NFL Fantasy Football 2012: Week 4 In Review.

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Fantasy Football: Week 4.

The fourth week of the NFL season ended in a way that I'd prefer it didn't. If you tuned into ESPN's "Monday Night Football", you saw my favorite team(Dallas Cowboys) get totally beaten down on national television by the Chicago Bears. It was an embarrassing performance by "America's Team". No way I could defend that performance by them. You may be asking yourself; "How does the Bears vs. Cowboys game coincide with this article"? Well, it just so happens that I had several fantasy players participating in the Monday night game. Although the Cowboys lost the game, I finally got a break in all three of my fantasy leagues during week 4. Here is my week 4 review of the various fantasy football leagues I'm participating in for 2012.

Tom Brady's performance against the Buffalo Bills helped me get my first win of the year in this league.

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ESPN: The Screwshop 2012 Week 4 Review.

If you've been following my previous reviews, you're probably aware that I came into week 4 with an 0-3 record. Out of those three losses, two of them were very close games, that I could have easily pulled out. Unfortunately, the chips didn't fall in my favor at that particular time. That all changed in week 4, as I managed to get my first win of the year by the score of 101-54. The person I was playing against had a 3-0 record entering the week. He had a solid group of players that seemed to have a bad week from a statistical perspective. His two highest scorers were Matthew Stafford with 19 points, and Dez Bryant with 12. On the other side of the coin, I got huge production from New England Patriot quarterback, Tom Brady. Brady put up 37 fantasy points for me, and helped me build up a huge lead that my opponent couldn't make up. Other top producers for me this week were: Willis McGahee with 19 fantasy points, Cedric Benson with 10, and Miles Austin with 11. The biggest mistake I made in this league during week 4 was sitting the Chicago Bears defense. See, I had a feeling that Dallas would perform well against the Bears on "Monday Night Football", so I picked up the New York Giants defense. Since we know that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw five interceptions(2 for touchdowns), that means the Bears defense put up a lot of points; 25 to be exact. If my fantasy match up would have been closer, my mistake could have cost me. However, things worked out in my favor, and I'm glad to receive my first win in this league. Hopefully this trend will continue.

With 35 fantasy points, Aaron Rodgers helped me get my second win of the season on nfl.com.

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NFL.com: The Turf 13 Week 4 Review.

I got my first win of the season last week in "The Turf 13" league. The momentum continued, as I was able to pull out a 136.00-101.00 victory over the guy I was facing. I ran into some running back issues, and was very weak at that position on this week. I went with Houston Texans back-up running back Ben Tate, and Tampa Bay back Doug Martin. Neither performed well from a fantasy perspective. Since New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was coming back from an injury, I sat him. Bradshaw actually managed to score more fantasy points than Tate and Martin combined. I got huge numbers from both receivers I started this week. Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe scored 19.50 fantasy points, and Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson put up 19.00. My starting quarterback, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, finally justified his first round draft pick putting up 35.00 fantasy points. Other highlights for me on this week included Saints tight end Jimmy Graham earning 10.50 fantasy points, and the Chicago Bears defense putting up 29.00. Now why did I start the Bears defense in this league and not the other? Well this league is a twelve team league unlike "The Screwshop 2012". There wasn't any really good options in free agency to pick up, so I had to roll with the Bears. Going with them in this league paid off greatly, and I wish I would have used them in the other. However, hindsight is 20/20 right?

Chris Johnson had his best game of this still young fantasy season against the Texans. However, like many other fantasy football players, I had him benched.

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Yahoo: Da League Week 4 Review.

Just like in "The Screwshop 2012", I came into this league win less up until week 4. This is an eight team league, and I was in dead last place. However, I was able to get my first win of the season with a 112-105 victory over my opponent. Defenses and special teams have probably won quite a few weeks for fantasy football players so far this year, and that was the case for me in this league. I picked up the San Diego Chargers defense earlier in the week. The Chargers put up 35 fantasy points for me in this league. Other top contributors were Robert Griffin III with 23 fantasy points, and Patriots running back Stevan Ridley with 25 points. All of my other starters production was average, but I was still able to win barely. It's a good thing that I sat Tony Romo in this league. Romo was absolutely abysmal fantasy wise. I hate to say that as a Cowboys, but it's the truth. Many of you fantasy football players know that Titans running back Chris Johnson has struggled so far this year. Johnson had a decent game against the Houston Texas, putting up 19 fantasy points. Unfortunately for me, I sat Johnson this particular week. Myself, along with many other Chris Johnson owners are hoping that the tides are turning soon for him. At any rate, I'm happy to end week 4 with my first victory in this league.

Conclusion.

Since I won in all three of the leagues I'm playing in, it was a clean sweep for me in week 4. The standings for me now are:

  • ESPN: The Screwshop 2012: 1-3 (8th place)
  • NFL.com: The Turf 13: 2-2 (5th place).
  • Yahoo: Da League: 1-3 (7th place).

Hopefully things can continue to look up, and I can continue to have some good luck as well. Week five of the NFL season starts tonight with the Arizona Cardinals facing the St. Louis Rams. Hopefully, if you have any players from either team on your fantasy team, you've set your lineup accordingly. Well that's it for this review of my 2012 fantasy football leagues. We still have a ways to go, so sit back and enjoy the season. Good luck to all fantasy players in week 5.

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