The fourth week of fantasy football is in the books. There were some clear busts, like A.J Green going for only 51 yards, or Stevie Johnson with only one catch. There were some surprises, like Alshon Jeffery posting 107 yards and a touchdown. I provide for you the week four All Fantasy Team for the fourth week top performers.
Quarterback: Drew Brees
Brees gets the nod for the second consecutive week on the strength of his surgical performance on Monday night. Brees was 30-39 for 413 yards and four touchdowns. He also jumped Fran Tarkenton for sixth on the all time passing yards list. Bees is second only to Peyton Manning in fantasy points scored this season.
Wide Receivers: Torrey Smith & Nate Washington
Smith was due for a breakout game and he got it Sunday. Somewhere between throwing five interceptions, Joe Flacco found Smith for five receptions, 166 yards and a touchdown, including a 74 yard reception to keep hope alive for the Baltimore Ravens. He is locked in as a WR1.
This was a tough call, as I almost went with Victor Cruz due to his 164 yards and touchdown, but how many chances will I have to put Washington on the list? Washington only had four receptions, but made them count as he had 105 yards and two touchdowns. With Jake Locker scheduled to miss at least a month with injury, now might be an ideal sell high time for owners.
Running Backs: Darren Sproles & Adrian Peterson
Sproles was starting to worry fantasy owners with lackluster performances during the first three weeks of the season, but put all that to bed on Monday night. Brees looked Sproles way early and often as the diminutive back caught seven passes for 114 yards and a touchdown and added 28 yards and a touchdown on the ground as well. Adding in his return duties, Sproles finished with 222 all purpose yards and led the running backs in points scored.
Peterson makes his second appearance on the list on the strength of his 140 yard, two touchdown showing in England. Peterson had a ridiculous 6.08 yards per carry average and his 60 yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty. Despite trailing LeSean McCoy in yardage by 47 yards, Peterson is still the best running back in fantasy with six touchdowns on the season. Fantasy owners will have to do without him this week as the Minnesota Vikings are on bye, but AP should lead the way the rest of the season.
Tight End: Jimmy Graham
You just can’t stop him. Graham gets the top spot for the third consecutive week on the strength of his four catch, 100 yard, two touchdown day. Even when facing double coverage, Graham is capable of getting the ball. I have no idea who can or how anyone will be able to stop him. He remains the top tight end in fantasy without question, and is pulling away.
Kicker: David Akers
Akers was perfect on the day and benifted from some timely stops by the Chicago Bears defense. Akers made field goals from 23, 31, 41 and 43 yards as well as connecting on four point after attempts. He should continue to post points for owners next week against the Green Bay Packers, but could miss out on some field goal opportunities due to the Packers inability to get stops.
Defense/Special Teams: Kansas City Chiefs
For the second consecutive week, this was the hardest call of the week. The Washington Redskins had seven sacks. The Buffalo Bills forced five interceptions. This week’s top D/ST is the Kansas City Chiefs. They registered three sacks on Eli Manning along with two fumbles recovered and one interception. Dexter McCluster had a beautiful 89 yard punt return for a touchdown. They finished with 135 total return yards and are the top scoring defense in fantasy.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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