I wasn't all that stunned when I saw Cedric Benson leading our Week 4 projections because, let's face it, it's boring to simply pick Drew Brees and Adrian Peterson every week. It's also not realistic. Brees and Peterson might end up the kings at their positions this season -- I expect they will each do so rather easily -- but on a week-to-week basis, fantasy owners should realize big performances come from others as well. Some are surprises. Obviously we don't think it will be much of a surprise when Benson runs all over the lowly Cleveland Browns. I guess we'd be surprised if he doesn't.
But how far are you willing to go in a fantasy league with things that look obvious on paper? Benson isn't the only guy whom you might have done a double take with in the projections. We all understand why Jay Cutler is the top-projected quarterback, and top five in the rankings, but the fellow he was traded for this offseason (Kyle Orton) is expected to have a big game as well. Trent Edwards over Brees? Mario Manningham over Randy Moss? Julius Jones over Brandon Jacobs?
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