There are fantasy football weeks where Spaz, the magnificent football predicting cat, and I agree to disagree and week #4 of the 2012 NFL season falls into that category.
We agree the difference will be a field goal, but each of us has selected a different kicker. Spaz says Blair Walsh of the Vikings will kick the game winner, while I am relying on the Lions’ Jason Hanson to secure a three-point win for Detroit.
The Vikings (2-1) got everyone’s attention by beating the San Francisco 49ers, 24-13, at home last Sunday. Vikings second-year quarterback Christian Ponder threw two touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Lions (1-2) lost an overtime thriller in Tennessee as the Titans beat them, 44-41. Detroit rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to tie the score in regulation. They lost the game by mismanaging a 4th down and inches situation in the red zone.
Let’s look at all of the predictions for week #4 and the results from week #3.
Prediction and Results
“The Lion who will roar” (Hometown Hero) in week #4: Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan needs to plug wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson into the offense early and often. Megatron was a difference maker in the Lions games against the Vikes last year.
A Week #3 Yippee – Quarterback Matthew Stafford did manage to score 20 fantasy points before he had to leave the game due to an injury.
“Above (not On) Par Lion” in week 4’s game: Wide receiver Nate Burleson caught 10 passes and scored a touchdown against the Titans. With Titus Young ailing, Burleson may become a more integral part of the Lions offense against Minnesota.
A Week #3 Minor Groan – Tight end Brandon Pettigrew caught eight passes for 62 yards but committed a constantly turnover that led to a Titans fumble recovery and touchdown.
“Bench that Lion” (Hometown Zero) this week: It is wide receiver Titus Young’s turn to sit down and recuperate. There are a number of Lions battling ailments going into Sunday’s game and Young is listed as “probable” as he deals with a knee issue.
A Week #3 Yippee – Tight end Tony Scheffler did miss the game due to an injury.
Week #4 Predictions: Deni (2-1) – Detroit 24, Minnesota 21. Spaz (1-2) – Minnesota 23, Detroit 20.
Week #3 Game Results: Spaz and I were both wrong as the Lions reverted to their losing ways on the road. The cat was closer to getting it right by predicting the margin of victory would be three points. Final Score – Tennessee 44, Detroit 41.
“I wish I had him this week” – Week #4 Predictions: For Detroit fantasy owners with stars from other teams, here are three players that should have a better than average game in week #4:
• Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington – As mentioned in my national fantasy football article, I expect “RG3” to have another big week in fantasy football. He is my “Play Him” selection of the week.
• Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay – The Packers QB puts the Seattle game behind him and tallies at least 24 fantasy points in week 4.
• Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta – The second-year wide receiver is turning into a gifted pass catcher. Against the Panthers, I see him scoring 21 fantasy points.
“I wish I had him this week” – Week #3 Results: Bingo
• Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans – Brees scored a solid 27 fantasy points in the Saints loss to the Chiefs.
• Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington – “RG3” scored 26 fantasy points in his home debut for the Redskins.
• Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta – The Falcons’ quarterback matched Brees with 27 points and is a major reason that Atlanta is 3-0.
“Expect a Downturn” – Week #4 Predictions: Here are three players whose performances will take a slide:
•Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia – Some of my fellow fantasy football examiners are predicting Michael Vick is going to play poorly against the Giants. If they are right, then Celek isn’t going to score many fantasy points and he is my national “Sit Him” player of the week.
• Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets – Keller is listed as questionable for the Jets’ game against the 49ers due to a hamstring injury. He may also fell hamstrung by the New York offense led by quarterback Mark Sanchez.
• Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago – Here’s an interesting fact: The Dallas Cowboys’ defense has allowed the fewest number of fantasy points against opposing wide receivers. Jeffery struggles in the Chicago-Dallas game.
“Expect a Downturn” – Week #3 Results: Groan
• Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay – Freeman was held to eight points, which is well below the average for a fantasy football quarterback.
• Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta – Turner churned out 15 fantasy points, which is a respectable number for a running back.
• Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland – Palmer, like Turner, played better than expected and accumulated 24 fantasy points. t
Which players do you think will surprise or disappoint us in week #4?
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