Week 4 Fantasy Sleepers: Waiver-Wire Targets That Will Save Your Week
The dreaded bye weeks have begun in the NFL season, and that has left fantasy owners looking for solutions in different positions.
Other owners are looking for an answer at a given position because things haven't panned out with a particular player or even multiple players on their roster.
With the trade market dry, the waiver wire is the best way to go in order to make an improvement in order to save Week 4 and come out with a win.
Let's take a look at some sleepers you can find among the sea of unwanted players in your league.
Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots
Bolden is one of the lesser-known names in the Patriots backfield, but he made an instant impression in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 23-year-old running back torched the Bucs defense for a 46-yard run en route to picking up 100 yards in just eight total attempts between both running and catching the ball. The long run was especially impressive considering it was New England's longest play from scrimmage this season.
With a suspect group of receivers, the Pats have failed to make big plays through the air. Fellow running backs Stevan Ridley (3.4 yards per carry) and LeGarrette Blount (3.6 yards per) have failed to make a serious impact as consistent backs, thus opening the door for Bolden to get more looks.
Bolden is listed as questionable, per ESPN.com; however, he had the same designation a week ago and still gave a stellar effort.
Finding a running back in deep leagues is nearly impossible at this point, so taking a flier on Bolden is one of the best bets you have left as he's owned in just 4.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
New York Jets D/ST
The Jets are off to a surprising 2-1 start after a huge win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. That start isn't a fluke, however, as the Jets can play some solid defense.
New York is ranked No. 7 against the pass and No. 6 versus the run, and have allowed the seventh-fewest total points this season to the tune of 16.7 points per game. The Jets can also add some extra points to their weekly total by getting to the quarterback as they have 12 times already, good enough to tie them for No. 3 in all of football.
In Week 4, the Jets will meet the Tennessee Titans, which is a team that is far from explosive offensively. Tennessee's rushing attack is respectable as the seventh-best in the league, but its passing attack is dreadful with a No. 30 ranking.
Being that the Jets have already proved they can stop the run this season, it stands to reason that the Titans will have major issues moving the ball on offense with the fourth-worst total yards mark to start the season.
The Jets are owned in 4.5 percent of ESPN leagues, so they are readily available to make an impact this week.
Donnie Avery, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Emerging from the shadow of the team's No. 1, Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs receiver Donnie Avery is emerging as a top target for quarterback Alex Smith. In Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Avery caught seven balls for 141 yards, although he failed to get into the end zone.
Avery hadn't done much up until last week, but he is second on the team in catches ahead of Bowe and his 16 total targets are good enough for third on the team. He also is responsible for the team's longest play from scrimmage this season (51-yard catch) and his big-play ability is evident with four catches of 20 yards or more.
That makes Avery a threat to break on at any time he's on the field, and he has had the most success, by far, of any of his teammates in that department.
Kansas City's passing attack is only ranked No. 26, however the Chiefs will be getting a break this week against the New York Giants. The G-Men are ranked No. 17 against the pass and are even worse against the run with the No. 27-ranked rush defense.
Even if the Chiefs can't get it going early on in this game by throwing the rock, running back Jamaal Charles should be able to get the offense going and open things up for the air attack. Not to mention, the Giants commit a ton of turnovers (league-leading 13 in three games), so there will be plenty of opportunities for Avery to leave his mark.
Avery is still very much available as only 9.7 percent of owners have picked him up.
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