Fantasy Feedback: Week 4

  • It was a “slow” week for Tom Brady. He finished with “only” 226 yards and 2 touchdowns. By contrast, Stevan Ridley rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown while BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 75 yards.
  • In a close game Sunday, the Giants abandoned the run after having success early. They rushed the ball just 24 times as a team and gained just 54 yards.
  • In Ryan Grant’s absence, James Starks hasn’t done much to earn a starting role — 10 carries, 33 yards and 5 catches, 38 yards.
  • Rumors of Tony Gonzalez’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Through three quarters, he has five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.
  • Willis McGahee is steadily taking over the Broncos’ No. 1 running back job. Early in the third quarter, he has 66 yards on nine carries compared to four yards on two carries for Knowshon Moreno.
  • Welcome back, Arian Foster! 30 carries, 155 yards and a touchdown. Could make the timeshare with Ben Tate very interesting.
  • The running back situation is getting murkier in Pittsburgh. After Rashard Mendenhall left with a hamstring injury, Isaac Redman ended up with six carries — more than Mewelde Moore. Redman is starting to get more opportunities, which is worth watching.
  • Falling behind hurt the Browns run game on Sunday. But it’s still worth nothing that Peyton Hillis had 10 carries while Montario Hardesty had seven.
  • Chris Johnson owners rejoice! He finally broke the century mark, rushing for 101 yards on 23 carries.
  • Forget about Roy Williams as a fantasy factor for the time being. He posted just one catch for 15 yards today. For the season, he has just five catches for 70 yards.
  • In a year where running backs with shiny new contracts are struggling, Matt Forte is making a case to be the league’s new elite. 25 carries for 205 yards rushing and a TD and an additional four catches for 23 yards.
  • In case you needed reminding, Cam Newton is the new fantasy phenomenon. 374 yards passing and a TD to go along with 35 rushing yards and 2 TD.
  • The Eagles run defense gets exposed again. The 49ers started the day with one of the league’s worst run games, yet put up 164 yards on the ground. Frank Gore finally got loose with 127 yards and a touchdown. – MG
  • Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t part of the Jaguars’ game plan apparently. Three carries, zero yards. – MG
  • The Bears so far have taken the game out of Jay Cutler’s hands. Chicago has scored 24 points, but Cutler has thrown just four times. –  MG
  • So much for the Panthers running with their running backs. Cam Newton has six carries for 30 yards and two touchdowns. – MG
  • With every passing week, Darren Sproles is edging closer to must-start status. Already has two carries for 34 yards and four catches for 46 yards. He’s a PPR monster. – MG
  • If you need any more proof that starting your guys against the Chiefs is a smart fantasy play, Donovan McNabb has started 6-for-7 for 100 yards and a TD. – MG
  • Jimmy Graham is turning into an elite fantasy tight end. He just caught his third TD of the year and is becoming a consistent target for Drew Brees. – MG
  • The start Michael Vick owners were worried about is a reality. 2-for-4, seven yards and a pick. – MG
  • Looks like Arian Foster is back. He has an early seven carries for 64 yards. Ben Tate? Two carries, 20 yards. – MG
  • In a stunning early turn of events, the Panthers are actually running the ball! DeAngelo Williams has three carries for 39 yards and Jonathan Stewart has two carries for 17 yards. Maybe Carolina has “re-discovered” a new part of their offense. – MG

Falling behind hurt the Browns run game on Sunday. But it’s still worth nothing that Peyton Hillis had 10 carries while Montario Hardesty had seven.

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