including 11 straight wins. Denver
is the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL. However, their last two trips to Indianapolis,
they’ve allowed a combined 90 points.


head coach Ken Whisenhunt and assistant head coach Russ Grimm know the Steelers
players and many think one of them should have gotten the job that went to Mike
Tomlin. Pittsburgh has outscored
their first three teams by 97-26. Pittsburgh
is 13-1 straight up to the AFC, but will likely be without top wide receiver
Hines Ward.

Arizona is
1-2 with all three games being decided by a field goal in the closing seconds.


Eagle’s running back Brian Westbrook is questionable.
Giants are without their top running back Brandon Jacobs. Their top weapon
Plaxico Burress is seeing a specialist because his injured ankle is not

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