Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 4. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Jay Cutler CHI VS. DET

Cutler’s cameos on FXX’s The League are awesome and so are the Bears so far this season. I like the continued success to keep up against a Lions team that is fairly generous through the air. I like a higher scoring affair between these two teams, which typically makes for some fantasy owner smiles.

Jake Locker TEN VS. NYJ

In one of the best games in his young career last week he got on the running track and put up close to 30 fantasy points. Once the read option stuff gets going in the Titans offense there is so much upside. The Jets are a solid defense overall, but I still think there’s room to rumble for Jake. I would go Locker over Pryor this week if your QB is on a bye-week (Newton or Rodgers owners).

Wide Receivers

Sidney Rice SEA VS. HOU

Rice had a nice performance in week 3 with a couple of TD snags. I’m a fan of riding the hot hand and I think Russell Wilson likes finding the open receivers who can catch. Rice can catch and his hands have been sticky as rice so they find the football nicely. Expect more yards and potential score against the Texans.

Josh Gordon CLE VS. CIN

In his first action of the season last week it appears Gordon is now the feature alongside Jordan Cameron in the Browns new offense. Gordon is a top talent at wide receiver and expect the sets to be more open and less catered towards the running game, thus helping out his numbers moving forward.

Running Backs

Le’Veon Bell PIT VS. MIN

For whom does the bell toll? It’s London this week and it’s an eagerly awaited debut for Pittsburgh’s running back out of Michigan State. I think this is going to be a solid performance for the youngster and he’ll have a chance to carry the team consistently if he can hold on to the ball without fumbling.

Brandon Bolden NE VS. ATL

Bolden is a solid flex play this week against a Falcons team that struggled against the Dolphins last week. I am beginning to believe that whoever plays alongside Steven Ridley will have more success than him, so for now it’s Bolden.

Tight Ends

Jordan Reed WAS VS. OAK

Reed has drawn comparisons from Coach Shanahan to Sterling Sharpe. Those are pretty high acclaims for any tight end, so it’s worth noting that this guy has become more of focal point in the passing game in the last couple games. I don’t believe in Paulsen or Fred Davis so by default he’s my sleeper. It’s the Raiders and if he’s going to have a big game I’m thinking this is the week it starts.

Coby Fleener IND VS. JAC

Garbage time could be Fleener time. Jacksonville might make it game, which I doubt, but even so I think Fleener has value moving forward this season. Luck to Fleener will feel like their college days spent together at Stanford.


Arizona Cardinals AZ VS. TB

Spoiler alert…Josh Freeman has now been Flaccoed. Yeah, that’s a reference to the movie The Replacements with Keanu Reeves. Tampa Bay is in trouble offensively and Arizona will be schemed up to exploit the rookie, Gleason. Could be a big day in store for the desert defense.