Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 4: Notes, Observations, and Analysis
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 4 Review
October 2, 2013
What We Learned From Week 4
A quarter of the season is over, and fantasy owners are trying to determine how to make the most of the next three quarters. In order to make positive steps forward, it's important to understand the previous steps. Here are a few thoughts on the the first quarter of the NFL season.
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How big is Denver's Rocky Mountain Shadow? Big enough to cover the South.
The main story of the year so far has been the dominance of the Broncos' offense. However, there seems to be a very worthy adversary to this superhuman scoring machine in their own division. The Kansas City Chiefs' defense has taken the league by storm and has gone from being undrafted to a must-start fantasy option. It's looking very likely that week 11 will be highlighted by a battle of two undefeated teams when the Broncos and Chiefs meet for the first time this season.
Through the first 3 games of the season, it appeared a clash of titans would emerge in the form of a Denver vs Seattle Super Bowl. But that is because the Broncos' supercharged offense has made the Football World overlook the supercharged Saints' offense in New Orleans. The question for the first quarter of the season has been: who can stop Denver's offense? And the only logical answer appeared to be Seattle. And while the Chiefs are nudging their way into that conversation, perhaps the issue is not about stopping Denver, but outscoring Denver. There is a 4-0 team in the Deep South sitting around the bayou just waiting for the opportunity to prove they are the most powerful offensive force in the NFL.
Crazy Coaching Moves are Driving Fantasy Owners Mad!
Why is Gabbert still the starting QB in Jacksonville? Gabbert has single handedly destroyed the fantasy value of all the Jaguars players. And why Gabbert is still getting support from his coaches is beyond the realm of reason. It does not take a finely-tuned scout's eye to see that Gabbert should be benched. Henne is not the best quarterback in the league by far, but he is capable vet that could restore some level of dignity to Jacksonville's season. Fantasy Owners who invested in MJD, Cecil Shorts, and Justin blackmon are hoping the Jaguars' coaching staff finally take off the rose colored glasses they wear when watching film to analyze Gabbert's performances
Why have the Dolphins not let Lamar Miller off the leash? After the preseason, Miller looked a little shaky and nervous, and it can be argued that Daniel Thomas helped the team while on the field. But the season is now a quarter over, and the Miami coaches are still saying that Miller has not done enough to separate himself as the top running back in South Beach. Again, you don't have to be a scout to see how much better Miller was than Thomas Monday night in New Orleans. And you don't need to be an offensive coordinator to look at the stat sheets that show a drastic difference in yards per carry (Miller - 4.5 ypc, Thomas - 2.8 ypc).
Why did the Ravens only run nine times last week against Buffalo? The Bills had given up an average of 146 rushing yards per game over their first three contests. Then the Ravens came to town, and decided they wanted to let Flacco air-it-out to the tune of 5 interceptions, and only run the ball 9 times for a total of 24 yards. It is very hard to find any sense of logic in the Ravens offensive attack plan against the Bills.
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