Fantasy Impact: Week 4
Ken Pomponio
October 1, 2012

Falcons 30, Panthers 28
Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

  • Hold off on that fantasy funeral for Michael Turner. The Falcons' RB busted out in a big way Sunday with 13 carries for 103 yards and a surprising three catches for 68 yards and a TD on five targets. Jacquizz Rodgers, meanwhile, had 10 touches, but didn't do nearly as much with 58 total yards.
  • Extra points: It was the Roddy White Show in the Falcons' passing game as he snared eight Matt Ryan passes for 169 yards and a pair of TDs. Meanwhile, fellow wideout Julio Jones was a no-show, catching only one pass for 30 yards on eight targets. His reception didn't come until the fourth quarter. ... Carolina QB Cam Newton had 86 rushing yards and a TD on eight carries to essentially match the combined output of RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart (21-89-TD). ... Panthers' WR Brandon LaFell was a non-factor for the second straight game, failing to catch a pass on any of his three targets.

Patriots 52, Bills 28
Ralph Wilson Stadium (Orchard Park, N.Y.)

  • Tom Brady was well, Tom Brady, throwing for 340 yards and accounting for four TDs, but it was the Pats' ground game that really opened some fantasy eyes Sunday. New England had a pair of 100-yard rushers with starter Stevan Ridley (22-106-2 TDs) and rookie Brandon Bolden (16-137-TD) simply gashing the Bills.
  • Extra points: RBs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both played for the Bills. Jackson, seeing action for the first time since injuring his knee in Week 1, had 79 yards on 16 touches while Spiller gained 38 on 10 touches a week after injuring his shoulder. Neither back scored, and both lost fumbles to share in six Buffalo turnovers on the day. ... Bills' TE Scott Chandler hauled in a pair of scoring passes and now has four TDs in as many games. 

Vikings 20, Lions 13
Ford Field (Detroit)

  • The Vikings notched the big NFC North road win without the benefit of an offensive TD, and those who started the Minny defense/special teams reaped the fantasy fruit. It started with the game's opening kickoff, which was returned a franchise-record 105 yards by Percy Harvin. Then, in the third quarter, Marcus Sherels took a punt back 77 yards to the end zone. Defensively, the Vikes recovered a fumble and had a trio of sacks.
  • Extra points: His three-game suspension served, WR Jerome Simpson led the Vikings with 4 receptions for 50 yards in his debut in purple. ... It was a rough reversal of fortune for Lions' RB Mikel Leshoure who, a week after his strong pro debut, had only 26 yards rushing on 13 carries and 37 yards on four receptions. He also coughed up a fumble. ... Detroit was led in receiving yards by reserve RB Joique Bell, who had 72 on six catches. He now has 12 receptions for 175 yards this season.

Texans 38, Titans 14
Reliant Stadium (Houston)

  • Arian Foster and Andre Johnson get all the fantasy headlines, but TEs Owen Daniels and James Casey have quietly been snaring their share of fantasy points. In Sunday's romp, Daniels and Casey combined for 11 catches, 108 yards and a pair of TDs, upping their combined season totals to 31 for 314 and a trio of scores. Daniels has been the most prolific of the duo with 19 grabs, 232 yards and two TDs.
  • Extra points: Tennessee QB Jake Locker left the game in the first quarter after getting flattened by the Texans' blitz. He suffered his second shoulder separation of the season, and early reports hint that this one is worse than his Week 1 injury that didn't even prevent Locker from returning in Week 2. Veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck mopped up completing 17-of-25 passes for 193 yards, 2 TDs and 2 picks. Locker was 0-for-2 before the injury. ... Welcome to the 2012 fantasy season, Chris Johnson. The Titans' RB entered the game with only 45 rushing yards on 33 carries, but had 141 on 25 rushes and 17 more yards on 1 catch. Most of the yards came with the Titans way behind, but they all count the same on the fantasy scoreboard.

