If you are in need of a fill-in option due to a bye week or injury, this is your chance to find some potential sleeper options to stun your opponent. This is also a spot to see what some of the best FLEX options are for Week 4. With a lot of injuries already sinking lineups, you are going to need to dive into deeper names that you might not be familiar with. To help set those lineups, head on over to our rankings and projections pages.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB – Miami Dolphins
The Miami offense is not often praised for its fantasy potential but this week is a little different. With Seattle coming into Miami, this is going to put a ton of pressure on the Dolphins offense to keep up. Opposing teams have averaged 51.7 pass attempts per game so far this season. While Seattle has faced far better quarterbacks than Ryan Fitzpatrick, you can’t argue that the volume and game script is perfect for fantasy points. Seattle is allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, and that is just allowing six touchdowns through the air. If you need a streaming option, Fitzpatrick is the best option to go with.
James Robinson – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars
James Robinson has been a big surprise this season as he is a top-ten fantasy scorer at the position so far. He has over 300 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns. I like him to continue his hot start to the season, going up against the Bengals who have allowed the 5th most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. They rank 21st in DVOA against the run, and Robinson’s workload is excellent. He has averaged 4.8 yards per carry and is averaging 14.3 rushing attempts per game to go along with 3.6 targets per game. Robinson is averaging over 20 PPR points per game this season.
Ronald Jones – RB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay’s injury situation could create some sleeper opportunity this week. Leonard Fournette has missed a few practices and is questionable for this week. This would create more snaps and touches for Jones, making him an RB2 or FLEX play this week if needed. The Chargers are a good defense against the run, but also just allowed 15 fantasy points to Mike Davis. If Fournette plays, I am off Jones, and I will echo Darrell Henderson from last week being in a strong spot as well as Devin Singletary and David Montgomery.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – WR – Green Bay Packers
With Allen Lazard out, Marquez Valdes-Scantling moves up a small food chain. He has averaged 1.7 PPR points per target so far this season and the matchup couldn’t be much better. The Week 1 score is just about all of his production through the first three games where Allen Lazard and Aaron Jones have been a bigger focus. The Packers have of the higher implied totals on the week. He is worth a look as a WR3 or FLEX option.
Justin Watson – WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin has been ruled out and Scotty Miller has been struggling to get healthy in time for this week. Justin Watson filled in the last game where Godwin missed out. Chris Harris being out for the Chargers downgrades the secondary and they are already without Darwin James for the year. Watson has averaged 1.6 PPR points per target so far this season and I love Watson as a streaming option in deeper leagues.
AJ Green – WR – Cincinnati Bengals
AJ Green a sleeper? With all the complaining about his production this season, he might as well be. Green has a ton of upside this week against a weak Jaguars defense. The targets are there as he is averaging 9.3 a game but has only had 4.3 receptions per game. He is seeing a ton of air yards and Joe Burrow continues to play well. Green has a real shot to provide a vintage line and I would get him off your bench and into the starting lineup.
Preston Williams – WR – Miami Dolphins
Now DeVante Parker is a potential WR1 this week but do not forget about Preston Williams if you are in a deeper league. He has been quiet to start the year but a matchup against the Seahawks is well in play. Seattle has allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. This game has shootout potential or at least Miami chasing this one from behind in the second half leading to a ton of volume. Opposing WR2s against Seattle have gone for 9-130-2, 8-72-0, and 6-138-1 so far this season.
Mike Gesicki – TE – Miami Dolphins
Sticking with the Miami theory, Mike Gesicki is a mismatch against any of Seattle’s defensive players. Gesicki has seen 6.3 targets per game this season, averaging 58.3 yards per game. He is a solid athlete and in a shootout style game, Gesicki stands out as someone who can finish in the top five scoring at the position this season. This was a defense that allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2019.
Jordan Akins – TE – Houston Texans
Jordan Akins is in a strong spot as the Minnesota defense used to be one to shy away from. Akins is averaging 40.7 yards per game and 11 yards per reception. Minnesota has allowed 200 receiving yards to tight ends this season, and haven’t necessarily played top talent. Akins has taken over the starting role from Darren Fells. Houston’s offense should get right this week as I am looking for Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks to break out this week as well.
Chicago has been quiet dating back to last season, which is disappointing because the 2018 numbers were excellent. This is still a talented defense but the turnovers have not been there. That can change this week with Philip Rivers, who has not looked great through the first few weeks and he was showing signs of his age last season. This is a good run defense that can stop the Colts on the ground and Nick Foles will hopefully not put this defense in bad spots.
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