Daily Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Sleepers for Week 4
Now that the world finally knows about Larry Donnell, are you looking for that guy at wide receiver this weekend? Obviously putting up a performance like that is difficult, but there are some guys you may not expect who might be able to have outstanding performances. I’m sure you’ve heard of these guys, but these guys have yet to have a big weekend and are under $6,000.
(All prices via Fan Duel)
Mike Evans $5,900 – The Buccaneers are projected to score few points, they are on the road and it’s the backup QB. Why is this a sleeper? The Steelers lost Ike Taylor, Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones to injury last week. Those are Pittsburgh’s three best defenders not named Troy Polamalu. Do not underestimate those injuries. Taylor wasn’t just their best corner, he was also their biggest corner. William Gay 5’10” and Cortez Allen 6’11” are now on Evans 6’5″ and Vincent Jackson 6’5″. Evans will be the guy for one-on-one deep throws and jump balls. The Steelers pass rush will also suffer without the LBs. Add that the Buccaneers will likely play down in this game, and Glennon should be throwing a lot, this could be the game Evans really makes the fantasy radar.
Golden Tate $5,500 – Okay, we all know about Tate. But when is he going to break out? His numbers are only 16 catches on 21 targets for 201 yards and no TDs. But Calvin Johnson didn’t practice Thursday and is questionable for Friday. The Jets have a great rush defense, but is weak against the pass (just like the Lions). Even if Calvin does suit up, Tate is consistently getting looks, and don’t be surprised if Stafford throws even more this week with a bad rushing matchup. But if Calvin doesn’t play, bet the house on Tate.
Greg Jennings $5,400 – Jennings is the No. 1 receiver, but that hasn’t meant a lot in the past. Now it does. Here are all the circumstances going for him. No Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph is out, Teddy Bridgewater went to Jennings a lot when he came into the game last week as his security blanket and the Falcons don’t have a strong defense all around. Jennings’ upside is probably not that great, but I like him a lot more than Cordarelle Patterson. Jennings is the one running all the different types of routes.
James Jones $5,300 – In case you missed it while the Oakland Raiders look like a bottom-three team in the NFL, Jones has posted two double-digit fantasy performances. In the first three games, he has 15 catches for 189 yards and two TDs. The Raiders don’t have a ton of weapons, but Jones is their primary threat on the outside. The matchup is Miami in London, and the Dolphins rush defense is stronger than their secondary. I wouldn’t rule out a game of nine catches for 120 yards and a TD.
Riley Cooper $5,100 – He’s essentially been a bust so far through three weeks. If there’s going to be a time he explodes, this is it. Jordan Matthews just went off. Everyone knows about Jeremy Maclin. And guess what, the 49ers have actually given up the second-most FPTS to WRs. There is a high O/U in this game, and the Eagles should play from behind. Cooper is playing nearly every snap, and he got a lot of deep looks against Indianapolis. Matthews, who I do like a lot in general, took advantage of a fantastic matchup against one of the LBs of the Redskins, and we all know how well Washington did last night against the Giants. At $5,100, you will get outstanding value on a deep TD alone, and this is the time to try it.
Jeremy Kerley $4,900 – With Eric Deker questionable with his hamstring, this opens the door for the other Jets WRs. Geno Smith particularly likes going to Kerley in the slot. Kerley has 15 catches for 141 yards and a TD, but he should have more than that in all categories had the Jets not called time out (that no one heard) on Kerley’s one deep TD against the Packers. Also, as I pointed out earlier, the Lions pass defense is significantly weaker than their rush defense. Kerley doesn’t have the greatest upside, but like Jones, he could go over 100 yards and get a TD in this matchup easily.
Malcom Floyd $4,700 – A few of the top daily fantasy football players have particularly liked Floyd so far with his really cheap price. He caught a couple deep balls last week against the Bills, but he hasn’t been targeted much so far. This might be the game where he takes off. This is at home against the terrible Jaguars defense. He plays nearly every snap. Ladarius Green may not play. Floyd also has big-play potential since he runs a lot of vertical and deep-post routes. Since Floyd is near minimum salary, I think this game could be closer and higher-scoring than others predict (I think Blake Bortles will make a huge difference this week), Floyd’s potential is fairly high.View all posts by Nick Juskewycz