Another week, another pair of victories for me. In my main keeper league I fought off an early deficit and enjoyed some dominant performances by Peyton Manning, Kyle Orton, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Antonio Gates (yes, it is a two-quarterback league) that led me to a victory. In my other league, there is myself and one other team that is still undefeated. I can honestly say that I have never had this much early success in fantasy, but I am enjoying the wins as they come. My teams are normally like the Chargers; I start slow, but finish strong going into the playoffs. Now with that being said let’s recap the week’s action and enjoy the Pats-Dolphins game tonight.Week 4 Playback:
What did I tell you about LaDainian Tomlinson? I knew this guy was not done, but everyone tried to make it seem like he was on his way to the retirement home. We got to see an old-school L.T. performance on Sunday when he was rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He also chipped in 22 receiving yards on three catches. The younger Shonn Greene got more carries, but it was L.T. that was the better back against the Bills. Through four games, Tomlinson is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and has 423 yards total yards and three scores. It feels like it is 2006 again because right now L.T. is looking like the best running back in the NFL outside of Houston’s Arian Foster.
Speaking of turning back the clock, another guy who just goes by initials, Terrell Owens had a massive game in a loss to the Cleveland. T.O. racked up catches for 222 yards and a touchdown against the Browns. The Bengals were down most of the game so they turned to the passing game to help play catch-up, but Owens showed that he could still take over a game if necessary. Next week he will have a tough task with Bucs’ corner Aqib Talib shadowing him, but keep T.O active in all leagues.
Greg Jennings might be the most frustrating receiver to own. Trust me, I know. Skills wise, Jennings is easily one of the best players at his position in the NFL, but so far he has not had many chances to show them off. He caught just two passes for 25 yards against the lowly Lions secondary, but Jennings did reward his owners with a touchdown reception, which was his third in four games this season. You have to keep him in your lineups because you probably drafted him in the fourth-round, but we have not seen Jennings have a truly good game yet other than in Week 1. Take away the two touchdowns and Jennings just has seven catches for 79 yards in the last three games.
Owners of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart had a reason to finally smile on Sunday. Carolina’s 1-2 punch finally woke up and each guy found paydirt against the Saints. Williams gained 100 total yards on 14 touches and scored on a 39-yard scamper. Stewart struggled on the ground gaining just 21 yards, but took a screen pass 55 yards for a touchdown. I think that Williams will be fine, but I am a little alarmed at the lack of production from Stewart so far. If you can find someone in your league that is buying into the decent game from the J-Stew, then now is the time to capitalize on it.
If you play in a PPR league, you have to love LeSean McCoy’s stat line on Sunday. The second year back is excelling well in his Baby Westbrook role and had 110 receiving yards on 12 catches. He also managed to rack up 64 rushing yards as well. He is doing a little bit of everything so far and is a borderline RB1 the rest of the season. Right now, he is averaging 68.3 rushing yards, 43.0 receiving yards, and one touchdown per game. McCoy is giving you first-round production at the cost of a third- or fourth-round pick. Gotta love it. (UPDATE: Reports are that McCoy has a fractured rib so keep an eye that situation)I would have thought you were crazy if you said…
• David Garrard would put on the kind of performance that he did against the Colts. After stinking up the joint the last two weeks, Garrard was surprisingly very efficient on Sunday. He completed 17-of-22 for 163 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 44 rushing yards and another score on the ground. If you are a Brady owner in need of a replacement for Week 5, snag up Garrard who has a great matchup against the Bills next week.
• Kyle Orton would light up the Titans. It was supposed to be a tough matchup for Orton and the Bronco’s passing attack, but he dominated once again. Orton threw the ball 50 times and amassed 341 yards and two touchdowns. He is now the NFL’s passing leader and has reached QB1 status, but I would temper expectations against the Baltimore Ravens next week.
• Brandon Lloyd would be No. 2 in receiving yards through four games. After having just four 100-yard games in seven seasons, the man formally known as “the Receiver” in Washington already has three this season. He has been the main beneficiary in Josh McDaniel’s pass first offense and has resurrected his career with the Broncos. For those of you lucky enough to snag him up off waivers early, enjoy it and keep him active during this hot streak.
• Shaun Hill would torch the Packers at Lambeau Field. Sure they lost, but Hill looked fantastic against Green Bay and put up some massive numbers. He threw for over 354 yards and two touchdowns and even added 54 yards on the ground. Matthew Stafford should be back soon so Hill will be regulated to the bench soon to backup the 2009 first-overall pick. But if he plays next week, Hill has a very appealing matchup against the Rams.
• Mike Tolbert would gash the Cardinals for 100 rushing yards and a score. Ever heard of this guy? Well, he is the fullback in San Diego and he has been getting a majority of the carries the last few games while Ryan Mathews has been dealing with an ankle injury. Mathews came off the bench and added 55 yards and a touchdown of his own. Norv Turner said that Mathews is the unquestioned starter it is clear that it is Tolbert, not Darren Sproles, who is the handcuff for Mathews owners.Go Get ‘Em:
QB Bruce Gradkowski (OAK)
QB Sam Bradford (STL)
RB Ryan Torain (WAS)
RB Mike Bell (PHI)
WR Mike Thomas (JAC)
WR Brandon LaFell (CAR)
WR Lance Moore (NO)
TE Zach Miller (OAK)Just Dump ‘Em:
RB Jerome Harrison (CLE)
RB Darren Sproles (SD)
RB Chester Taylor (CHI)
WR Devin Aromashodu (CHI)
WR Nate Burleson (DET)
TE Owen Daniels (HOU)
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