Fantasy Studs and Duds - Week 4

Steve Smith led the Giants to a relatively easy 27-16 win over the Chiefs.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - He's the "other" Steve Smith, not the one from Carolina who was drafted in the second round of your fantasy draft. This Steve Smith had a RapidDraft ADP of 133.7, making him a 12th-round selection.

But today, Smith, the New York Giants wide receiver not the Carolina Panthers version, was one of the best players on any NFL football field.

Smith led the Giants to a relatively easy 27-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He had 11 catches for 133 yards and the first two touchdowns for the Giants as they roared out to a 27-3 lead and coasted to the 11-point victory.

For the season, Smith has caught 34 passes for 410 yards and three touchdowns. He has become the team's No.1 receiver and has ably filled the void left by Plaxico Burress' legal troubles.

Other receivers around the league who were worthy of mention include: Cleveland's Mohamed Massaquoi (8 for 148), Calvin Johnson (8 for 133), Kenny Britt (7 for 105), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (8 for 103) and Jaguars rookie Mike Sims-Walker (7 for 91, 2 TDs).

On the ground, Matt Forte finally showed up after disappointing fantasy owners for three weeks, running up 121 yards including a 37-yard touchdown scamper. In losing efforts, Jerome Harrison and Ray Rice also cracked the 100-yard mark.

Rock-solid Peyton Manning had another great day, but of course we expect that from him, every time out. Manning lifted his team to 4-0 with a 31-for-41, 353- yard, two touchdown effort against Seattle.

David Garrard, who we recommended for those with their starters on a bye week, rewarded owners who followed the advice with a 27-for-37 outing for 323 yards and three scores.

All the above performances took place in the one o'clock games. If you were looking to the late games to help you pull out a fantasy victory, you were likely disappointed as the defenses seemed to dominate the offenses in the four four o'clock games. At halftime, there were seven touchdowns scored, four by defenses and only three by offenses. The 49ers added two more defensive touchdowns in the second half of their game to emphasis the point that defenses dominated.

In the late games, there were no 300-yard passers, one 100-yard rusher and no 100-yard receivers. The one exception was Ronnie Brown of Miami who ran for 115 yards and two scores.

Let's hope the Sunday night and Monday night games net us some high quality fantasy performances.

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