I was shocked when I saw Rashard Mendenhall on the waiver wire in more than a couple of my leagues this weekend, so I decided to look a little closer and I saw that he is only owned in roughly 45% of all leagues. Maybe it was the injury last season; maybe it is the fact that Willie Parker and Mewelde Moore are still in Pittsburgh; either way, I snatched him up and kept it as low key as I could. The simple truth about Parker is it looks like he is running with two flat tires these days and Mendenhall put up 191 yards of total offense and two scores, so you know the Steelers aren't going to bench him when Parker returns. Then there is the emergence of Steve Smith from the New York Giants as a WR1 in fantasy leagues. Has anyone from the NFL checked to see if any space aliens stole Steve Smith from the Panthers ability and gave it Steve Smith from the Giants, ala Space Jam?
Drew Brees:Two weeks in a row now Brees has failed to reach 200 yards passing or score a single touchdown after putting up 669 passing yards and 9 TDs in the first two games. There is no cause for alarm with Brees, but he pretty much secured losses for his owners two straight weeks now.
Tony Romo: I was high on Romo heading into the season, but now I am starting to realize that everyone has anointed him a superstar for no real reason. Remember, I told you to sit him. This week he threw for 255 yards and an INT, but wasn't able to score again this weekend. On the season, he has a 1:1 TD to INT ratio going (4 TDs and 4 INTs) and I am going to shop him in the leagues in which I own him.
Darren McFadden: Is it time to just go ahead and call JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden busts? I've seen enough from McFadden to know it is the Raiders that is killing him, but Russell I think is a bust. No matter what, McFadden was a bust this weekend with his six rushes for -3 yards and one reception for 5 yards. McFadden tore his Meniscus cartilage and will miss 2-4 weeks. Don't cut him, but don't play him for the next month either.
Adrian Peterson: I thought we would see more from Peterson in this game. He was able to get 25 carries on the night, but he managed just 55 yards and a cheap 1-yard TD run for his efforts. AP is still the league's best back, but he didn't fool the Packers in this one.
Marquis Colston:Whenever a QB has an off day, there is about a 99% chance his WRs will too have off days. Colston managed 33 yards and no scores, so a whopping 3 fantasy points is what he netted his owners this weekend.
Braylon Edwards: What a waste of a roster spot this guy has become the last few seasons. This weekend he failed to even log a catch, but he will blame that on the lack of any type of QB worth playing on most teams.
Jason Witten: Another case of QB troubles rears its ugly head for Witten owners. Witten caught four passes for 31 yards and no TDs. On the season, Witten is ranked #15 for fantasy TEs and I hate to say it, but I told you so.
New York Giants defense: The Giants held the Chiefs to 16 points and logged five sacks and one fumble recovery, but that was all they could muster. In the end, the Giants defense put up 8 fantasy points and that puts them just inside the top 15 for week 4.
Well, week 4 ended with me taking home 14 correct picks and just two wrong ones. Had Thomas Jones not gotten a TD and Devin Hester not injured himself, I would have been a perfect 16-16 on the weekend. Either way, 87.5% is far better than you will ever see from those other guys.