What is going on ProSports nation! It has been an extremely long weekend, with tons of traveling, so I do apologize for the lack of insight prior to week 4. Needless to say, this was definitely a crazy week! There were tons of stellar performances, some of which I will point out, as well as some signs of hope for some underperforming players. Lets get into it.
Aaron Rodgers- GB
You had to know this guy was coming. Aaron Rodgers arguably had one of the greatest fantasy football lines ever, and unfortunately I had to play him . Regardless, Aaron Rodgers looks to continue this streak of dominance and owners need to keep reaping the benefits. If there was any dispute over the #1QB, Rodgers debunked those arguments. He is, and will be, the best QB for years to come.
Cam Newton- CAR
Mike Vick 2.0? I will admit that I had no confidence in Cam Newton as a professional QB, and he has proven me wrong in every way. Newton looks extremely comfortable throwing the deep ball, as well as making plays with his feet. If someone is willing to trade this guy away, snag him. Although he may not rack up as many yards rushing as Vick may, Newton can pound the ball in for the TD on short yardage plays, and still has the speed to make people miss. I am extremely impressed with this guy and people need to start him.
Ryan Fitzpatrick- BUF
I was high on Fitzpatrick last week, as was everyone else. I still think he is great QB option, but this week shows that he is not a reliable option. He has the potential to be top 5, as stated last week, but right now I would look for other guys as Fitzpatrick hasn’t totally gotten there. Fitzpatrick performed well last year at the start, and returned to normal form quickly so do not be surprised (I hope I am wrong!).
Ryan Torain- WAS
I picked Torain up prior to this week on a whim, and it could be paying dividends. Mike Shanahan loves to use the “hot hand” RB and clearly has no allegiance to sticking with a certain guy. It appeared that Tim Hightower had the job, that is until he fumbled two weeks ago. Shanahan has always loved Torain and brought him with to the Redskins when Shanahan first started. Torain was a beast last year (other than fumbles) and there should be no reason why he won’t succeed moving forward. I would not call Torain a good flex starter even, but if he keeps performing like he did this past weekend, I see no issues starting him. Watch this weekend because Torain could easily fall back into the 3rd string RB role. If he is available which I would expect in almost any league, take a chance with him and use a waiver wire pickup.
Chris Johnson- TEN
Is he back? There is no guarantee the regular CJ2K is back from his currently horrific season, but this last week should give some hope. Johnson eclipsed the 100 yard mark for the first time this year, and it was also more yards that he had the entire regular season. Still, Johnson has yet to reach the endzone but owners should still stick with it. Johnson did not break off many long runs (other than a 25 yard run), but he looked as if he was able to get to the holes much quicker. Look, Tennessee has the worst run blocking line currently, and their missing their strong fullback Ahmad Hall. Chris Johnson should return to normal form, it is just a matter of time.
Isaac Redman- PIT
Redman is a nice guy to stash away if still available. When given the opportunity, Redman has performed well on every play he has been used. Mendenhall is CLEARLY the starter, but he is dealing with some hamstring issues and Redman could swipe more and more carries. Even if you never start him, it is good to have Mendenhall’s handcuff, especially since Mendenhall has clearly been under performing.
Eric Decker- DEN
Decker has gone from potential flex starter, to a must start. Even with Brandon Lloyd, Decker has gotten just as many looks and is performing well. Decker should be owned in all formats and will probably be even more valuable once Eddie Royal returns. Decker was an amazing talent at the University of Minnesota and was a projected first rounder until he got injured. His stock dropped as scouts thought he could never return to form…looks like all of them were wrong! Get Decker if he’s still there!
Santana Moss- WAS
I do not love this guy, I just need to point out how consistent Santana is. He is not flashy or stud worthy, but you always know what you are getting with Santana Moss, which is extremely comforting. If you need to trade a stud WR to get better at another position, try to get Santana Moss as well. He doesn’t hold a lot of value and he can easily get you 7-10 points, PPR or Standard.
About the Author
Written by Spencer Lieberson
Avid sports geek, looking to pave my way into the sports industry. I am a DIE HARD Philadelphia Sports fan and am addicted to fantasy sports. I have been active and addicted to fantasy sports for the past 10 plus years. I am currently a student at Indiana University (GO HOOSIERS!) studying Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Management. I love sports and I am excited to share my passion with everyone! If there was one fantasy expert that has given me inspiration to start blogging, it is Matthew Berry......aka TMR Hope you guys enjoy!