By: Fan Sports Lists Team
Week 4 brings the start of bye week season when matchups and sleepers become even more important. Many of the sleepers we share this week are guys you may be able to pick up and play in a pinch.
Fan Sports Lists Match-up Grading Scale: A = start everyone!, B = start most fantasy players against them, C = start your studs but avoid other players, D = only start studs and consider other options even for them, F = try to find any other options!
Week 3: vs. Cardinals – win 33-18
Week 4: @ Patriots
Matchup grades: Passing = C – Pats give up over 260 yards per game but just 4 TDs this year. Running = D – decent against the run only yielding 90 yards a game and just 2 TDs this year.
Starts: QB Tyrod Taylor (runs enough to be viable, but not great, option and could rack up yards if Pats get a big lead)
Sits: RB LeSean McCoy (too much working against him, try to find a better option), WR Sammy Watkins (out), TE Charles Clay, WR Marquise Goodwin
Week 3: vs. Browns – win 30-24
Week 4: @ Bengals – loss 22-7
Recap: The Phins O was pretty much throttled by a good Bengals D. QB Ryan Tannehill hooked up with WR Kenny Stills on a long pass for their lone TD. However, that was Stills only reception and the only other semi-productive player was WR Jarvis Landry with his usual high volume of targets and receptions.
Week 3: @ Chiefs – loss 24-3
Week 4: vs. Seahawks
Matchup grades: Passing = F – Seattle is arguably the worst pass D for any team to face giving up just over 160 yards per game and no TDs so far. Running = The story is only slightly better for running against the Legion of Boom. They’re pretty damn good.
Starts: WR Brandon Marshall (his knee is gimpy so feel free to bench if you have better options but don’t be surprised if he has a good game), D (looking to attack a BAD O-line)
Sits: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (coming off of an all-time bad week and facing another bad matchup), WR Eric Decker (out), WR Quincy Enunwa, RB Matt Forte (maybe he catches enough balls to have an okay game but find another option if possible)
Sleepers: RB Bilal Powell (could easily see the most targets especially if Marshall is iffy)
Week 3: vs. Texans – win 27-0
Week 4: vs. Bills
Matchup grades: Passing = C – The Bills give up a pretty good chunk of yardage each game. Running = B – Buffalo gives up a very middling amount of yardage per game but have been scored on a lot.
Starts: RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Julian Edelman, TE Rob Gronkowski (if he plays, he plays), D
Sits: Jimmy Garoppolo (or whoever the QB is), TE Martellus Bennett (if Gronk plays)
Week 3: vs. Broncos loss 29-17
Week 4: vs. Dolphins – win 22-7
Recap: The Bengals have been good defensively and looked better than ever allowing one long passing TD and nothing else. WR AJ Green had a monster game but the rest of the offensive players were pretty ordinary. Dalton had a nice game passing against a defense that has been mediocre at best. RB Jeremy Hill had just an okay game this week against a weak rush defense and RB Giovani Bernard (did not produce in a pretty good match-up). TE Tyler Eifert was still out.
Week 3: @ Dolphins – loss 30-24
Week 4: @ Redskins
Match-up grades – Passing: C – Redskins are giving up 301 passing yards per game. Rushing: B – Defense is giving up 123 yards per game on the ground.
Start: RB Isaiah Crowell (running well the past few weeks and RB1 on Browns), WR Terrelle Pryor (high volume of targets and best weapon for Browns right now)
Sit: TE Gary Barnidge (not able to duplicate the magic he produced last season, not worth starting), QB Cody Kessler, RB Duke Johnson
Week 3: @ Jaguars win 19-17
Week 4: vs. Raiders
Match-up grades – Passing: A – Raiders are giving up 340 yards per game, the most in the NFL through 3 games. Rushing: C – Good matchup even for team without a lead back.
Start: Joe Flacco (bounce back season and has a good matchup this week), WR Mike Wallace (good matchup and a favorite target of Flacco early), TE Dennis Pitta (Flacco has looked his way a lot over the last two weeks)
Sit: RB Justin Forsett (look else where for help at RB), RB Terrance West (not real value here yet, keep looking)
Week 3: @ Eagles – loss 34-3
Week 4: vs. Chiefs
Match-up grades – Passing: B – Kansas City is close to a top 10 pass defense. Rushing: C – Tough match-up for Le’Veon Bell’s first game back.
