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2012 Fantasy Football Week 4 Sleepers: Ryan Williams, Andre Brown, Josh Freeman, Golden Tate and More
Each week during the NFL season, FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Running BacksRyan Williams AZ VS. MIA
Reminding readers that these are sleepers so in situations where it’s necessary to roll the dice, you have a player on a bye week, they’re wasting away on your bench or if you are just feeling lucky then go ahead and give them a start. Ryan Williams went his first game without fumbling last week and I expect he’ll see more carries with a banged up Beanie Wells out there. Temper expectations but Miami isn’t the 49ers D so there’s definite sleeper potential for him.Andre Brown NYG VS. PHI
He had his own homecoming and coming out party last week in Carolina. I expect Coach Coughlin to ride his hot hand and if Bradshaw is showing any signs of regression or not fully healthy, I expect Brown will handle a majority of the load this week. Either way I still see Brown factoring in on goal line situations at least. Philly got bukkaked by Arizona last week so if the Giants move the ball like they can then Brown could be dropping his loads allow over the Arizona D too.
QuarterbacksJosh Freeman TB VS. WAS
He came to training camp 30 plus lbs lighter than last season and he’s looked much more mobile and accurate than the awful season endured last year. He’s put up mediocre numbers thus far, but this is a sweet matchup against a badly beaten down Redskins secondary. I would give the nod to Freeman over the likes of a struggling Mike Vick, Tony Romo or Phillip Rivers this week.Take Our Poll Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF VS. NE
Fitzpatrick is wicked smart – like stupid Harvard intelligent. So I would hope he’s sharp enough to dissect New England’s defense for some long plays. New England will be hungry for a win at 1-2 but Buffalo is finding new weapons in Chandler at TE and with Steve Johnson leading the wide receiving corps he could find success. If the revamped Bills’ D can keep them in the game then Fitzpatrick has shhhhh…..I’m sleeping potential.
Wide ReceiversRamses Barden NYG VS. PHI
Ramses found his way last week into Eli’s spotlight and he capitalized big time. This week it’s the Eagles and with Nicks still questionable for the game there could be more playing time for Barden to use his tall frame to snatch some big gains in single coverage against Philly’s smaller secondary.Golden Tate SEA VS. STL
The Golden Retriever made a couple TD catches on Monday night, the second of which was highly controversial and could be considered the most memorable or forgettable depending on your Packers or Seahawks loyalty. Either way it appears Sydney Rice is getting double covered more often, resulting in Wilson targeting Tate more often. Perhaps he’ll make news this week for a solid game instead of his new popular nickname granted for the Monday Night game “The Golden Tateaway.”
Tight EndJoel Dreessen DEN VS. OAK
With Jacob Tamme suffering a little setback during Sunday’s game Dreessen is more than capable of filling in and producing for Peyton Manning’s offense. Manning loves to target tight ends and Oakland gave up two touchdowns to Steelers’ TE Heath Miller last week. Here’s a good pick up and play potential this week if you are looking to change things up.
DefenseNew York Giants NYG VS. PHI
The defending Super Bowl champions are not getting much love in fantasy, as they are available via free agency in a majority of leagues. This defense did a number last week on Carolina and the Giants play much better on the road than at home, which is where they find themselves this week. Lots of big play potential from Philly, but they’ve struggled with Vick’s turnovers. In addition, last week was my first successful recommendation for defensive sleepers with Seattle and 8 first half sacks plus 12 pts allowed. Let’s keep that positive streak going. Getty up!