2013 Fantasy football has been filled with some of the most random happenings in the time I have played it. Greg Jennings finally showed up, Tony Gonzalez shredded the Patriots and Phillip Rivers is looking more and more like a startable week to week QB.
My sleepers were hit and miss again this week. The running back trio of MJD/Bernard/Pierce decided to make me look rough. Avery wasn’t so hot either but Bradford played well, Heath Miller was a stud and the Colts D took care of business. Week 4 brought a mixed bag of goods and week 5 we see a lot of studs on a bye. From now until all the bye weeks are over Sleepers are a key to helping you win matchups with good players on byes.
Fantasy Football Week 4 Sleepers (Bye Week – Bucs, Steelers, Vikings & Redskins)
Brian Hoyer vs. Buffalo Bills
Hoyer has 590 yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions (none in week 4) since taking over for the injured Brandon Weeded. With RGIII and Big Ben on a bye week you could be looking for a replacement and the Bills are ranked 23rd against the pass and have given up an average of 2 touchdown passes to each quarterback they have faced this year. Not only is Hoyer a good-bye week replacement I think over the next 3 weeks he is a serviceable QB1.
Sam Bradford vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Outside week 2 when the Jaguars shut down Pryor, they have given up 9 touchdown passes to QBs. Bradford comes into the game averaging 273 YPG passing with 7 touchdowns. Bradford was my sneaky play last week and played good not great. But with the success of other QBs against this awful Jaguars team, Bradford will be a nice play this weekend.
David Wilson vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Wilson had his best game to date rushing for 55 yards on 13 carries. He also caught his 1st 2 balls on the season. He faces an Eagles team this week that is terrible against the run (121 YPG). The Giants have had a hard time getting the run going because before they know it they are down 2 and 3 scores. So I look for the Giants to take advantage of this Eagles D and get Wilson going. His value won’t get any lower than it is now, so I think if you can trade for him now do it.
Lamar Miller vs. Baltimore Ravens
Miller is coming off a nice performance against the Saints (68 yards/a TD), he comes in against a Ravens team that just gave up over 150+ yards and a touchdown to the combo of Spiller/Jackson. With Martin/Bell/AP/Morris on a bye this week Miller is an easy RB1.
Kenbrell Thompkins vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals were banged up against the Browns and it showed as they let Hoyer pass for over 269 yards and 2 touchdowns. Thompkins has been on fire over the last two games, he has caught 9 passes for 168 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has been Brady’s go to target in the red zone as well; all 3 of his touchdowns were caught inside the opponents 20 yard line. He should only improve with Gronkowski and Amendola possibly coming back as well.
Robert Woods vs. Cleveland Browns
Woods targets have gone up since only seeing 1 in week 1. He has 6,10,8 over the last 3 games. He had 4 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. His role in this offense is only going up and this week with some talented WR’s on a bye, Woods is a solid option for this week.
Tyler Eifert/Jermaine Gresham vs. New England Patriots
Tony Gonzalez torched the Patriots last week and a lot had to do with the Patriots focused in on Julio Jones. They are going to have to do the same thing with A.J. Green this week. Both of these guys were targeted 5 times this week and they caught 3 a piece for 92 yards. I would go Eifert over Gresham but both could be a suitable replacement this week at TE.
St. Louis Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Any Defense against the Jaguars is startable, they are just laughable on the offensive side of the ball. They are averaging only 7 points a game over the 1st 4 games. The Rams should have no problem shutting down the Jaguars and are a great start this week.
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