By Derek of The Sportmeisters
Week Four of the season is in the books. Here are my winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders from the week. Let’s go!
QB Brett Favre—Minnesota Vikings: 24 Completions, 31 Attempts, 271 Yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
The Legend Continues! Favre became the first QB to defeat all 32 NFL teams this past Monday, defeating his former team, the Green Bay Packers.
He played much better then anyone expected, throwing for 271 yards and three touchdowns against a good defensive unit.
Favre has now thrown for 837 yards and eight touchdowns to just one interception in four games. He looks to be a safe fantasy play going into this weekend against St. Louis.
QB Ben Roethlisberger–Pittsburgh Steelers: 26 Completions, 33 Attempts, 333 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
With no running game so far this season, the Steelers have had to rely on Big Ben and his arm. Last week, he delivered a masterful performance against San Diego, throwing for 333 yards and two touchdowns.
He has thrown for 1,193 yards and five touchdowns in four games, but has also thrown four interceptions. He has a monster matchup this weekend against Detroit.
QB David Garrard—Jacksonville Jaguars: 27 Completions, 37 Attempts, 323 Yards, 3 TD, 0 INT, 1 FUM
So much for Tennessee having a tough defense. Garrard torched the worst pass defense in the NFL for 323 yards and three touchdowns.
He has thrown for 941 yards and five touchdowns to just one interception this year. He has a decent matchup this weekend against Seattle.
RB Rashard Mendenhall–Pittsburgh Steelers: 29 Carries, 165 Yards, 2 TD, 2 Receptions, 26 Yards
The Steelers finally got a running game! With Willie Parker out with an injury, Mendenhall finally got his chance to shine, and shine he did.
He ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries and looks to have placed himself in a position to continue to receive his share of the carries even when Parker returns. He has a super matchup this weekend against Detroit.
RB Matt Forte–Chicago Bears: 12 Carries, 121 Yards, 1 TD, 2 Receptions, 19 Yards
Forte was bothered by knee and hamstring injuries this past week against Detroit but still managed to run for 121 yards and a touchdown.
He has rushed for 271 yards and a touchdown and has caught 13 passes for 92 yards in the first four games. He has a bye this week, but should bounce back strong in week six against Atlanta.
RB Ronnie Brown–Miami Dolphins: 20 Carries, 115 Yards, 2 TD
Brown was exceptional last week against Buffalo, rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns.
He has now raised his season totals to 369 yards rushing with four touchdowns and 50 yards receiving on six receptions. He has a very tough matchup this weekend against the Jets.
WR Steve Smith–New York Giants: 11 Receptions, 134 Yards, 2 TD
Smith proves week in and week out that he can be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
He caught 11 balls for 134 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas City and now has a league-leading 34 receptions for a league-leading 411 yards and a league leading four touchdowns.
He has yet another great matchup this weekend against Oakland.
WR Mohammed Massaquoi–Cleveland Browns: 8 Receptions, 148 Yards
The rookie finally made an impact in that anemic offense in Cleveland by catching eight balls for 148 yards this past week against Cincinnati.
He has just 10 receptions for 179 yards on the season, but should see many more balls thrown his way as a starter with the trade of Braylon Edwards. He has a good matchup this weekend against Buffalo.
WR Mike Sims-Walker–Jacksonville Jaguars: 7 Receptions, 91 Yards, 2 TD
Who is this guy? Walker has come almost out of nowhere this year to become Jacksonville’s No. 1 receiver.
He caught seven balls for 91 yards and two touchdowns last week against Tennessee and now has 19 receptions for 278 yards and three touchdowns for the season. He faces a decent matchup this weekend against Seattle.
TE Antonio Gates–San Diego Chargers: 9 Receptions, 124 Yards, 2 TD
It took four games for Gates to finally reach the end zone and when he did, he did it twice.
He caught nine balls for 124 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh and now has 24 receptions for 349 yards and those two touchdowns on the season. San Diego is on a bye this week, but Gates remains an every week must start after that.
TE Jermichael Finley–Green Bay Packers: 6 Receptions, 128 Yards, 1 TD
Finley was a sleeper pick at the TE position coming into the season and he showed why this past week against Minnesota. He caught six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown and now has 11 receptions for 190 yards and a touchdown for the season.
He looks to be establishing himself as a favorite target of Aaron Rodgers and should resume his role after the bye week.
QB Tony Romo–Dallas Cowboys: 25 Completions, 42 Attempts, 255 Yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM
This is Romo’s second time on this list in just four weeks. He wasn’t terrible last week, but wasn’t great, either. He threw another interception, lost a fumble, and failed to throw a touchdown for the second straight week.
He has now thrown for 990 yards, but has just four touchdowns and also four interceptions. He should bounce back this week with a great matchup against Kansas City.
QB Trent Edwards–Buffalo Bills: 14 Completions, 26 Attempts, 192 Yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Edwards started out great in the first two weeks, but has been less than stellar the past two. In the past two weeks, he has thrown just one touchdown to four interceptions.
He looks way out of sync with his receivers and doesn’t look to be the best fantasy start right now. However, he has a pretty enticing matchup against Cleveland this week.
QB Mark Sanchez–New York Jets: 14 Completions, 27 Attempts, 138 Yards, 0 TD, 3 INT, 1 FUM
Sanchez was never a great fantasy option, but this past week he was especially bad. He threw three interceptions against New Orleans and had the first bad game of his young career.
He has thrown for 744 yards and four touchdowns, but has now thrown five interceptions. He has a nice matchup against Miami this week, but shouldn’t be anything but your bye-week backup.
QB Jason Campbell–Washington Redskins: 12 Completions, 22 Attempts, 170 Yards, 2 TD, 3 INT, 1 FUM
Campbell has yet to really break out this season. He has thrown for 963 yards, but has an equal amount of touchdowns and interceptions with five, and its not like he has played really good teams either.
