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Week 4: Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers

Who will rise from the ashes like a beautiful phoenix to elevate your fantasy team?

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Boy, last week was a pretty lackluster performance in regards to my deep sleeper prediction prowess. Theo Riddick and Ty Montgomery were able to find the end zone, but the rest were non-contributing factors. Will we keep seeing players come out of nowhere to put up big weeks or will the big-name guys start to show some consistency? Another week, another story. Let's see how it all unfolds.


Brandon Weeden, Dallas Cowboys (@NO)

I know. It's Brandon Weeden. But hear me out. The New Orleans Saints have one of the worst secondaries (defenses) in the entire league, giving up the most fantasy points to the quarterback position through the season's first weeks. They're actually not too terrible at stopping the run, which means the Cowboys should (SHOULD) have more success through the air. We see it every week; a low-priced quarterback has a big game and those who roster them are more than thankful for it. This may be the week we begin the anointing of Brandon Weeden the next big thing (not really, he's actually somehow 31 years old).

Fanduel: $6,400

Draftkings: $5,100

Running Backs

Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns (@SD)

The San Diego Chargers just can't stop the run. They are giving up 135 rush yards per game, and are the second-best matchup for fantasy running backs. Duke and Isaiah Crowell are currently in a timeshare, with Crowell handling more of the carries and Duke getting all of the passing game work. This game bodes well for Johnson as the Browns figure to be down for most of the game, as east coast teams generally play worse in west coast games. Crowell hasn't separated himself from Johnson, and this week may start the transition from Crowell to Johnson as the main back in the offense.

Fanduel: $5,400

Draftkings: $3,100

Boobie Dixon, Buffalo Bills (NYG)

LeSean McCoy is not going to play. Karlos Williams will handle most of the work, but Dixon is going to get a good amount of carries. He has done virtually nothing all year with his carries, but with Bryce Brown cut and McCoy injured he's worth a shot in the dark. He has a chance to get a late one-yard rushing touchdown.

Fanduel: $4,500

Draftkings: $3,000

Wide Receivers

Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (KC)

This isn't really a deep sleeper, but Jones is still very cheap on daily fantasy sites and should be picked up off waiver wires in every league. Jones is a legitimate touchdown scorer, only two years removed from a 10 touchdown campaign in 2013. He has touchdowns in consecutive weeks and is going up against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that has given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers and that just got torched for five passing touchdowns by the Packers. Sean Smith will be back for the Chiefs and Marcus Peters has been solid, but the Bengals offense has been putting their pass catchers in position to score and Andy Dalton has been finding them.

Fanduel: $5,500

Draftkings: $3,800

Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins (PHI)

Desean Jackson very well might miss another week, leaving Crowder with a role on offense for another week. Ryan Grant was expected to get most of D Jax's targets, but Crowder was the one who got the second most looks following Pierre Garcon. Crowder is quick and agile, and he showed out at the 2015 Senior Bowl. He racked up six catches for 45 yards on Thursday night, and should have even more success this week against a bad Philadelphia Eagles secondary.

Fanduel: $4,800

Draftkings: $3,200

Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (DAL)

Snead has actually been the Saints' most consistent receiver. He's caught eight passes for 88 yards and a touchdown over his last two games, in addition to a lone 63 yard catch in Week 1. Whether Drew Brees or Luke McCown is behind center, Snead has carved out a relevant role within this enigmatic Saints pass catching corps. Going up against a mediocre Cowboys secondary, Snead has a path to production in what should be a relatively pass-happy game.

Fanduel: $4,700

Draftkings: $3,000

Tight End

Garrett Celek, San Francisco 49ers (GB)

Vernon Davis is injured and is very questionable to suit up. Celek has been a minor part of the offense even when Davis is healthy, as the number two tight end. If Davis is out, which is looking likely as he missed practice on Wednesday, Celek should see a few more targets come his way. Going against a Green Bay Packers defense that has given up some production to fantasy tight ends this year, and with the 49ers likely to have to throw a lot, Celek could be a sneaky option.

Fanduel: $4,500

Draftkings: $2,500


Washington Redskins (PHI)

If I were to bring up this option last year, I would be deemed clinically insane. But this is not 2014. The Philadelphia Eagles offense has been a shell of its 2014 self, while the Redskins defense has been underratedly stout. The Eagles offense did seem to get things going a bit last week against the New York Jets, so that's a concern. But this defense that can shut down a run game and make the offense one-dimensional, which has been the cause of the Eagles' offensive struggles. Sam Bradford is a little turnover-prone when pressured in the pocket. If the Redskins can generate that pressure, they can get some fantasy points.

Fanduel: $4,100

Draftkings: $2,600