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6 Fantasy Football Sleepers to Roster in Week 4

| October 1, 2021 12:03 pm PDT

If you’re here, you’re in need of some help when it comes to your season long fantasy football team. It’s one thing to look for week four NFL DFS sleepers, but if you’re on the prowl for your home league, it means your lineup has had some issues.

A poor draft, botched trades, or injuries can contribute to a slow start, or they can collectively put you in a tough spot. That may force you to consider some deep dives, which some just call fantasy sleepers.

So, which punt plays could be useful and help you win your matchup? Let’s find out in my fantasy football sleepers’ breakdown for week four.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Dolphins

I highlighted Matt Ryan in my week four NFL DFS sleepers, but this season-long column allows me to point you to another one of my favorite quarterback sleepers.

That’s Brissett, who 3% owned across all Yahoo fantasy football leagues. The ownership number is a bit shocking, seeing as several quarterbacks have under-performed this year, and he’s looking at a terrific matchup.

Here’s where his opponent (Colts) ranks against fantasy passers in key stats so far in 2021.

  • 25th in fantasy points allowed to QBs
  • 32nd in TD passes allowed to QBs

This is worth noting, especially when the mobile Brissett offers some extra upside with his legs. Oh, and he’s facing one of his former NFL squads, which opens the door to that beloved “revenge” narrative.

You can get lost in the rushing upside or Brissett’s shot at unbridled revenge, but the reality is he’s got a great matchup in front of him.

If you don’t have a reliable answer at the quarterback slot, then Brissett looks like a fine try four week four.

  • Other Options: Jimmy Garoppolo (11% owned) and Carson Wentz (12% owned)

Michael Carter, RB, Jets

Michael Carter

One of my favorite week four fantasy football sleepers has to be New York running back, Michael Carter.

With Chuba Hubbard atop everyone’s week four waiver wire wish list, Carter is undoubtedly going ignored (and benched) in a lot of fantasy leagues.

He’s not unowned in 2021 fantasy football leagues, but he’s out there in about half (48% available) of waiver wire pools.

Hopefully, you’re not even in the type of roster hell that forces you to think about fantasy football sleepers like this, but hey, sometimes you have to take what you can get.

Fantasy sports are often about opportunity, and Carter should have a solid role in week four. He certainly has a mouth-watering matchup in front of him, as he gets to battle a bad Titans defense.

Tennessee is a middle of the pack unit against running backs, but the matchup isn’t stingy, and New York’s only real shot to win this game (+7 underdogs at BetOnline) is to control the clock with their running game.

The role and matchup look solid, and Carter displayed glimpses of his potential two weeks ago when he turned 11 carries into 59 rushing yards against the Patriots.

Is he safe? No, but if you’re dumpster diving for help at a thin position like running back, Carter has to be on your radar.

  • Other Options: Royce Freeman (4% owned) and J.J. Taylor (2% owned)

Nelson Agholor, WR, Patriots

Speaking of being totally unsafe, but potentially offering gobs of upside, New England receiver Nelson Agholor also slides into my week four NFL fantasy sleepers list.

Agholor has always been known for his drops, but he can explode for big plays, too. He hasn’t had much to work with to start 2021, as his rookie quarterback has been inconsistent, his team prefers to run the ball, and his matchups have been difficult.

That could change on Sunday Night Football, where the Pats welcome Tom Brady back to town.

I see this game going Tampa Bay’s way, which should aid Agholor in his plight to rack up points for your fantasy squad.

The Pats likely being forced to air it out against a poor Buccaneers secondary (most fantasy points allowed to wide receivers) inflates Agholor’s value, but it’s worth biting on.

Agholor was useful as a member of the Raiders in 2020, and he’s got a great matchup in week four. He’s also just 39% owned in fantasy football leagues, so he’s an obtainable week four fantasy sleeper.

  • Other Options: Bryan Edwards (18% owned) and Quintez Cephus (19% owned)

Tommy Tremble, TE, Panthers

Is there a worse position to be in need of this year? Gone are the days of feeling good about streaming tight ends, as this position is remarkably top-heavy, and just insanely unstable after the first few studs.

I personally regret not reaching for Travis Kelce or Darren Waller more in my fantasy football drafts, but hey, we have to adjust when we make mistakes.

If you’re in that tight end-needy boat, then perhaps you’ll give Tommy Tremble a look. Few can forget him, as he rumbled for a score on Thursday Night Football a week ago.

He was a DFS hero, but with the Panthers trading fellow tight end Dan Arnold away to help boost the team’s secondary, the door may be open for Tremble to see the field even more.

Tremble is as nauseating to start as all other tight end waiver wire adds, but he’s out there (1% owned), and his role should only be growing.

He’s the least reliable of my fantasy football sleepers in week four, but at a horrid position, he’s one of the better options to roll with.

  • Other Options: Dalton Schultz (27% owned) and Maxx Williams (1% owned)

Tristan Vizcaino, K, Chargers

Tristan Vizcaino

What, are we handing out fantasy football kicker sleepers, now? I don’t see why not. For starters, you could literally be here because your kicker has been awful all year.

Maybe your kicker is hurt, or perhaps their week four matchup stinks. Whatever the case, you need some week four fantasy advice, and Vizcaino could help.

There are some other kickers on the waiver wire who project better, but they’re also all higher owned across Yahoo fantasy football leagues. That means Vizcaino may be your best bet.

He has a palatable matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football, and most NFL betting sites have that game slated as a shootout with a total of 52.

Vizcauno operates out of a rock-solid Chargers offense, and for what it’s worth, Las Vegas has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to kickers in 2021. That’s not nothing.

  • Other Options: Dustin Hopkins (8% owned) and Chase McLaughlin (11% owned)

Detroit Lions Defense

Dan Campbell

I was personally smart enough to draft the Denver Broncos defense, and for week four, I benched them and will be rolling with the Tennessee Titans.

You may not have been so lucky. If you’re searching high and low for fantasy football sleepers in the defense category, perhaps the Lions can be of assistance.

I know, normally this would be a vomit-inducing notion, but the Lions did hold the Ravens in check last week. They also get to face a truly abhorrent Bears offense that seemingly has no idea what to do under center.

Detroit is risky, but they’re 98% available across all Yahoo fantasy football leagues, and the matchup looks appealing on paper.

  • Other Options: Dallas Cowboys (17% owned) and Miami Dolphins (20% owned)

More Week 4 Fantasy Football Advice

There are a lot of old adages when it comes to fantasy football. One is “start your studs”, another is “trust the projections”, and one more is “matchups don’t matter.”

Those quotes exist for a reason, but nothing is ever truly concrete. I do think you drafted guys early to use them, though, and for the most part, projections are a good baseline to operate with.

Matchups can matter, however, and they’re a great way to uncover some of the best fantasy football sleepers.

Of course, all NFL fantasy sleepers come with some risk, so it’s best to prevent putting yourself into these types of spots in the first place, if possible.

You also will want to seek out as much fantasy football advice as you can, while looking at the week four NFL betting lines never hurts.

For a little extra help, check out these season long fantasy football advice columns.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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