Week four Fantasy Sleepers: Trey Sermon, Peyton Barber among the many potential starters with nice benefit
It’s time to talk about fourth week fantasy sleepers. Whether these guys are on your list or in the pool of free agents, they have sneaky perks to help you take home a “W” in your matchups this week. Players like Trey Sermon and Peyton Barber are in the start-or-sit bubble due to injuries, but given their matchups, we like their chances if Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) and Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle) drop out. The beauty of fantasy football sleepers during the season is that we look at them through a weeklong lens. Of course, not all of our picks are necessarily going to be weekly studs, but they do have nice matchups or newfound opportunities that make them a viable start to the week – and that’s all that matters.
It’s also worth noting that any of our selections could go broke this week. We’re taking some risks here as we don’t want to be too obvious to anyone. (What’s that fun?) You won’t start these guys through consistent, proven producers, but you probably aren’t looking for fantasy sleepers once your line-up is set. But even if that is the case, our list of sleepers can help you find value in DFS as the prices of these players should be affordable.
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Full Disclosure: The past week has been ugly for us. Our headliners Quintez Cephus and Rondale Moore were total broke. Running back, James Conner was a hit, but James White was a dud due to injury. Teddy Bridgewater, Daniel Jones, Trevor Lawrence had bad luck landing and left us in the lurch. TE’s position as a whole has been dire, so there’s only so much we can do. Austin Hooper made our list and while he didn’t start he scored a touchdown which is all we can ask of a sleeper in this position. Our best choice to defend was Cincinnati, and defending against the Steelers will be very attractive going forward.
As always, we won’t bore anyone with obvious starters, but we will help you identify players in the starting phase, sitting in week 4 with good matchups or improved prospects.
WEEK 4 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide-angle receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker
Week 4 Fantasy Sleepers: Running Backs
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals @ Rams (Jackson Sparks). The Rams have strong defense, but the recipe for offense could feed Edmonds in passing. This is more of a PPR move, but we like Edmonds this week. He is currently the RB16 in PPR and is stable with around 13 Fantasy Points in every competition. Last week Giovani Bernard caught nine passes for 51 yards against the Rams and scored a touchdown. Edmonds could have similar successes here, even if there is no garbage time.
Peyton Barber, Raiders at Chargers (Vinnie Iyer). We’ll see about Josh Jacobs (toe, ankle) later this week, but Barber got all the vital details ahead of Kenyan Drake in a great, frantic match against Miami, and LA offers the same opportunity at MNF.
Trey Sermon, 49ers vs. Seahawks (Matt Lutovsky). Sermon didn’t look too good on Sunday night, but he made it to the end zone and dominated backfield snaps. If Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) fails again, we should see Sermon in a similar role. He should find more leeway against the Seahawks, who grant RBs by far the most Fantasy Points per game (FPPG). To be fair, Derrick Henry has a lot to do with the Seahawks’ RB problems, but Alexander Mattison and Colts Backs have put up good numbers against them too. If Mitchell plays we will switch that choice to him because even if he is less than 100 percent he should lead the team in touch and have great advantages.
WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Run back | Wide-angle receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker
Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quarterbacks
Matt Ryan, Hawks versus Washington (Sparks). Ryan was a fantasy bust at QB25, but Washington’s defense was also a flop. What was supposed to be one of the top units in the league was terrible after Week 1. Daniel Jones had a ton of success against them, and Josh Allen absolutely ripped their hearts out. We have to assume that these hawks’ pass attack will get on the right track at some point, and this could be the perfect time to do so.
Taylor Heinicke, Washington versus Falken (Iyer). The defense of WFT gives up a lot of points. Atlanta’s defense is not very good. It looks like a crazy duel with many points between Heinicke and Matt Ryan.
Baker Mayfield, Browns @ Vikings (Lutovsky). Mayfield has yet to throw for multiple TDs in one game, showing his cap in Cleveland’s strong offense. However, he has more advantages than usual against a Vikings defense that allows for the sixth most FPPG for QBs. Yes, Minnesota has hit some good QBs (Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson in the past two weeks), but Mayfield could easily have a game similar to Joe Burrow’s performance against Minnesota in Week 1 (261 yards, two TDs).
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Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide Receiver
Tyler Boyd, Bengals vs. Jaguars (Sparks). With Tee Higgins (shoulder) out for that Thursday night game, Boyd is pretty much a must see. When Higgins is active, we still like him as a fantasy sleeper. Boyd leads the team with 19 goals and appears to be well on the way to another great season in the PPR leagues. We know the Jaguars’ secondary school is among the worst in the league and CJ Henderson has just traded for Carolina. Look for the entire Bengals pass attack to roast Jacksonville in a short week.
Jakobi Meyers, Patriots vs. Buccaneers (Iyer). Mac Jones is going to have to throw a ton, and the Bucs’ defensive back injuries make them hurt the most in the slot.
Antonio Brown, Buccaneer @ Patriots (Lutovsky). This is not just a “game of revenge” for Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Technically, Brown was once a patriot too, so don’t be surprised if he takes an extra jump in his crotch on Sunday night. He should be back from his weeklong COVID layoff, and when he is, he’s got as many benefits as any of Tampa’s recipients.
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Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight Endings
Pat Freiermuth, Steelers @ Packers (Sparks). Freiermuth looks like he’s taken on the start tight end role in Pittsburgh and has a total of 10 goals for the season. He scored his first touchdown of his career last week, and the Packers Defense is a team of the bottom five against tight ends in fantasy. JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) and Diontae Johnson (knees) both struggle with injuries, and even if they’re active, they won’t be 100 percent. The chance is there for the rookie.
Dawson Knox, Bills vs. Texans (Iyer). Knox is knocking on the door for a bigger role in the passing game after scoring for the past two weeks and this feels like a game where he gets some good chances from Stefon Diggs.
Cole Kmet, Bears versus Lions (Lutovsky). Kmet will be difficult to start as he has only had two catches for 11 yards in the past two weeks. However, the Lions were brutal against TEs, allowing either 78 yards or a TD for a TE for each of the first three weeks. The bears offense won’t be as bad as last week and Kmet will soon be playing a key role.
Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Defense
Tennessee Titans @ Jets (sparks). The Tennessee defense looked bad for the first two weeks of the season, but isn’t it possible that this was just down to Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray? They looked a lot better against a pedestrian offense in Week 3 (Indianapolis), so why can’t it tee off against arguably the worst offense in football? Zach Wilson will have his fair share of sales, and Tennessee is in the top half of the league by sacks per game (2.3)
Cincinnati Bengals versus Jaguars (Iyer). Your draft and free agency investments are starting to pay off, and they have a great matchup at home with the added emotional rush at prime time.
Green Bay Packers versus Steelers (Lutovsky). The Packers have been solid since their disastrous Week 1, releasing five sacks and four food stalls. The Steelers cannot block, Big Ben cannot move, and the WRs cannot leave the coaching room. You have to enjoy this home game for the pack.