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Every week, managers of Fantasy Football address multiple decisions to their rosters. My goal is to take my 12 years of Fantasy sports experience and present an abstract view on Fantasy news. Check back every week for “The Fantasy Coach” as I review the major highlights of the previous Fantasy week and detail what to look for in the weeks ahead. And each week, I will provide a player at each position that could surprise (“Flames”) or put tears in your eyes (“Lames”).
Graham goes for 2, Charles & Murray break out.
For those who thought about which RB, WR or QB to take in round 1 of this year’s draft, maybe it should have been tight end Jimmy Graham. The former basketball star out of the University of Miami had his third straight game with a TD and second straight with 9+ receptions and 130+ yards making him by far the most valuable at his position and arguably in all of Fantasy Football. Only playing one year of college football, he has truly taken over as the elite of the elite.
Jamal Charles looks to have finally gotten over his stubborn quad injury to go off for over 170 yards of total offense. Meanwhile DeMarco Murray returned to form, topping 200 total yards in the Cowboys’ dismantling of the St. Louis Rams. Both players have great matchups next week and should be started with confidence.
Week 4 Flames
QB: Tom Brady NE @ ATL
Without a 300-yard performance in his first three games, it’s easy to look at your team and point his way with the blame, but with “Ridley’s believe it or not” being sent to the pine, a Sunday night game on turf should improve Tom’s stat-line.
RB: Bilal Powell @ TEN
Although New York’s offense has looked so bleak, and Chris Ivory will be sitting out for several more weeks, Powell’s touches will increase for the Jets, making him Fantasy relevant and the green and white’s best.
WR: Ryan Broyles vs. CHI
Nate Burleson always had skills but lacked off-the-field charm; now he sits in the hospital with a broken arm. He crashed while saving his falling pizza box, giving Broyles the chance to thrive…just watch.
TE: Tony Gonzalez vs. NE
Tony Gonzalez may be a bit past his prime, but when it comes to National TV it’s his time to shine. Look for Tony to pick up much of the slack, with the Falcon’s lack of a rushing attack.
DEF: Baltimore @ BUF
The Ravens continue to disprove the reason of losing their stars and in turn their season. They will travel to Buffalo on a two-game streak, well on the rise to their Super Bowl peak.
Week 4 Lames
QB: Ryan Tannehill MIA @ NO
Wow, can you believe it, the Dolphins are back! But this trip to N’awlins will knock them off track. Ryan may come in feeling dandy and chipper but after the game he’ll be seen consoled by Flipper.
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw IND @ JAX
Yes, he did well but it was just one of those games, a game in fantasy that you can’t seem to explain. He dominated throughout earning his check for rent, but each week he’ll lose carries to their new stud Trent (Richardson).
WR: Stevie Johnson vs. BAL
He’s had a great start with targets galore; the problem is he will be facing Baltimore. A team that held Houston to only 9 points, they will ensure that Stevie disappoints.
TE: Jordan Cameron vs. CIN
How can I pick Cameron, the “Prince” of tight ends? It’s easy when facing Cincinnati and friends. The Bengals have looked tough and outrageously good, while most of the Browns are just reaching adulthood.
DEF: Chicago @ DET
The Bears notoriously have had very good starts, and their defense has particularly been way off the charts. They lost Charles Tillman and the Lions are hot; if you have another defense I’d give them a shot.
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