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2011 Fantasy Football Week 4 Start/Sit Options: Kyle Orton Could Have Nice Game Against Packers, If You Trust Him

Kyle Orton could have a big day against the Packers, like Drew Brees and Cam Newton did. But do you trust Orton to come up with that performance after what he's shown so far this season?

The Denver Broncos will be on the road this Sunday to face the Green Bay Packers in historic Lambeau Field. It's not going to be a banner day for the players or their fantasy football owners. Looking at ESPN's fantasy football projections for Week 4, only Brandon Lloyd is expected to go over 10 points. But even that might be a stretch. Let's break down the roster positions again:

QB: A year ago, Kyle Orton was enjoying a great start to the season in Josh McDaniels' pass-happy offense. He had just thrown 476 yards against the Colts and was in the middle of a four-game streak of throwing for over 300 yards. One year later, Orton is still throwing for touchdowns, but he's failed to pass for over 200 yards in the last two games.

Still, he faces a Packers team that is 31st against the pass this season. Drew Brees and Cam Newton threw for over 400 yards against the Packers while Jay Cutler went for over 300. Will Orton follow in their footsteps? If you play in a two quarterback league, START him as your secondary. Otherwise, SIT since he likely wasn't your starter before this week.

RB: Willis McGahee was brought in to help shore up a red zone/goal line offense that needed improvement. It looked like McGahee had brought that against the Bengals, but then he failed to put the ball into the end zone in those situations. We can say all we want about the fourth down call, but McGahee failed to put it into end zone on the previous two plays, as well. He struggled to reach 50 yards in the game.

Knowshon Moreno was active last week, but was only going to play in an emergency. His hamstring should allow him to play this week, but will he be the hot hand that Fox will go to during the game? Both Moreno and McGahee are risky starts against a rush defense that has allowed a league-best 55 yards a game on the ground. SIT McGahee and Moreno

WR: Brandon Lloyd was back, but he didn't look quite like his old self. Eric Decker received plenty of targets and had seven catches. The 48 yards could have been improved, but it shows that Lloyd isn't the only option when healthy. If one feels confident that Orton is going to shred the Packers' secondary like other quarterbacks have this season, START Decker and Lloyd.

TE: Daniel Fells continues to pick up a catch or two, but he's not a fantasy factor.

K: Matt Prater is also not a fantasy factor, except in the deepest of leagues.

DEF: Aaron Rodgers is the opposing quarterback, and even if Champ Bailey is back. He might be a tad rusty. But I'm not sure why the Broncos' defense would have started in other weeks. SIT

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