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Week 4: Player Upgrades

These players' stock is rising. This week's picks include Philip Rivers, Matt Schaub, Cedric Benson, Ryan Williams, and Kenny Britt.

Among the league's leaders in pass targets, Brandon Lloyd has the most targets without recording a touchdown. This is my way of saying he's due to find the end zone. He's averaging 11 targets per game and has been the obvious top target on the New England Patriots. In Week 4, the New England Patriots will play the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots are going to come out to this game looking to prove a point after falling to a 1-2 to start the season. Lloyd has produced more and more in each game this year and his target numbers should remain high with the absence of TE Aaron Hernandez. Lloyd is a must-start on a weekly basis in PPR formats and his reliable yardage numbers make him a solid start in standard leagues as well.

Owen Daniels may never return to his 2008 form (70 receptions for 862 yards and two TDs), but he is still a very reliable weapon in Houston's passing attack. He's averaging roughly four receptions per game and at least 50 yards per game. While it's easy to gravitate toward big flashy performances, reliability still has a place in fantasy football. It also helps that Matt Schaub and Co. will be facing off against Kansas City's terrible pass defense. That's why I'm doubling-down on my Houston Texans' recommendations with Schaub and Daniels being featured in this week's Player Upgrades. Daniels ranks eighth at his position with 22 targets and already has three 20-plus yard receptions. With teams eventually keying in on Arian Foster and Ben Tate in goal-line situations, look for Daniels to get the occasional end zone target as well, which is key for productive fantasy numbers.

Remember to read all our columns for this week and use our Who To Start Rankings