Which under the radar players will prove to be helpful this week? Let’s take a look at this week’s Raider Ramble edition of Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 4.
Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 3 Recap
Lat week was definitely not my best list this season. Only two of my picks scored above their projections, which were the Kansas City Chiefs defense and Dameon Pierce. The other three (Jared Goff, Rashod Bateman, and Evan Engram) were well below their expectations. Let’s just forget that last week happened and move on.
QB Geno Smith
This is definitely one of my deepest picks for the young season. Geno Smith hasn’t done much so far to fill the stat sheet but threw for over 300 yards last week. He only threw for two touchdowns and one interception though. Still, 18.90 points isn’t too bad from his expectations. Now he’ll be going against the Detroit Lions who have allowed the second-most points to quarterbacks this season. He is also widely available, only rostered in 16.2 percent of leagues.
RB Rhamondre Stevenson
With Mac Jones out with a severe high ankle sprain, the passing game probably won’t be too much of a focus even with Brian Hoyer filling in. This is a great opportunity for Rhamondre Stevenson against a Packers running defense that allows 113.3 rushing yards per game. Last week, Stevenson was the eighth-highest scoring running back with 101 total yards and one touchdown. Managers will probably have to count on him getting good carries early because the Green Bay Packers should have a good lead and force the Patriots to pass more as the game goes on.
WR Isaiah McKenzie
Even if Gabe Davis plays through an ankle injury, he will not be 100 percent. This will make McKenzie the second man for Josh Allen behind Stefon Diggs. They will also play against a Baltimore Ravens defense that has allowed the most points to wide receivers this year. McKenzie proved himself to be reliable last week with seven catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. This game has great potential to be a shootout with both defenses facing a mix of injuries or underwhelming performances. McKenzie will get plenty of targets this game.
TE Tyler Conklin
It feels very wrong to put the third-highest scoring tight end in this article, but he’s only rostered in 47.5 percent of leagues for crying out loud. Conklin is second in targets and tied first in receptions amongst the team. It’s unlikely that he’ll be able to maintain this level of production for the whole year, so it’s best to use him before that time comes. The Steelers’ defense is middle of the pack in terms of points allowed to tight ends, but Conklin is more than worth that chance, especially with a position group that’s difficult to find consistency in.
DST New York Giants
This defense has only scored 11 points all year and rostered in just 8.2 percent of leagues. This week however, they get the privilege of playing against the Bears who are anything but explosive on offense. Their running game may be great, but their passing game is the definition of minimalist with less than 100 passing yards per game. This game will probably be a defensive duel so neither DST in this match can go wrong to be honest.
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