NFL Top Performers - Week 4

Week 4 is over and in the books. We've compiled and wrapped up the week with this week's NFL Top Performers column. See below for compiled stats and in-depth analysis...and check back each Tuesday as we'll continue to break down the stars all season long!

 
 

QUARTERBACKS

Daunte Culpepper had something to prove in his first game back, but he managed only 5 completions for 75 yards against his former team (Miami Dolphins). Don't be fooled by Culpepper's passing stats...2 of his 5 tosses were TDs and Culpepper also ran in 3 scores (HUGE for anyone who started him on their fantasy team this week). Tony Romo is looking like a future hall-of-famer with another 300+ / 4 TD game for Romo. Peyton Manning was 20 of 27 for nearly 200 yards and 4 TDs. Tom Brady kept up his incredible pace with a 25 for 32 / 3 TD performance on MNF against the Cincinnati Bengals. Brett Favre broke Dan Marino's NFL TD passing record and earned his 4th win of the 2007 season with another fine outing. Brian Griese's positive fantasy numbers looked better than he did in his debut for the Bears. Damon Huard led the Chiefs to a surprise victory over the San Diego Chargers. Matt Hasselbeck threw 2 TDs and nearly 300 yards for the Seahawks. Matt Schaub and Steve McNair each threw for 300+ yards and a score for their fantasy owners.

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks - Week 4

QB

Pass Comp

Pass Att

Pass Yards

TDs

Daunte Culpepper
5
12
75
2, 3(run)
Tony Romo
21
33
339
3, 1(run)
Peyton Manning
20
27
193
3, 1(run)
Tom Brady
25
32
231
3
Brett Favre
32
45
344
2
Brian Griese
34
52
286
2
Damon Huard
17
29
284
2
Matt Hasselbeck
23
31
281
2
Matt Schaub
28
40
317
1
Steve McNair
34
53
307
1

 

RUNNING BACKS

Week 4 yielded surprisingly low running back fantasy totals for some reason, but Miami's Ronnie Brown wasn't following the trend. Brown put together over 200 yards from scrimmage with a TD to lead the pack. LaDainian Tomlinson had his best week of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Chargers fell to 1-3 in a shocking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Joseph Addai had another very strong performance on Sunday, but paid the price with a bruised shoulder (Addai's injury severity has yet to be determined). Laurence Maroney sat out the MNF game against the Bengals, but Sammy Morris climbed in and looked like a superstar with 132 yards and a score. Justin Fargas seemingly came out of nowhere to bust 179 rushing yards on Sunday for the Raiders. Like L.T., Larry Johnson also had his best game in week 4 with a 148 yard game (but failed to find the endzone). Edgerrin James scored a TD in the Arizona victory over the Steelers. Correll Buckhalter substituted for Brian Westbrook and covered nicely...Buckhalter put up 138 all-purpose yards for the Eagles. Willis McGahee had nearly exact numbers to Buckhalter for the Ravens in their loss. Travis Henry, Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson, and Derrick Ward all looked good with big yardage on Sunday, but none found the goalline and only Ward came away with a win.

Top Fantasy Running Backs - Week 4

RB

Rush Att

Rush Yards

Rcptns

Rec Yards

Total Yards

TDs

Ronnie Brown
15
134
6
73
207
1
LaDainian Tomlinson
20
132
5
22
154
1
Joseph Addai
19
136
3
10
146
1
Sammy Morris
21
117
2
15
132
1
Justin Fargas
22
179
0
0
179
0
Larry Johnson
25
123
3
25
148
0
Edgerrin James
21
77
1
7
84
1
Correll Buckhalter
17
103
4
35
138
0
Willis McGahee
14
104
2
32
136
0
Travis Henry
26
131
0
0
131
0
Frank Gore
16
79
3
42
121
0
Adrian Peterson
12
112
1
6
118
0
Derrick Ward
19
80
3
26
106
0

