Week 4 Fantasy Surprises

Larry Johnson appears to be back to his old self.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The following is a short list of players who performed either better or worse than expected in Week 4.

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans - Apparently, it doesn't matter who is catching Brees' passes, he can hit anything on any portion of the field. Without Marques Colston or Jeremy Shockey, Brees still threw for 363 yards and three scores to nine different receivers.

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston - On the verge of losing his job to Sage Rosenfels, Schaub put up his best game of the season - 307 yards, three TDs and no interceptions. Schaub certainly earned more time behind center and Indianapolis and Miami up next should provide more good games.

Larry Johnson, RB, Kansas City - Johnson has now posted two consecutive great games and appears to be back to his old self. The Chiefs have two tough games in Carolina and Tennessee, but Johnson is a must play.

Deuce McAllister, RB, New Orleans - In his first real action of the season McAllister ran 20 times for 73 yards and one touchdown. He also caught one for 10 yards and made RB Pierre Thomas a non-factor.

Michael Turner, RB, Atlanta - It seems as if Turner will be up and down all season - pounding the bad teams (Detroit, Kansas City) and struggling against the better teams (Tampa Bay, Carolina). With at Green Bay, Chicago and Philadelphia up next, it looks like you should try to trade him while his value is high.

Marion Barber, RB, Dallas - The team tried to make WR Terrell Owens happy, giving him almost 20 touches, at the detriment to Barber and the running game. What happened? The Cowboys scored the fewest points in any game this season. Expect a return to the power running game which will make Barber owners very happy.

Muhsin Muhammad, WR, Carolina - QB Jake Delhomme hit WR Steve Smith for a huge 56-yard touchdown pass and then spent the rest of the game throwing in Muhammad's direction. Muhammad ended up with 147 yards on eight catches and looks like a good play for future games as Smith is still the more dangerous receiver and will continue to draw the double coverage.

Steve Breaston, WR, Arizona - The Cardinals had three receivers break the 100-yard mark on Sunday and the most unlikely of the three was Breaston (9-122). He could be a good choice in the future depending on Anquan Boldin's injury. Even if Boldin comes back, as the third receiver on the pass-happy Cardinals, he should be a solid play.

Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans - While Robert Meachem is the Saints' deep threat, it was Lance Moore who starred with seven catches for 101 yards and two TDs. He should continue to lead the receiving corps until Colston returns.

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