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Fantasy Football Sunday Sleepers: Week 4

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 1, 2010

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the San Diego Chargers at Qwest Field on September 26, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Chargers 27-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Looking for a sleeper option who may be available on your waiver wire who could make a major impact this week?  Let’s take a look at a few options (for consideration on this listing from week-to-week, a player must be owned in less than 50 percent of both Yahoo and ESPN leagues):

Quarterback:
Matt Hasselbeck - Seattle Seahawks - at St. Louis

The Rams passing defense has bent, but not broken, in the first three weeks this season.  They are in the bottom 10 in the league in yards allowed, giving up 243.3 passing yards per game.  Yet, they have allowed just three passing touchdowns.

Then again, they haven’t faced the most impressive passing attacks in the league, having played the Cardinals, Raiders and Redskins thus far.  They have actually proven vulnerable to giving up big games:

  • Week 1 - Steve Breaston had seven receptions for 132 yards
  • Week 2 - Louis Murphy had six receptions for 91 yards and a TD
  • Week 3 - Santana Moss had six receptions for 124 yards and a TD

Which receiver could Hasselbeck combine with to have a big day?  Deion Branch (12 receptions, 102 yards, one TD) or Mike Williams (seven receptions, 106 yards) easily could fit the bill.  Also, don’t forget tight end John Carlson (13 receptions, 145 yards, one TD).

You also have to factor in the Seahawks offense, which certainly isn’t run oriented.  Thus far Justin Forsett leads the way in carries with just 32.  Couple that with the Rams first three weeks and you have to like the opportunity Hasselbeck will have to produce this week.

Hasselbeck is currently owned in 43 percent of Yahoo leagues and 26.4 percent of ESPN leagues.

Wide Receiver:
Stephen Williams - Arizona Cardinals - at San Diego

With Steve Breaston and Early Doucet on the sidelines with injuries, the Cardinals need to turn elsewhere for a receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald.  While Williams has done virtually nothing thus far this season (three receptions for 37 yards), he had some good moments in the preseason, including a five reception, 79 yard, one touchdown game, and has plenty of upside.

While it’s hard to overcome the poor quarterback play from Derek Anderson, Williams should be given plenty of opportunities to excel this week.  Steve Breaston proved in Week 1 that success is possible (seven catches for 132 yards).  Williams likely won’t approach those numbers, but he certainly has the chance and ability to contribute.

The Chargers' passing defense has been good this season, allowing just 181.3 yards per game.  Then again, they’ve faced the Chiefs, Jaguars and Seahawks.  I can’t say that this game will be their first true test, but Fitzgerald and Williams have the potential to really expose them if Anderson can get them the ball.

He’s far from a must start, but if you are in a deep format and are in need of a bye week fill-in, he’s worth rolling the dice on.

Williams is currently owned in one percent of Yahoo leagues and 0.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

Running Back:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis - New England Patriots - at Miami

He was given the opportunity to carry the load in Week 3 and he delivered with 98 yards and a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills.  With signs pointing towards Fred Taylor missing their Week 4 matchup with the Dolphins, Green-Ellis should once again be given an opportunity to excel.

While the Patriots are a pass first offense, the certainly should use the run to keep the Dolphins defense off balance.  While the Dolphins haven’t allowed the big play on the ground (the longest run they’ve allowed is 23 yards), they have allowed 117.3 rushing yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry.

That will give Green-Ellis a chance to post a solid outing, especially if the Patriots give him at least 16 carries again (like they did in Week 3).

Green-Ellis is currently owned in 35 percent of Yahoo leagues and 44.5 percent of ESPN leagues.

What are your thoughts of these players?  Would you use any of them in Week 3?  Have any other sleepers you’d suggest?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 4 Rankings:

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