Start: QB Ben Roethlisberger (has arguably best WR in NFL on his team, should be started), WR Antonio Brown (18 targets last week, will see a high volume again this week), RB Le’Veon Bell (back and ready for a heavy workload, start him if you got him)
Sit: WR Sammie Coates (is inconsistent as of late, look for other options if you need a WR)
Sleepers: RB DeAngelo Williams (could still see some work, more of a flex option)
Week 3: @ Bengals – win 29-17
Week 4: vs. Buccaneers
Matchup grades: Running = C – The Bucs have been average for giving up yardage at just under a hundred yards per game but have only given up 3 TDs and 3.5 yards per carry. Passing = B – The passing D has been worse than average in yards and TDs given up.
Starts: QB Trevor Siemian (coming out party last week), WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Emmanuel Sanders, RB C.J. Anderson, D (4th in the league against the pass although the Buccaneers might be passing a lot)
Sleepers: TE Virgil Green (if healthy)
Week 3: @ Colts – loss 26-22
Week 4: @Saints
Matchup grades: Running = B – The Saints have the worst run D in the entire NFL by yardage and are 1 behind having given up the most TDs on the ground. Passing = A – About as good of a matchup as a team can hope for including the reality that Saints O could force a high-scoring game.
Starts: QB Philip Rivers, WR Travis Benjamin, RB Melvin Gordon,
Sleepers: WR Tyrell Williams (lead the team in targets and seems to be building chemistry with Rivers), TE Hunter Henry, WR Dontrelle Inman, RB Dexter McCluster (everyone in the Chargers passing O could be a sneaky play in a pinch)
Week 3: vs. Jets – win 24-3
Week 4: vs. Steelers
Matchup grades: Running = D – The Steelers are doing a pretty good job against the run, maybe because it is so easy to pass. Passing = B – They have given up a ton of passing yards but not a lot of TDs.
Starts: D (monster game last week grabbing 6 INTs although this should be a tougher matchup), QB Alex Smith (hasn’t turned the ball over much so could have an decent game), RB Spencer Ware (has proven himself in both the run game and the passing game), Travis Kelce (with the lack of TE talent around he is a must-start weekly), WR Jeremy Maclin (can either be a possession or big player receiver)
Sits: RB Charcandrick West doesn’t get enough touches to be relevant)
Sleepers: RB Jamal Charles (they might bring him along slowly but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets some receptions and goal-line carries)
Week 3: @ Titans – win 17-10
Week 4: vs. Ravens
Matchup grades: Running = D – This will probably be a tough matchup for the Raiders, the Ravens are 3rd against the run. Passing = D – They’re 8th against the pass with their pest pass rusher, Elvis Dumervil, coming back.
Starts: QB Derek Carr (solid in all 3 of his starts just don’t expect a 400 yard, 4 TD game)
Sits: RB Latavius Murray, RB DeAndre Washington, TE Clive Walford, WR Seth Roberts, WR Amari Cooper
Sleepers: WR Michael Crabtree (led the team in targets last week)
Week 3: vs Chargers – win 26-22
Week 4: @ Jaguars
Matchup grades:- Passing = C – The Jaguars gave up just 201 yards per game and 6 TDs this year. Running = B Jags have been poor vs the run game giving up over 100 yards per game.
Starts: RB Frank Gore (should both do well vs a struggling Jaguars D), Andrew Luck (has been solid so far this season), WR T.Y Hilton
Sits: WR Donte Moncrieff (out), WR Phillip Dorsett, TE Dwayne Allen,
Week 3: vs Ravens – loss 19-17
Week 4: vs Colts
Matchup grades: Passing = B – Colts allow over 300 yards per game. Running =C – Just 95 yards allowed per game.
Starts: QB Blake Bortles (will be able to sling the ball vs a weak Colts D), WR Allen Robinson, RB T.J. Yeldon (has been the more productive back this year)
Sits: WR Allen Hurns (has not proven himself this year), RB Chris Ivory
Sleepers: TE Julius Thomas (hurt last week if healthy look to play)
Week 3: @ Patriots – loss 27-0
Week 4: vs Titans
Matchup grades:- Passing = C – Titans give up 239 passing yards allowed per game this season. Running = D – Titans Ranking 3 in fewest fantasy points given up to RB.
Starts: RB Lamar Miller (tough matchup but should do well), WR DeAndre Hopkins (look for a bounce back game), D (lost J.J. Watt but this is a pretty good matchup)
Sits: QB Brock Osweiler
Sleeper: WR Will Fuller (an off week last week, should have a better game against the Titans this week)
Week 3: vs Raiders – loss 17-10
Week 4: @ Texans
Matchup grades: Passing = C – Texans have allowed only 151 passing yards per game. Running = B – Texans DE Watt looks to be out for the season, good news for the Titans run game.