Chargers 37, Chiefs 20
Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)

  • Ryan Mathews and his fantasy owners on Sunday still were feeling the effects of his costly red-zone fumble in Week 3. That fumble rankled the San Diego brass, and they sent Mathews a message Sunday, with ex-Chief Jackie Battle starting in his place. Mathews did wind up leading San Diego with 61 yards on 14 rushes, but Battle logged one more carry (15-39) and found the end zone twice, while Mathews still is looking for his first score this season. Most importantly, though, Mathews didn't fumble on any of his 16 touches.
  • Extra points: On a big day for defense/special teams around the league, the Chargers stood out, forcing six turnovers (3 picks, 3 fumbles), notching a pair of sacks and scoring a TD on LB Donald Butler's 21-yard interception return. ... San Diego WR Robert Meachem continues to be a non-factor, failing to record a reception on a pair of targets. ... With backfield mate Peyton Hillis sidelined with an ankle injury, K.C. RB Jamaal Charles was his usual fantasy stud self, with 115 total yards and two TDs on 20 touches. Charles did, though, lose a pair of fumbles.

49ers 34, Jets 0
MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

  • The anticipated mismatch between the 49er defense and the Jets' offense lived up to its full billing Sunday as San Fran pitched a shutout. The Jets gained a grand total of 145 yards, with QB Mark Sanchez limited to 103 on 13-of-29 passing. The Niners had three sacks, an interception and three fumble recoveries, one of which was taken 51 yards to the house by CB Carlos Rogers.
  • Extra points: San Francisco reserve QB Colin Kaepernick was a somewhat surprising fantasy factor Sunday, taking designed shotgun/wildcat snaps throughout the game and finishing with 50 rushing yards and a TD on 5 carries and finishing 0-for-1 passing. ... Adding injury to insult, Jets No. 1 WR Santonio Holmes went down untouched after an early fourth-quarter reception and fumbled the ball to Rogers who took it back to the end zone. Holmes was carted and didn't return with what was later classified as a left-foot injury. ... Bilal Powell got the start at RB for N.Y., but regular starter Shonn Greene finished with more carries (11-4) and more yards (34-11).

Rams 19, Seahawks 13
Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis)

  • Kickers rarely are deserving of top fantasy billing, but Rams rookie Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein definitely deserves to be starting in all leagues. After his 4-for-4 showing Sunday, which included 58- and 60-yarders, Zuerlein is 12-for-12 on the season, with eight of the kicks coming from 40 yards or more.
  • Extra points: WR Danny Amendola led the Rams in receiving once again with 6 grabs for 55 yards and a TD, and his 2-yard scoring pass was tossed by punter John Hekker on a fake field goal late in the second quarter. ... Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson looked like, well, a rookie, throwing for only 160 yards and tossing three interceptions. ... Another Seahawk rookie, RB Robert Turbin, was quietly productive in the shadow of starting RB Marshawn Lynch (155 total yards, TD), gaining 58 yards on only eight touches.

Cardinals 24, Dolphins 21 (OT)
University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)

  • Two wideouts, who could still be on your league's waiver wire, stood out in this one. For the victorious and 4-0 Cards, Andre Roberts finished with six grabs for 118 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter TDs. He now has four scoring grabs this season. Meanwhile, the unheralded Brian Hartline set a Miami single-game franchise record with 253 receiving yards on 12 grabs, highlighted by an 80-yard sideline catch and sprint to the end zone in the fourth quarter. For the season, Hartline easily leads the Fins with 25 grabs and 455 yards.
  • Extra points: A week after departing a loss with a knee contusion, Dolphins RB Reggie Bush was active and led the team with 67 yards on 17 carries. Meanwhile, Miami's other top backs, Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller, combined for only 17 yards on 8 rushes. ... On the subject of Dolphin RBs, 5-foot-11, 258-pound Jorvorskie Lane scored on a goal-line run for the second straight game. ... Arizona RB Ryan Williams barely registered on the stat sheet with only 26 yards on 13 rushes and 1 catch for no gain.

