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Week 4 Heroes & Zeros

Posted by Ladd Biro  October 2, 2012 02:21 PM

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This was a great week to start…

Matt Ryan, Falcons – Threw for 369 yards and 3 TDs, with 1 INT.
Cam Newton, Panthers – Passed for 215 yards and 2 TDs, and ran for 86 yards and another score.
Drew Brees, Saints – Churned out a monster 446 yards and 3 TDs without turning over the ball.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers – Finally broke out of his funk with 319 yards and 4 TDs, plus 1 INT.
Tom Brady, Patriots – Chalked up 340 yards and 3 TDs, and added a short TD run.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills – Amassed 350 yards and 4 TDs, with 4 picks.
Drew Brees, Saints – Passed for 240 yards and 3 TDs, plus an INT.
Peyton Manning, Broncos – Threw for 338 yards and 3 TDs without a turnover.
Kevin Kolb, Cardinals – Passed for 324 yards and 3 TDs, minus 2 INTs.

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs – Raced for 92 yards and a TD, plus 3 catches for 23 yards and another TD, though he lost 2 fumbles.
Michael Turner, Falcons – Showed he’s not washed up, with 103 rushing yards and 3 catches for 68 yards and a TD.
Stevan Ridley, Patriots – Ran for 106 yards and 2 TDs.

Brian Hartline, Dolphins – Reeled in 12 passes for 253 yards and a TD.
Roddy White, Falcons – His 8 catches netted 169 yards and 2 TDs.
Marques Colston, Saints – Broke out of his slump with 9 receptions for 153 yards and a score.
James Jones, Packers – Pitched in 5 catches for 56 yards and 2 TDs.

Scott Chandler, Bills – Caught 4 passes for 62 yards and 2 TDs.
Jason Witten, Cowboys – Notched 13 receptions for 112 yards and a garbage-time TD.  Welcome back.

Vikings – Scored on both a kickoff and punt return, had 5 sacks and a turnover, and held Detroit to 13 points.
49ers – Collected 4 turnovers, 3 sacks, a fumble return TD and shut out the Jets.

Greg Zuerlein, Rams -- Nailed field goals of 24, 48, 58 and 60 yards.

This was a great week to play against…

Jake Locker, Titans – Knocked out of the game before he could complete a pass.
Christian Ponder, Vikings – Just 111 yards without a score.
Alex Smith, 49ers – Led his team to 34 points, but had none of them himself.  Just 143 passing and 12 rushing yards.
Mark Sanchez, Jets – Stunk it up with 103 passing yards and 2 turnovers.
Carson Palmer, Raiders – Just 202 passing yards without a score.
Tony Romo, Cowboys – His 307 yards passing and 1 TD were undone by 5 INTs.

C.J. Spiller, Bills – Managed to give it a go, but only rushed for 33 yards.
Darren McFadden, Raiders – Limited to 34 rushing and 4 receiving yards.
Shonn Greene, Jets – Just 34 yards, but then again, every week is a good week to play against Greene.
Ryan Williams, Cardinals – Only 26 rushing yards in his first career start.
Doug Martin, Bucs – Only 33 rushing and 9 receiving yards.
Matt Forte, Bears – It was nice to see him out there, but he only posted 52 yards on the night.

Brandon Lafell, Panthers – Held catch-less.
Julio Jones, Falcons – Averaged 30 yards per catch. Sadly, he only had one.

Stevie Johnson, Bills – Limited to 2 receptions for 23 yards.
Malcom Floyd, Chargers – Same for him.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers – He only got 15 yards on his 2 receptions.
Santonio Holmes, Jets – Just 29 yards on 4 catches, plus a fumble, before leaving with an injury.
Andre Johnson, Texans – It’s not often he’s held to 56 yards on 3 receptions.

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings – Only 8 yards on his 2 receptions.
Vernon Davis, 49ers – Just 28 yards on 2 receptions.

We didn’t see them coming…

Jackie Battle, Chargers – Ran for 39 yards and 1 TD, and caught 4 passes for 42 yards and a second TD.
Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots – Came out of nowhere to rush for 137 yards and a TD.
Andre Roberts, Cardinals – Caught 6 passes for 118 yards and 2 TDs.

Originally published on the blog Fantasy Fools.

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Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.

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