The Lion King 3D was released recently and has already earned nearly $80 million. Although the popular animated movie was very successful during its debut in 1994, the return to glory in 2011 was a rather surprising success. During the same time the Lion King roared once again to the top of the box office, the Detroit Lions have also been a surprising success as they are currently tied with the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers atop the NFC North at 4-0. After another miraculous comeback victory in Week 4, the Lions are not just another Cinderella story, but rather making a bid to be king.
Week 4 showed off the skills of several proven fantasy studs as well as a few names to keep an eye on. Aaron Rodgers tallied six total touchdowns along with a career high 408 passing yards as he carved up the Denver Broncos and continues to prove he may be worthy of a first pick rather than just a first round pick. Finally healthy, Arian Foster and Hakeem Nicks returned to their full-time roles and each provided generous fantasy production. Cam Newton rebounded from a sub-par Week 3 with 374 passing yards, 35 rushing yards, and a touchdown. Matt Forte rumbled through Carolina’s defense for 205 rushing yards and a touchdown. Despite a hand contusion, Michael Vick earned career highs in passing yards and completions in a losing effort against the San Francisco 49ers with 416 passing yards, 75 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Other monster performances from Beanie Wells, Tarvaris Jackson, Wes Welker, Pierre Garcon, Frank Gore, Jimmy Graham, LeGarrette Blount, Steve Smith, DaSean Jackson and Calvin Johnson were on display and may have been difference makers for their fantasy owners.
With a few teams on bye and several key matchups to look forward to, take a dive with me as we discuss which players may be in line for a huge week 5.
QB Mark Sanchez
How can I recommend the “Sanchize” after the Ravens’ wreaked havoc on the Jet’s QB resulting in three lost fumbles and an interception? Although New York will likely lose to New England this Sunday, Sanchez will still be a strong start against a terrible New England secondary. The Pats’ pass defense ranks dead last in the league and Jason Campbell’s 344 yard pass performance was the least they have allowed this season. Sanchez is a great start in Week 5, especially if your other QB is on bye or an injury risk.
Week 5 projection: 250 passing yards and two touchdowns
RB Willis McGahee
If you drafted Knowshon Moreno and failed to handcuff Willis McGahee, then you may be angered by my suggestion. After two 100-plus yard rushing efforts already this season, McGahee has officially received endorsement from Coach John Fox as Denver’s primary back. Although his matchup against the San Diego Chargers is relatively neutral, McGahee now has a shot to prove himself with the bulk of carries. Owners of McGahee likely drafted the veteran back in late rounds and should be prepared to start him this Sunday.
Week 5 projection: 100 rushing yards and one touchdown
WR Julio Jones
Many rookies received their share of hype this season, but only a few have met or exceeded expectations. First, Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton threw for 400-plus yards in his first two starts. Now, Atlanta Falcon’s wide receiver Julio Jones is making a statement with his second straight receiving effort of over 100 yards. While Jones’ 17 targets last game may not be winning the hearts of Roddy White owners, it does clearly demonstrate his connection and growing chemistry with Matt Ryan. Jones and White owners should be licking their chops as the Falcons battle the Green Bay Packers who have allowed the third most fantasy points to wide receivers. Start Jones with confidence in Week 5.
Week 5 projection: 100 receiving yards and one touchdown
TE Brandon Pettigrew
With Dallas Clark’s value downgraded and Antonio Gates injured, many fantasy owners have been forced to shop the waiver wire or find a willing trade partner. With Matthew Stafford posting consistently solid numbers, there is no reason why Pettigrew should not be started each week. Obviously, Calvin Johnson will remain the main target, but Pettigrew seems to receive nearly as many looks as Nate Burleson and Titus Young. In a Monday Night Football divisional matchup against the Chicago Bears, look for Pettigrew to shine. Chicago has surrendered the most points to tight ends this year including four touchdowns over the last two games.
Week 5 projection: 75 receiving yards and one touchdown
Cincinnati Bengals DEF
In Jacksonville’s last three games, they have scored 3, 10, and 10. In fact, they average 9.8 points per game, which ranks dead last. They will be battling the Cincinnati Bengals who have allowed the lowest average yards per game in the league. On paper, Cincinnati is going to be a strong defensive play here. I believe predicting the winner of this game is a toss-up, I would recommend Cincinnati’s defense this week.
Week 5 Projection: 11 points
Week 4 Results
“I’m glad I don’t forecast the weather too….”
QB Eli Manning
Week 4 Projection: 225 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Week 4 Results:321 passing yards and 2 touchdowns (SUCCESS)
RB Darren Sproles
Week 4 Projection: 100 total yards and 1 touchdown
Week 4 Results: 131 total yards (SUCCESS)
WR Nate Washington
Week 4 Projection: 100 receiving yards and 1 touchdown
Week 4 Results: 62 receiving yards (FAIL)
TE Randy McMichael
Week 4 Projection: 50 receiving yards and 1 touchdown
Week 4 Results: 25 receiving yards (FAIL)
Minnesota Vikings Defense
Week 4 Projection- 11 points
Week 4 Results: 3 points (FAIL)
Good luck in Week 5!