Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/30/13
 Quarterback Champs: Peyton Manning- 28/34, 327 yards, 4 TDs-29 fantasy pointsThis is getting a bit ridiculous because Peyton literally looks the best he’s ever looked. Every time you punt to that well-oiled machine, you might as well chalk up seven. Peyton’s got 16 TDs and 1470 yards (on pace for 5880 yards and 64 TDs) and  the Broncos are sporting a cool 45-point average ppg thus far. #Juggernaut. Philip Rivers- 35/42, 401, 3 TDs, INT- 26 fantasy pointsHey guys, guess who’s a top five quarterback? Nope. Try again. It’s Philip Rivers, back from the dead! Not sure what this dude is putting in his water, but he looks like the Rivers of old (who, in turn, has made Gates look five years younger). If you were fortunate enough to have him as your second quarterback, you have some serious trade value here. Alex Smith- 24/41, 288 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs; 7 Rush, 37 yards- 23.1 fantasy pointsAlex Smith is quietly “tip-toeing” to fantasy relevance. Here’s a little fun fact: Guess who has more fantasy points than Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Tony Romo, and Russell Wilson? Yup, our boy Smith does. Definitely looking like a solid QB2 thus far. Matt Ryan- 34/54, 421, 2 TDs, INT- 22.8 fantasy pointsHis completion percentage wasn’t anything to write home about, but from a fantasy perspective, WE DON’T CARE. Matty Ice did serious work in the second half, making Tony Gonzalez look like Jimmy Graham. Ryan remains one of the most consistent fantasy options at quarterback moving forward.  Quarterback Chumps:Blaine Gabbert 17/32, 179 yards 0 TDs, 3 INTs; 2 Rush, 10 yards- 2 fantasy pointsGabbert stinks, bro. Been saying it for years. Henne gives that team the best chance to win…heck, Tim Tebow gives that team a better chance to win! Continue to spot start most all defenses that play the Jags EVERY WEEK. EJ Manuel- 10/22, 167 yards, TD, 2 INTs - 4.7 fantasy pointsYeah, it’s not hard to win when the opposing quarterback throws five interceptions. Merry Christmas bro, the Ravens gift-wrapped that game for you. Andy Dalton- 23/42, 206, 0 TDs, INT; 4 Rush, 13 yards- 5.5  fantasy pointsOh man, it was a rough game for the red rocket! The Cinci D (secondary especially) was banged up, and the offense couldn’t get it going as well. When A.J. is held to 50 yards and no TDs, chances are the Bengals are going to lose.  Running Back Champs:Adrian Peterson- 23 Rush, 140 yards, 2 TDs- 26 fantasy points.“You sound like your from London!” It was AP, ALL DAY.  It’s nice to have some of the usual suspects here amongst the top of the running back champs list. Peterson had a sweet 60-yard TD run, which called for a sweet “golf clap” from the Brits at Wembley Stadium. Reggie Bush- 18 Rush, 139 yards, TD; 4 Rec, 34 yards- 23.3 fantasy pointsDude, Bush looks GOOOOOOOD. He was running rampant like the “USC Reggie” of old, and it finally feels like Bush is in a role where his skill set is maximized. If he stays healthy, he’s gotta be a top-10 lock at running back. Arian Foster- 27 Rush, 102 yards; 6 Rec, 69 yards, Rec TD- 23.1 fantasy pointsPhew, FINALLY! We were getting worried about you, chief. It makes me feel all warm and toasty inside when I see Foster get 33 touches, and I’m sure Arian owners are giddy with excitement as well. See everyone? (Fantasy) patience…it’s a virtue. Le’Veon Bell- 16 Rush, 57 yards, 2 TDs; 4 Rec, 27 yards- 20.4 fantasy pointsIt’s nice to see Pittsburgh letting him be the “Bell cow” (see what I did there?) right away, giving him 16 of the 20 carries out of the backfield. Most importantly, he got the goal-line work. Yes, the Steelers are 0-4, but Bell has serious RB2 consideration moving forward. Running Back Chumps:The Ravens Running Backs:Ray Rice- 5 Rush, 17 yards- 1.7 fantasy pointsBernard Pierce- 4 Rush, 7 yards- 0.7 fantasy pointsHopefully you left this situation alone. I’m sure some of you had no better options, but this was horrendous. The Ravens played from behind all game and couldn’t establish a run game. Outside of Torrey Smith, there was no Raven that was anywhere in the vicinity of fantasy relevant. Oh, and Flacco threw 5 INTs. Horrible. BenJarvus Green-Ellis- 6 Rush, 13 yards- 1.3 fantasy pointsThe Law Firm has seen his touches decrease from 23, to 10, to 8 the last three weeks. The Bengals offense was a mess, but nonetheless, please insert the red arrow trending downward on this guy. Stay far away from the Green-Ellis “practice.” Rashard Mendenhall- 12 Rush, 21 yards; 3 Rec, 13 yards, FUMBLE- 1.4 fantasy pointsI’ll give the Bucs D some credit, but Mendenhall is looking more and more unimpressive each week. The former ballet dancer had a serious case of “twinkle toes” and is gradually losing carries to a more effective Andre Ellington. Look into trading him to desperate RB-depleted rosters for some value, if possible. Maurice Jones-Drew- 13 Rush, 23 yards; 1 Rec, 5 yards- 2.8 fantasy pointsMojo has lost his Mojo and no longer looks to be a fantasy stud (in this offense). It’s not really his fault though.  