Week 4 Fantasy Football Projections: Kendall Hunter and 3 RB Sleepers to Start

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIOctober 1, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Kendall Hunter #32 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on September 11, 2011 in San Francisco, California. the 49ers won the game 33-17. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Every week it's important to key in on specific matchups across the league to find potential sleepers in the fantasy football world.

This week there are quite a few running backs that should be given a look that are possibly sitting in free agency.

Here are three running back sleepers to start in Week 4 of your fantasy football season.


1. Kendall Hunter (San Francisco 49ers)

At this point, it's hard to predict whether or not Frank Gore is going to start Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gore is currently battling an ankle injury that could put Kendall Hunter on the field. Whether or not Gore starts, Hunter probably will still receive enough carries to make his start warranted.

The Philadelphia defense has struggled all year with stopping the run. Any running back facing the Eagles should start at this point.


2. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (New England Patriots)

It's difficult to consider starting a Patriots running back when the team is often throwing the ball and having much success in the passing game.

This weekend is an exception.

The Patriots are facing the Oakland Raiders, who have allowed the third-most fantasy points per game for running backs this season.

Expect Green-Ellis to receive more than his typical 10 carries this game. It's very possible he could have a 100-yard outing.


3. Tim Hightower (Washington Redskins)

I'm not sure how much longer we can get away with calling Tim Hightower a sleeper. For some reason, he still is in free agency in the majority of fantasy football leagues.

Hightower has been the workhorse in Washington over the first three weeks. This week will be no different.

Actually, it will be a little different. The Redskins face the St. Louis Rams, who are currently the 31st ranked rushing defense in the NFL.

They are also allowing an average of around 50 receiving yards per game to running backs as well. This is a must start if Hightower is available.