I was lucky enough to win my Fantasy Football league last season, finishing with a perfect 15-0 record. I recapped the entire season last winter. This season, I am off to a 4-0 start. I needed another Monday Night Miracle, and the Detroit Lions defense and Steven Hauschka put up 33 combined points to lead my team to yet another W.
The Dolphins looked terrible in London against the Jets, but Ryan Tannehill still managed to score twice on 19 completions. Five interceptions in his last two games has really hurt his value. I am going to hold onto him past the Dolphins bye week, but I will have to find a solid replacement for Week 5, and just in case the new coaching regime turns the offense over to Lamar Miller, a QB I wouldn’t mind starting going forward.
My choice: adding Jay Cutler, who is going against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that has allowed the most Fantasy points to QBs. Plus, Alshon Jeffery should be back!
I haven’t been able to start Jeffery since Week 1. After back-to-back weeks with touchdowns from Marvin Jones filling in, he totaled just 10 yards in the Bengals 36-21 win over the Chiefs.
After three straight games of 100+ yards, Antonio Brown failed to catch five passes for 50 yards in what seems like forever, thanks to a Ben Roethlisberger injury leading to Michael Vick taking over the quarterback position for the Steelers.
Seven Brandon Marshall receptions for 128 yards lead to 9.90 points, making him my best WR in Week 4.
Latavius Murray and the Raiders were supposed to fill the stat sheet against a bad Bears team, but Cutler returned and led Chicago to a victory. Even after trading Jared Allen and Jon Bostic, the Bears defense held Murray to just 49 rushing yards.
For the first time in four weeks I finally played the right RB, deciding between Isaiah Crowell and Ameer Abdullah. However, this was the first week one of them failed to score a TD. Crowell totaled 125 yards, adding three receptions.
After catching four passes for 74 yards in the Dolphins opener, I thought I drafted the right TE in Jordan Cameron, pairing him with Tannehill. Much like the Dolphins in real life, I have to consider making some changes at the position moving forward.
I picked up Julius Thomas during the last waiver period, setting myself up for Week 5, assuming he plays.
Hauschka put up double digits for the third time this season. With the way the Seahawks offensive line has played and Marshawn Lynch’s injury, we could see Hauschka kicking plenty of field goals this season.
The Lions might be 0-4, but their defense is the least of their worries. Their six sacks of Russell Wilson gave them 10 for the season and they have allowed less points each every week. They also scored their second TD of the season.
“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah
Even with all the struggles my team faced in Week 4, my opponent had his own issues to deal with. First, Andrew Luck was held out of the Colts game, so he had to start Sam Bradford. Could have been worse; Bradford put up a season-high 31 points.
Next, Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots were on a bye week, so he had to insert Charles Clay at the TE position. Again, this move worked out for him as Clay caught nine passes for 111 yards.
However, with Andre Ellington still unavailable, Melvin Gordon and Matt Jones combined for just 49 rushing yards and 3.85 fantasy points.
He got a good game out of John Brown who totaled 88 yards, but Steve Smith was injured in the Ravens game and Anquan Boldin gained less than 20 yards for a second straight week.
Keeping the Streak Alive
In order for me to improve to 5-0 and win 20 straight games, I will have to beat Matt Ryan, Randall Cobb and Jimmy Graham without Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Marshall and Jordan Cameron. But as my luck continues, his Adrian Peterson is on a bye!
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