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Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 4

Quarterback

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers – With the struggling Bucs defense coming to town, feel free to fire up old #7 against the Tampa Bay secondary, which is allowing a ridiculous opponent passing rating of 117.2.   The Bucs are decent against the run which may put the Steelers in more passing situations than one would expect.  Besides that, the Steelers have Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell that both see heavy action in the passing game.  The Bucs can’t cover anyone under new coach Lovie Smith.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Texans – The Texans passer has a significantly higher passer rating at home and in the month of September (91.1), and is facing a Bills defense that allows 267 yards per game passing.  While the Bills ferocious pass rush is a concern, their cornerbacks can be beat by the Texans dynamic receiving duo of Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins.  The real bet here is that Fitzpatrick will be confident and calmer at home and will be a volume thrower with RB Arian Foster a true game-time decision.

Running Back

Lamar Miller, Dolphins – Miami’s new offensive coordinator will be sure to dial up Miller’s number after a poorly called game in Week 3’s loss to the Chiefs.  Even though Miller went for 100+ yards on 14 carries in that game, OC Bill Lazor still called pass after pass.  With the tense meeting with young QB Ryan Tannehill, there will surely be a more balanced game plan for the Dolphins.  The Raiders and Dolphins will play in London, and Oakland is bringing with them the second worst rushing defense in terms of yards allowed (158.7).

Donald Brown, Chargers – With RBs Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead on the shelf with injury, the blue collar Brown will get a huge workload against the Jaguars on Sunday.   Jacksonville’s rushing defense is statistically the NFL’s worst, surrendering 160 yards per contest.  Brown is at home and doesn’t have any major competition for carries, playing a bad defense.  Sometimes it really is that simple; he’s a great daily league play this week.

Matt Asiata, Vikings – Asiata will never be compared with Adrian Peterson, but he get the Falcons defense at home and with rookie Teddy Bridgewater making his first NFL start, Matt should get plenty of carries and catches.  The Vikings are missing TE Kyle Rudolph but we expect Bridgewater to be serviceable in getting the ball to receivers Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson.  Asiata hasn’t averaged over 3 yards a carry yet in a game this season (with 10+ carries) but has saved fantasy owners, particularly in PPR, with his 9 catches.  He’s a low-end RB2 in standard formats and a decent RB2 in daily fantasy football league formats as well.

Wide Receivers

Steve Smith, Ravens – Mr. Smith has easily been QB Joe Flacco’s favorite target so far and has made Torrey Smith pretty familiar with fantasy benches.   The Panthers, Smith’s former team comes into town mad as heck about being embarrassed against Pittsburgh last week.  Carolina doesn’t particularly have the cornerbacks to match up with Smith and he will surely be plenty motivated in this one.   Smith has two- 100-yard games out of three, a statistical feat he last achieved back in December of 2012.   He truly has been rejuvenated and fits the Ravens personality like a glove.

Michael Crabtree, 49ers – Crabtree’s ADP in standard leagues was all over the charts this year for a presumptive number one wideout on a potential contender.  Through Week 3, his 1-2 49ers seem to be transitioning from a power running team into an offense that will flow through QB Colin Kaepernick.   With TE Vernon Davis banged up and questionable against the Eagles for Week 4, Crabtree may not get a matchup this enticing all season.  The Eagles, despite their offensive prowess, also specialize in making opposing receivers look great in fantasy football.  They got shredded by Allen Hurns, for Pete’s sake.   This has the making to be a shootout and Crabtree is too much for the Eagles corners to handle.  At his price in most daily fantasy football leagues, you’d be doing you and your pockets a real service.

Tight End

Travis Kelce, Chiefs –  A repeat, but hear me out. With the Kansas City backfield in flux and top receiver Dwayne Bowe likely to be on Revis Island in a game the Chiefs will need to pass, why wouldn’t you start Travis Kelce?  The Kansas City offense simply doesn’t have that many other weapons.  Kelce scored his first NFL touchdown against the Dolphins in Week 3.

Defense

Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers are certainly banged up, but are at home facing an inept Tampa Bay squad that has all sorts of ways of getting sacked, throwing interceptions, and just generally not scoring on offense.  I know QB Mike Glennon may be an upgrade to starter Josh McCown, but he is statue in the pocket on a team that doesn’t pass-block particularly well. They also have had issues in kick coverage, punt coverage, and had a punt and a kick blocked against the Rams.  Whoever is playing the Bucs will be a first-rate defense until further notice.  Start these Steelers with impunity this week.

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  • Ivan Y

    I think Big Ben is a true sleeper pick.

  • Ivan Y

    Nice call on Matt Asiata and Steve Smith – both had big games.

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