Don’t Sleep: Week Four

Even Jason Campbell can do work against the Pats pass defense
Photo Credit: Jeffrey Beall

Normally we do a recap of how all the picks went from last week, but sometimes the best thing to do in life is to just move on and forget something happened. That is what we will do this week. All you need to know about the picks from last week is almost every player underperformed. We are starting fresh with some new picks this week.

The deep sleepers for Week Four are after the jump:

Quarterbacks for Week Four
Matt Hasselbeck (TENN) 23 percent owned- Hasselbeck has been one of the most consistent fantasy quarterbacks in all of football so far this season. He has not had a stretch this good in a long time. Finally healthy and playing behind a good offensive line, Matt is playing like his old self again. While the loss of Kenny Britt will definitely hurt him, the Titans have been relying on Hasselbeck to throw the rock around since Chris Johnson has been so bad. Johnson will start to play better soon and will cut into some of Matt’s throws. However, he can also pick up some major yards when Johnson starts making huge plays in the screen game. I would definitely take Hasselback as my QB2 and bye week fill-in.

Jason Campbell (OAK) 30 percent owned- Campbell has a tasty matchup against the New England Patriots secondary this weekend. So far this season no one is giving up more completions, yards, and fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Patriots. While a lot of that has to do with the fact that you have to score fast and often to keep up with the Pats, it still exposes the fact that New England has a weak secondary. Look for Darren McFadden to have all the defenders watching him, allowing Campbell to pick apart the defense for a couple scores.

Other underappreciated Quarterbacks: Rex Grossman, Washington (23 percent owned)

Running Backs for Week Four
Dexter McCluster (KC) 22 percent owned- There are going to be plenty of opportunities for Dexter in the backfield now that Jamaal Charles is done for the season. Thomas Jones no longer has the skills to be a lead back anymore. Dexter McCluster is somewhat similar to Charles, so he should be able to fill in for him very nicely. In very limited opportunities as a running back, McCluster has looked like a very explosive runner. We also know about the ability he has as a receiver. I fully expect McCluster to get almost all of the carries within a couple games, which makes him a very attractive pickup this week.

Montario Hardesty (CLE) 21 percent owned- Even though Peyton Hillis is set to return this week, Hardesty has earned himself a bigger role in the offense with his play. His coaches have been talking about how they want to scale back the carries Hillis is getting, so I am expecting to see more of a committee approach than we have been seeing so far. The carries will probably be something like 60/40 or so in favor of Hillis, but that still leaves a lot of opportunities for Hardesty to make some big plays.

Others to ponder: Kendall Hunter, San Francisco (3 percent owned)

Wide Receivers for Week Four
Torrey Smith (BAL) 15 percent owned- How often does a player have each one of their first three career receptions go for touchdowns? Never is the answer… until Smith did it on Sunday against the Rams. While Smith is not likely to match that performance again this season, he could finally be turning the corner and showing why the Ravens took him in the second round of the draft. He has the speed to take the cover off defenses and open up the middle of the field, and he also proved that he definitely has some red-zone skills. I am expecting him to build off this game and grow as a receiver. While there will be some growing pains, the big game potential definitely makes his worth owning.

David Nelson (BUF) 30 percent owned- One of the more consistent receivers in all of football so far this season has been Nelson. The Bills have been one of the most surprising teams in all of football so far this season, and their offensive skill position players have been giving us some major fantasy production. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been playing great at quarterback so far, making everyone around him fantasy relevant. Fred Jackson demands lot of attention, Steve Johnson requires a lot of double coverage, and Scott Chandler is also commanding attention because he is such a red-zone threat. All of these factors are creating a perfect storm for Nelson, who is making the most of his opportunities when they come his way. Look for Buffalo to keep doing what is working and for Nelson to become more heavily involved as the season goes on.

Others to think about: Victor Cruz, New York Giants (9 percent owned) and Brandon Gibson, St. Louis (1 percent owned)

Tight Ends for Week Four
Jermaine Gresham (CIN) 13 percent owned- I have said before that I believe that Gresham deserves to be owned in more leagues. He rewarded me with a one point week and followed that up with only five fantasy points the next game. I think this is the week that Gresham finally has his coming out party. He has a good matchup with a Buffalo Bills defense that struggles defending tight ends (see: Rob Gronkowski). Dalton also should be looking for his big tight end more and more as the season progresses since his other receivers lack the ability to make plays downfield. So please big fella, don’t make me look stupid again. Take your great matchup and finally live up to your potential.

Others worth a shot: Ed Dickson, Baltimore (10 percent owned)



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