If your championship takes place in Week 16, and please God let that be so, then the season is nearly a fourth of the way through. Either you’re here to further your fortunes, or you’re looking to break free from your existential fantasy football line of questioning. No matter the reason, I’m here to help. If the injury bug has taken a toll on your lineup, you may be in the market for some good sleepers and streamers. Lucky for you, I have the answers you seek. Enough with the chit-chat, let’s get to my Week 4 Sleepers And Streamers.
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Week 4 Sleepers And Streamers For Fantasy Football
Joe Burrow (My Ranking: QB14)
Is it just me, or did anyone else see Joe Burrow’s soul leave his body when Malik Jackson popped him last Sunday?
Despite his O-Line leaving him vulnerable, in Weeks 2 and 3, the Bengals rookie quarterback finished as the QB10 and QB13 respectively. It’s difficult not to have fantasy production when you’re throwing the second-most amount of passes in the league, on top of being the eighth man up in deep pass attempts. Burrow finds himself pitted against the Jaguars who allow just over 22 fantasy points against the quarterback, and with a bad defense to boot, he’s a strong streaming candidate.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (My Ranking: QB18)
To be honest, my ranking of the Great Beard this week is bordering on disrespectful. After all, Seattle allows 28 fantasy points to the quarterback position, finishing only behind the Falcons at 33. With Russell Wilson set to obliterate a weak Miami secondary, Ryan Fitzpatrick is going to find himself airing it out far more often than Miami would like. Don’t let Fitzpatricks’s reputation fool you either. The journeyman passer has already had two top 12 performances on the season. Vegas has this matchup slated as the third-highest over-under on the week, and it’s with good reason. Two dreadful secondaries going up against two more than capable passers is a recipe for more fantasy points than you can handle.
Running Back Sleepers
Carlos Hyde (My Ranking: RB31)
Any running back filling in for a starter with the seventh-highest total touchdown number amongst all running backs is a guy I’m targeting for my flex spot. With Chris Carson set to miss Week 3, Carlos Hyde finds himself in one such predicament. Facing a team that sits in the bottom eight for both rushing yards and touchdowns allowed, Hyde has a tasty matchup. Seattle is going to score early and often against the Dolphins, and you want a guy who’s going to see red-zone touches, as well someone who’s going to be used to run down the clock. In Carson’s stead, Hyde is situated with a beefy opportunity to provide for your fantasy team.
Rex Burkhead (My Ranking: RB33)
Imagine that, Sony Michel isn’t the best running back on the Patriots. Go figure.
Often times emotion gets lost in plain text, but make no mistake, that statement is dripping with sarcasm.
Following a three-touchdown performance, Rex Burkhead has walked himself into a nice workload opportunity. Let’s breakdown last week’s touch scenario. Filling in for James White, Burkhead has taken the bulk of the receiving work in the backfield. On 10 targets last week, Burkhead netted seven receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. I’ve got news, you guys. That’s not work that Michel is going to cut into. Burkhead only has true appeal if New England’s main pass-catching back, James White, isn’t playing. Although White returned to practice on Wednesday, there are no guarantees that he’ll play. If he’s out, Burkhead is more than worthy of a flex spot, particularly in PPR formats.
Wide Receiver Sleepers
Anthony Miller (My Ranking: WR35)
Free from Mitch Trubisky’s oppressive clutches, Anthony Miller finds himself back in the sleeper conversation once more. In just a quarter and a half, Nick Foles managed to score 18 fantasy points on three touchdowns. Showing a willingness to air it out, Foles is a much more attractive option for Chicago’s passing game than the aforementioned Trubisky. In two of three weeks, Miller has caught the game-winning touchdown pass, showing the team’s faith in him in comeback scenarios. Given Foles’ proclivity to throw the deep ball, Miller once again will hold the sleeper appeal he had to start the year.
Preston Williams (My Ranking: WR36)
It’s all about the matchup here, folks. Seattle gives up an average of 73 points per game against the receiver position. Second place in that category, by the way, isn’t even close. For your sanity and time, I won’t go into Seattle’s pathetic passing defense as I did above with Fitzmagic, but all receiving options are a go in this game.
Tight End Sleepers
T.J. Hockenson (My Ranking: TE11)
Any tight end facing a team that allows the most fantasy points to the position is a man worth starting. Mr. T.J. Hockenson happens to find himself in that position this week. New Orleans is bleeding points to tight ends as of late. They average a whopping 27 points-per-game against given up to the position. As a Saints fan, I’m holding back tears right now. The Saints are tied for most touchdowns given up to tight ends, and they’re the undisputed league loser in receiving yards given up. Given up, given up, given up, that’s how I’m feeling about my team’s secondary.
Dalton Schultz (My Ranking: TE13)
In Blake Jarwin’s absence, Dalton Schultz has seen 10 and six targets respectively as the starter. He’s already the seventh-most targeted tight end in the league, and what’s more impressive, he’s got the fourth-most slot snaps amongst his position. Slot snaps for the tight end are the most valuable area in their offensive formations because they usually translate into routes run, which he so happens to be eighth in that category. Okay, I’ve got one last stat for you before your heads start spinning. Cleveland is currently giving up the third-most fantasy points to tight ends. You don’t need to be a mathematician to breakdown this formula. Start Dalton Schultz, people.
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