2013 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 4 Sleepers

Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts a pass out of the pocket against the Chicago Bears during the game on September 22, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of LestersLegends’ under-the-radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you this week.


Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger isn’t a sleeper in the sense that he’s an unknown, but in the current quarterback climate, he is generally not considered a starting fantasy football quarterback. 

This week, however, he has some appeal against the Minnesota Vikings in London. Big Ben just threw for 406 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Chicago Bears. He has at least one touchdown pass in his past 16 games.

The Vikings have allowed nine passing touchdowns through three games. It’s not surprising that Matthew Stafford (357 yards, two touchdowns) and Jay Cutler (292 yards, three touchdowns) had big games against them. Allowing Brian Hoyer (321 yards, three touchdowns) and punter Spencer Lanning (11 yards, touchdown) to drop four touchdown passes on them is downright embarrassing.

The Vikings are banged up in the secondary and haven’t been able to generate pressure with their pass rush. That’s a deadly combination for a team facing Big Ben.


Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

Bilal Powell exploded for 158 total yards last week against the Buffalo Bills, giving him 292 total yards and a touchdown on the year. He’s averaging 4.3 yards per carry and has eight receptions. 

Chris Ivory pulled his hamstring last week and has just 72 yards on 2.8 yards per carry. It’s likely that Ivory is held out this week against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans rank 13th against the run thanks to early matchups with the Steelers and the San Diego Chargers. The Houston Texans, however, piled up 172 yards on them in Week 2.


Marlon Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

After scoring a touchdown in each of the first two games, Marlon Brown caught two passes for six yards last week against the Houston Texans. Look for him to use his 6’5″ frame to his advantage against the Buffalo Bills, who allowed a pair of touchdowns in each game. 

The Bills are banged up in the secondary with Steph Gilmore, Jairus Byrd and Leodis McKelvin all ailing.


Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins

Charles Clay has caught 14 passes for 203 yards, gaining at least 40 yards every week. He also scored a touchdown on his lone rushing attempt. He has been targeted 19 times through three games, and there is no reason to think he won’t see a lot of looks against the New Orleans Saints. 

Tony Gonzalez is the only solid tight end the Saints have faced this year, and he scored in Week 1.


Indianapolis Colts Defense

The Indianapolis Colts turned a lot of heads last week by holding the San Francisco 49ers to seven points in their own building. Colin Kaepernick had a 49.9 passer rating and a 48.1 completion percentage. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars bring very little to the table as the NFL’s worst offense. They rank last in both total offense at 230.3 yards per game and scoring at 9.3 points per game. The Colts rank 14th in total defense at 341.3 yards per game allowed and sixth in scoring defense at 16 points per game allowed. Jacksonville has been sacked a league-high 15 times.


Rob Bironas, K, Tennessee Titans

Rob Bironas has six field goals and six extra points. He has missed two field goals, but he’s perfect inside the 40. Bironas is facing the New York Jets, who have allowed seven field goals and three extra points.

Also check out Lester's Legends Week 4 Fantasy Football Rankings.