SleepersSeptember 26, 2012


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By R.J. White

Our Week 3 sleepers didn’t really wake up, but we’ll try and do a little better in Week 4. We’re focusing on those long-shot kind of guys that could be in for some surprisingly good numbers. If you have a free roster spot and don’t know who to add, consider one of the following running backs or wide receivers. They could be one of next week’s big waiver adds.

QB Shaun Hill, DET vs. MIN
Matthew Stafford will likely be listed as questionable for Week 4, and if he’s ruled inactive in the minutes leading up to the game, Hill vaults into the discussion as a QB1 option. He was fantastic in relief against the Titans, coming in with 76 seconds left in regulation yet posting 172 yards and two TDs while completing 10 passes in 13 attempts. He’s been a quality option whenever called upon his career, as is evidenced by his 41:23 TD:INT ratio. Minnesota doesn’t present a particularly tough matchup, so keep an eye on the inactive list before Sunday’s game to see if Hill is worth grabbing.

RB Tashard Choice, BUF vs. NE
It looks like Fred Jackson may be able to play in Week 4, just three weeks after sustaining an LCL tear that was expected to sideline him 3-to-8 weeks. Since he’s at the earliest part of that timetable, it’s logical to wonder how many snaps he’ll be able to play against New England, especially if the game gets out of hand one way or another. Enter Choice, who could be in for 10-15 carries even if Jackson is active on Sunday. He was likely snapped up from your waiver wire to be used this week; if you’re the owner that outbid your league for him, use him now before his value disappears.

RB Ryan Grant, WAS at TB
Yeah, like you can’t see Mike Shanahan-igan signing Grant off the street Tuesday and giving him 20 touches Sunday. Alfred Morris owners better be very afraid, as the Evil Genius looks like he’s up to no good. While you shouldn’t be starting Grant in any leagues (though I have to in one with a short bench and Rashard Mendenhall and Donnie Avery on a bye), it wouldn’t shock me in the least to see Grant become fantasy football’s most-added player after week 4 or 5.

WR Mario Manningham, SF at NYJ
The Jets lost one of the key defenders in the entire league when Darrelle Revis went down on Sunday, and when you lose a guy that big, there’s no chance that the “next man up” strategy is going to pay off. That means rather than avoiding WR matchups with the Jets, we should be embracing them. Manningham could be the first beneficiary of the injury on Sunday. He’s averaging four catches per game, and if he can manage to snag at least four this week, I like his chances of reaching the end zone for the first time this season.

WR Jerome Simpson, MIN at DET
Simpson missed the first three weeks of the season due to suspension, but he’s back with the team and ready to give the offense another dimension, which is a pretty scary thought considering Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph are all arguably top-notch players at their respective positions. It’ll be interesting to see how the offensive philosophy shifts with Simpson back, but he looked good in the preseason and will benefit from Christian Ponder’s very real leap in skill.

TE Brandon Myers, OAK at DEN
We went with Myers last week, and he rewarded us with four catches for 55 yards despite suffering a concussion. He reportedly feels fine heading into Week 4, and if he passes his tests and is active, he’ll again be a quality sleeper if you need help at TE. With 15 catches on the year, Myers is tied for fifth at the position in receptions. Denver has been prone to allowing fantasy points to TEs in the first three weeks, facing Heath Miller, Tony Gonzalez and Owen Daniels in those game.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to CBSSports.com's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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2 Responses to “Week 4 Sleepers”

  1. emteesee says:

    I honestly can’t tell if you’re serious about the Ryan Grant pick-up. If you are, you are doing a disservice to your readership. I can only believe you’re being sarcastic. You are honestly starting Grant in a league? Seriously? Morris is the man, without question. Are you trying to be “cool”? I’ve been in FF for over 12 years; as much as the Shanahan thing is overblown, you’ve taken it to a new level of stupidity. Congrats.

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  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    @emteesee: In a 20-team league, I have him as a flyer, but with Avery and Mendenhall out and only a three-player bench, I have to start him. I wouldn’t suggest anyone starting him this week unless the conditions were as extreme as these, but I wouldn’t just write him off. Many other Shanahan backs have been the man “without question” in the past only to see their playing time deteriorate for no easily discernible reason.

    Also, this is a sleeper article. The point of the article is to identify a few players each week that are off the radar but could produce. If you look at our start/sit ratings, he’s near the bottom at the RB position, meaning he’s a clear sit for us. However, if fantasy owners are looking to pick up a guy on a flyer, Grant is someone whose value could spike in any given week if Shanahan runs with him on a whim (and again, it wouldn’t be the first time he did that).

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