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Week 5 Sleepers and Start’ems for 2013!
Week 4 is in the books! Broncos QB Peyton Manning has thrown 16 touchdown passes and is on pace for 64 this season while little brother Eli Manning is now up to 11 turnovers which is tied with Jets QB Geno Smith as the leagues leaders. Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts is atop of the leader boards in targets, but that’s the only category. And the Browns look to possibly of solved their QB problem with the emergence of Brian Hoyer if Jordan Cameron can stay healthy and Josh Gordon can stay out of trouble.
Week 4 Sleepers and Start’ems Recap!
Tony Romo Dal @ SD – 27 of 37 for 244 yards 2TDs
Tom Brady NE @ ATL – 20 of 31 for 316 yards 2TDs
Jay Cutler Chi @ Det – 27 of 47 for 317 yards 2TDs and 3Ints
Alex Smith KC vs NYG – 24 of 41 for 288 yards 3TDS and 2Ints
Trent Richardson Ind @ Jac – 20 carries for 60 yards 1TD
Bilal Powell NYJ @ Ten – 14 carries for 66 yards and 3 rec for 42 yards
Danny Woodhead SD vs Dal – 5 carries for 32 yards and 5 rec 54yards 2TDs
Brandon Marshall Chi @ Det – 7 rec for 79yards on 14 targets
Dez Bryant Dal @ SD – 6 rec for 81 yards 1TD on 9 targets
Pierre Garcon Was @ Oak – 6 rec for 59 yards 1TD on 7 targets
Julian Edelman NE @ ATL – 7 rec for 118 yards on 9 targets
Marlon Brown Balt @ Buf – 4 rec for 34 yards 1TD on 8 targets
Antonio Gates SD vs Dal – 10 rec for 136 yards 1TD on 11 targets
Jordan Cameron Cle @ Cin – 10 rec for 91 yards 1TD on 12 targets
Martellus Bennett Chi @ Det – 8 rec for 90 yards on 12 targets
Coby Fleener Indy @ Jac – 5 rec for 77 yards 1TD on 7 targets
Garrett Graham Hou vs Sea – 5 rec for 69yards 1TD on 6 targets
RB Maurice Jones-Drew Jac vs Indy – 13 carries for 23 yards
RB Giovani Bernard Cin @ Cle – 10 carries for 37 yards and 6 rec for 38yards
RB Darren McFadden Oak vs Wash – 5 carries for 29yards (Hamstring strain)
WR Brian Hartline Mia vs NO – 3 rec for 34 yards on 4 targets
WR Denarius Moore Oak vs Was – 4 rec for 66 yards on 6 targets
WR Donnie Avery KC vs NYG – 2 rec for 23 yards on 10 targets
WR DeSean Jackson Phi vs Den – 2 rec for 34 yards on 6 targets
Philip Rivers SD @ Oak - Rivers is on pace to establish single-season individual marks in completion percentage (73.9), yards passing (4,796), touchdown passes (48) and fewest interceptions (8). He’s a hot quarterback who is unlikely to cool off Sunday in Oakland. Opposing quarterbacks have completed 72 percent of their passes against the Raiders, who have yet to intercept a pass.
Brian Hoyer Cle vs Buf - After leading the Browns to 2 straight wins, quarterback Brian Hoyer will start again Thursday night vs. Buffalo. Hoyer has connected with TE Jordan Cameron and WR Josh Gordon consistently over the past 2 weeks as he has thrown for 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions and recording 260+yards in both starts.
Matt Schaub Hou @ SF - Schaub managed to throw for 355 yards on 49 attempts. He completed 31 passes and threw 2 touchdowns. Schaub has thrown for multiple touchdowns in 3 of the first 4 games this year and has included 3 games with at least 290-plus yards passing.
Cam Newton Car @ Ari - Newton broke out onto the scene with a 422-yard performance in his first NFL game against the Cardinals in 2011. Newton threw for 3 touchdowns and accounted for 268 total yards of offense in Week 3 against the Giants. He has thrown for 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions through 3 games. Look for Newton to turn it on this week against the Cardinals who have allowed 342 yards passing to Drew Brees, 278 yards to Matthew Stafford and 299 yards to Sam Bradford including multiple touchdowns thrown for each QB.
Arian Foster Hou @ SF - The 49ers run defense has not been anything that we have seen in the past. They have allowed a league-high 73 standard Fantasy points to running backs through 4 games, including at least 10 points in 3 of the 4 game. They haven’t necessarily given up huge yardage totals (just 112.7 per game), however 6 touchdowns have been put up on the board against the 49ers by running backs.
Danny Woodhead SD @ Oak - Woodhead recorded 5 more receptions for 54 yards and 2 touchdowns on 7 targets and added another 32 yards on 5 carries, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Producing 19 carries for 90 yards and 20 receptions for 162 yards in his last 3 games with 2 touchdowns. In PPR leagues, Woodhead is screaming production especially with the man made of glass working as his No.1 (Ryan Mathews).
