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Monday Morning Fantasy Quarterback: Week 4 Edition

Happy Monday fantasy football fans. Every Monday this will be the place to be for the most comprehensive wrap-up of the week’s most enticing fantasy football headlines. We’ll also fill you in with the things we know we saw. Enjoy.

Headlines

The Falcons are fantasy juggernauts

Matt Ryan and the rest of the Falcons’ offense proved once again, that they are for real. Ryan — the No. 1 fantasy quarterback through four weeks — threw for 503 yards and 4 touchdowns (!) against the defending NFC champions. A whopping 300 of those yards and a touchdown went to Julio Jones — who put up 48 PPR points. Matty Ice  peppered Jones with 15 targets, and the wideout secured 12 of them. Not only did the Falcons look unstoppable through the air, but Devonta Freeman found the endzone again. They’ll be tested the next two weeks — with back-to-back games at Denver and at Seattle — but as of right now, this offense should produce on a high level, on a weekly basis.

Welcome back Le’Veon (and the Steelers’ offense)

With Le’Veon Bell only playing six games in 2015, it was easy to forget how dynamic he really is. Bell made his mark as a clear RB1 in his first action of the season, rushing for 144 yards on 18 carries and catching 5 of his 6 targets for 34 yards. Bell put up 22.80 PPR points on the day, and made his fantasy owners very happy about their decision to draft him — even with the three-game suspension. Stay healthy, Le’Veon.

Bell’s presence opened up the rest of the Pittsburgh offense, and no one benefited more than the second highest scoring quarterback of the week, Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben put up 5 touchdowns and 300 yards passing, including two touchdown tosses to Antonio Brown. This unit is the most explosive offense in the league, and with Le’Veon back in the fold, expect the passing game to roll.

Buy-low on Brady’s weapons

After Jimmy Garoppolo sat out a second game (hmm…) with a sprained AC joint, Jacoby Brissett led the Patriots’ offense to zero points at home, for the first time in the history of Gillette Stadium. Martellus Bennett had 5 receptions for 105 yards, but the rest of the offense was quiet.

With Tom Brady back in the stadium for the first time since the preseason, now is the time to buy-low on Julian Edelman (1-16-0 vs. Buffalo), Rob Gronkowski (1-11-0 in two games) and James White, and add Dion Lewis.

Patriots and fantasy football fans will no longer be subjected to watch the high school-style offense that the Patriots have ran with Brissett, and they’ll be back to throwing the rock around the yard and putting up a shitload of fantasy points for Brady, Edelman and Gronkowski owners.

* If you own LeGarrette Blount and want to take advantage of the sucker in your league, try to sell him to said sucker.

Things I know I saw

Do you know who leads all running backs in PPR points? None other than DeMarco Murray. He added to his remarkable season by adding 2 touchdowns on the ground and a position-leading 25.90 PPR points against Houston. If he stays healthy (big if), Murray will make it extremely tough for Derrick Henry to make a fantasy impact this season. Also, Murray is on pace for 76 receptions.

Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon continue to make their mark as high-end RB1s. After an underwhelming first two weeks, Elliott leads the league with 412 rushing yards — 138 of those yards coming yesterday against the 49ers. The San Diego Chargers’ running back only rushed for 36 yards against the Saints, but found the end zone twice and caught 6 balls. Expect these two to continue to rack up fantasy points for the rest of the season.

The Cardinals stink. They have lost to the Brady-less Patriots, the Buffalo Bills and the LA Rams. Carson Palmer left the Rams game with a concussion, after putting up only 12 fantasy points. And to make matters worse, it looks like Drew Stanton will be starting for the Cards against the 49ers on Thursday night. Good luck, if you own Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd or John Brown.

It was nice to see Blake Bortles wake up in London on Sunday morning. He was nearing droppable territory, but he made up for it by throwing two and running in one touchdown against the Colts. The Jags have a Week 5 bye week, but then they get favorable match-ups against the Bears, Raiders and the Titans. Hopefully he can continue the momentum through the bye week.

The word all week was how favorable the perimeter match-ups with the Titans would be for DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Fuller took advantage of his, putting up 27.10 PPR points on a 7-81-1 statline — with a return TD –,  while Hopkins (1-4-0) did not. Hopkins looks a little busty, recording only 17 receptions and 2 touchdowns on the season.

Was there anything more strange than the Duke Johnson fumble recovery call yesterday? It’s honestly one of the great mysteries of all-time, next to the Bermuda Triangle and the JonBenet Ramsey case.

Tom Brady was too busy droppin’ dimes to high school kids to watch his team get shutout by Rex Ryan yesterday.

#ThoughtsAndPrayers to our man, Eric “Big Dick” Decker, who looks like he could miss the season with a torn rotator cuff. Sad stuff indeed.

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