Week 4 Patch Pick'Em

Fair Lawn residents Stuart Pace, Steve Brown,Rich Seibel and Zak Koeske make their fantasy football selections for the weekend

Welcome to the weekly Patch NFL Pick 'Em, where Fair Lawn residents and wannabe NFL prognosticators Stuart Pace, Steve Brown, Rich Seibel and Zak Koeske offer up their picks for three games each week and dish out a little fantasy football advice to boot.

If you'd like our opinion on fantasy roster moves, have a fantasy football question you'd like answered or would like to compete against us as a Guest Picker, email Patch NFL Pick 'Em at zak.koeske@patch.com

This week's Pick 'Em games:

  • Miami Dolphins (1-2) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-0) -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
  • New York Giants (2-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m.
  • Chicago Bears (2-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (2-1) -- Monday, 8:30 p.m.

Stuart Pace’s Game Picks:

Miami, New York Giants and Dallas

Miami Dolphins over Arizona Cardinals -- Who really believes the Cardinals are for real? I certainly don't. Never did. Too high expectations now and I think Miami comes in and surprises them with a Reggie Bush-Brian Hartline two-fisted punch. I mean really, the Cardinals? Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

New York Giants over Philadelphia Eagles -- Why would you go against the defending champs here? Philly has been underwhelming me this year and I think the G Men are going to be using No. 7 as Vick's Vapo Rub. Cruz and Ramses and Nicks can cause alot of damage. Confidence Level: 3 (most confident)

Dallas Cowboys over Chicago Bears -- The pout factor for Cutler is going to be high here. He is slowly losing his luster and Dallas needs to make a statement here. Romo and Murray and Austin should be able to generate enough offense to beat the Bears. Confidence Level: 2

Upset of the Week

Minnesota Vikings over Detroit Lions -- Well, I am going to pick my Electric Football pick here as well -- Vikings send the Lions into a tailspin from which they cannot recover.

Sleeper of the  Week

Jorvorskie Lane, FB (MIA) -- I think Miami tries to get Jorvorskie Lane, their fullback, into more schemes when they meet the Cardinals. It looks like Tanny might need to throw to him more often. His stock goes way up if Reggie sits this out.

Bust of the Week

Dez Bryant, WR (DAL) -- He hasn't found the end zone so far this season, and I don't expect him to in this game, either. Bears D is playing solid, it's their O that won't go.

Steve Brown’s Picks:

Arizona, New York Giants and Chicago

Arizona Cardinals over Miami Dolphins -- Occasionally when I can look up from the misery of being a Viking fan, I glimpse other teams in similar straits and feel a twinge of sympathy for them. Take for example Stuart's Dolphins. Now just because I beat Stuart at picking these games doesn't mean I care more about my Vikes than he does his floppy little fish (yeah, yeah they're not really fish. Thank you, Mr. third grade Science guy). Now last week when they couldn't finish off the hated Jets with a little field goal, I felt bad for poor old Stu.  This week when they get pecked to death by a now voracious Cardinals D I will feel down right bad for Stu and probably help him find a good tattoo removal place to take the Dolphins logo off his shoulder. Confidence Level: 2 

New York Giants over Philadelphia Eagles -- Did I really hear that the early line on this game is Eagles -3?  Honey, where do we keep that silly mortgage document needed to bet the house? The Eagles could, no, make that should be 0-3.  I consistently make the mistake of underestimating the Giants but not this time, brother. The Giants will storm through Philly's O-line, chase down and beat upon Michael Vick who has already been chased down and beat upon a lot in this young season and the Giants will win this one easily...easily...Now who has a nice shore house they want to wager on the Eagles? Confidence Level: 3 (most confident)

Chicago Bears over Dallas Cowboys -- I hate the Cowboys, so if you feed me a Cowboys game to write about I'm going to come up with ways they will lose.  Let's say next week you say the Cowboys at home versus Wyoming Central's seven-man junior varisty team, I'm going to start praising the speed of Juniper Holcomb and the tenacity of little Bobo Flynn, the scrappy 5-foot-6-inch, 145-pound starting left guard. Give me the Bears, give me the Fighting Farmhands, give me the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, give me anybody against the Spawn of Staubach from here on out. Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

Upset of the Week

Minnesota Vikings over Detroit Lions-- Well since we whooped the guy that whooped this guy I'm going to take my boys to beat the Lions. The chances of the Lions giving up four scores of 60-plus yards again are pretty miniscule, but the Vikings have been playing a pretty efficient offensive style keeping the ball in AP & Kyle Rudolph's hands, and the D is starting to show some life.  

