Fantasy Football's Top Scorers from NFL Week 4

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystSeptember 30, 2012

Fantasy Football's Top Scorers from NFL Week 4

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    We've almost completed four weeks of the 2012 NFL season, which means we've reached the one-quarter mark of another season in both the National Football League and fantasy football.

    Week 4 brought with it a number of big games, some from expected sources and at least one that caught everyone by surprise.

    Here's a recap of fantasy football's best at each offensive position in Week 4.

    Point totals were calculated using a PPR scoring system that awards six points for all touchdowns, one point per 10 rushing and receiving yards and 25 passing yards, one point per reception and subtracts two points for lost fumbles and interceptions.

QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (35 Pts.)

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    There were a number of big fantasy performances under center in Week 4, from 300-yard passing games from the likes of Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers to a very nice combined running and passing game from Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers.

    However, the biggest fantasy output of the day at the quarterback position goes to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who lit up the Packers to the tune of 446 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints' one-point loss.

    I'd wager he'd trade those gaudy stats for a win, though. Any win, at this point.

RB: Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons (25 Pts.)

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    After getting off to a very sluggish start this season, Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner was likely on quite a few fantasy benches this week, even with a very favorable matchup with the struggling Carolina Panthers run defense on tap.

    Fantasy owners who chose to roll the dice and start the ninth-year pro were handsomely rewarded. Turner topped 100 rushing yards for the first time this season and even chipped in three catches, one of which went for 61 yards and a touchdown.

WR: Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (43 Pts.)

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    It's not hard to imagine that there was a huge performance from a wide receiver during Sunday's game between the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.

    In fact, there were two.

    And neither was by Larry Fitzgerald.

    Miami wideout Brian Hartline had the best game of his four-year NFL career, hauling in 12 passes for a ridiculous 253 yards and a score and taking home top fantasy honors at his position in Week 4.

TE: Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills (22 Pts.)

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    Sunday's matchup between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots featured loads of offense and 80 total points.

    Unfortunately for the Bills, 52 of those points were scored by New England.

    However, blame can't be laid at the feet of tight end Scott Chandler, who outdueled the much more heralded Ron Gronkowski of the Patriots by making four catches for 62 yards and a pair of scores.