Heading into Week 4 Fantasy Football action, here are the top 5 sleepers discussed between Luis Tirado Jr. and Genna Preston of The Jet Press.
Sep 25, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Terrelle Pryor (11) is tackled by Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Week 4 presents some rather interesting fantasy football options. It looks like it’s teams will do a better job at balancing their offensive playbooks this week and go back to the fundamentals. Of course, when it comes to anything related to fantasy football, I tend to go to those that are gurus in the field to see which players they think are heading into favorable matchups.
Genna Preston, Contributor for The Jet Press, truly knows everything and anything when it comes to fantasy football. She’s always spot on in her predictions and since I also love fantasy football, I figured it would be great to see which players she thought would be huge sleepers this week and well, every week from here on out.
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Without further ado, here is a sit-down we had over the top five sleepers heading into Week 4 action in fantasy football.
Next: 5. This Bronco will continue to impress
5. Quarterback Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos
LTJ: Alright Genna, so one of my favorite fantasy sleepers this week is quarterback Trevor Siemian. His Denver Broncos face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. He’s been playing such systematic football and well, the Broncos are 3-0 thanks to their ground game and stellar defense. What do you see him doing this week?
Genna: Luis, I can’t agree with you more. He’s coming off of his best career game, and I foresee it only getting better. This week I see him topping 20 fantasy points against the Buccaneers; they’re among the top five teams who give quarterbacks the most yards. I’m excited to see him continue his NFL campaign.
LTJ: Oh wow, now that would be something! It wouldn’t surprise me to see this team go 4-0 when all is said and done. Considering Siemian should have a good game, which receiver you think is going to shine alongside him? Who should fantasy owners keep an eye on in Week 4? I’m predicting Demaryius Thomas to finally have his first big game of the season.
Genna: Honestly, I believe both Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have an opportunity to post big numbers. Last week, they both did their fair share fantasy wise. They both had 100-yard games last week and touchdowns. Either of the two will be great fantasy options. Fun fact: The Buccaneers have given seven passing touchdowns in the last three weeks.
Next: 4. Is it worth starting this Brown?
Aug 26, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
4. Wide Receiver Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns
LTJ: Moving onto another top sleeper pick this week, I’m loving everything wide receiver Terrelle Pryor brings to the table. The Cleveland Browns hit the road to face the Washington Redskins, and they have yet to win a game this season. I can see Pryor surprise the fantasy world with a huge game in this Week 4 matchup, what do you think?
Genna: It’s funny you mention Pryor, as I added him to my sleeper options this week as well. You want to talk about a surprise, how about that Wildcat position? That alone is enough to start him this week. Not only have they yet to win a game but, they’ve offered opposing wide receivers the eighth-most fantasy points. Looks like another repeat from last week’s 20 plus points.
LTJ: Hopefully the Browns can Wildcat their way to their first win of the season. One kind of has to feel bad for all the misfortunes they have had at the quarterback positions and injuries in general. Things aren’t looking too good in Washington these days and well, if Pryor goes off and has a huge game this week, it will bring some kind of hope to them. Think he’ll push the envelope and score two touchdowns this week?
Genna: I am not sure I can co-sign on two touchdowns but, I will give him one! Slow and steady wins the race. But, Pryor only has another week to show out before Josh Gordon returns, so it is a possibility.
Next: 3. A Bear that should rise to the occasion
Sep 1, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) runs the ball during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bears won 21-7. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
3. Running Back Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
LTJ: The Browns have had some pretty bad luck so far this season but the Chicago Bears are also up there. I have running back Jordan Howard as my top sleeper heading into Week 4 action. I think he’s got a great skill-set and has looked sharp when he has the football. Think he lights it up for the Bears’ offense against the Detroit Lions in a classic NFC North division rivalry game?
Genna: Howard has one of an ideal situation heading into Week 4. Jeremy Langford is out, and he has told coaches he’s ready for an increased workload. As much as I have a small place in my heart for the Lions, if the Bears are smart they’ll use Howard as much as they can. Mainly because the Lions give up the most yards per carry in the entire league.
LTJ: Exactly, Genna! I think the Bears need to take a step back and simplify their offense to use Howard to their advantage. He can run and be a consistent play-maker on offense. This team needs a spark bad and I honestly believe Howard will push them over the Lions this week. Think he’ll rush for over the century mark in this matchup?
Genna: The Lions give up about 5.1 yards per carry. Right now Howard is averaging 5.6 yards per carry. It would be great to see him have his first NFL 100 yard game!
Next: 2. At least LTJ believes in this Steeler
2. Wide Receiver Sammie Coates, Pittsburgh Steelers
LTJ: Now, a lot of fantasy football owners are not too high on Sammie Coates of the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was when he not only got drafted into the NFL but was selected by Steelers Nation. He has yet to score a touchdown in his rookie season but with the Kansas City Chiefs on the horizon, I predict a huge game for him. What about you, Genna?
Genna: I am among the crowd that’s not too high on Sammie Coates. I just can’t imagine starting anyone behind Antonio Brown. He was only targeted four times last week. He’s one of those players that is touchdown dependent and until he does that, he shouldn’t be trusted. The Chiefs are coming off a week of destruction and I am not sure I would take the risk this week.
LTJ: The Steelers are coming off a crushing and demoralizing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Brown literally had 140 receiving yards on 12 receptions but has now gone two consecutive weeks without a touchdown. The Chiefs’ secondary will focus more on Brown that Coates which should allow him to make some big plays with his speed and excellent route-running. I just don’t see Brown doing anything big this week with the spotlight going on Coates finally having a breakout game. What do you ultimately see Coates ending with fantasy wise in Week 4?
Genna: I totally understand where you’re coming from. Actually, it’s been like that a lot this season; double coverage on the top players. I feel he’s going to need to get a touchdown to earn more than 10 fantasy points this week. Without a touchdown, I put him at 14 points top this week. Don’t forget they may also use a running game a lot with the return of Le’Veon Bell.
Next: 1. Will this Jet bounce back?
Sep 25, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) catches a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 24-3. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
1. Running Back Bilal Powell, New York Jets
LTJ: We all know we’ve been discussing the entire New York Jets vs Kansas City Chiefs Week 3 debacle in great detail all week long on The Jet Press. Heading into Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks, this is the game the Jets finally give running back Bilal Powell a ton of reps to get back on the right track. I easily predict Powell having a monster game both on the ground and through the air. This will be a big redemption game for Gang Green to prove that last week was just one really bad game. What do you think about Powell’s fantasy value this week?
Genna: This needs to be the week the Jets come back, but it’s not the week to risk another bust. I love Powell, and I always said I appreciated him a tad more than Chris Ivory because he has a better receiving game. The same still stands true however, this week’s game is going to be rough. Seattle is efficient at stopping the run and has allowed less than 90 rushing yards per game. That is too much of a risk factor for me, after a week where the entire Jets team had a huge fantasy bust.
LTJ: I see what you mean but can envision Powell being used more in a hybrid role and finally given a significant bump in plays designed around his strengths. It’s pretty much a must-win game for the Jets, they can’t afford to have another abysmal performance, especially in front of the home crowd in MetLife Stadium. I can see the Jets going back to basics and of course, what works on offense. This will be the game they unleash Powell, similar to how great he did towards the final stretch of the season last year.
Genna: I can definitely see it! Especially because, Eric Decker missed practice, Jalin Marshall is out for a few weeks and Brandon Marshall is still banged up. The offensive line is also falling apart so Powell will have his work cut out for him. Powell should definitely see an increased role, I’m just not that much of a risk taker after a week Decker gave me three points. I am not confiding in any Jets player this week!