by Steve Geller, Steve@wwl.com,posted Oct 5 2012 9:09AM
The first quarter of the season is complete, and my squad is 2-2 with the 4th most points in the league thus far. Bye weeks are upon us, and with that comes the need to go deeper into your bench... good luck in week 5.
Micheal Turner, Atlanta Falcons Running Back
Turner finally looked like the Turner of old last week against the Panthers, but that had more to do with the deficiencies of the Carolina run defense than him finding the fountain of youth.
This week he faces a Washington run defense that is in the Top 10 of the NFL, and the Skins have only allowed one rushing touchdown this year. Robert Griffin III could also take the Redskins to an early lead and force the Dirty Birds to be less patient on offense. The weakness of the Washington pass defense also makes me think that Atlanta is more likely to score through the air rather than ground.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills Quarterback
Believe it or not, this Harvard man leads the NFL in passing touchdowns and is eighth in total fantasy points.
No, that was not a typo folks.
Fitzpatrick is finding his receivers for 12 touchdown scores, but he is also finding the opposing team with 7 interceptions. Buffalo faces a stout San Francisco 49ers defense that just put the wraps on the New York Jets and QB Mark Sanchez. While Fitzpatrick is a better and smarter single caller than Sanchez, I can't see that making a difference. The 49ers defense is third in passing yards allowed and fifth in takeaways.
San Diego Chargers Defense
The Bolts D has been a pleasant fantasy surprise to date, allowing just 17.8 points a game, while ranking 12th overall. Norv Turner's defense is sixth against the run and 17th against the pass. The latter is the concern in the Superdome versus Drew & Krewe.
Sure the Saints are 0-4 and backed completely into the corner, but Brees is going to throw early and often in front of a home crowd frothing at the mouth for a victory and a record setting TD. I think the Black & Gold get the win, and it'll be a shootout.
Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers Wide Receiver
Entering the 2012 season, there were questions as to whether it would be Floyd or Robert Meachem who would step into the void at wide receiver in San Diego created by Vincent Jackson's departure. Well, if the first four games of the season are any indication, that question has been answered.
While Meachem has been almost invisible, Floyd has flourished. He has reeled in 15 catches for 250 yards and a touchdown and has been rewarded with a three-year contract extension.
San Diego Super Chargers QB Phillip Rivers is facing a Saints defense that has been awful, allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals Quarteback
Hmmmm, let's see here...Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, Mike Vick, and the brothers Manning. Those are just a few of the quarterbacks with fewer fantasy points than Dalton. The TCU product has averaged well over 20 fantasy points in his last three games, so don't be afraid to start him against a Dolphins defense that ranks just 19th in total pass defense.
Miami just allowed Arizona's Kevin Kolb to throw for 324 yards and three touchdowns last weekend, so I have every reason to believe the Andy man can.
Minnesota Vikings Defense
This week's matchup against the Tennessee Titans, who are averaging 20.2 points per game and are without starting quarterback Jake Locker, is oh so attractive. Sure, Chris Johnson did show signs of life last week, but the Vikings are among the 10 best run defenses in the league. They are averaging 85.2 rushing yards per game.
We also will have to monitor the news on Kenny Britt, who missed Week 4. If he is out again, this matchup gets that much better.
The Vikings may not intercept many passes, but they are seventh in the league with 12 sacks and have recovered 4 fumbles. Throw in allowing only 18 points against per game, and Minny's defense is a little bit more than just a matchup play.
Pick up of the week
Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots Running Back
As an undrafted rookie and struggling special teamer, Brandon Bolden was well off anyone's fantasy radar. We all passed off his Week 3 TD against the Ravens as nothing more than a blip, but it was a big sign of things to come as he exploded against the Bills with 16 carries for 137 yards and another score last weekend.
The performance likely wasn't enough to unseat former LSU Tiger Stevan Ridley as the Pats' top back, but it should be enough to at least earn Bolden a larger role going forward. This big bruising back from Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge has shown he can be effective when given a heavy workload.