Starts: RB DeMarco Murray (should keep up his productions this week), TE Delanie Walker (if he plays)
Sits: WR Rishard Matthews, WR Tajae Sharpe, QB Marcus Mariotta, RB Derrick Henry.
Week 3: vs. Bears – win 31-17
Week 4: @ 49ers
Matchup grades: Passing = D – The 9ers passing D doesn’t give up a lot of yards and has only surrendered 2 passing TDs. Running = B – San Fran has moved the bottom third of the league in run D.
Starts: RB Ezekiel Elliott,
Sits: QB Dak Prescott, WR Cole Beasley (he’s not that good and neither is the matchup), TE Jason Witten, WR Dez Bryant (likely out)
Sleepers: RB Alfred Morris (The Boys could establish a big lead and run a ton making Morris viable)
Week 3: vs. Steelers – win 34-3
Week 4: Bye
Bye week report:
QB Carson Wentz has surpassed all expectations and forced his way onto the fantasy radar.
RB Ryan Matthews has not got a lot of opportunities and has not done a lot with the carries he has had outside of a few TDs.
RB Darren Sproles seems like a better fit for the way this offense is being ran but he hasn’t been overly productive either. Keep an eye on the young back-up RBs.
WR Jordan Matthews has finally started to look like a decent fantasy player and may continue to develop as Wentz does.
Week 3: vs. Skins – loss 29-27
Week 4: @ Vikings
Matchup grades: Passing = F – The Vikes have shut down back-to-back MVP caliber QBs and They could do even more damage this week. Running = D – The run D is actually ranked better based on yardage than the passing D so there’s that.
Starts: WR Odell Beckham, JR (gotta play your studs)
Sits: QB Eli Manning, WR Victor Cruz, WR Sterling Sheppard, RB Shane Vereen (out), RB Orleans Darkwa
Week 3: @ Giants – win 29-27
Week 4: @ vs. Browns
Matchup grades: Passing = B – Probably the biggest limit to the yardage they give up in the passing game is the fact that their offense can’t push opponents. Running = C – Only 2 TDs and close to league average yardage allowed.
Starts: QB Kirk Cousins (he ain’t great but the matchup is stellar), WR DeSean Jackson, TE Jordan Reed, RB Matt Jones (expect the Skins to get a lead and run it a bunch after that)
Sits: WR Pierre Garcon
Sleepers: D (based strictly on matchup)
Week 3: @ Cowboys – loss 31-17
Week 4: vs. Lions
Matchup grades: Passing = C – Lions are giving up 264 yards per game this year. Rushing = B – Prone to giving up big Lions also giving up over 114 yards per game.
Start: WR Alshon Jeffery (if he can’t find the endzone this week it will be troubling), RB Jordan Howard (he should see a bunch of snaps this week)
Sit: WR Kevin White (might be moving up with Hoyer at QB, lets see it for one more week), QB Brian Hoyer, WR Eddie Royal, RB Joique Bell
Sleepers: TE Zach Miller (had 2 TDs last week and could again this week against a suspect defense)
Week 3: @ Packers – loss 34-27
Week 4: @ Bears
Matchup grades: Passing = C – Teams have only averaged 214 yards per game and 4 total TDs. Rushing = B – The Bears are giving up 142 yards a game on the ground.
Start: QB Matthew Stafford (good numbers against mediocre defenses), RB Dwayne Washington (his roll is increasing), RB Theo Riddick (might see 10 carries but will factor in pass game), WR Marvin Jones Jr (over 200 yards last week, Lions #1 WR)
Sit: WR Golden Tate (has looked out of place in the offense)
Sleepers: TE Eric Ebron (productive this year, even in games he has not had a TD)
Week 3: vs. Lions – win 34-27
Week 4: Bye
Bye week report:
QB Aaron Rodgers only threw for 205 against the Lions but he threw for 4 TDs. A solid game before the bye week followed up by some rest. Rodgers should be back on track in week 5.
RB Eddie Lacy went for 103 yards on the ground, gashing the Lions defense on 17 carries. Look for him to build on that after the bye.
WR Jordy Nelson is rounding back into form. He caught 6 balls for 101 yards and 2 TDs last week. He will remain a WR1 going forward.
WR Randall Cobb and everyone else on this offense have been sub-par. Avoid them going forward.
Week 3: @ Panthers – win 22-10
Week 4: vs. Giants
Matchup grades: Passing = C – The Giants defense is giving up 262 yards per game this year. Rushing = F – Giants are giving up 77 yards on the ground this year. They are stout up front.
