Our Week 4 sleepers features players that are currently being started in less than 50% of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 4 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
I rolled with Cousins last weekend, and I hope you did too. Tons of people are going to add him as their bye week QB, and that’s a recommended play. I like him this Thursday against another poor defense (NYG) and would easily start him over more popular but scuffling options like Jake Locker, Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and Cam Newton.
After Matt Cassel went out with a foot injury, Bridgewater was surprisingly steady in relief. He threw for 150 yards and scrambled for another 27 in his first NFL action. It’s clear that Bridgewater is a much more dynamic option that Cassel, and I think he opens this whole offense up for fantasy goodness (well, more of it, anyway). With some legit QBs on bye, I like Bridgewater to do work against a pretty terrible Falcons defense at home.
I feel like if we’ve learned anything over these first few games, we’ve learned that CJ?K is what we thought he was: a change of pace back at this point, and almost not even that. Ivory fits what the Jets want to do a lot better, and this is the week they will need him the most. Detroit brings a physical run defense and pass rush, and I think Ivory gets a ton of work here trying to keep Stafford and Megatron off the field.
In a couple of stats in place of Adrian Peterson, Asiata’s been okay. Not great, just okay. He’s averaging about 3 YPC, which stinks, and catching a few balls out of the backfield. I think that changes this week with Teddy Bridgewater installed at QB after the injury to Matt Cassel. Bridgewater is a much more dynamic player as a passer and a runner, and I think this will open up some room for Asiata. In a bye Week crunch, he’s a solid RB2/3 at home against the Falcons.
Matthews burnt the Washington secondary to a crisp in Week 3, running up 17.90 standard scoring fantasy points on almost everyone’s bench. With the bye squeeze beginning, I believe it’s time to consider him for a starting role. You never like a matchup with the 49ers in San Francisco, but their defense is decimated and the offense hasn’t played much better. They just got beaten by Arizona and Drew Stanton; enough said. I love Matthews here as a boom-or-bust WR3 play in a week when there just aren’t many to be had.
You can tell I’m generally high on the Vikings skill players this week. Atlanta has an atrocious defense, and it generally is worse on the road. With Teddy Bridgewater now installed at QB, Minnesota will present a much more explosive and varied attack. I think this bodes well for Jennings, as the defense will be forced to consider and respect the running and playmaking ability of Bridgewater. He should find plenty of opening in the secondary, and makes for a solid WR3 play with upside
Don’t let the 17 point performance against the Jags during Week 3 fool you. The Colts defense is really, really bad. They scored a total of one fantasy point as a unit before last week, giving up 61 points in the process. Tennessee and Jake Locker have looked very poor lately, but this is just the kind of matchup they need to get right. I think Hunter blows up here and has his first breakout game of the season. If he’s been dropped now would be the time to snag him on the cheap.
Kerley really showed up huge on Monday against the Bears. On a night when #1 WR Eric Decker left early with a hamstring aggravation, he scorched the Chicago secondary for 7 catches, 81 yards and a TD. With 6 teams on bye this week, and Decker continually dealing with his hamstring injury, I’d consider firing Kerley up against a suspect Lions secondary if I was in need of a WR3 candidate.
Ah, my lovely yet terrible Skins. Usually when you score 34 points you win, unless you’re Washington and you give up 37. I’m not expecting another 37 from the G-men on Thursday night, but I am feeling a 20+ performance. I think Washington will be able to bother Eli with their pass rush, and he’s going to keep going to Donnell, who thus far has been his go-to guy. I think Donnell finishes with top 10 TE numbers in a week where teams are missing Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron and many more have lost Dennis Pitta and Kyle Rudolph.
Did I mention the Colts defense is bad? Pretty sure I did. They give up the MOST points of TEs of any NFL defense. Jake Locker loves throwing to Walker – he’s averaged 8.33 targets per game through 3 weeks. So we’ve got a continually targeted TE going up against a D / ST that can’t cover them. Yahtzee!
Don’t think this is a huge secret at this point, but Jacksonville is pretty poor on offense. And defense. They’re generally pretty poor. Rumor has is that wild jaguars have taken to wearing bags over their heads. Just a rumor, could be wrong. The Colts and their leaky D/ST just put up 17 fantasy points against the Jags last Week, and I’m expecting more of the same from the Bolts and theirs, especially at home. Not quite worth a waiver claim, but definitely a strong bye week D/ST play.