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Week 4 extended sleepers

Posted on: September 30, 2010 7:26 pm

Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.


Kyle Orton (at TEN): Orton only has four touchdowns on the season, but he's throwing the ball so much you have to take your chances with him most weeks. He's averaging 359 passing yards per game, and even though he faces a tough secondary in Tennessee, he's still worth using as a low-end No. 1 Fantasy option. But the Titans pass defense stats are slightly inflated since they've faced Oakland (with Jason Campbell) and Pittsburgh (with Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch) before Eli Manning threw for 386 yards against them last week. If he didn't try to throw a touchdown left-handed, he might have had better stats. Orton will stick to his normal throwing hand in this matchup, and he's still a quality starting option.

Matt Hasselbeck (at STL): Hasselbeck hasn't been great so far this season, but he has posted at least 17 Fantasy points in two of his three starts. That's something to consider when he faces the Rams this week. St. Louis has played better than expected on defense, but O.J. Atogwe (thigh) is banged up, which could hurt the secondary. Hasselbeck has six touchdowns and two interceptions in his past five games at St. Louis, and he could be a bye-week replacement this week if you're without Tony Romo, Josh Freeman, Brett Favre or Matt Cassel in leagues where you start two quarterbacks.

Sam Bradford (vs. SEA): The Seahawks have struggled in pass defense the past two games with Orton and Philip Rivers each accounting for more than 20 Fantasy points. Granted, Orton and Rivers are miles ahead of Bradford in terms of experience, but Bradford does have three touchdowns and two interceptions in his past two games, including his first NFL win against the Redskins. He also has a favorable matchup this week, and we expect Mark Clayton to shine as a must-start wide receiver. Bradford, like Hasselbeck, can be a useful bye-week replacement in two-quarterback leagues. The Rams might be throwing more than usual if Steven Jackson (groin) is out.


Kenneth Darby (vs. SEA): I'm not expecting Jackson to play this week, which should open the door for Darby to get the starting nod. He'd be going against a Seattle defense that has allowed at least six Fantasy points to four running backs (Frank Gore, Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter and Mike Tolbert). If you're stuck with Jackson out, Darby could sneak in there as a No. 2 running back in deeper leagues or as a flex option. Of the potential injury replacements this week, Darby might be the best of the bunch based on his matchup.

Laurence Maroney (at TEN): The Titans run defense is better than it has shown so far this year with Darren McFadden and Ahmad Bradshaw each posting double digits in Fantasy points in two of three games, but Maroney has the chance to play well if Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) is out again as expected. Maroney will likely get around 15 carries, and I could see him gaining around 60 total yards and a touchdown. Remember, he faced the Titans last year with the Patriots and had 123 rushing yards and a touchdown and three catches for 10 yards. He won't be that good, but as a low-end No. 2 running back or flex option, he could be useful with Moreno hurt.

Chris Ivory: (vs. CAR): There's a chance Pierre Thomas (ankle) could be out since he's a game-time decision, and Ivory is worth adding in all leagues. The Panthers have allowed double digits in Fantasy points to Bradshaw and Cedric Benson, and we would consider Thomas a must-start Fantasy running back if he's 100 percent. But if he's out, the majority of his touches would go to Ivory, and he could be considered a low-end No. 2 running back or flex option. Keep an eye on Thomas' status Sunday, but grab Ivory now in case he misses the game.

Jonathan Stewart (at NO): Stewart found the end zone in Week 3 against the Bengals, and hopefully it's a sign of things to come. He's facing a Saints defense that is No. 30 against the run, and Stewart has a touchdown in three of four meetings with New Orleans. DeAngelo Williams should get going this week also as Carolina will lean on the run game to take pressure off rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen, and Stewart is worth using as starter in deeper leagues and a flex option in standard formats. Hopefully his injured Achilles' tendon is close to 100 percent because Stewart has the potential to be a weekly starter when he's getting enough carries.


Davone Bess (vs. NE): If you're looking for a sleeper in deep point per reception leagues then Bess is your guy. He already has 13 catches for 149 yards, and he has a solid history against the Patriots. In his past three games against New England, Bess has 21 catches for 260 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots secondary is a mess, and Brandon Marshall will draw a lot of attention from the defense, opening up holes over the middle for Bess in the slot. If he scored more then he'd be a solid option in all leagues, but consider Bess in larger formats that reward a point per catch.

Blair White (at JAC): Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) is already ruled out, and Pierre Garcon (hamstring) could miss his second game in a row. That would open the door for White to see increased action, and he played well in relief for Garcon last week against the Broncos with three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown. Keep in mind, anyone catching passes from Peyton Manning is a useful Fantasy option, and this is a great matchup since the Jaguars are No. 29 in pass defense. In one of my 14-team leagues, I'm starting White ahead of Michael Crabtree if Garcon is out.

Johnny Knox (at NYG): Knox has yet to score a touchdown, but his production continues to increase each week. He had five Fantasy points in Week 1 against Detroit, eight in Week 2 at Dallas and nine in Week 3 against Green Bay. The Giants have allowed five passing touchdowns, and you know the Bears will be throwing all day. He's not a clear-cut starting option in the majority of leagues, but in leagues where receptions count he can be a No. 2 Fantasy wide receiver. He's a favorite of Mike Martz and Jay Cutler, and that's going to lead to plenty of production each week.

Lance Moore (vs. CAR): No Reggie Bush means lots of Moore, who had seven targets and did well playing in the slot last week against the Falcons with six catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. With Bush out for at least six weeks, Moore can be a useful Fantasy receiver. He's not going to play like that every week, but he did have 79 catches for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns when Bush and Marques Colston were dealing with injuries in 2008. It's clear that Drew Brees has faith in Moore, and you should also. In two games against the Panthers in 2008, Moore had 11 catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns. He's a good No. 3 Fantasy option this week.

Category: NFL

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2010 7:32 pm

Week 4 extended sleepers

Colston, Loyd....WR

Turner, Ellis....RB


Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2010 7:29 pm

Week 4 extended sleepers

Moss & Walter..

Forsett...for sure

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2010 7:21 pm

Week 4 extended sleepers

Vick and Moss......

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2010 6:58 pm

Week 4 extended sleepers

I have many problems on who to start this week?

Wr's- Colston, Sims-walker of Jacksonville, Brandon Loyd, Lance Moore Louis Murphy

RB'S- Turner, snelling, ellis of NE, John Kuhn, Maroney

I am In a Flex league who do I start?

Tnt rahn

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:08 pm

Week 4: help?

I have a good problem this week: Vick or Matt Ryan? Also, Santana Moss or LAnce moore??

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2010 1:27 pm

Week 4 extended sleepers

I'd go Moss, White, and McFadden

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2010 11:30 am

Can you give me some advice for week 4

Should I stat Santana Moss or Calvin Johnson or Mario Manningham in one spot

Start Kevin Walter or blair white in teh second receiver spot

For running back
Start Mcfadden or Forsett

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