What do Robert Griffin III, Ray Rice and Brandon Lloyd have in common?
All three will lead their respective positions in fantasy scoring during Week 4 competition.
Fantasy football success is about roster depth and taking advantage of player matchups. Here's who you can expect to carry the scoring load for your team for the weekend of September 30 at the quarterback, running back, and wide receiver positions.
If you haven't followed Robert Griffin III's start in Washington, Week 4 would be a good time to tune in. The rookie sensation will lead his troops to Tampa Bay to take on the NFL's worst pass defense.
Griffin's duel-threat ability will expose the Bucs on Sunday afternoon. Once the Redskins inevitably find passing lanes to get receivers in space, Griffin will burn them with his legs. RGIII will lead all quarterbacks in scoring during Week 4.
Who else will rise to the top?
Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons is putting together a dominant campaign in 2012. His success will continue against Cam Newton and the Panthers, vaulting the Falcons to 4-0. With athletic targets Julio Jones and Roddy White, Ryan's numbers will be consistently above average all season.
Lastly, Matt Schaub is finally ready to become one of fantasy football's top quarterbacks this season. He'll toss it up to Andre Johnson with regularity this week against Tennessee to ensure that the Texans remain undefeated.
Backed by stud RB Arian Foster, defenses cannot adequately prepare for the onslaught Schaub and Houston are prepared to deliver. Week 4 will be further proof.
Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens is easily going to top last week's numbers against Week 4 opponent Cleveland. The best part is that Rice had a stellar performance on Sunday night against the Patriots, cruising for 101 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown.
Gaining momentum after a big win against New England, the Ravens will absolutely stick it to the Browns this week. Rice will be the main beneficiary of Baltimore's cupcake matchup and will not disappoint fantasy owners.
Aside from Rice, I expect Jaguars' RB Maurice Jones-Drew to shoulder a major load for fantasy teams this week. Jacksonville has no better option than to hand their horse the ball (as evidenced by his 30 total touches against Indianapolis in Week 3).
The trend will continue this week against a subpar Bengals' run defense. Look for Jones-Drew to light up the scoreboard.
Joining the two top backs in Week 4 will be Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs. Week 3 was a coming out party for Charles (288 yards from scrimmage!), whose return from 2011s ACL tear seems clearly in the rear view mirror. Against the Chargers in Week 4, Charles will have a performance reminiscent of LaDanian Tomlinson in his heyday.
Sunday night's game against Baltimore was enough evidence to me that Patriots' QB Tom Brady and WR Brandon Lloyd are developing lethal chemistry. Every time Brady was under duress or needed a big play against the Ravens, Lloyd came up with a big catch.
Unfortunately for New England, the duo's effort was not enough to emerge with a victory. However, this week will be a bit different against the Buffalo Bills.
The Patriots offense will still be missing premier target Aaron Hernandez, forcing Brady to lean more on alternative assets like Brandon Lloyd. Week 4 holds promise for over 100 yards and at least one score for the Patriots' most athletic wide receiver.
Young wideout A.J. Green of the Bengals has lit up fantasy scoreboards in 2012 and is a huge part of the reason that the Bengals have had success through the season's first three weeks. He is clearly Andy Dalton's favorite target, and the two will be showing off elite chemistry against the Jaguars.
Also look for Chiefs' WR Dwayne Bowe to really get his season going against the San Diego Chargers. That game figures to be very high scoring and Matt Cassell will be airing it out to Bowe to stay in it.
With Jamaal Charles dashing through holes on the ground, Bowe will have opportunities to make big plays against the Chargers. If he converts, he will carry many fantasy teams to easy wins in Week 4.