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Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings

Brett Favre received his opportunity to beat his old team this week and the old man made the most of it. For the game Favre went 24-of-31 for 271 yards and three touchdown passes.

Watching the game tonight it was very apparent that Favre still has his strong arm as he zipped the football around the field. The Vikings are still undefeated, and they play the lonely Rams next week in St. Louis.

Look for No.4 to have another solid week and the Vikings to continue their perfect record next week.

Below I have some observations from the fourth week of the regular season and how I see those points of interest playing out from a fantasy perspective.

2009 NFL Regular Season Week Four

Regular Season First Three Weeks

Fantasy Football Regular Season Week Four Notes:

Slaton Benched

Steve Slaton got off to a horrible start in this game as the Raiders’ defense bottled him up and did not allow him much room. Not only did Slaton run to ineffectively but he fumbled the football for the fourth time this season and was benched after.

Seeing Slaton get benched was not surprising to me as he needs to stop fumbling the ball, but I was surprised to see who replaced him.

Oakland Raiders v Houston Texans

The Texans went to Ryan Moats instead of Slaton’s traditional backup Chris Brown. Not only did they go to Moats but Brown didn’t even play in the game.

Slaton Comes Back In a Big Way

After a series the Texans put Slaton back in the game, and he responded with a 32-yard touchdown run. Then on the next series he had a very nice 18-yard touchdown catch and run.

With Brown out of the game, the Texans kept Slaton in the game when they got inside the 10 yard line. If this continues, Slaton’s fantasy football ranking will increase as he will get goal line opportunities.

Hopefully, Slaton’s fumbling issues are behind him as fantasy football owners will need his production to make a championship run.

Brandon Marshall Puts the Game Away

Until the final drive of the game Brandon Marshall had been held in check. On that final drive, he made an unbelievable catch and run for a 51-yard touchdown score, that won the game for the Broncos.

Dallas Cowboys v Denver Broncos

This was the kind of play that makes people remember why a Marshall or a Terrell Owens is worth having on your football team. Beyond the drama that this type of player can bring, they also make the game winning plays like this one.

Marshall is officially back and healthy and should be in all fantasy football lineups moving forward.

Steelers Win Big Game, Mendenhall Runs Hard

Tonight the Steelers’ were desperate for a victory as they would fall to 1-3 if they lost. In the end, the Chargers made the game close but for most of the night it was the Steelers that dominated.

San Diego Chargers v Pittsburgh Steelers

This performance was highlighted by second year runner Rashard Mendenhall as he stepped up big after being benched the week before.

Coming into the game Willie Parker was going to be out because of turf toe and Mendenhall got the call. Mendenhall answered as he had 29 rushes for 165 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

He even flashed some receiving skills with two receptions for 26 yards as well.

Next week the Steelers play the Lions and Mendenhall will probably get the bulk of work again with Parker on a bum toe. Pick him up and start him in your fantasy football league.

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