Top Sleeper Picks for College Football DFS – Week 4, 2021
Finding the correct sleepers has been hit or miss for most in DFS leagues. There are risky decisions you will need to make to find success. Plenty of factors go into theories, but luck needs to go your way.
We have seen backups in the non-conference slate get several opportunities in garbage time. All fantasy owners know that garbage is often more enjoyable than crunch time.
There will be some fresh new faces that determine the production this weekend. There are a few Top 25 matchups early in the day that will be thrilling to watch as your fantasy teams light up the scoreboard.
It is time to dissect and discuss the top sleepers to select in Week 4’s college football slate.
KJ Jefferson, QB, Arkansas ($5,700)
There hasn’t been a more impressive team that has flown under the radar since the preseason. The Arkansas Razorbacks will have an opportunity to have more bandwagon jumpers after this weekend.
Texas A&M is far from a cakewalk opponent since they currently rank in the Top 10. Sam Pittman is one of the better coaches in the country, and he will stick to what works best for this program.
Jefferson ran for over 150 yards in the first two games of the season with a pair of scores. The ability to improve after every game thus far has allowed the offense to open up. Jefferson looked a bit lost and out of sync with his receivers in the season-opener against Rice.
The Arkansas starting signal-caller ended up throwing for 128 measly yards in their victory over the Owls, but Jefferson did rush for 89 yards and two scores. He also improved the following week against Texas. That was when the flip switched on national television.
We witnessed a beatdown over Texas that featured over 200 yards of total offense. Despite being held out of the end zone, the game turned into a laugher. The entire backfield of Arkansas reached paydirt, and the confidence is sky-high for this program.
The Aggies will bring the pain in the trenches, but the Razorbacks will match them and win the battle at the line of scrimmage. Jefferson may not throw for several scores in this one, but he should combine for over 200 yards of offense with at least two scores. The Arkansas quarterback is one of the better value plays of the weekend, regardless of position.
Jalen Berger, RB, Wisconsin ($4,900)
Berger was the projected starter for a good chunk of the summer but eventually lost his potential starting gig to Clemson transfer Chez Mellusi. Berger would see the field in Week 2 against Eastern Michigan. He ended up toting the pigskin 15 times for 62 yards.
Mellusi is actually one of my top college football DFS picks for week four. But there could be room for both of these guys to succeed.
Berger is a threat to score on most touches he receives. Mellusi will get more carries, but Berger saw increased opportunities last week and should be the more explosive back this season.
Notre Dame is only No. 73 against the run this season. Going against this run defense is the perfect time to take a shot on Berger. The Irish and Badgers should be a defensive slugfest where points could be at a premium.
The young Badger back could return value with one long run. There is plenty of time to jump on board and reap the benefits as Wisconsin will look to dominate the time of possession in this non-conference showdown at Soldier Field.
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Jordan Whittington, WR, Texas ($5,800)
There is a projected 60-plus points scored for this Big 12 shootout between the Longhorns and Red Raiders. Texas took out some of their frustrations on Rice, but Texas Tech will do just fine in the Big 12 opener for the Burnt Orange.
Whittington is a highly-touted recruit that has switched from running back to wide receiver, and we saw flashes in their season-opener over Louisiana. The speed was overwhelming for the squad out of the Sun Belt, but the Longhorns should be featuring quicker, short passes in the flats.
He’s also a bit of a brute.
This Longhorn wideout has elusive quickness that can make defenders miss in the open space. The matchup is a favorable one due to the struggles that the Red Raider secondary has had.
Texas Tech heads into the week at No. 87 in the FBS against the pass, allowing 238.0 yards per game. There are issues all over the field for the Texas Tech defense, and the Texas offense is attempting to show more consistency and increased production in their passing attack.
At the current value, Whittington could provide 20-plus points in one-half of football. This Big 12 opener for the Longhorns will feature a boatload of touchdowns. The pace of the game will increase the chances for Whittington to bring back value.
Ontaria Wilson, WR, Florida State ($5,100)
What a few weeks and season it has been for the Seminoles. The lack of production on both sides of the ball has given them their first 0-3 start since 1976.
Florida State has zero wideouts on the year with 100-yards. Keep in mind this year is three games deep. It has been an utter disaster to see this program struggle for several years now. Getting to a bowl looked possible after their nearly upsetting Notre Dame.
Two losses later and this program is searching for answers. One of the rare players that have shown value on this squad is a worthy start.
Wilson found the end zone last week in their lopsided road defeat at Wake Forest. Here’s what he’s done so far in 2021.
- 4 receptions
- 89 receiving yards
- 1 TD
- 22.3 YPC
This FSU program needs to find an identity on offense, and the lack of leadership and consistency has been a concern. The ACC slate has Louisville and Syracuse before the competition gets even more challenging.
The lone FSU playmaker will have a chance to pick up some extra yardage in the fourth quarter of this game.
Thayer Thomas, WR, NC State ($4,300)
NC State is fully capable of knocking off Clemson in this matchup due to the perimeter talent. Thomas is a quick passing target who is a perfect value pick in a game that should come down to the wire.
Thomas has the second most catches (13) on the Wolfpack and is the only player with multiple receiving touchdowns on the squad.
Ohio State exposed them in the Sugar Bowl, and while NC State may not have the same level of players, the Tigers are a struggling squad at the moment. They cannot protect their passer, and NC State could dominate the battle of field position.
Quarterback Devin Leary will take his shots down the field with No. 5 in an electric Raleigh atmosphere.
Week 4 College Football DFS Advice
There you have it, your top DFS sleepers for week four in college football. This weekend will be the final Saturday of September, which often means conference play is officially underway.
Most programs will have played their conference openers by now, but some are just getting acquainted with their conference opponents.
The conference slate beginning changes the way to strategize fantasy college football.
So many blowouts have been occurring in the early slate of games that the third and fourth-string running backs have found their way to the box score stat sheet.
Double-check your lineups to make sure you are not starting any inactive players that are limited. I hope you all enjoy the weekend and have the needed luck to win cash with all of your squads.
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