Fantasy Football 2013: Week 4 Mailbag
Over the course of a week, I receive a good amount of fantasy questions. And while many may get annoyed, I absolutely love it. Heck, I encourage people to send questions. However, starting in Week 4, they become a little more difficult, thanks to a dreaded aspect of fantasy football.
Two teams are off this week, and with them, a handful of significant fantasy players. Many questions need to be answered, so let’s not waste any time.
Q: Would you trade Giovani Bernard for Jordan Cameron and Isaiah Pead? (Christopher Gamble)
AP: I like Cameron a lot. I mean, a lot. However, I love Gio Bernard. Maybe it’s from watching Hard Knocks a bunch of times, but I just do. I don’t think I would make this trade because as good as Cameron has been, the tight end position appears to be deeper than the running backs right now. Bernard is seeing an uptick in usage each week, and considering he was the better player between BenJarvus Green-Ellis and himself (BJGE fumbled last week), I think we will see a 60/40 workload in favor of Bernard in the coming weeks. The gap between Gio and Pead is too large for my liking, and considering a handful of running backs have been letting fantasy owners down this year, I think Bernard is someone you have to keep. His upside is massive in this Bengals offense and we know how electric he is.
Q: PPR Flex: Greg Jennings, Brandon Bolden or Heath Miller? (Shawn Feris)
AP: This one is pretty darn close. Bolden is likely going to be the third down back, as he is clearly the best pass-catcher of the bunch. However, I think I would take a shot on Miller this week. He has a very favorable matchup against a Vikings defense that is allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. And after playing on 39-of-66 snaps last week, the Steelers are hoping to remove snap restrictions for Miller, who just returned from an nasty knee injury. If he is out there, Ben Roethlisberger will be looking for him, especially in the red zone. Miller led all tight ends in red zone targets (20) last season. I think Miller can easily flirt with five or six catches for 60-80 yards and a strong chance of landing in the end zone. Bolden is intriguing, but I’m still not 100 percent sure on how that workload will play itself out in New England. And I haven’t recommended starting Jennings all year. He only has 11 catches on the year and the quarterback situation is off-putting.
Q: Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson? (Kris Hughes)
AP: Man, the Redskins and RG3 have been struggling. However, RG3 has so much upside, especially if he has to throw the ball 50 times per contest. Because Washington’s defense is on pace to allow the most yards in history, Griffin is currently averaging 46 passing attempts per contest, which is way more than last year. The matchup this week is a very friendly one against the Raiders, who are allowing the 8th-most fantasy points to opposing signal callers this year. They cannot provide a pass rush, and if RG3 finally has time in the pocket, he’ll make them pay. While Wilson may be the safer option right now, I still think Griffin is the guy to start. Wilson has a much tougher matchup against the Texans, and while he is clearly capable of performing well, the Seahawks still want to run the football. There is just more volume with Griffin right now, which should lead to fantasy production.
Q: PPR league: Josh Gordon or Julian Edelman? (Scott Whitfield)
AP: Brian Hoyer for president! No one expected Gordon to make a 2013 debut with Hoyer under center, but Gordon caught 10 balls for 146 yards and a touchdown. The guy saw a whopping 19 targets in this contest. Of course, that was against the Vikings, and this week, Hoyer will have a much tougher matchup against an elite Bengals defense. However, I still think I would play Gordon over Edelman. From a talent perspective, Gordon is by far ahead of Edelman, and if tight end Rob Gronkowski returns, that will cut into Edelman’s production significantly. The Browns will be throwing the ball a ton for the rest of the season, and considering the Browns will likely be playing from behind, I foresee a good amount of garbage time in Gordon’s future. I like his talent and volume over Edelman’s.
Q: Can Jordan Cameron continue this production and finish as a top-5 tight end? (Erik Settelen)
AP: I absolutely think so. He is currently the number two tight end in all of fantasy, leading the third place guy by 10 points, and the fourth place guy by 23. Cameron is a freak athlete, making him a dominant red zone targets. Speaking of targets, he trails only Jimmy Graham in targets among tight ends, and considering the Browns will likely be behind in a lot of games this year, they will have to throw the ball quite a bit, which means plenty of looks to Cameron. He is without a doubt the real deal, and in all honesty, could even flirt with a top-three finish this season. I’m all in.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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