Week 4 Start Em Sit Em: Players That Will Dominate Point-Per-Reception Leagues

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIISeptember 25, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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With Week 4 of the 2013 NFL regular season upon us, the fantasy football world has been left in a state of virtual disarray. Every owner is digging deep for the player who can help them secure a win, but a string of injuries and strategic alterations have every owner wondering where to go.

While every position has its value, the question in this pass-heavy league is which wide receivers will step up and dominate Week 4?

Certain players are expected to shine, and thus, will live up to the lofty expectations that have been placed upon them. Others are low-profile players who will have the opportunity to make a name for themselves due to injuries to players above them on the depth chart.

Here's where you need to look to find the fantasy football gems in Week 4.


Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22:  Ryan Broyles #84 of the Detroit Lions reacts after a second quarter first down catch while playing the Houston Texans at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Opponent: Chicago Bears

Position: Wide Receiver

2013 Season Statistics

1 GP; 3 REC, 34 YDS, 0 TD, 2 FD

The Detroit Lions are a team that borders on an air raid approach, with Matthew Stafford attempting 40.3 pass per game. Unfortunately for Detroit, one of Stafford's most trusted targets just went down with a severe injury.

By one of, of course, I meant to say that Nate Burleson is Stafford's most reliable receiver.

With Burleson out, someone will need to step up in his absence.

Ryan Broyles is that player, as the second-year receiver from the University of Oklahoma will help to alleviate the pressure from Calvin Johnson. During his season debut, Broyles caught three passes for 34 yards to begin that rise up the depth chart.

Burleson's injury opens the door for him to thrive, and against the Chicago Bears, Broyles will have a breakout performance in point-per-reception leagues.


Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a leaping downfield catch within the ten yard line past Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter on September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City
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Opponent: San Diego Chargers

Position: Wide Receiver

2013 Season Statistics

17 REC, 201 YDS, 2 TD, 14 FD

When it comes to Dez Bryant, it's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys star is going to produce on a weekly basis. During Week 4, however, the Cowboys are set to face the San Diego Chargers and provide Bryant with the opportunity for a memorable performance.

Thus far, the Chargers have allowed a league-worst 1,022 passing yards. For perspective, that's 582 more than the league-leading Seattle Seahawks.

Need I say more?

With the Cowboys depending heavily on the pass and the Chargers putting up points in a hurry, Bryant will be in line for a high number of targets. With his massive frame and powerful hands, the former Oklahoma State star will turn those targets into receptions.

He's had no trouble doing so early in the season, tallying 17 receptions for 201 yards, two touchdowns and 14 first downs. As Tony Romo's top target, Bryant will have no trouble making his way into openings and picking up yards against a defense that hasn't been able to slow down anyone thus far.

Expect Bryant to catch upwards of five passes during this favorable matchup.


Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball after catching a pass in front of Tony Carter #32 of the Denver Broncos during the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 5, 2013 in Denver Colorado. (
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Opponent: Buffalo Bills

Position: Wide Receiver

2013 Season Statistics

16 REC, 269 YDS, 0 TD, 10 FD

For all that's been made about the Baltimore Ravens' offensive woes, wide receiver Torrey Smith has been a dominant force. Through three games, Smith has 16 receptions for 269 yards, topping four receptions and 85 yards in every game.

Don't expect him to slow down against the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills have allowed three 100-yard receivers and four players to top seven receptions through the first three games of the season. For Torrey Smith, that means a monster game is on the horizon, as Joe Flacco finds his No. 1 receiver early and often.

Against the Houston Texans in Week 3, Smith went off for 92 yards on five receptions. That's especially impressive considering the Texans rank second in the NFL in opponent passing yards through three games.

If he can do that to Houston, look for Smith to decimate the Bills' defensive backfield.