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Fantasy Football 2013: Studs and Duds for Week 4

Published: September 25, 2013

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Let’s just say that week three was a complete and utter mind numbing experience. What in the name of Ichabod Crane is happening?  There were improbable studs and those who imploded our fantasy team, duds.  So many men—so little time.


Josh Gordon, Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns

Yes, he was on the field for the first time after serving his two game suspension.  Yes, he was on the receiving end of passes from a third string quarterback.  And yes, this happened mere days after the Cleveland Browns traded away their best offensive weapon, running back Trent Richardson.  So  what does Gordon do?  He calls out and balls out.

Gordon collected 10 receptions for 146 yards and one touchdown.  If you were in a NFL standard scoring league that was good enough for 22.80 fantasy points or 32.8 in PPR leagues.  Just an aside, that was half the points my whole fantasy team scored! Yes, I am looking at you Colin Kaepernick.

Antonio Brown, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

So, Antonio Brown complains about his role in the Steelers inept offense, and the very next game he becomes the focus of that offense.  What does it mean to be the focus of Ben Roethlisberger’s passes?  I mean on the field passes of course.  It means nine receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns.  It means if you played him on your team you increased your fantasy score by approximately 31.60 points or in full point PPR leagues it ended up being 40.6 points.  It means Brown in finally living up to the number one status he was given in preseason.

DeMarco Murray, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys

Pump your brakes fantasy freaks this could be an anomaly.  DeMarco Murray is statistically a stud against the Saint Louis Rams.  This time was no different.  Sunday he collected 26.30 fantasy points for your squad.  He ran for 175 yards on 26 rushes and one touchdown.  For this week he was a star studded stud.

Erin Henderson, Linebacker, Minnesota Vikings

We will put aside the troubling fact the Vikings lost to the Cleveland Browns.  We will even set aside the image of a third string quarterback torching the defense in the first half.  What we will focus on is the workmanlike numbers put up by Henderson in the game.  Henderson was everywhere (somebody had to be).  He had six tackles, two assists, two sacks and an interception.  Seriously, what more could you ask from one man?  He is an official stud on a week when the team was an official dud.


Mario Williams, Defensive End, Buffalo Bills

I am going to start with what I presume is the most obvious, Mario Williams.  What a difference a week makes.  Last week Williams collected 4.5 sacks.  This week he had the opportunity to tee off against the New York Jets and a rookie quarterback.  You would think he would at least make an impact.  Williams instead collected one tackle and one assisted tackle.  Maybe his ankle injury was a factor?  Williams certainly wasn’t.

Arian Foster, Running Back, Houston Texans

Foster is a victim of running back by committee and a not so good quarterback.  There is also the possibility that the Texans have used him up.  Sunday Foster collected 5.20 fantasy points.  For a first round pick this is almost unthinkable.  Foster had 12 rushes for 54 yards and zero touchdowns.  It’s Foster so you are inclined to give him a pass.  He didn’t play preseason and he is sharing carries with Ben Tate.  However, this is the dud section, not the make excuses for Foster section.

Eli Manning, Quarterback, New York Giants

It is almost heartbreaking to put the other Manning in this category.  His offensive line sucks.  He was sacked seven times in the game against the Carolina Panthers.  Seven times!  But nevertheless fantasy is a heartless witch.  Manning was 12-of-23 for 119 yards.  And he had zero passing touchdowns.  His total fantasy points were 4.16.  I think his brother collected that many points Monday night when he walked on the field.

Colin Kaepernick, Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers

Here is what I know, Colin Kaepernick looked damn good on ESPN the Body Issue.  I know in week one he was a fantasy stud.  I miss those days.

Last week Kaepernick’s stats were just bad.  He was 13-of-27 for 150 yards.  He had no passing touchdowns, one interception and was sacked three times.  Let’s talk about his allusiveness and ability to get you fantasy points with his speed.  Kaepernick had seven rushes for 20 yards and one fumble.  No rushing touchdowns either.  His fantasy total for the week, 4.0 points.

Aesthetically, a stud no questions asked.  As far as my fantasy team goes, d-u-d.  Can I retroactively get points for his looks?


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