Fantasy Football: Some Surprising Sleepers For Week 4

Frank Fittipaldi@@Frank_FittiCorrespondent IIOctober 1, 2010

Tomlinson looks to have a big week at Buffalo in Week 4.
Tomlinson looks to have a big week at Buffalo in Week 4.Andrew Burton/Getty Images


Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans

Bruce Gradkowski has taken over for Jason Campbell in Oakland, and has played solid football since getting the starting nod. The Raiders are home against The Texans this Sunday, who give up a league leading 368 yards per game through the air. Granted, Gradkowski probably won't throw over 400 yards like Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb did against Houston, but he should find his young receivers on Sunday and have somewhat of a field day.

Prediction: 21/31 323 yards 2 Touchdowns/1 Interception


Running Back:

LaDainian Tomlinson/Shonn Greene, New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills

LaDainian Tomlinson has gotten the bulk of the carries throughout the first 3 weeks of season, While Shonn Greene seems to be struggling. This week, The Jets head to Buffalo, where Tomlinson and Greene should find plenty of room to run. The Bills have the 6th worst run defense in the league, giving 141 yards per game. The Jets do look to get both backs involved, and both should have the hot hand this Sunday. If Fantasy owners are looking to plug somebody in this week, look no further than these 2 backs.


Tomlinson - 15 carries 87 yards 1 touchdown

Greene - 13 carries 73 yards 1 touchdown


Wide Receiver:

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders vs. Houston Texans

This is the second Raider Sleeper for Week 4, and with very good cause. The Houston Texans are second worst in the league, allowing 423 total yards per game. It is evident that The Raiders are trying to get Heyward-Bey involved, and that will continue in Week 4. Heyward-Bey was targeted 11 times last week but only finished with 3 receptions. The Texans have gotten torched by opposing wide receivers this season, and look for that to continue on Sunday. Gradkowski will look for Heyward-Bey early and often, and the two should find some success.

Prediction: 6 receptions 115 yards 1 touchdown


Tight End:

Kevin Boss, New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears

Boss had a quiet Week 1 and missed action in Week 2. He returned in Week 3 and finished with 3 catches for 88 yards. Eli Manning was thrilled to have Kevin Boss back because he is one of his favorite targets. The Giants are at home against The Bears this Sunday, who give up nearly 280 per game, through the air. Eli Manning will look to work the middle of the field with Kevin Boss, especially in the red zone.

Prediction: 5 receptions 68 yards 1 touchdown