Week 4 has worn me into dust. I’m literally ground into a fine powder. I’m going to miss some things in this round up I can assure you due to an addled brain, but I’ll do my best to take you around the league and point out some interesting fantasy tidbits I observed. Here we go!
Aaron Rodgers: Rodgers totally decimated the Broncos with 4 passing touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns, and 408 yards passing. He was locked in and could do no wrong. He has too many weapons which makes it somewhat difficult to predict who will get the big games, but there are usually enough points to go around. He is playing on another level right now and with the talent around him it’s extremely difficult to stop them. I had Michael Vick up against him and thought I had a chance; sadly I didn’t. He kicked my ass into this pile of dust before you.
Matt Forte: This guy is on fire. 205 yards rushing is more than the Bears had all season to date. And I would not want to date such an anemic amount of yards. What kind of future would you have? He could be considered the best PPR running back in the league right now. Don’t hide that under a bushel basket.
Cam Newton: What did I say!? Huh? Why don’t you listen world!!!? This Cam Newton fella is how do you say, bad ass? Yeah, bad ass. He’s their frick frackin goal line back! He almost had his third 400 yard passing game of the season and did have his third 400 yard all purpose game. Just throw him out there, he’s going to score you points.
Beanie Wells: What did I say! Huh? Why don’t you listen world!!!? Oh wait, I told you he would go off last season. Just go back in time and read those old posts and come back here and we’ll be all good. Beanie ran hard and decisive and crushed defenders on a regular basis accumulating 3 touchdowns and 138 yards. Can he keep this up? 3 TDs a game? Um, no, duh. Don’t ask dumb questions alter ego. Selling high would be cool and all, but Beanie has a lot of baggage and it might be hard to do so. He’s not crap, so don’t sell him like he is.
Calvin Johnson: It must be some kind of a record to have 2 touchdowns in each of your first 4 games. Wait, it is. Well, it’s a tie with possibly the dumbest man on earth right now, Cris Carter. Megatron is unstoppable without the hyperbole that usually comes with that word.
Wes Welker: Dubya Dubya is a different kind of unstoppable, but unstoppable all the same. He’s averaging 10 receptions, 154 yards and over a touchdown a game. That is insane. Tom Brady didn’t even throw it to other receivers (much to all Gronk owner’s chagrin) and still they couldn’t stop Welker. He’s a top 5 receiver every week and probably higher.
Ryan Torain: Can this backfield get any stupider? Torain had 19 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown while Roy Helu and Tim Hightower both had 8 carries a piece. Shanahan said Hightower was banged up in practice for whatever that is worth. This is a three-back cluster eff right now. Torain did run strong, but he will be injured before you can say “Shanahan should lick a hot frying pan.” I’d pick up Torain if you have room. All three can be owned, sadly.
Stevan Ridley: Ridley had 10 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown while Benjarvus Green-Ellis had 16 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. Ridley should have earned himself some more playing time, but it will still be difficult to tell who is going to get the work in a Belichick offense. The good news is that Ridley is talented enough to make good on limited carries. In good matchups he is worth a flex even in his current role. And thankfully his current role should expand from here on out.
Julio Jones: He had 17 targets and caught 11 of them for 127 yards. He’s the real deal and will continue to rival Roddy White each week for stats. He caught a ton of short passes this week, but also has big play ability. That’s good news for him to be able to keep up the good fake football work.
Victor Cruz: Not sure what is going on here, but we know that Cruz played more than Mario Manningham and also doesn’t know when he’s been tackled. Manningham has been off so far this season and since Cruz took over in two receiver sets he needs to be owned. Don’t drop Manningham, but pick up Cruz. Just add a couple spots to your bench. Nobody will notice.
Ben Roethlisberger: He’s on crutches and isn’t sure to play next week. He hasn’t been a fantasy starter this season anyway with that o-line, but without him Mike Wallace and company are brought down a big fat notch. I doubt he’ll be out long and I could see him playing next week, but it is worrisome.
Rashard Mendenhall: He has a hamstring injury (don’t we all?) and Isaac Redman is his backup. Redman will be worth a pickup, especially if Big Ben recovers soon.Oh and he scored a touchdown! But the Steelers do not look good at all.
Steve Smith: This guy owns the Bears (if only he did I bet he’d make better personnel decisions). He led all receivers with 181 yards receiving and except for the rain drenched game against Jacksonville is just on a complete tear. Enjoy a yummy Smiff Newton for dessert.
Andre Johnson: He went down as if he’d been bitten by that same turf creature that took out Jamaal Charles, but they are saying it’s hamstring related. There of course is a good chance we won’t see him next week, but that’s better than not seeing him all season. The only player I’d think about grabbing that might see more work is James Casey. I’ve given up on Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones.
Jared Cook: His day was saved by a huge 80 yard touchdown reception, but that’s what he can do. He broke a tackle and was gone. Lots of tight ends would have hit the dirt and stayed there. His upside is huge with Britt out. He needs to be owned on all your fake teams. All of them!
Dwayne Bowe: Sell, sell and then sell some more. This Chiefs team is bad and Bowe isn’t going to get as lucky as he has the last few weeks.
Jimmy Graham: The Reverend is quickly becoming Brees’ go to guy. He had 10 receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown and leads all tight ends with 367 yards. There’s nothing wrong with Jimbo.
Eric Decker: He scored a couple more touchdowns today and had 10 targets to Brandon Lloyd’s 11. He is a must own in all formats if he happens to still be out there.Which he shouldn’t. And if he is get in a deeper more competitive league.
Hakeem Nicks: Hopefully you were able to grab him at a slight discount because he just went off and his price just got unreasonable. He had 10 receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown and just needs to stay healthy to be a #1 receiver this season.
Tony Romo: I put him here at the bottom because I just heard Bob Costas wax poetically about him and I almost cut off my ears and fed them to my TV. He pretty much single handedly lost that game, but remember, this is fake football and he scored the 5th most fantasy points of any quarterback this week. He could have made fun of breast cancer awareness all week and he’d still be worth starting on your fantasy team. Trade for him. People are dumb.