Fantasy Football Sleepers for Week 4 lineups

by Cory J. Bonini on September 26, 2013 @ 15:38:49 PDT


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Wide receiver

Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Royal caught just two balls in Week 3 after scoring five times in the prior two weeks. He actually found the end zone against the Titans, but it was called back by offensive pass interference against a teammate that didn't affect Royal's would-be touchdown. Sour grapes, perhaps, but providing an illustration of what could have been is the point.

Dallas has given up a lot of big plays to wideouts, as evidenced by the 18.3 yards-per-reception average against them. This defensive unit has given up only 9.67 catches for 177.3 yards.

Santana Moss, Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders

Moss is quickly proving to be one of Robert Griffin III's most trusted targets. He has been thrown to 7.67 times per game, resulting in an average of 5.0 receptions through three games. Pierre Garcon remains Washington's No. 1 wideout, but Moss should be earning your attention.

He gets to enjoy a visit to California to take on the Raiders, whose defense is faulty when it comes to stopping pass receptions. Moss' Week 4 opposition has surrendered a league-high average of 18.33 catches to the position each time out.

Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants

Avery enjoyed a monster game in Week 3, but it doesn't get a lot better than facing the Giants -- in KC, no less. The G-Men are spiraling downward and have a lot to prove, but traveling to the Chiefs isn't a likely scenario to help turn things around.

New York has allowed 15.33 receptions, 174.7 yards and 1.33 scores to matchup to this position. They'll do everything in their power to limit Dwayne Bowe and keep KC's best weapon, Jamaal Charles, at bay.

Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears

Just as Nate Burleson (arm) was coming on and finding a role in this offense, a car accident derailed his 2013 season. Broyles made his season debut last week and caught all three of his targets. While he isn't 100 percent and may not be ready for a full-time starter's workload yet, Broyles warrants a roster spot in all formats. He needs to be in your Week 4 lineup.

Chicago's pass D hasn't been particularly admirable through three weeks. They have allowed 13.33 receptions, 214.3 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game. That is good for 28.0 standard fantasy points, on average.

NEW - Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens

Woods is proving to be a bit of a deep threat for the Bills -- by circumstance, if nothing else -- and should see a career high in looks this week. He has averaged 17.3 yards per catch but on only seven grabs this year.

The Ravens are susceptible through the air, and if they build an early lead, the Bills will have to play the comeback game. Baltimore has given up 14.33 receptions for 180.3 yards and 1.67 scores per game to the position.

Tight end

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings

Miller returned to action in Week 3 after sitting out the first two games of the year following a devastating knee injury suffered last season. He looked pretty good in his first game back and is Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target. Antonio Brown's standout performance will draw attention from Minnesota's defensive game plan, freeing up the veteran tight end to possibly see more looks.

Minnesota was massacred by Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron in Week 3, and they have allowed the second most standard fantasy points to the position this year.

Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens

Six. Six. Six. It's the sign of the beast, and apparently his name is Scott Chandler. Actually, it's the number of passes to come Chandler's way in each of the first three games. He has caught two-thirds of them, and finally found the end zone in Week 3. The position is a vital part of this offense, but Chandler hasn't been 100 percent healthy. He is nearing that status.

Tight ends have registered an average of 11.3 fantasy points in standard scoring and a 5-78-0.67 line against the Ravens' defense.

NEW - Kellen Winslow, New York Jets at Tennessee Titans

Winslow was blanked in Week 3 and is a risky start at any time, but he showed in Week 1 that there is still something left in the tank. He caught seven for 79 and a score. He could have added PPR worth this week.

The Titans have been pretty good on the outside but don't seem to know how to stop tight ends from finding the end zone. Houston's Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham each scored once two games ago, while San Diego Chargers veteran Antonio Gates found paydirt in Week 3. Tight ends have scored 33 standard points in three games against the Titans this year.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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