Fantasy Football 2014: Week 4 Sleeper Picks
Taking a Look at the Week 4 Sleeper Candidates
September 26, 2014
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time once again for our roundup of fantasy football sleeper candidates for Week 4. We’ve got a fresh crop of lottery tickets for you, so let’s take a closer look at the stats and situations so you can see if any of these guys are right for your roster.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: With the inaugural round of byes getting kicked off this week, you might be toying with the idea of sticking Roethlisberger into your lineup. (Or you may be doing so even if your QB1 isn’t on a bye--Tony Romo, Tom Brady, etc.)
Roethlisberger is a strong sleeper candidate this week after tossing a pair of scores against Carolina. He goes into a nice matchup against an ugly-looking Buccaneers defense and should do just fine.
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Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Richardson is a popular sleeper/comeback pick this week, thanks to a pretty promising situation. The Titans have allowed four touchdowns to running backs in the first three weeks, and if Indy can get on top early, he might get in line for some mop-up time.
With Ahmad Bradshaw on the rise, Richardson’s fantasy stock has dropped like a stone. He could get enough touches to be relevant this week, though.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints: Young New Orleans WR Cooks has a lot of promise heading into Week 4 and beyond. So far this season, he’s posted 18 grabs for 168 yards and a score, with 74 of those coming last week.
The Saints’ doesn’t quite show how dynamic they can be on offense, but rest assured Cooks will have some big plays in his future. Most people are on the bandwagon by now, and he’s a definite must start against the Cowboys.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Matthews doesn’t get quite as much press as some of his teammates, but he’s still putting up some nice numbers. He had a pair of scores and 59 yards against the Redskins last week, and heads into the weekend going against a vulnerable 49ers defense.
Matthews may not stay consistent as a week-to-week play, but should do well enough to warrant a vote of confidence when you need him.
Hakeem Nicks, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Nicks is coming off a productive day against Jacksonville, when he went for 50 yards and a score. There’s a definite drawback to that though.
Nicks won’t see the field as much if T.Y. Hilton is playing, so you’ll have to monitor that situation. Still, with Hilton ailing due to an ankle injury the team may opt to take the cautious route and limit his snaps. That makes Nicks the next man up and a lower-end sleeper pickup.
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