The Carolina Panthers said on Sept. 29 that running back Jonathan Stewart would play in Week 4 of the NFL season, which gives fantasy football owners one more option when setting their lineups this week. Here is a look at the Falcons vs. Panthers game and its fantasy options.
Matt Ryan – Matt Ryan has stated out the 2012 season on fire. He has 793 passing yards and eight touchdowns with only one interception. He has also ran for a touchdown. He is easily a top tier starting fantasy football quarterback in Week 4.
Michael Turner – The Falcons are throwing the ball a lot this season, so Michael Turner is not as valuable as he used to be. However, he has a touchdown in each of the last two games and added another through the air. He is not a No. 1 running back anymore, but is a quality second starter.
Roddy White/Julio Jones – Roddy White has 19 receptions for 244 yards and one touchdown while Julio Jones has 15 for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Each man gives great fantasy value in different areas and both are No. 1 receivers in almost any fantasy football league.
Tony Gonzalez – Much like the Falcons’ receivers, Tony Gonzalez is also the recipient of the increased passing game. He has 21 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown in every game to be one of the best tight ends in fantasy football right now.
Cam Newton – Cam Newton is a good starting quarterback, but in Week 4 he faces a quality defense in Atlanta. His feet make him worth a start though. He has 798 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions on the season but has also ran for 81 yards with two scores on the ground. He is a low-end starter, but is worth the gamble.
DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart – Jonathan Stewart will make his way back on the field in Week 4. He only played limited time in Week 2 this season, with 51 rushing yards in that game as well as a receiving touchdown. The Panthers needed him back because DeAngelo Williams has been less than inspiring with only 118 yards in three games, although he has one touchdown as well. Stewart is a good low-end starter or flex player and Williams should probably be sat this week.
Steve Smith/Brandon LaFell – Steve Smith has not reached the end zone yet, but he is averaging 99 yards a game on 14 receptions. Atlanta has a good defense, but Smith is worth starting as a second or third receiving option. Brandon LaFell should remain on the bench in all fantasy leagues.
Greg Olsen – Last week, Greg Olsen was an obvious “sit” decision and ended up with his best game, catching seven balls for 98 yards. Atlanta is tough against opposing tight ends, so he shouldn’t repeat those numbers.
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