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Joel Beall

Joel Beall is a writer for FOXSports.com and WhatIfSports.com. He lives with a Golden Tee machine and a jump shot that’s currently broken. Reach Joel on Twitter @FOXSportsBeall.

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Kendall: TE Martellus Bennett or Owen Daniels in Week 4?

Given his proneness for bonehead-like behavior, I thought Bennett would be a disaster for the Giants. The theory was sound: yes, Eli Manning likes to utilize his tight ends, but if Jerry Jones, an owner who has seen his share of immature and imprudent conduct, thought the Texas A&M product was detrimental to his team, how would Bennett react to the no-nonsense environment of Tom Coughlin? Seemed like the Kanye West - Kim Kardashian romance held a better outlook.

Bennett has proved this conjecture wrong in the early going, grabbing 15 balls for 185 yards and three touchdowns. Granted, the G-Men’s slate has not been filled with the most formidable of foes thus far, but hard to argue against Bennett’s 23 targets, good for second-best on the team.

However, Daniels has been no slouch himself, hauling in 13 catches for 160 yards and a score. With Daniels and the Texans taking on a Tennessee team that has surrendered the most points to tight ends this season, compared to Bennett and the Giants facing an Eagles unit that has been stout against the position, roll with Daniels.

Johnny Hammersticks: Do I trust in Aaron Rodgers this week or change to Matt Ryan - wish that I had switched it up last week!

It’s been a rough start for Rodgers, as the Packers signal caller stands at No. 21 in QB fantasy points in standard formats. It is worth noting, though, that Green Bay has faced three of the tougher defenses in football in San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle. Matty Ice has been lights-out for owners thus far, and a Sunday soiree with Carolina should facilitate further fantasy fruition; alas, with the Packers facing one of the worst secondaries in New Orleans in Lambeau, stick with Rodgers. If I were you, Johnny Hammersticks, I would try to parlay one of these entities into running back or receiver help. You can find a suitable substitute arm with ease, but unearthing rushers and wideouts is an arduous endeavor, and one can never have too much depth at these spots.

EK: Start Denarius Moore, Andrew Hawkins, or Brandon Pettigrew in the flex spot?

Pettigrew is the smart play, as he sees the most targets out of the trio and has a matchup against a Minnesota squad that is conceding a high margin of scoring to tight ends. Conversely, if you are looking for a bonanza and are alright with a little risk, Hawkins is your man. After posting eight receptions for 86 yards in Week 1, the looks in Baby Hawk’s vicinity have died down, yet the slot receiver has made amends for this reduction with two 50-yard end-zone excursions. Cincinnati has a date with a better-than-believed Jacksonville secondary, but Hawkins’ explosiveness correlates to x-factor designation.

As for Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey’s absence may seemingly vault Moore to a low-end No. 2 fantasy receiver. The upshot to Moore becoming the primary target, however, is Champ Bailey most likely covering him this weekend, a battle that rarely translates into a win for wideouts.

Solo Fire: When will Vernon Davis turn it on this year?

Uh…you realize Davis is the leading scorer for tight ends through the first three weeks, right? Considering the sender’s name of the comment, as well as the negative connotation with such a positive product, I can only deduce that this is Hope Solo.

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Chuck: Is Mike Vick seriously in danger of being benched?

Andy Reid’s comments were somewhat taken out of context, and though Vick has struggled with turnovers, benching the Philly field general is not an imminent threat. Besides, is the City of Brotherly Love that eager to boo Nick Foles?

In terms of fantasy ouput, Vick hasn’t been that bad, and the Eagles have a relatively manageable schedule in regards to adversarial pass defenses. This actually would be a good juncture to try and snatch Vick from an opposing owner at a discounted price. With an exploitable tilt against the Giants, Sunday should be the perfect platform for a Vick bounce-back.

DetLo: I need help at WR/RB. Do I trade Matt Ryan or RG3 - what's a reasonable return for them?

Hold with Ryan. The Atlanta QB has made miles of progress with his accuracy and command, has been blessed with one of the more endowed receiving crews in the NFC (including a rejuvenated Tony Gonzalez) and the lack of a viable Atlanta rushing attack should parallel to an amplified fantasy standing for Ryan come season’s end.

On the other end of the spectrum lies Griffin III. The box scores may illustrate the former Heisman winner is racking up the points, but it’s been evident the past two weeks that the word is out on how to contain the Washington quarterback. Not helping matters is the frequency and severity of hits Griffin III is absorbing, which will undoubtedly connect to an injury at some stage. Selling high on Griffin III, even in keeper leagues, is the astute assessment.

Jobin: Kendall Hunter or Pierre Thomas: who would you prefer to stash ROS in .5 PPR?

I’m a major proponent of advanced statistics, and the figures state, more than likely, Frank Gore is going to erode this season. Though rumors of elevated Hunter assimilation have not come to pass, still believe that the second-year man out of Oklahoma State will see more action as the year progresses. Thomas, meanwhile, is a more consistent and sound investment, but his potential is hampered with the company of Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram. If you are looking to make a splash, go down the Hunter route.

Tagged: Falcons, Bengals, Packers, Raiders, Saints, Giants, Eagles, 49ers, Texans, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Owen Daniels, Martellus Bennett, Matt Ryan, Andrew Hawkins, Kendall Hunter, Denarius Moore

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