"Hash Marks" Harris: Week 4 Fantasy Report

Don't think that being 3-0 in your fantasy football league means you are going to cruise to a title. There is still plenty of football left to be played. Here's a recap of last week's big performances and my Week 4 likes.

Best of Week 3


Andrew Luck (QB, Indianapolis) – **He was my number-one ranked QB last week and he didn't disappoint. Luck threw for 370 yards and four touchdowns. Playing the Jaguars was just what the doctor ordered for Luck.

Julio Jones (WR, Atlanta) –The Falcons crushed the Buccaneers last Thursday night, period. Jones helped in the big win by hauling in a season-high nine receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns.

Atlanta Falcons Defense –After giving up 58 points in its first two games, the Falcons defense responded with a dominating performance. Atlanta forced five turnovers and scored twice on defense while giving up just 14 points.

Rashad Jennings (RB, N.Y. Giants) –The Giants needed to win and Jennings made that happen. He carried the ball 34 times for 176 yards with one score. Jennings 176 yards were nearly double what he recorded in the first two weeks.

Kirk Cousins (QB, Washington) –With RGIII out, Cousins had to step up. He threw for 427 yards with three scores. Despite the loss, he left no doubt that he can lead his team in the absence of RGIII.

Week 4 Likes:


Philip Rivers (vs. Jacksonville) –Two things here, Rivers has looked really good. He's thrown six touchdowns to just one interception. And, he's playing Jacksonville. The Jaguars have given up nearly 1,000 passing yards to opposing teams in the first three games.

Drew Brees (at Dallas) –Brees hasn't been the typical Brees so far this season. But you can see he's starting to get a better rapport with his group. The Cowboys' pass defense has struggled since the start of 2013 and will struggle against Brees.

Tom Brady (at Kansas City) –There's no question that the Patriots are struggling on offense. But on Monday Night Football, Brady shines. This is the game where Brady finally gets the offense going and in doing so he has a big game. 

Running Backs


DeMarco Murray (vs. New Orleans) – Murray has **three straight 100-yard rushing games to start the year. He's averaging 20 carries as well per game, so the Cowboys are going to give him chances to make plays. The Saints are also giving up more than 15 points per game to opposing running backs this season.

Le'Veon Bell (vs. Tampa Bay) –The second-year pro is starting to get the attention he deserves as one of the best all-around backs in the league, and he has recorded 100 scrimmage yards in four straight games. He also has two 100-yard games in three outings this season.

C.J. Spiller (at Houston) –The Texans' defense is giving up 5.2 yards per carry. Though Spiller splits time with Fred Jackson, he is still the main back and should get plenty of chances to make plays for his team. In his last game at Houston he had 100 scrimmage yards.

Wide Receivers

Antonio Brown (vs. Tampa Bay) –I've liked him every week and he has yet to disappoint. Make it 19 straight games now with at least five catches and 50 receiving yards, which ties the NFL record. He is going to break that record this Sunday.

Calvin Johnson (at N.Y. Jets) –He hasn't scored a touchdown in two weeks. But he's fourth in the league in receiving yards. And he's facing the Jets' secondary that gives up plenty of points to opposing wide receivers. 

Julio Jones (at Minnesota) –Three straight games with 7 receptions and 85 yards to start the 2014 season shows how consistent he is. And he has totaled nearly 1,000 receiving yards in his past eight regular-season contests.

Tight Ends


The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jimmy Graham (at Dallas) – **The Cowboys are giving up the most points to opposing tight ends. I expect Brees to have a big game and I expect Graham to do the same in this high scoring affair. 

Greg Olsen (at Baltimore) –The Panthers' rushing attack is plagued by injuries. Look for Newton to throw the ball a lot this week. Olsen hasn't recorded less than five receptions or 60 yards so far this season.

Niles Paul (vs. N.Y. Giants) –Paul is second to Graham in receiving yards by a tight end and he has recorded at least 68 receiving yards in each of the first three games. In this old-school NFC East matchup, Paul could be the x-factor for Washington.

Defense/Special Teams

Detroit Lions (at N.Y. Jets) –I don't think it's a fluke that the Lions' defense has held Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers in check. Whether it's Geno Smith or Michael Vick starting for the Jets, the Lions' defense will once again put together a strong performance.

New England Patriots (at Kansas City) –In its last two games, the Patriots have allowed just 16 points while producing five turnovers. Kansas City has struggled on offense this season.

Buffalo Bills (at Houston) –They failed me last week but this week the Bills face their former QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. That defense knows Fitzpatrick better than anyone, and I expect them to get after Houston.


Shaun Suisham (vs. Tampa Bay) –He's a perfect 8-for-8 on the season and has made 23 straight field goals, a Steelers' record.

Cody Parkey (at San Francisco) –His 35 points lead the league. With the Eagles' high scoring offense, he's a safe bet to get you points every week.

Justin Tucker (vs. Carolina) –Tucker is 8-of-9 on the season and it always seems that he is in position to make a game-winning kick.

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