Michael Turner: Fantasy Owners Should Trade Falcons RB After Week 4 Explosion

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Michael Turner #33 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Josh Norman #24, Jon Beason #52 and Ron Edwards #96 of the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on September 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After a dominant Week 4, this week is the perfect time for Turner owners to wheel and deal him while he's a hot commodity.

Turner finished as one of the top fantasy running backs in the 1 PM games, ending with 171 total yards and one touchdown. A terrific day for one week of fantasy football, but not sustainable in the long run.

The Falcons have shifted offensive gears, becoming more of an aerial attack. This has resulted in fewer opportunities for "Burner Turner" to gain yards on the ground. In fact, he hasn't had a 20-carry day this season.

With his quarterback Matt Ryan slinging it for 350 yards regularly and winning as a result, Turner will not be the focal part of the offense anytime soon. The passing game has looked like a well-oiled machine and has no reason to do a 180.

Turner's highlight of the day was when he took a screen pass 60 yards to the endzone. After his big time score, fantasy owners probably asked themselves: "Why doesn't Turner do this more often?"

That's because Turner is not a usual player in the Falcons passing game. Before that 60-yard touchdown, Turner had caught only three balls for one yard this season. Dating back to 2010, Turner has never had more than 40 yards receiving in a game nor scored a touchdown.

That role usually has Jacquizz Rodgers name all over it. Compared to Turner, his spry backup has already has 21 catches for 188 yards and a touchdown out of the Falcons' passing attack. The Falcons even like to employ Jason Snelling more often in passing situations.

In addition, that screen play was more a product of Atlanta's blocking as opposed to Turner's abilities as a running back.

Check out the touchdown play: the Falcons offensive line put a hat on the nearby Carolina defenders, while Tony Gonzalez hit Panthers defensive back Captain Munnerlyn with a block that was as good as it gets.

Don't expect much production at receiver from Turner the rest of the season. That one screen pass against the Panthers seems a bit fluky.

Take advantage of that unsuspecting fantasy player who keeps texting you about trading Turner. Sell the running back high and never look back.