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Patrick Crayton outshined Terrell Owens and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys with 184 receiving yards and 2 TDs from quarterback Tony Romo. Santonio Holmes caught 6 for 128 yards and 2 TDs. Rookie Dwayne Bowe's 8 catches for 164 yards and a score set a Chiefs rookie record for receiving yardage in the win over the Chargers in week 4. Randy Moss (can you believe this guy?) caught 9 for 102 and another 2 TDs (7 on the year after just 4 games)!...Moss is on a pace to shatter several NFL records if he continues. Michael Jenkins and Jerry Porter each had modest receiving yardage, but both managed 2 scores for their teams (too bad very few FFLers had them on their rosters). Andre Davis (also on few FFL rosters) had a great game with 117 yards with a score. T.J. Houshmandzadeh increased his total receptions to 39 (THIRTY-NINE) with an additional 10 grabs against the Pats on MNF. Braylon Edwards promised that 2007 would be a better year...and he was definitely correct as he showed again on Sunday he is one of the league's better WRs. Deion Branch caught 7 for 130 yards from Hasselbeck. Larry Fitzgerald, Jerricho Cotchery, and Ike Hilliard all had over 100 receiving yards, but each failed to score a TD.

Top Fantasy Wide Receivers - Week 4

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Patrick Crayton
7
184
2
Santonio Holmes
6
128
2
Dwayne Bowe
8
164
1
Randy Moss
9
102
2
Michael Jenkins
6
64
2
Jerry Porter
3
52
2
Andre Davis
5
117
1
T. J. Houshmandzadeh
10
100
1
Braylon Edwards
3
97
1
Deion Branch
7
130
0
Larry Fitzgerald
11
123
0
Jerricho Cotchery
8
106
0
Ike Hilliard
7
114
0

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

It's almost unfair to call Dallas Clark a tight end...he often lines up as a WR with the same speed and better hands (and in a TE body). Clark caught 6 for 76 yards and 2 TDs on Sunday from Peyton Manning. Jason Witten is having a career year in Dallas...Witten caught 6 for 71 yards and a score for the 'Boys. Tony Gonzalez had one less reception, but otherwise exact number to Witten in the Kansas City win. Justin Peelle, Desmond Clark, and Quinn Sypniewski (substituting for an injured Todd Heap) each had decent yardage and a score on Sunday. Kellen Winslow had 4 receptions for a whopping 96 yards (367 yards through 4 games) in the Browns win over the Ravens. Marcus Pollard and Michael Gaines each caught a TD pass. Antonio Gates, Owen Daniels, and Donald Lee each had solid receiving yardage, but all were kept out of the endzone.

Top Fantasy Tight Ends - Week 4

TE

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Dallas Clark
6
76
2
Jason Witten
6
71
1
Tony Gonzalez
5
71
1
Justin Peelle
3
45
1
Desmond Clark
7
44
1
Quinn Sypniewski
6
34
1
Kellen Winslow
4
96
0
Marcus Pollard
2
23
1
Michael Gaines
4
20
1
Antonio Gates
6
79
0
Owen Daniels
5
69
0
Donald Lee
4
66
0

 

 

News and Notes - Daunte Culpepper busted out in his first start for the Oakland Raiders and is an instant fantasy consideration...Brett Favre broke Dan Marino's all-time NFL record of 420 passing TDs in a strong performance to take the Green Bay Packers to a surprising 4-0 record...The San Diego Chargers are now 1-3 after letting coach Marty Shottenheimer go after a 14-2 season last year...After a virtually injury-free preseason, season ending injuries are starting to mount - Cadillac Williams joined Deuce McAllister as another of the league's starting RBs to go down with a season ending injury - McAllister's surgery went well, but no timetable for next season has been set...Indianapolis Colts Marvin Harrison and Joseph Addai suffered game ending injuries against the Broncos (the extent of their injuries and status for this weekend is not likely to be known until Wednesday)...Steven Jackson and Andre Johnson are ruled out for week 5...LaDainian Tomlinson and Larry Johnson finally got things going a bit in week 4...Shaun Alexander played with a smaller cast on his wrist and claimed this cracked bone does not affect his game...Brian Griese replaced Rex Grossman and did okay on Sunday, but didn't set the world on fire (coach Lovie Smith has not named a starter for week 5)...Alex Smith was injured early in the 49er game and was replaced with Trent Dilfer (who looked horrible) - keep track of Smith's status this week, but Smith has not looked good to date this season...Jake Delhomme is considering surgery on his elbow...Brian Westbrook, Anquan Boldin, and Laurence Maroney sat in week 4, but all are likely to play in week 5...The San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals have some of the best talent in the league, but each team has started 1-3 (coaching?)...Okay, New England, Indianapolis, and Dallas being 4-0 isn't that surprising, but Green Bay?!?

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