Brian Hartline and Week 4's Most Surprising Fantasy Performers

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins catches a 57 yard reception past cornerback William Gay #22 of the Arizona Cardinals during the second quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It seems as if a new name emerges each week in the fantasy football realm and it was no different in Week 4.

The Miami Dolphins had a huge day offensively while the New England Patriots put up a ton of points on the ground.

Let's take a look at some of the more shocking Week 4 performers:

*All fantasy scoring via ESPN Standard Leagues


Brandon Bolden

No, not Boldin.

Bolden. As in Brandon Bolden, running back for the New England Patriots.

After gaining just 15 yards in the first three games, the rookie scorched the Buffalo Bills for 137 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries—that's an 8.6 YPC average.

The Patriots have shown a propensity to rush the ball more this season, with Steven Ridley leading the charge, but Bolden was given a chance on Sunday and made the most of it.

I don't foresee him being a huge fantasy option in the future, though I've been wrong before.

Brian Hartline

Brian who?

He's the most targeted receiver on the Miami Dolphins, yet he was probably on your bench in Week 4.

Hartline exploded on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, going for 12 receptions, 253 yards and a touchdown, netting fantasy owners 31.3 points.

Though this was his first score of the 2012 season, he did have nine receptions in Week 2 for 100-plus yards, showing that he has fantasy value.

I highly doubt he's going to be an every week starter, but he sure was sensational against Arizona in Week 4. 

Chris Johnson

Remember that guy who took Chris Johnson in the first round of your fantasy draft?

Well, he felt like an idiot for the first three weeks of the season before Johnson finally broke free in Week 4 for 141 yards on 25 carries, adding two receptions for 16 yards in the passing game.

Though he never found the end zone, Johnson did gain 15.7 fantasy points for owners after having a combined 10.8 through Week 3.

Still TD-less on the season, I'd still be worried if I had Johnson on my team (or bench), but his Week 4 outing should have owners hoping this is a sign of good things to come for Johnson.

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