Sleeper of the Week

Brandon Stokley, WR (DEN) -- How's that for a name from the past?  Peyton may never be the QB he once was but he is definitely targeting his old friends Brandon and Jacob often. Going into a home game against a still-terrible Oakland team regardless of what they did last week, I fully expect him to look for and find Brandon Stokley a few times this week.

Bust of the Week

LeSean McCoy, RB (PHI) -- Quick side note here -- if you ever have the displeasure of having to listen to a radio call of an Eagles game you will get sick of the nickname "Shady" like the guy in "A Clockwork Orange" got sick of Beethoven. His average is a healthy 4.5 yards per carry, but McCoy has only reached paydirt once so far this season and facing a tough Giants D with the dysfunctional Eagles moments away from shedding their "normality masks" and turning on each other, I expect a poor day out of..Shad.... Sha...Sh. No I can't say it. (I feel your pain, Mr. Brown. I got a healthy dose of Shady at Pitt)

Rich Seibel's Picks:

Arizona, New York Giants and Dallas

Arizona Cardinals over Miami Dolphins -- Miami had their chance last week against the Jets and blew it wide left. The Cards are tough, as is that entire division. Go Red Birds. Confidence Level: 3

New York Giants over Philadelphia Eagles -- The Eagles are overrated and the Giants will win easily as the pass rush comes to life and gets after Vick.  Confidence Level: 1 (least confident)

Dallas Cowboys over Chicago Bears -- The Cowboys are at home and will be difficult to beat. The Bears show they are not ready to be grouped with the elite teams in the league. Confidence Level: 2 (most confident) 

Upset of the Week

New Orleans Saints over Green Bay Packers -- New Orleans should be up for this game on the road.

Sleeper of the Week

Delanie Walker, TE (SF) --  I am waiting for him to break out. I think this will be a high-scoring affair for an angry 49ers team that needs to re-establish itself and dominate an opponent. Walker will be open underneath the zone all day long. (And Rich's penchant for picking insignificant current and former 49ers as his sleepers every week continues!)

Bust of the Week

Mike Vick, QB (PHI) -- Michael Vick at home. I don't think it will be a good day for him (And Rich's penchant for picking Mike Vick as his bust every week continues!)

Zak Koeske's picks:

Arizona, New York Giants and Dallas

Arizona Cardinals over Miami Dolphins -- Are the Cardinals for real? Maybe. Maybe not. But the Dolphins certainly aren't, especially without their only viable offensive threat, Reggie Bush. Having knocked off three decent opponents over the season's first three weeks, the Cards now have a run of four straight weaklings. It's hard to fathom, but 'Zona has a legitimate shot at being 7-0 heading into to their matchup with division foe San Francisco in Week 8. Confidence Level: 1

New York Giants over Philadelphia Eagles -- I'm tempted to pick Philly in this one, but I'll pass because they always burn me when I do that. The Eagles are just too enigmatic for a betting man. Their offense simply can't hang with Eli and company. Confidence Level: 2 (least confident)

Dallas Cowboys over Chicago Bears -- I hate both of these teams and would gladly bet against both if I had that option. Being forced to select a winner though, I'll take Dallas. Jay Cutler is in for an extremely long night and another meltdown against this punishing defense. Maybe Kevin Ogletree will even get back into his Week 1 form. Confidence Level: 3 (most confident)

Upset of the Week

New Orleans Saints over Green Bay Packers -- I just can't imagine Drew Brees letting New Orleans drop to 0-4. He'll somehow will the Saints to a road win at Lambeau and for the next week talking heads will question Aaron Rodgers' leadership in comparison to Brees.

Sleeper of the Week

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB (ATL) -- As Michael Turner sputters, Rodgers will gradually take on a larger role. Last week, 'Quizz grabbed double digit carries and picked up a receiving touchdown. I suspect another strong game is in store for the little man against Carolina's horrendous run defense.

Bust of the Week

Antonio Gates, TE (SD) -- Great matchup or not, the Antonio Gates boat is sinking, in my opinion. For the sake of my fantasy team, I hope the former Golden Flash proves me wrong, but I'm certainly not optimistic.


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