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Fantasy Football NFL Week 4: Studs, Duds, Sleepers, & Busts

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Welcome to the Week 4 Edition of Studs, Duds, Sleepers, & Busts. Before we get to this weeks content, lets take a quick look back to last week:

Pick of the Week:

WR Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ - 1 pt, t-90th

Fitzgerald had a rough outing catching just two passes for 9 yards. The Cardinals offense is a disaster.

Fail of the Week:

QB Tom Brady, NE - 9 pts, t-26th

I hate him, I hate him, I hate him. This is what I get for putting any sort of trust into this jack-wagon.

Year to Date Accuracy:

Week 3 Accuracy: 5 of 11 correct (45.4%)

Season Accuracy: 14 of 35 correct (40.0%)


A highly favored fantasy player (ranked as a good play) who will finish the week as a good play. (Last week: 1 of 3 correct)

WR Michael Thomas, NO (Against: @NYG - 2018 Average: 18.7 points per game)

Michael Thomas, in 2018, has risen to the status of the top WR in the game. This makes him one of the top fantasy plays again in week 4.

RB Saquon Barkley, NYG (NO - 15.7 ppg)

While the Saints have been limiting opposing rushing attacks (253 yards allowed and 2 touchdowns allowed ranks 6th and 9th respectively), they have been VERY leaky against the pass. Barkley, who is no stranger, to the passing game will be a very good standard play and a phenomenal PPR play this week.

RB James Conner, PIT (BLT - 17.3 ppg)

Amidst the drama filled group of men that we call the Pittsburgh Steelers lies one man with a curious hair cut who has been having a quietly fantastic season. As long as Bell is out, Conner is a must start, but this week in particular features a juicy match up against the Baltimore Ravens who have given up 4.2 yards per carry to opposing backs.


A highly started player who will finish the week as a poor play. (Last week: 2 of 2 correct)

WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ (@JAX - 8.7 ppg)

Over the first three weeks, Enunwa has emerged as the favorite target of rookie QB Sam Darnold. Unfortunately, though, even with 29 targets through three games, Enunwa has just 212 yards and 1 touchdown. While his target share may remain high, his chances of finding the endzone are even slimmer than usual this week in Jacksonville.

QB Baker Mayfield, CLV (@OAK - 8 ppg)

After coming in hot last week, I fear that readers will expect the world out of Baker moving forward. While I am a true believer in the young man’s talent and potential, I think its wise to pump the breaks on deeming him your starting quarterback just yet. If you have room on your bench, stashing him is a great idea, but as of today, don’t start him.

TE Tyler Eifert, CIN (@ATL - 4.7 ppg)

The once promising Tight End is continuing to let down fantasy owners nationwide. While there are certainly worse plays at the TE spot, Eifert is far from one of my favorites.


A player who is not started often but will finish the week as a good play. (Last week: 1 of 3 correct)

QB Ryan Tannehill, MIA (@NE - 20.3 ppg)

Tannehill has thrown a touchdown on 9.5% of his passes in 2018, a mark that trails only Patrick Mahomes (14.0%) and Ryan Fitz-Money (9.9%). His passer rating of 121.8 is 4th behind the same players and Drew Brees. Is Ryan Tannehill a good quarterback? Who knows. Is he a good fantasy option? Yes. Yes he is.

TE Dallas Goedert, PHI (@TEN - 4.7 ppg)

7 targets. 7 catches. 73 yards. 1 Touchdown. While I wouldn’t expect this production from the rookie TE week in and week out, Carson Wentz clearly feels safe throwing him the ball and Head Coach Doug Pederson clearly has a role for him in this offense.

RB Peyton Barber, TB (@CHI - 4.3 ppg)

Through 3 weeks, Barber has out touched Jacquizz Rodgers 44 to 15. Because he only has 131 yards from scrimmage and 0 touchdowns, many fantasy managers are now avoiding Barber. As long as he continues to be fed the rock so frequently, he will begin to score points sooner or later. Now that Fitzpatrick and the red hot offense might be cooling off, Barber’s role should only increase against a stout Chicago defense.


A highly ranked player (ranked as a good play) who will finish the week as a poor play. (Last week: 1 of 3 correct)

RB Matt Breida, SF (@LAC - 13 ppg)

Breida has been a solid play all season long, and one would think with such a mouthwatering match up against a porous Chargers defense means he will have a huge week, right? Well, with the loss of Jimmy G, the SF offense might struggle mightily out of the gate. If the team falls behind early, Breida will quickly become an afterthought as the team relies on the passing game to catch up.

D/ST New York Giants (NO - 6.7 ppg)

Have you seen the Saints?

QB Deshaun Watson (@IND - 21.3 ppg)

After seeing Carson Wentz and the Eagles offensive line struggle in week 3, I would rethink starting Watson in Indy this weekend. The Colts have only let in 3 passing touchdowns, tied for 4th lowest in the league, and should keep up the trend against an inconsistent Watson.

*Note: I am working hard to update this format to make it the most productive article possible. Any and all feedback (including but not limited to: “You’re an idiot”, “Patrick Mahomes is not a sleeper, you ass hat”, and “BLG WHY DOES THIS DUDE WORK FOR YOU?”) is very appreciated and encouraged.

*Note 2 (geez this guy likes to talk): Above, the line between a “good play” and “bad play” will be the average of the starters. So for example, The average points scored of the 12 QBs from week 3 was 27.7. The following QBs would have been good plays: Drew Brees (41 pts), Matt Ryan (36 pts) Cam Newton (30 pts), Josh Allen (28 pts) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (28 pts). All other QBs were poor plays.

As always, I cannot cover every situation in one article so please get at me on twitter (@LeeSifford) or in the comments below with your specific roster questions and I’d be glad to offer my thoughts on your situation.