2010 Fantasy Football: Monday NFL Rewind (Week 4)

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Week four was a wild one in the NFL.  A total of nine games were decided by a touchdown or less, and six of those games were decided by a field goal or less.  So what exactly did we learn from all of this?  Not much, besides the fact that you can’t trust anyone in the NFL this season.  Seems like a bold statement, but just think about what we witnessed in week four.  The Saints struggled at home against a terrible Panthers team and their mediocre rookie quarterback, the Colts defense could not stop a Jags offense that scored only three points one week earlier against the Eagles, and even though Arian Foster entered the week as the league’s leading rusher, it appears as though not even his job is safe.  Either that, or Gary Kubiak really hates your fantasy football team.

After all, how does one bench a player who has posted yardage totals of 238, 138 and 126 in his first three games of the season?  That was the question on the minds of most as we witnessed Derrick Ward and Steve Slaton shoulder the load for the Texans’ offense in the first quarter and a half during their game against the Raiders, while a seemingly healthy Foster watched from the sidelines in full equipment.  Foster finally received his first carry of the game late in the second quarter, but by that time most Foster owners had already packed it in and were plotting a scheme to get back at Kubiak.  Well not so fast!  Foster’s absence for half the game appeared as though it would doom his owners at first, but after breaking off a 74-yard touchdown run to open the second half, it was beginning to look as though it would only help keep his legs fresh for the remainder of the game.  When it was all said and done, the Texans’ stud running back would put up 131 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards, and two total touchdowns in just over one half of playing time, leaving many of us to wonder just how many fantasy points he could have recorded had he played the entire game?

I guess we will never know the exact answer to that question, but whatever it is, it is still not enough to assure us all that Kubiak wont do the same thing again down the road.  After all, his tactics are just another one of the many things that we simply cannot trust in the NFL this season.

So with that being said, here is a look at what happened during week four in this edition of the TPS Monday NFL Fantasy Rewind.

New York Jets 38 at Buffalo 14 – Who said LaDainian Tomlinson had nothing left in the tank?

Cincinnati 20 at Cleveland 23 – It’s official!  Peyton Hillis is a fantasy stud at the running back position.

Baltimore 17 at Pittsburgh 14 – Does anything make fantasy owners angrier than telling them Ray Rice will play, then having him watch from the sidelines for most of the game as Willis McGahee carries the load?

Denver 26 at Tennessee 20 – Could Kyle Orton be this season’s Matt Schaub?

Detroit 26 at Green Bay 28 – Will another sub-par effort in the running game be enough to get the Packers calling for Marshawn Lynch?

San Francisco 14 at Atlanta 16 – The ineptitude of the 49ers offense should have Frank Gore owners worried at this point.

Carolina 14 at New Orleans 16 – Is now the time to start worrying about Drew Brees and the Saints’ once potent offense?

Seattle 3 at St. Louis 20 – The performance of this year’s Seahawks at home and on the road is the closest you will get to a real life example of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Indianapolis 28 at Jacksonville 31 – Not even a 15 catch effort from Reggie Wayne was enough to overshadow a poor performance from the Colts defense.

Houston 31 at Oakland 24 – If you own Arian Foster, consider changing your fantasy team’s name to “I HATE GARY KUBIAK.”

Washington 17 at Philadelphia 12 – I’d give it another week or two before Ryan Torain takes over as the ‘Skins starting running back in place of an injured Clinton Portis.  And I don’t even need my crystal ball for that prediction.

Arizona 10 at San Diego 41 – With Vincent Jackson holding out, Antonio Gates is clearly the Chargers biggest threat in the passing game.  So why did the Cards think it would be a good idea to leave him open all game?

Chicago 3 at New York Giants 17 – For a moment last night it appeared as though the Giants would put up more sacks than Cutler’s total passing yards.

Your Fantasy team likely won if it looked something like this…

QB: David Garrard, JAC – 163 yards, 2 TDs, 44 RuYds, 1 RuTD
RB: Arian Foster, HOU – 187 total yards, 2 TDs
RB: LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ – 155 total yards, 2 TDs
WR: Terrell Owens, CIN – 222 yards, 1 TD
WR: Calvin Johnson, DET – 86 yards, 2 TDs
TE: Antonio Gates, SD – 144 yards, 2 TDs
K: Matt Prater, DEN – 4 FGs, 2 XPs
DEF: Giants – 10 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 DFR, 2 DTD, 3 PA, 110 TYdA

Your fantasy team likely lost if it looked something like this…

QB: Eli Manning, NYG – 195 yards, 2 FLs
RB: Beanie Wells, ARI – 25 total yards
RB: Matt Forte, CHI – 33 total yards
WR: DeSean Jackson, PHI – 19 yards
WR: Santana Moss, WSH – 0 yards
TE: John Carlson, SEA – 15 yards
K: Jeff Reed, PIT – 2 XPs
DEF: Colts – 38 PA, 444 TYdA

Here is a look at some of the highlights from week three…

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