He’s in a contract year, but is in the worst offense to help that cause. The Jags stink. Gabbert stinks. Everything stinks here. Wide Receiver Champs:Victor Cruz- 10 Rec, 164 yards, TD- 22.4 pointsHe’s the lone bright spot of the Giants offense. He’s the lone bright spot of the Giants, PERIOD! There seems to be quite a disconnect with Eli and Hakeem Nicks, and Cruz seems to be getting most of the looks down the field. Cruz is a solid player to acquire moving forward. Torrey Smith- 5 Rec, 166 yards, TD- 22.6 fantasy pointsTypical Torrey performance (when he actually puts up numbers). Not a whole lot of catches, but his YPC is silly. Torrey is your typical BOOM or BUST wide receiver. He’ll have you fist pumping to yourself one week when he catches a 70-yard bomb, and pulling your hair out when he gives you nothing. Not a bad time to shop him… Nate Washington- 4 Rec, 105 yards, 2 TDs- 22.5 fantasy pointsTwo straight games over 100 yards, reaching pay dirt three times during that span. It seems like every year Nate Washington is a waiver wire savior. Scoop him if he’s available, he’s the perfect remedy for the “bye week blues.” Alshon Jeffery- 5 Rec, 107 yards, TD; Rush, 27 yards, 2PC- 21.4 fantasy pointsJeffery was the primary beneficiary with Brandon Marshall blanketed in double coverage most of the game. Roster him in deeper leagues if he’s available. The dude is worthy of flex-consideration.  Wide Receiver Chumps:Steve Johnson- 1 Rec, -1 yards- NEGATIVE 0.1 fantasy points I’m sure Stevie J lost a few leagues for people this week. Apparently the leg issue was worse than we thought, because he didn’t do “diddly-squat.” Tavon Austin- 2 Rec, 6 yards- 0.6 fantasy pointsI don’t trust rookie receivers. Period. You shouldn’t either. Sidney Rice- 1 Rec, 11 yards- 1.1 fantasy pointsHopefully none of you started him this week unless you were desperate. He was worth stashing, not starting. You can probably punt him back to waivers. Avoid the headache. Vincent Jackson- 2 Rec, 27 yards- 2.7 fantasy pointsRookie quarterback + injury-hampered Vincent Jackson = EQUATION FOR BAD. This quarterback situation is going to hamper Jackson’s value moving forward most likely. I’m not usually a proponent of “hitting the panic button” before week five, but it might be time to ship him for something comparable. *** WR Chump Note: At risk of sounding repetitive, Roddy White’s 3-catch, 28 yard performance has been omitted, as well as Stephen Hill’s goose egg, due to leaving the game with what appeared to be a concussion on his only target.  Tight End Champs:Tony Gonzalez- 12 Rec, 149 yards, 2 TDs- 26.9 fantasy pointsMan, was I close to trading Gonzo this past week, and I’m SO glad I didn’t. Tony G put on an absolute clinic against the Patriots, with a whopping 12 receptions on 14 targets. Tony, don’t retire bro, you’re still a stud. Antonio Gates- 10 Rec, 136 yards, TD- 19.6 fantasy pointsWhen I read reports of Gates being in the “best physical shape in years,” I jumped on the bandwagon. I just like hearing that kind of stuff. It also doesn’t hurt when Rivers is going H.A.M. The flood Gates are open, and the Rivers are flowing!!!! (Sorry, too tempting). Jordan Cameron- 10 Rec, 91 yards, TD- 15.1 fantasy pointsOK. This guy is the real deal. I’m buying all stock in Cameron, and you should too. His 30 RECEPTIONS though the first four games are the MOST EVER by a Browns player during that span. Not now, chief, he's in the freakin' ZONE! Tight End Chumps: Brandon Myers- 0 catches, 0 yards - 0 fantasy pointsAnother Goose! This is getting to be a fun little game of musical goose chairs. Yes, I’m aware it should be “geese,” but just roll with it. Kyle Rudolph- 2 Rec, 6 yards- 0.6 fantasy pointsRudolph the “red zone reigndeer” is looking like a dud, and I feel like a genius for avoiding him at all costs in ALL of my leagues. He’s the biggest tight end headache in fantasy football and should be dropped in most leagues for more viable fantasy options.  Honorable Mention Champs:Greg Jennings- 3 Rec, 93, 2 TDs- 21.2 fantasy pointsHe was the beneficiary of a 70-yard bomb in the first half, as well as another later on. Fluke? Probably. Trade him? Probably. Frank Gore- 20 Rush, 153,TD, FUMBLE- 19.3 fantasy pointsGore has been solid the last two games, running like an absolute rampant rhinoceros that escaped from the zoo. He’s gaining yards in huge chunks, and is one of few offensive fantasy bright spots for San Fran. Feed ‘em! Kenbrell Thompkins- 6 Rec, 127 yards, TD- 18.7 fantasy pointsFor those who took a flier on this guy late in your drafts, you are being rewarded. Brady simply looks for him in the red zone. Temper expectations, however, Gronk and Amendola will be back in a few short weeks.  
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