Week 4 Steals: 9 Cheap Players for Salary Cap Fantasy Football Leagues
In weekly salary cap football, figuring out who you want to draft is tough. You don't know if you should draft big name players and a bunch of no names or spread out your money evenly.
That's why it's always good to find steals or cheap players who have the potential to have great games. These players help you fill in some spots confidently while being able to afford big-name players.
Coming into Week 4, there are a lot of expensive players, but there are also a lot of diamonds in the rough.
Here are eight cheap players who can help you have the ultimate salary cap team this week.
QB: Jason Campbell
Jason Campbell hasn't put up terrific passing stats so far, throwing for only three touchdowns and 584 yards.
But this week, Campbell is playing the Patriots, who are last in pass yards per game allowed with 377 yards allowed a game. They also rank 27th in points allowed per game with 26.3.
After McFadden's 170-yard performance against the Jets, the Pats will surely focus most of their attention on stopping the run which could open a lot of holes in the passing game.
Campbell can definitely put up at least 270 yards and two touchdowns which is good for some of the prices he's going for.
RB: Tim Hightower
Tim Hightower may be kind of expensive in some leagues this week, but he is sure to have a solid game against the Rams.
The Rams are dead last in rushing yards allowed per game with 174.3 allowed per game. They are very far behind the 31st Jets whoaverage 136.7 a game.
Hightower is a cheap lock this week to get you at least a touchdown and 80 yards.
TE: Scott Chandler
Scott Chandler hasn't caught a lot of balls in three weeks with only nine receptions for 89 yards. But he's become Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite red-zone target.
Coming into Week 4, he is tied for third in touchdown receptions with four TD catches.
With the red-hot Bills facing the 1-2 Bengals, they should be able to find the red zone a good amount of times which could open up a lot of doors for Chandler to score.
RB: James Casey
Most people haven't heard of fifth-round pick James Casey of the Texans until last week, but he made a name for himself in Week 3.
Casey caught five balls for 126 yards and a touchdown against the Saints.
The Texans are playing the Steelers who should focus most of their attention on Andre Johnson which should open things up for Casey.
He is still dirt cheap in a lot of salary cap leagues, so he may be a good guy to use as a flex and help improve other positions.
WR: Denarius Moore
Again, with the Raiders playing the worst pass defense team in the league, they are probably going to look to pass.
Why not pick up Jason Campbell's No. 1 target so far in Denarius Moore.
Denarius Moore went off two weeks ago against the Bills, scoring two touchdowns and having 146 receiving yards. Although he didn't do so well against the Jets in the receiving game, catching four balls for 34 yards, he was still going up against Antonio Cromartie who committed four penalties for holding and pass interference.
With Moore playing a much worse secondary, expect him to have a repeat performance as he did with the Bills.
RB: Earnest Graham
Earnest Graham hasn't put many yards on the ground with only 113 yards rushing this year, but he is a very reliable receiving option for Josh Freeman and the Bucs.
Earnest Graham ranks third among running backs with receptions at 20 so far this season.
With the Colts shutting down Rashard Mendenhall last week, the Bucs may look to pass it more then run it this week.
If you are in a PPR league (points per reception), then Graham can be a reliable guy to get you a solid number of points for cheap.
WR: Torrey Smith
With Lee Evans out, Torrey Smith had a field day against the Rams catching five passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns.
Surprisingly, he is still pretty cheap in many salary cap leagues.
This is because the Ravens face the Jets this week, and their corners might scare away fantasy owners. But Anquan Boldin will be locked away on Revis Island, and Antonio Cromartie appears to be doubtful with a bruised lung.
Also, Lee Evans appears to be out again this week.
Flacco will need a target and will in no way test Revis, so expect Flacco to look to Smith's way a lot Sunday night.
TE: Randy McMichael
Antonio Gates seems unlikely to play this week with a foot injury, so expect backup Randy McMichael to get the start in Week 4 against the Dolphins.
The Phins currently rank 30th in pass yards allowed, and since McMichael is still pretty cheap for most leagues, he can be a great option to put as your tight end.
RB: Daniel Thomas
Daniel Thomas has revived the Dolphins running game averaging 100 yards on 20 carries in his first two starts, the last two weeks.
This week, he is matching up against the Chargers who rank 19th in the league in rush yards allowed per game with 111.3.
Thomas is another reliable player who will get you solid numbers this week for a bargain of a price. If you can afford him, I strongly recommend getting him this week.