When Matt Ryan went into his drop last week, déjà vu overtook me.
When he hit Roddy White time after time on downfield shots, I was jogging my memory.
When he found Julio Jones for a long first down, I was encountering vague recollections.
When he walked off the field after leading Atlanta past the Carolina Panthers, giving the Falcons a 4-0 start to the season, the image was clear.
The Falcons are emulating the 2011 Packers. And that can only mean good things for the fantasy owners of Ryan, White and Jones.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 12 touchdowns and more than 1,300 yards with two interceptions through the first four games last season. Ryan has 11 TDs, nearly 1,200 yards and two interceptions this season.
Rodgers' go-to guys early last season, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, combined for 658 receiving yards and six touchdowns through the first four games. White and Jones have combined for 632 yards and six TDs.
Rodgers finished last season as MVP, Jennings racked up nine TDs and nearly 1,000 yards despite playing just 13 games, and Nelson recorded more than 1,200 yards and 15 TDs.
But can the Atlanta trio keep pace? I say yes.
The Falcons have only three of their remaining 12 games against passing defenses in the top half of the league (at Dallas, Philadelphia, at Detroit), laying the groundwork for what has already proven to be an explosive season.
Ryan and his targets are sure to put up thrilling numbers this week — they head to Washington to face the league's second-worst pass defense. If Josh Freeman can throw for 300 yards against the Redskins, Ryan should eclipse the mark with ease. And his beneficiaries will continue to reap the rewards.
SMART TO START
Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings: The Titans defense hasn't been able to stop anybody, and Ponder has shown glimpses of greatness this season. With plenty of weapons around him, Ponder will put up big-time numbers.
>> Also: Philip Rivers, Chargers; Joe Flacco, Ravens
Michael Turner, RB, Falcons: Turner had a stellar performance against the Panthers last week, and if he continues to be a threat catching the ball, he'll be a valuable back the rest of the season.
>> Also: Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants; BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals
Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens: Smith has emerged as one of the most surprising receivers this season. He should continue his run against the Chiefs.
>> Also: Andrew Hawkins, Bengals; James Jones, Packers
FIT TO SIT
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills: It's been a strange season for the Buffalo QB. He leads the league through Week 4 in TD passes (12) but also interceptions (11). A matchup with the 49ers should mostly affect the latter.
>> Also: Matt Cassel, Chiefs; Russell Wilson, Seahawks
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: With Spiller and Fred Jackson each looking healthy for Sunday, the number of carries could be in question. He's a desperate start, especially against San Francisco.
>> Also: Chris Johnson, Titans; Jackie Battle, Chargers
Steve Smith, Panthers: He may be the best receiver on his team, but he still hasn't recorded over four catches in a game since Week 1.
>>Also: Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs; Santana Moss, Redskins