Week 4 fantasy football studs, duds, sleepers

Week 4 fantasy football studs, duds, sleepers


Week 4 fantasy football studs, duds, sleepers


Byes begin causing headaches for fantasy owners this week, which will require putting extra thought into lineup calls.


RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: In two games against the Green Bay Packers last year, Forte averaged 117.5 rushing yards, 4.5 receptions, 50 receiving yards and two touchdowns per game. He won’t disappoint this week.

QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: The New York Jets have been a fantasy doormat for opposing quarterbacks, yielding at least two TD passes to Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers and even Derek Carr. If pass rusher Muhammad Wilkerson (knee) can’t go, the Jets will have trouble stopping the Lions passing attack.

WR DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans: Is he supplanting Andre Johnson? Hopkins either has tallied 100 receiving yards or scored a touchdown in all three games, with a stellar 17.5 yards per catch. The Buffalo Bills’ sloppy pass rush and coverage have them among the top 10 fantasy matchups for wideouts.

RB Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins: No matter who’s at quarterback, Miller will get his touches. In Week 3, he chewed up 108 rushing yards on only 15 carries in place of Knowshon Moreno (elbow). Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor’s ground game will pummel the Oakland Raiders, who remain one of the worst fronts against running backs.

RB Donald Brown San Diego Chargers: The veteran had only 62 yards last week, but with Ryan Mathews (knee) and Danny Woodhead (ankle) sidelined, Brown will once again be the main option. Facing the 32nd-ranked Jacksonville Jaguars defense will help pad his stats.

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QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: Rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin is maturing rapidly. Besides tight end Greg Olsen, however, there aren’t many trustworthy targets for Newton (two touchdown passes in two games). It’s tough to sit Newton because of all the byes, but Carolina’s backfield is thin and he could have trouble finding room to breathe.

RB Rashad Jennings, New York Giants: Jennings ran for 176 yards last week, but faces a Washington Redskins defensive front that has stifled running backs in the early going. The Giants probably will have more luck via the pass. Jennings will still approach 20 carries, but won’t produce RB1 numbers.

RB Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers: The Niners moved away from the run last week, and it cost them. Maybe they’ll feed Gore this week to make up for it. But it’s the wrong time to blindly expect good results. The Philadelphia Eagles have stuffed backs that don’t catch the ball much, such as Alfred Morris and Toby Gerhart, which doesn’t bode well. It might be a week for Carlos Hyde to shine.

WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jackson will try playing through a fractured wrist he suffered early in Week 3. Mike Glennon taking over at quarterback might help, and Jackson even scored a touchdown late in Thursday’s game. Even with a battered group, Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau should enjoy facing the deer-in-headlights Glennon. Can Jackson last a whole game trying to catch contested passes with a broken wrist?

WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs: The downfall of New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis is overblown. He follows a receiver when coach Bill Belichick identifies a threat. The most established one in this offense is Bowe, who has just six catches for 72 yards in two games. This is not the week for him to turn things around.

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QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Big Ben’s passing yardage has declined each week, but he did throw two TD passes against a tough Carolina Panthers defense. The Bucs “D” is a mess. Expect Roethlisberger to approach his 365-yard total from Week 1.

QB Eli Manning, New York Giants: In Week 3, Manning clicked for a 21-for-28 outing with 234 yards and two scores. He even connected with Victor Cruz for a touchdown. They’re buying into Ben McAdoo’s offense — just in time to face a defense that lost cornerback DeAngelo Hall (Achilles’) for the season.

RB Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts: Richardson averaged 4.1 yards per carry last week, except that was against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Tennessee TItans run defense has allowed four total scores to three different running backs in the last two weeks. Even though Ahmad Bradshaw is the Colts’ No. 1 back, Richardson will at least deliver flex numbers and could post another 20-carry effort if the game turns into a blowout.

TE Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens: Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s former player with the Houston Texans, Daniels slides into the starting role with Dennis Pitta (hip) done for 2014. Daniels’ comfort in the scheme should help him pick up some of Pitta’s 22 targets in two-plus games.

WR Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars: Mobile QB Blake Bortles should be able to extend plays. After he took over on Sunday, Bortles favored Robinson, looking his fellow rookie’s way eight times for six completions and 73 yards. With Chad Henne? Only one six-yard catch on two targets. With Marqise Lee (hamstring) not expected to play, Robinson should benefit even more.


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