Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 4
As another week of fantasy football has arrived, we’re jumping into another round of players who are on my radar as they are becoming key pieces of their respective offenses. These are players outside the top 25 in fantasy rankings whom I believe are going to perform well in their matchups after proving themselves over the past couple of weeks. Here are my recommendations for fantasy football sleepers week 4.
Browns @ Falcons | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
Brissett has taken command of the Browns offense over the past two games passing for over 220 yards and throwing at least 1 touchdown. I’ve been impressed with his performance as I originally did not expect much from him, but he has been thriving by utilizing the talent around him such as star players Amari Cooper and Nick Chubb. I’m looking forward to this matchup as the Falcons allowed 325 yards passing and 2 touchdowns to Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith in last week’s matchup. Brissett is a low-end QB2 at his floor and a high-end QB2 at his ceiling this week in a favorable matchup against Atlanta.
Commanders @ Cowboys | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
Pollard has become Dallas’ number two running back as of late and an essential piece of the offense. Dallas has been using him as a complement to Ezekiel Elliott in the running game and have also been utilizing his talents in the passing game, which is a key statistic in PPR leagues. In a week 2 win against the New York Giants, Pollard rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries but did not catch any passes unlike the week before where he recorded 4 receptions for 55 yards. Last week against the Eagles, the Commanders defense allowed running backs to rush for a combined 52 yards in a lackluster performance by the Eagles which has been unusual. This week the Cowboys will take full advantage of their running back committee, allowing Pollard to put up double-digit numbers for fantasy owners becoming a low-end RB2, and a solid flex play against Washington.
Seahawks @ Lions | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
Penny has not had the best season of his career just yet and has been a disappointment to fantasy owners thus far, but I expect that to change this week against the Lions defense in a favorable matchup. Penny rushed for 66 yards on 14 carries and caught 1 pass for 3 yards in week 3 against Atlanta. On the other hand, the Lions defense allowed Vikings running backs to rush for a combined 124 yards on 24 carries, and score 2 touchdowns before Dalvin Cook went down with a shoulder injury in the third quarter in their week 3 loss to Minnesota. I fully expect the Seahawks offense to roll with their running backs as their primary offensive game plan allowing Penny to utilize his skills, putting up double-digit numbers becoming a high-end RB2 at his floor and a low-end RB1 at his ceiling against Detroit.
Patriots @ Packers | 4:25 pm EST Sunday
Doubs finally showed up in a must-win matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he recorded 8 receptions for 73 yards, averaging 9.1 yards per reception, and scored 1 touchdown against one of the best defenses in the league. I expect Rodgers and company including Doubs to keep the momentum going this week, taking advantage of having a better receiving core than Baltimore. Doubs is in for a big game this week, where he will put on an even better performance against the Patriots defense posting double-digit fantasy numbers for owners and becoming a reliable low-end WR2 against New England in week 3.
Vikings @ Saints | 9:30 am EST Sunday
Thielen is starting to come back into fantasy relevance as fellow receiver and teammate Justin Jefferson has been a dud the past two weeks. In the Vikings week 2 matchup against the Lions, Thielen recorded a team-high 6 receptions for 61 yards and scored 1 touchdown. The past three weeks the Saints have had non-challenging matchups including the Falcons, Buccaneers (receivers injured), and the Panthers. But with a fully healthy Vikings receiving core, I expect the Vikings receivers to give the Saints defense a challenge, where they will put on a good performance. Thielen is a high-end WR3 at his floor, and a low-end WR2 at his ceiling this week against New Orleans.
Chiefs @ Buccaneers | 8:20 pm EST Sunday
Brate saw plenty of touches last week as the Buccaneers receiving core is limited with injuries, as he recorded 5 receptions for 52 yards, averaging 10.4 yards per reception against Green Bay. With injuries still looming for the Bucs receivers, I expect Brate to have an important role on this offense where he will still get a sufficient number of touches to help the Bucs move the ball down the field. In a favorable matchup against the Chiefs defense where they allowed an average of 9.7 fantasy points per game to tight ends, I expect Brate to be a low-end TE2 at his floor, and a high-end TE2 at his ceiling against Kansas City.
Lawrence is a fan of the Green Bay Packers. He is currently a graduate student at William Paterson University pursuing a master’s degree in Financial Planning. His hobbies include all things fantasy football, weightlifting, collecting Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards, and playing Madden. He specializes in dynasty fantasy football having won two championships in the past five years. He is also a college football fan who loves to watch his Buckeyes play on Saturdays while drinking pumpkin-flavored coffee. He is always looking to evolve his game as a fantasy football player and one of his goals is to help other players do the same.