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Week 4: Pickups of the Week

These players are worth considering adding to your roster if they're available. This week's picks include Mark Sanchez, Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown, Glen Coffee, and Fred Taylor.

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New Orleans, Miami (twice), Buffalo (twice), Jacksonville, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Atlanta -- all teams in the bottom half of the league in terms of stopping the pass; all teams Mark Sanchez will get to face this season. He's handled the pressure of the NFL spotlight well so far and is starting to look like a safe bye week replacement or even spot starter. If you're an owner who was counting on Chad Pennington or (ugh) Mark Bulger, go out and pick up Sanchez.

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Bradshaw has performed his complimentary role well so far this young season. He romped all over the Buccaneers in week 3 and gets a similarly soft opponent in the Chiefs for week 4. Bradshaw is a decent flex play right now, but he'd vault to must-start status if something were to happen to Brandon Jacobs. While it seems impossible that anything short of a torch and pitchfork-toting mob could do damage to the monstrous Jacobs, he has missed eight games over the last three seasons. Bradshaw is an intelligent plan B for fantasy owners.

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Brown looked explosive at times, slicing through the Cardinals for 112 total yards. So far, Brown has been on the short end of the 60-40 split with backfield-mate Joseph Addai. It's not the kind of formula that will last. The Colts made Brown their first round choice for one reason: they don't see Joseph Addai as a long-term answer at RB. Brown should see an increase in playing time as the season winds on and could overtake Addai soon with more performances like last Sunday's.

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Sprain, strain... let's just call it an ongoing ankle concern. In any case, Frank Gore is limping again and his backup needs to be owned. Coffee -- the preseason standout -- has been quiet so far, but could be primed to give fantasy owners a welcomed jolt if, as seems likely, Gore misses the next few weeks. Coffee had to fight for every inch in Minnesota, but the yardage should be much easier to come by this week. Whoever starts at RB for the 49ers makes for a particularly compelling play the next two weeks against St. Louis (who have given up almost 150 rushing yards per game, and in week 5 against Atlanta gave up 136 rushing yards per game).

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New England has spread the carries around and will continue to do so, but it looks like the majority of handoffs will still to go to Fred Taylor (who turned back the clock last week with 105 rushing yards against the Falcons). At 33, Taylor is the oldest starting RB in the league. He'll be a gamble some weeks (week 4 against the Ravens, for instance), but should pay dividends as the weather starts to turn and the Patriots look for ways to help take the pressure off their passing game. The image of Tom Brady in a snowy Gillette stadium might be refreshing to some New England fans, but most would be happy to see him able to hand the ball to a trusted RB when the elements get nasty.