Juan Man’s Thoughts On Week 4
In case you live on an island or were not allowed to turn on a TV today, Brian Hartline went nuts. 12/253/1 on 19 targets. Can Hartline be a top 20 WR this season? I think so. Who else do the Dolphins have to throw to? After getting compared to Jordy Nelson this offseason, Hartline could make it happen. He’s almost halfway to 1,000 yards, it’s no bold prediction to say he will get there. I think it will be more difficult for him to get to double digit TDs, but in a PPR league, I like what I see.
Ryan Grant was signed this week and everyone panicked. Shanahanigans. Well, the Shanny boys seem like they are all in with Morris for now. The guy has done nothing but produce. Although he doesn’t catch any passes, he has been solid every week and has scored 4 TDs this season. He has some tough matchups coming up and is STILL a sell high, but he looks like the guy to me.
So much for him going off again this week. Ponder had little to nothing to do today as the Vikings special teams and defense did the damage. I had really high hopes for Ponder this week with Simpson returning to the lineup, but the Vikings just didn’t need to put the ball in the air. Guess who’s up next? The Titans in the Metrodome. Good things are on the horizon.
It may have been premature to pass the torch from Roddy to Julio this Summer. I had both in the top, but thought Julio would challenge for the top spot among WRs. Julio has been senor inconsistent while Roddy has stayed steady every week. While Julio has turned in a 15 yard game and a 30 yard game. Roddy has not dipped under 55 yards or 10 points in PPR leagues. Consistent, steady, and potentially a top option in any given week in this Falcons offense, White may prove to be one of the better values this season.
Mikel The Jersey Leshoure went off last week. That was against the Titans. I warned you coming into this game that the Vikings were the #1 ranked defense against fantasy defenses. They didn’t disappoint. Leshoure has 13 carries for 26 yards with a fumble lost. He and Joique Bell did finished with a combined 10 rec for 109 yards, so there was that. Bell by the way is the handcuff as Kevin Smith is off the radar. Leshoure will be a workhorse RB for the Lions and should be fine, but looking at the schedule there are so landmines along the way.
I don’t have any explanation for what happened today. Maybe it was the fact that Javon Ringer was back from injury and CJ was motivated. Maybe it was Hasselbeck behind center. Maybe it was dumb luck. Nothing about him finally showing against one of the best defenses in the NFL makes any sense. With 27 touches and 157 total yards he finished with more points Arian Foster amongst others. Not sure where to go from here. Well, he goes to Minnesota next, so another disappointing game could be on the horizon, or maybe he rises to the occasion.
If we knew Ridley was going to get the majority of the carries each week, he would be a top 10 fantasy RB this season. That’s the problem. Belichick is going to use whatever players he deems necessary for a gameplan. Last week Gronk was kept in as blocker and did nothing. This week every player on the offense was utilized as the Bills were embarrassed at home. Ridley is the most talented RB on the roster, so on most weeks he will a good option. Just don’t get too pissed when Danny Woodhead or Brandon Bolden get worked into the lineup more than makes sense.
Boy, did this look like a slam dunk against the Jags who give up the second most points to opposing RBs. It didn’t work out. After not fumbling EVER, he has now fumbled in 2 straight games and today he fumbled on the goaline. A little 8 point switch-a-roo. The Law Firm is getting the touches but may drop out of the top 20 in my rankings with Miami and the Steelers coming in 2 out of the next 3 weeks.
McFadden has stayed healthy through the first month of the season and has been kind of a disappointment. The Raiders new zone blocking scheme has not been fully realized and the schedule hasn’t been great either. But look at the schedule coming up. It’s glorious. I think during the bye week they get some things figured out and McFadden could be in for a big, big run here. Buy low.
So, the Chargers decided to start Jackie Freakin’ Battle and left Ryan Mathews as well as his fantasy owners with their d*cks in their hands. Mathews is clearly the better RB, even my mom could tell you that, but the Chargers were proving a point by punishing the young RB for fumbling. They won, so it didn’t blow up in their faces like I wish it would have, but Battle was the top 10 RB Mathews should have been today. I think Mathews will be back as the starter next week.
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Juan Elway is an enthusiast of Fantasy Football, Movies, and Combat Sports, but don't call him an expert. He once shook Adrian Peterson's hand and AP winced in pain. Follow him on Twitter where you can partake in all sorts of shenanigans.