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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 4 Key Matchups

Week 4 Sleepers: Who to Target in Fantasy

September 25, 2013

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We’re cruising into Week 4 in the fantasy football world, and this one marks the beginning of the bye weeks around the NFL. That means we’re experiencing plenty of extra fantasy considerations as we’re replacing members of the Packers and Panthers on our rosters. With that in mind, we’ve checked the matchups this week and come up with some off-the-radar pickups who could help your team emerge with a victory this week. Let’s take a closer look at the candidates.

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Matchup-wise, Smith is a decent pickup for those Rodgers/Newton owners out there. He’s facing the hapless Giants, who were unceremoniously blown out by the aforementioned Panthers in Week 3. If nothing else, he should be efficient. Smith has taken very good care of the ball thus far, and has four TD passes and no interceptions to show for it. If things go well, he’ll get you around 250 yards and a couple of scores.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 4 Key Matchups

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Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions: Broyles’ fantasy value saw an uptick yesterday when it was announced that he’d be taking heavy snaps in the slot in place of the injured Nate Burleson, who broke his arm in a car accident early yesterday morning. Broyles is just coming off an injury himself; he saw his first action in Week 3 against the Redskins. With the Bears’ top corner Charles Tillman occupied by Megatron this week, Broyles could see some extra work and production.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: After his Week 3 breakout against the Bills, everyone is all over Powell right now. He posted 149 yards on 27 carries, which was his second solid week in a row. Now that Chris Ivory is dealing with a hamstring injury (again), you can expect Powell to carry a heavy load in the Jets’ running game. They’ll be in Tennessee, and though the matchup could be better, he should get enough work to make up for it.

Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders: The Redskins defense is just awful. They’ll be serving as a soft landing for Moore and the Raiders, who are coming off an ugly loss against the high-flying Broncos. Moore had 124 yards and a score in that one, so he’s trending upward as a fantasy pickup. The only unknown is who his QB will be, as Terrelle Pryor experienced a concussion late in Monday’s game. Still, no matter who’s throwing him the ball, Moore shouldn’t have too many problems with Washington.

Indianapolis Defense: The Colts are the trendy team defense pick for this week, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Not only did they hold Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers to 254 yards and seven points, but they’ll get one of the most cupcake matchups in the league this weekend against the Jaguars. Jacksonville has been just brutal on offense this season, mustering just 28 points over three games (all losses, obviously). A well-rested Indianapolis D (courtesy of Trent Richardson and a revived run game) should be able to punch the Jaguars square in the jaw.

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