Four weeks down and I hope you are all 4-0. If not it is important to learn from you mistakes like trusting James Jones in week two with Greg Jennings out; big mistake. You’ve got to learn from the good decisions you made as well like staying the course with Michael Turner. Lets all learn together as we take a look back at some of the lessons from week 4.
Peyton Manning is back!
Or at least it appears that way. Peyton Manning shredded the soft Oakland defense in week four completing 30 of 38 pass attempts with 3 touchdowns. He showed good zip on the ball and is really getting on the same page with Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. Thomas went over 100 yards receiving and Decker scored a touchdown while catching 7 passes for 79 yards. Peyton Manning showed great poise and put nice zip on the ball; he is legit once again. Both receivers should be considered top 30 fantasy wide receivers and both needed to be started in all formats. If you are ever in a pinch throw in a player facing Oakland, their defense looks like Swiss cheese.
Give the Ball to Lesean McCoy!
Andy Reid, if you are listening please give the rock to Lesean McCoy! When McCoy totes the ball 20+ times a game you are achieving two things. Clock control and increasing your chances of winning! The Eagles snuck past the Giants on Sunday night and I think it is no coincidence that win lined up with McCoy rushing 23 times for 123 yards. Lesean McCoy remains a must start in all fantasy football formats.
Start Dez Bryant or Miles Austin?
If you ask me, I am saying Miles Austin all the way. Sure Dez Bryant eclipsed 100 yards receiving but some of the mental mistakes were inexcusable. Miles Austin knows his hot routes and doesn’t drop that 60 yard bomb that should have gone for six points. That is the difference between one receiver having a monster fantasy game or two receivers being fantasy football “serviceable” If Tony Romo wants to get back on track he needs to be looked to his best all around receiver and that is Miles Austin.
Green Bay offense is back on track!
For all the foolish fantasy owners who were worried about Aaron Rodgers 4 touchdowns and 300 yards should cure your night sweats. Fantasy football’s top quarterback went off against the pitiful New Orleans Saints defense (as expected) He found Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings and James Jones for touchdowns, including two touchdowns for Jones. It should be noted that Greg Jennings sat out the second half after re-injuring his groin, his status is uncertain for week 5. If Jennings sits, James Jones is the natural plug in. Just don’t expect 2 touchdowns.
J.J. Watt is an IDP Monster!
For the hardcore fantasy football players, IDP (individual defensive players) is the only way to go. J.J. Watt has led the way for the Houston Texans amassing 7.5 sacks, 16 solo tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and 2 fumble recoveries. This guy is the real deal and not just another sell high defensive lineman. If you’ve got him, enjoy the ride! Remember Mario Williams? Neither do the Texans.
Should you hang on to Michael Turner or sell high?
Definitely hold on to him! But Be sure to handcuff him with Jaquizz Rodgers. Michael Turner had his best game of the year as predicted, shredding the Porous Carolina Defense for 171 all purpose yards and a touchdown. Granted this was a weaker defense but is till maintain Michael Turner will finish as a top 15 running back (or better) in standard fantasy formats. This holds true simple because the Atlanta offense is so potent this season. In the current running back market, you could do far worse.
Start Roddy White or Julio Jones?
Why not both? For all you Julio Jones fans out there is still hope, the guy is a beast! The fact of the matter is that Roddy White is still top dog in Atlanta for at least one more season. Matt Ryan has great chemistry with him and will continue to turn to Roddy White in the clutch. Both will finish over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns so there is plenty to go around. But if I could only own one for the rest of the season it would have to White and barring injury, that will not change.
Is the Jets offense done?
The thus far pitiful Jets offense is not dead but it is on life support. I am not rushing to add Bilal Powell nor am I rushing to drop Shonne Green, after all he is still a starting running back in the NFL. If you are dropping Shonne Green then you better drop Donald Brown and Ryan Williams as well. The life for this offense will come in the form of Tim Tebow who as I stated in the preseason will have the starting gig by week 6. Add him now if you need a boost at quarterback, for a fantasy football quarterback Tebow does the trick.
Is Brian Hartline for real?
He sure could be. The Ohio State product is currently leading all wide receivers with 455 yards. If you have someone trying to buy him by all means sell high but take now less than a number two fantasy running back for him. Miami doesn’t have a whole lot going for them and they are almost always down. Why not air it out? Brian Hartline should remain a solid fantasy football wide receiver for the remainder of 2012.
What’s the deal with Ryan Mathews?
He certainly is back but may not be full speed. Norv Turner seems to be easing him back into things spelling the young stud in waiting with Jackie Battle. Ryan Mathews will eventually start getting all the carries if he can hold onto the football. In the mean time expect a 60-40 times share in Mathews favor until further notice.
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