He has played St. Louis, Detroit, and Tampa Bay and has thrown four touchdowns and four interceptions in those three games. He has a tough matchup this week against Carolina and should not be your starting fantasy QB.
RB Darren McFadden–Oakland Raiders: 6 Carries, -2 Yards, 1 Reception, 5 Yards
McFadden was awful last week against Houston and now he will be out at least two weeks after knee surgery. Obviously, he should not be in your lineup, but you can go ahead and stash him away on the bench or IR for the next few weeks until he returns.
RB Earnest Graham–Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 Carries, 8 Yards, 2 Receptions, 9 Yards
How the mighty have fallen. Graham was supposed to be splitting carries with Derrick Ward this year, but that all changed when Cadillac Williams became healthy and Raheem Morris’ favorite running back.
Now, Graham has been hurt and inactive and has just eight carries for 25 yards. He is absolutely not fantasy relevant at this point.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson–San Diego Chargers: 7 Carries, 15 Yards, 1 Reception, -1 Yards
So, he came back from a two-game absence and did absolutely nothing. Granted, he was facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, but still, I expected a bit more than 15 yards on seven carries.
LDT has a bye week this week to heal up, but after that comes back to being an every-week start as he will resume his duty as the No. 1 back in San Diego.
RB Michael Bush–Oakland Raiders: 3 Carries, 10 Yards, 1 Reception, 4 Yards, 1 FUM
With McFadden hurting, Bush was supposed to carry the load. However, he had just as bad a game against Houston as McFadden did.
Bush had just 10 yards and fumbled the ball. McFadden will be sidelined for a few weeks and that means more carries for Bush, but I wouldn’t pick him up just yet.
RB Justin Fargas–Oakland Raiders: 10 Carries, 24 Yards, 1 Reception, 14 Yards
With McFadden hurting, Fargas was supposed to carry the load. However, he had just as bad a game against Houston as McFadden did.
Fargas had just 24 yards on 10 carries. McFadden will be sidelined for a few weeks and that means more carries for Fargas, but I wouldn’t pick him up just yet.
WR Ted Ginn Jr–Miami Dolphins: 1 Reception, 4 Yards, 1 Carry, 22 Yards
Ginn has been nowhere near as effective as he was expected to be. He has just 14 catches for 138 yards and three carries for 31 yards and no touchdowns.
Now, he has a second-year QB at the helm and the Dolphins offense is centered around the running game and the Wildcat. Ginn has a tough matchup against the Jets this week and shouldn’t be started until he starts getting the ball.
WR Dwayne Bowe–Kansas City Chiefs: 1 Reception, 11 Yards
So much for the offensive revolution in Kansas City. Todd Haley and Matt Cassel haven’t brought Bowe much success so far this season as he has just 10 receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
While that offense is so bad, you should keep Bowe on the bench, but watch for him and Cassel to eventually get on the same page and that could mean good things.
WR Eddie Royal–Denver Broncos: 2 Receptions, 16 Yards
This is a very surprising Loser. Royal was expected to fill a Wes Welker-type role in Josh McDaniels’ offense. However, he has just eight receptions for 58 yards in four games. Look for him to eventually snap out of it, but for now, stash him away on the bench.
TE Zach Miller–Oakland Raiders: 3 Receptions, 33 Yards
Miller is stuck on this list because his QB hasn’t been able to get him the ball. The offense in Oakland has been terrible and Russell hasn’t connected with Miller nearly as much as expected.
Miller has just 11 catches for 146 yards and no touchdowns in four games. Until the offense starts producing, keep him on the bench.
TE Kellen Winslow–Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2 Receptions, 21 Yards
Winslow started out well with Byron Leftwich at QB, but now with Josh Johnson at the helm, temper your expectations a little. He has just five receptions for 35 yards in his last two games and I don’t expect much more.
If you own him, you have to start him, but if you have someone that has a better matchup, go with them instead until Winslow gets back on track.
Waiver Wire Wonders
WR Johnny Knox–Chicago Bears: 5 Receptions, 31 Yards, 102 Yard Kickoff Return TD
Knox came out of nowhere to start the season with 14 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns. Plus, he had a 102 yard kickoff return for a touchdown last week.
He looks to have Jay Cutler’s trust and is available to grab, only being owned in 55.2 percent of ESPN leagues and 63 percent of Yahoo leagues. Grab him even though he is on a bye week.
WR Pierre Garcon–Indianapolis Colts: 3 Receptions, 71 Yards
Garcon has filled in nicely for the injured Anthony Gonzalez, catching 10 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns.
He will continue to be the No. 2 receiver (not including TE Dallas Clark) for Peyton Manning and is available, only being owned in 37.5 percent of ESPN leagues and 68 percent of Yahoo leagues. Did I mention his QB is Peyton Manning?
RB Glenn Coffee–San Francisco 49ers: 24 Carries, 74 Yards
Coffee was a very sought-after pickup this past week. He had a terrific matchup vs. St. Louis and was the starter while Frank Gore was out with an injury.
He will continue to be the starter while Gore is hurt and faces Atlanta this week. He is starting to go fast, as he is owned in 57.5 percent of ESPN leagues, and 65 percent of Yahoo leagues. Grab him if you can.
RB Tashard Choice–Dallas Cowboys: 14 Carries, 33 Yards, 5 Receptions, 47 Yards
First, it was Marion Barber that got hurt and now that barber is back, Felix Jones has gone down. Either way, that means more carries for Choice.
He has a supreme matchup this week against Kansas City and is only owned in 41.3 percent of ESPN leagues and 47 percent of Yahoo leagues. Grab him while you can.
That’s all for now sports fans. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.