Top Fantasy Football Performers: Week 4

Veterans remain sexy this week while one Dolphin continues to surprise.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau


Tom Brady, New England Patriots: 22-36 340 yards 3 TDs. 1 rush, 4 yards 1 TD (37 Points)

Things did not look promising for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the first half of their game against the Bills on Sunday. Buffalo was up 14-7 at the break, then came the second half and Brady and that high powered Pats offense reeled off 45 points to win comfortably. With this 300+ yard game, that makes three straight for Brady with 7 touchdowns to just 1 interception. Though the team as a whole doesn't look as good as in the past, Brady continues to remain a top 3 quarterback in the league.

Running Back

Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons: 13 rushes, 103 yards 3 rec. 68 yds 1 TD (22 points)

Michael Turner continues to be the running back most fantasy football 'experts' want to dismiss but can't because he continues to produce week in and week out. With the Falcons sitting at 4-0 and their offense clicking, Turner has been able to produce more with less touches, thus preserving himself for later in the season. He even gave fantasy owners an additional bonus with his first receiving touchdown ever as a pro. Continue to expect solid numbers from this undervalued back.

Wide Receiver

Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins: 12 rec 253 yds 1 TD (31 points)

Wide receivers can be tricky. It's hard to tell while drafting them who will be hot during the season. Granted, Hartline owners probably didn't expect the type of numbers he produced today, but with each week, his rapport with rookie QB Ryan Tannehill grows. After a week like this, expect a lot of balls to be thrown his way.

Tight End

Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills: 4 rec. 62 yds 2 TDs (18 points)

The Buffalo Bills offense is quietly becoming one of the more productive ones in the league. While their wideouts may go under the radar, handler is steadily becoming a force in the red zone. If you don't have a top three tight end, you could do a lot worse than picking up Chandler and spot starting him in favorable matchups.


Mat Prater, Denver Broncos: 3 for 3 4 xp (13 points)

With Peyton Manning under center, the Broncos offense is looking more and more potent each week. This translates to increased scoring options for Prater who has the look of a top, consistent kicker. Expect more quality outings from Prater in the future as Manning continues to get more acclimated to Denver's offense and personnel.

Rookie Watch

Greg Zurlein, kicker, St. Louis Rams: 4 for 4, 1 xp (13 points)

Being a rookie and a kicker doesn't give you much respect in the NFL. However, going 12 for 12 including a 58 yard field goal followed by a 60 yarder sure does. Zurlein, though it is early, has easily made the jump form Division II to the NFL and all the pressure that comes along for the ride. Use him with confidence because he obviously has the skills and leg to get the job done.

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