NFL- Fantasy and Reality: 32 Things from Week Four
New weekly column where I post noteworthy observations from last week involving every team and game.
Saints at Jaguars
- Reality: Jaguars kept this game closer than it should’ve been. Sproles continues to be a spark for the Saints.
- Fantasy: Ingram couldn’t break a long run despite 17 carries. Marcedes Lewis could have a strong second half, as Gabbert has shown better than most thought.
49ers at Eagles
- Reality: The Eagles blew another game after being torched on the ground, again. Vick looks like ATL Mike. SF leads the West.
- Fantasy: Davis owners were lucky to get that TD, it is not a priority to get him involved. Philly will go as far as their offense, so all is well and good in the fantasy world.
Vikings at Chiefs
- Reality: Vikings fall to 0-4 but will continue to start McNabb, but either way their coaching staff hasn’t looked sharp. Chiefs found life in the passing game which was interesting.
- Fantasy: Breaston finally stepped up big time for Kansas City and is their #2. For Minnesota, Jenkins has been the #2 option but Rudolph has a little more involved.
Panthers at Bears
- Fantasy: Chicago’s run game took advantage of a strong matchup, while Cam showed he will be a strong option most weeks going forward with rushing TDs and high volume passing.
- Reality: Cam kept his team in it, but Chicago and Forte did enough to keep the game out of reach.
Bills at Bengals
- Reality: Dalton and Green as well as Gresham have grown so much in two months and came away with a big victory. Bills started hot but got complacent playing with a lead, something they’re unfamiliar with.
- Fantasy: Fred Jackson is Steady Freddy, while the Bengals offense likes playing at home.
Titans at Browns
- Reality: Hasslbeck has amazed with how quickly he has picked up a nice offense and teammates. Cleveland wasn’t in it for long.
- Fantasy: Cook’s potential flashed and should be involved more. As should Greg Little how produced the best again and MoMass is injured.
Steelers at Texans
- The Steelers offensive line has killed Pittsburgh in fantasy and reality.
- Houston Texans OL is top 3 in the league and the run game is very tough to defend.
Redskins at Rams
- Grossman failed to take advantage of another great matchup and can’t be trusted.
- Steven Jackson showed well in his second game of the season, but the schedule gets tougher after the bye, real tough first 3 games.
Lions at Cowboys
- You know about Matt and Calvin, but Titus Young has played well after being hurt to start the season. Burleson has faded.
- Felix still has high upside, especially when Austin returns to team with Dez after the bye.
Giants at Cardinals
- Cruz was productive again in Manningham’s return. He can play in the slot. Beanie said he felt tired but healthy after 3 TDs and lots of carries.
- Questionable call and now the Cardinals have trail the 49ers for the West.
Falcons at Seahawks
- Julio is on pace for nearly 100 catches and over 1300 yards. Led the league in targets for Week 4.
- BMW reemerged to catch a TD, Miller MIA. Rice will be a nice play some weeks, depending on the matchup
Broncos at Packers
- Starks carried the load. Nelson the preferred number two in deep core.
- Lloyd and Orton continue to produce, why wouldn’t they? BUT, like I noted last week…it’s an easy/good time to stash Tebow on your bench.
Patriots at Raiders
- Ridley ran with his opportunity for a 33 yard TD and nearly 100 yards on the day. As I’ve said since the preseason, he is the most talented back on the roster and should garner more chances the later the season gets.
- Moore scored a late TD, while Campbell threw a costly pick before the half and wasn’t sharp. Hey Bey Bey was the clear #2, but Moore makes the big plays.
Dolphins at Chargers
- Hilliard got a little bit of a chance and scored a TD. You would think Thomas will be back after the break, but at least Lex got something.
- Matthews and Tolbert continue to get tons of catches & targets.
Jets at Ravens
- These QBs were terrible, while their Ds are elite.
- Holmes targeted a ton but only 3 catches…buy low.
Colts at Buccaneers
- Painter showed a decent understanding of the offense and a strong arm…that’s about it. Garcon went crazy thanks to back tackling and run after the catch. While, Preston Parker established himself as the steady #2.
- Colts D is playing better than people think, while TB continues to struggle in the first half…most notably in the first quarter where they can’t score a TD.
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