Bengals 27, Jaguars 10
EverBank Field (Jacksonville)

  • It's past time for second-year Cincy QB Andy Dalton to get some fantasy love. In the 3 games since a Week 1 loss in Baltimore, Dalton has thrown for 890 yards and eight TDs while only tossing three interceptions, including 244 yards and two TDs and pick Sunday against the Jags. Not coincidentally, the Bengals have won all 3 games.
  • Extra points: After going more than 500 NFL carries without losing a fumble, Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis lost a fumble Sunday for the second straight week. He also had another fumble that was pounced upon by a teammate. ... Jags' RB Maurice Jones-Drew was kept in check with 38 yards on 13 rushes and 42 yards on five receptions. ... Rookie WR Justin Blackmon had his best game yet, leading the Jags with 6 catches for 48 yards on 10 targets.

Broncos 37, Raiders 6
Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver)

  • Peyton Manning's best game yet in orange and blue (30-of-38, 338 yards 3 TDs) featured completions to eight different receivers, led by wideouts Eric Decker (7-79-TD) and Demaryius Thomas (5-103). 
  • Extra points: Broncos RB Willis McGahee, who left Week 3's game with a rib injury, played and played well Sunday, gaining 112 yards and a TD on 19 carries and hauling in six passes for 23 yards. ... Meanwhile, Broncos reserve RB Knowshon Moreno was a healthy inactive for the second straight week, leaving the backup duties to rookie Ronnie Hillman and Lance Ball. ... Raiders RB Darren McFadden, who entered the day with three straight 100-yard rushing games against the Broncos, was held to 34 yards on 13 carries and 4 yards on a single reception.

Packers 28, Saints 27
Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wis.)

  • 66 completions. 95 attempts. 765 yards. Seven TDs. Did you expect anything less when QBs Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers getting together Sunday afternoon? Brees threw for 446 yards and tossed three TDs to equal Johnny Unitas' record of 47 straight games with a touchdown pass, but it's little consolation in light of the Saints' 0-4 start. Rodgers, meanwhile, threw for four TDs to better his three TD total from the the first 3 games.
  • Extra points: Green Bay WR Greg Jennings caught a 9-yard TD pass for his one and only reception before aggravating his groin injury. ... Three of Rodgers' seven TD tosses this season have gone to No. 3 wideout James Jones, who caught a pair Sunday. ... Of the Saints' 75 offensive plays, only 19 were runs with Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram combining for all of 45 yards.

Redskins 24, Buccaneers 22
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)

  • Anyone waiting for RGIII to come back to earth is still waiting. The Redskins' rookie QB was dazzling again Sunday completing 26-of-35 throws for 323 yards and rushing for 43 yards and a TD on seven runs in rallying the Redskins for the game-winning field goal.
  • Extra points: WR Pierre Garcon was back from the foot injury he suffered in the season opener, but caught only one pass for 20 yards. His biggest contribution came in the first quarter when he fell on Griffin's goal-line fumble in the end zone for a TD. ... On-again, off-again Bucs WR Vincent Jackson was on Sunday with six grabs for 100 yards and a TD. ... Rookie Doug Martin had more rushing yards (33-17) and more carries (8-6) than Tampa Bay backfield mate LeGarrette Blount, but Blount had the team's lone rushing TD.

Eagles 19, Giants 17
Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia)

  • Eagles QB Michael Vick, a turnover machine with nine in the team's first three games, didn't give it away once Sunday night against the defending Super Bowl champs. Vick threw for 241 yards and a TD and rushed for 49 more.
  • Extra points: After being limited to 19 first-half rushing yards, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy broke out in a big way with 104 second-half yards to finish with a season-high 123. ... Ahmad Bradshaw was back after missing a game with neck injury and Andre Brown was coming off a breakout Week 3, but neither did much in this one with Bradshaw carrying 13 times for 39 yards and Brown finishing with five carries for 14 yards. ... With WR Hakeem Nicks out, wideouts Victor Cruz and Domenik Hixon combined for 15 receptions, 223 yards and a TD on 24 targets.

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