Knowshon Moreno Den @ Dal - A clear featured back is emerging from the jumbled backfield in Denver. That running back is Moreno. Moreno did most of the dirty work while his Broncos were building up a huge lead in a 52-20 mashing of Philadelphia on Sunday. He finished with 78 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. The fact that Montee Ball did not play until the 4th quarter is a clear signal that Moreno has taken control of the featured back spot.
Fred Jackson Buf @ Cle - Jackson does have a couple things going for him. First and foremost, the Bills may be without C.J. Spiller, which would likely result in Jackson seeing more carries (he had a season-high 16 in Week 4 against the Ravens). Secondly, while the Browns have been tough against the run, they’ve faced relatively-weak tandems from Miami and Cincinnati and knocked Ravens RB Ray Rice out of their Week 2 game with an injury. Adrian Peterson was able to gain over 100 total yards and scored a touchdown against the Browns in Week 3.
Other Running Backs with nice matchups – Marshawn Lynch Sea @ Indy, Lamar Miller Mia vs Balt, DeAngelo Williams Car @ Ari, Chris Ogbonnaya Cle vs Buf, Chris Johnson Ten vs KC, Daryl Richardson STL vs Jac
Josh Gordon Cle vs Buf - Had 10 receptions for 146 yards 1 touchdown on 19 targets in his season debut in week 3. Gordon was targeted 9 times, hauling in 4 receptions for 71 yards, good for second on the team behind TE Jordan Cameron in a 17-6 win. Gordon has been targets 28 times in 2 games, bringing in 14 receptions for 217 yards and a touchdown in his first 2 games back from suspension. The Bills have allowed a league high 8 touchdowns to Wide Receivers alone through 4 weeks.
Andre Johnson Hou @ SF - Johnson was able to catch 9 receptions for 110 yards. He was targeted a team-high 12 times while coming into the game with a questionable tag. Johnson looked fluent and in solid condition as he was able to take advantage of CB Richard Sherman, who has locked down most wideouts all year. Andre has lead the Texans in targets in 3 of the first 4 weeks as well as leading the Texans in receptions and has been able to produce 75+ yards in 3 of 4 weeks thus far.
James Jones/Randall Cobb/Jordy Nelson GB vs Det - The trio of Jones,Cobb and Nelson combined for 28 of QB Aaron Rodgers 43 pass attempts last week and will look to combine for the same type of targets but increase in production. Rodgers has thrown for 4 touchdowns and just 1 interception in his last 3 games against the Lions with 300+ yards in 1 of those 3 games.
Anquan Boldin SF vs Hou - After being held without a catch in the first quarter, Boldin had a huge second quarter. He brought in 3 receptions for 69 yards in the second quarter, including a 20-yard touchdown. Boldin has 372 yards on 24 catches with 2 touchdowns in 4 games, and he has at least 5 receptions and 67 yards in 3 of 4 games.
Vernon Davis SF vs Hou - Davis wasn’t as involved last week against the Rams has he had been. He was targeted just 4 times in the game, and he brought in just 2 of those passes for 18 yards. However, 1 of those receptions went for a 12-yard touchdown giving him 3 total on the season. The Texans have been stout against Tight Ends in the past 4 weeks as they have not gone against any top tier TEs outside Antonio Gates in Week 1 which they shut out. The Texans have allowed just 1 touchdown to a Tight End thus far but Davis is a main fixture in the 49ers passing attack.
Jordan Cameron Cle vs Buf - If you have not been playing Cameron, shame on you! Start him and start him with confidence! He has exploded as the Browns main weapon and the return and emergence of receiver Josh Gordon is a welcomed sight. Cameron had 10 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets against the Bengals. He now has 30 receptions for 360 yards and 5 touchdowns to start the season, and he has double digits in targets in 3 of 4 games.
Charles Clay Mia vs Balt - Clay caught his first touchdown catch, a 3-yard score from QB Ryan Tannehill in the 4th quarter against the Saints. Clay has 2 touchdowns this season after rushing for a score Week 2. Clay caught all 6 of his targets for 42 yards and has recorded 20 receptions for 245 yards now through 4 weeks.
Garrett Graham Hou vs Sea - The Texans No.2 TE is proving his worth down inside the redzone. In the past 4 weeks, Graham has 6 red-zone targets and has capitalized on 2 of those for touchdowns. Graham had the opportunity for a three-touchdown performance in Week 2, but he missed 2 key opportunities in the 2nd-half. The first failed attempt was on a potential 16-yard touchdown, which appeared to fall incomplete after a case of miscommunication with QB Matt Schaub. The second failed attempt was a potential 1-yard touchdown play late in the 4th quarter. Graham has produced just 12 receptions for 126 yards in 4 games but has 3 touchdowns in the past 4 games.
ATTENTION TEAM OWNERS - If your players are not listed it is NOT because I don’t like them. They could have a better match-up within the next 2 weeks and I could be saving them for another weeks article.
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