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Fantasy Football Report: Week 4

Michael Vick

As I write this, I am being distracted by ESPN’s “30 for 30: Four Days in October”, so excuse me if I seem unfocused. I assure you, I am at full attention to bring you the news from this past week.

We here in New England are still celebrating a 41-14 anihilation of Miami, too bad you Randy Moss owners couldn’t be part of the fun. If you were streaming defenses and were blessed with enough luck to play New England’s defense/special teams, then odds are you completed an epic comeback that rivals the 2004 Red Sox in the ALCS.

See what I did there? I brought it full circle.

Injury Bug

  • Michael Vick owners took a huge blow (insert own joke) when the speedy QB took a head first dive in between two defenders and was knocked from the game. The official word is a “rib cartilage injury” and he is out for 1-2 weeks. God help you if you need to start Kevin Kolb.
  • Ray Rice is taking it slow in the offense as he battles a knee contusion. He had 5 total touches last Sunday, which is not the production you want from a top-6 pick.
  • I was so high on Darren McFadden last week, but now a hamstring injury may de-rail my high hopes. It’s not too serious, but you should grab Michael Bush if you can.

Who’s Making Noise

  • The Colts defense can make anyone look good. David Garrard was able to score three times (2 pass, 1 rush) this past Sunday as Jacksonville upset Indy.
  • Our old friend Eddie Royal had 113 yds and a score. So far this season, he has 25 receptions, which puts him only 12 catches away from last season’s total.
  • As rookie Ryan Mathews fights an ankle injury, Mike Tolbert is racking up serious points, including his 100 yds and a score on Sunday. This makes 255 rush yds and 3 TD in his last three games.
  • For some reason beyond explanation, the Rams are now favorites to win the NFC West. The main reason is the unexpected play of rookie QB Sam Bradford. Averaging a respectable 236 pass yds per game, Bradford is definitely worth a look since the Rams love to throw it.

Big Busts

  • Who wants 64 total yds and no scores from a #1 pick? Chris Johnson owners sure as hell don’t. Check the numbers, Johnson is only good this season every other week. Rushing totals week-by-week: 142, 32, 125, 53. If the pattern holds true, then he will light it up this week against Dallas.
  • What a line from Jay Cutler: 8-11, 0 TD, 1 INT, sacked 9 times, and 1 concussion. He is questionable for Sunday against Carolina.
  • I’ll fully admit that I got sucked into the 49ers hype before the season. I picked them to win the NFC West just like everyone else. At the heart of it all is former #1 overall pick Alex Smith, who has just 3 TD and 7 INT on the season. Smith owners, Vernon Davis owners, and Michael Crabtree owners need to let go of false hope.

Oh Just Give Him the Damn Ball!

When your rookie QB is arguably the worst signal caller in football and you have lost your star receiver for at least a week, don’t you think it is time to give the ball to your All-Pro RB?

Carolina is seriously lacking in offense, but they have DeAngelo Williams just waiting for his touches. When given the opportunity to do some damage, he finally found the endzone last Sunday as part of an 86 yd day.

If the Panthers want points on the board, they need to give it to Williams and let him find the way. Rinse and repeat.

The Final Word on Week 4: Dustin Keller is a Stud

As Mark Sanchez develops into a solid QB, his favorite target is TE Dustin Keller. Keller was a nobody before the season, but he has broken into “must start” status as he is in the top five in yds among tight ends and is 2nd in TD with 5.

The return of WR Santonio Holmes shouldn’t scare you away. If anything, this will open up the middle of the field even more for the tight end. Don’t hesitate to start him every week.

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