Yes indeed, some week’s the mighty Fantasy Gods smile on you and things just go roto-right. Let’s take a look at some of the finer fantasy performances that in all likelihood put you over the top in your league this past week!
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos – Making a historical case to be the best the game has ever seen. Manning systematically took apart the Eagles this past Sunday for 327 passing yards and four touchdowns. Ride this train until it stops folks… Will he keep up this torrid pace when the snow comes to Denver??
Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers – Really grabbing the bull by the horns in this offense and proving to be a real late round steal in drafts from coast to coast. Against the Cowboys this past week Rivers threw for 401 yards and another three touchdowns on the season. In that category he only trails whatshisname up top.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots – Regardless of the situation, players play. Despite a struggling sunning attack or receivers that have to wear “Hello My Name Is” tags in the huddle, Brady just makes it work. With WR Danny Amendola and TE Rob Gronkowski close to returning, things can only get better. This past Sunday night Brady threw for 316 yards and tossed two touchdowns in a victory against Atlanta.
Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions – Looks to me like the knee is just fine. Bush is such a marvelous fit in this offense, as evidenced by his performance against the Chicago Bears this week. Bush gained a combined 173 yards and a touchdown in the Lions win. As long as he can stay on the field and off the trainer’s table, look out.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings – Unlike the debacle in Tampa Bay, the change at quarterback can only be a help to Peterson. While he is no Fran Tarkenton, QB Matt Cassel brings just a little more to the table from a skill set standpoint that opposing defenses have to respect. In London against the Steelers, Peterson carried the ball 18 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Tally-Ho-LEE Crap!!
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers – With each passing year it seems that Gore gets less and less respect in fantasy circles. Well he made quite a statement to the contrary this past Thursday night as the 49ers took on the St. Louis Rams. Head Coach Jeff Fisher and his Rams has no answer whatsoever for Gore as he rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown, averaging eight yards per carry.
LeV’eon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers – If you started him coming off the foot injury, you were rewarded. Getting the lion’s share of the work and all 3rd down duty, Bell came through with 84 combined yards and two touchdowns.
Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, Denver Broncos – As their QB Peyton Manning goes so does his incredible stable of wide receivers. Particularly Thomas and Welker, who between them this past Sunday against the Eagles gained 162 yards receiving and scored four touchdowns. They were targeted a total of 19 times and hauled in 16 of them.
Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens – He made the vast majority of “Start ‘Em” lists this week and Smith delivered in a big way for the Ravens albeit in a losing effort. Clearly more than the Buffalo Bills secondary could handle, Smith grabbed five passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.
Victor Cruz, New York Giants – Dare I say he is the only bright spot for the New York Giants thus far in 2013? Despite falling to 0-4 on the season, Crus has been a fantasy delight more often than not. This past week was no exception as he caught 10 passes for 164 yards and a beautiful long touchdown.
Kenbrell Tompkins, New England Patriots – With each week, you can see the young Patriots receivers coming into their own. Of course, having a guy like QB Tom Brady to assist in the growth doesn’t hurt.. Tompkins waa a quality fantasy play for sure in Week 4, catching six passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans – Sometimes it take a veteran to get it done week in and week out. With the head-case and injury issues surrounding WR Kenny Britt and the inconsistency issues with WR Kendall Wright, leave it to the veteran Washington to step in. Against the New York Jets, Washington caught four passes for 105 yards and found the end zone on two occasions.
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons – And to think he was going to retire last season. With performances like this, Gonzalez continues to outperform and out-class players ten years his junior. In a loss against the New England Patriots this past Sunday night, Gonzalez was a force to be reckoned with, hauling in 12 of his 14 targets for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns – This kid is shaping up to be one of the best in the game and a slam dunk weekly fantasy starter at tight end. He continued his stellar play this week against Cincinnati, grabbing 10 passes for 91 yards and yet another touchdown.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers – Those who chose to ignore Gates on draft day due to his previous season ineffectiveness are no doubt seeing the error of their ways early in the season. So far in 2013 Gates has been healthy, moving extremely well and been a solid difference maker for the Chargers. In their Week Four victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Gates was on the receiving end of 10 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts – With TE Dwayne Allen lost for the year, it’s nice to see Fleener up to the task and performing as a reliable receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. In their victory over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars this past week, Fleener was extremely active with five receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown.
Let’s hope you see your players on this list every week, and not on that other list that is coming up NEXT, the dreaded Week 4 Dudly Do-Wrongs!
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