Start: TE Kyle Rudolph (is finally playing consistently and scoring while doing it), WR Stefon Diggs (Giants giving up enough through the air to start Diggs), D
Sit: RBs Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata (didn’t do anything with the absence of Adrian Peterson)
Week 3: @ Seahawks – loss 37-18
Week 4: @ Cowboys
Matchup grades: Running = D – The Cowboys are solid against the run allowing only 89 yards a game. Passing = B – The Cowboys aren’t very good against the pass giving up almost 300 yards a game.
Starts: RB Carlos Hyde (100 yards rushing last week against a good run defense)
Sits: QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Torrey Smith, WR Jeremy Kerley, TE Garrett Celek (49ers are a run first team and you can’t trust their passing game even if the Cowboys are bad at stopping it)
Week 3: vs. Bills – win 33-18
Week 4: @ Rams
Matchup grades: Running = C – The Rams are giving up 100 yards a game against the run which is about the league average. Passing = C – The Rams are about middle of the road when it comes to giving up pass yard (266 a game) but have only managed 1 pick so far this year.
Starts: QB Carson Palmer (should rebound from a bad week), RB David Johnson, WR Larry Fitzgerald (gets a lot of targets in the red zone while lining up in the slot)
Sits: WRs John Brown, Michael Floyd, Jaron Brown (until these 3 WRs can produce consistent numbers bench them all), RB Chris Johnson
Sleepers: D (look for a few turnovers if the Rams get behind and have to throw the ball)
Week 3: @ Buccaneers – loss 37-32
Week 4: vs. Cardinals
Matchup grades: Running = D – The Cardinals have been pretty good so far this year against the pass giving up less than 200 yards a game. Passing = B – The Cardinals are in the bottom 5 in the league against the run averaging 133 yards a game.
Starts: Todd Gurley
Sits: Case Keenum, Brian Quick, Kenny Britt, Lance Kendricks
Sleepers: Tavon Austin (He could be a sleeper every week just for the fact they try and get him the ball in every way)
Week 3: vs. 49ers – win 37-18
Week 4: vs. Jets
Matchup grades: Running = A – The Jets have been stout against the run. Passing = B – Their passing defense is another story giving up 290 yards a game.
Starts: QB Russell Wilson (if healthy or at least playing, start him), WR Doug Baldwin (monster game last week racking up over a 150 yards receiving and 2 scores)
Sits: RB Christine Michael (read option shouldn’t be a threat if Wilson’s ankle is banged up)
Sleepers: TE Jimmy Graham (100 yards receiving and a TD last week, his hip might finally be healed)
Week 3: vs Rams – loss 37-32
Week 4: vs Broncos
Matchup grades:– Passing = F – Broncos have allowed only 2 passing TDs this season and 19 points per game. Running = B – Broncos are not as good vs the run with 120 rushing yards allowed per game.
Starts: RB Charles Sims (will see a lot of carries), WR Mike Evans (clear WR1)
Sits: WR Vincent Jackson (faces a tough matchup this week), RB Doug Martin (out), QB Jameis Winston, WR Adam Humphries, TE Cameron Brate (hottest name in TEs but don’t bet on this matchup)
Week 3: @ Saints – win 45-32
Week/ 4: vs Panthers
Matchup grades: Passing = C – Panthers have given up only 183 passing yards per game and 4 total TDs. Running = D – Good vs the run, only 90 yards per-game allowed and 3 TDs this season.
Starts: RB Devonta Freeman (probably startable even in a tough matchup), Julio Jones (if he is healthy, play him)
Sits: Mohamed Sanu (shoulder injury and no production), Matt Ryan (should see a dip in his number this week), RB Tevin Coleman
Week 3: vs Vikings – loss 22-10
Week 4: @ Falcons
Matchup grades: Passing = A – Falcons are giving up over 300 passing yards per game and 10 TDs. Running = B – They’re also not good vs the run with 120 yards given up per game.
Starts: QB Cam Newton (will have a better outing against a weaker defense), TE Greg Olson and WR Kelvin Benjamin will both be looking for a bounce back week vs a weak Falcons D
Sits: RB Jonathan Stewart (out), WR Devin Funchess
Sleepers: RBs Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker (worthwhile pickups if you need a RB for this week)
Week 3: vs Falcons – loss 45-32
Week 4: @ Chargers
Matchup grades: Passing = B – Chargers are giving up over 300 passing yards per game but only 5 TDs so far. Running = D – Only allowing 81 yards per game and 4 TDs.
Starts: QB Drew Brees, WR Brandin Cooks, WR Willie Snead (if healthy, start him), TE Coby Fleener, RB Mark Ingram (feel free to start someone else though, if you have better options)
Sleepers: WR Michael Thomas