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TGIF: Week 4 Sleeper Picks

Darren McFadden

Hey, it was so popular last week, I decided to bring it back for another round. Or maybe I was too lazy to think of another topic to write about. You can’t go wrong with either guess. Anyway, here are some widely available players who may turn a profit in Week 4.

Week 4 Sleepers

Andre Caldwell (WR), Cincinnati Bengals

Caldwell has at least six catches in two of three games this season, and his 14 receptions ties teammate Chad Ochocinco for the team lead.  Everyone thought Chris Henry would be the #2 in Cincy due in large part to a great preseason. However, quad injuries have held Henry to just 42 yds this season.

Cincinnati gets to pick apart a Cleveland Browns defense responsible for allowing over 400 yds of total offense per game this season. With week 4 ushering the start of the bye-week, Caldwell is a good fill-in and a good bet for a solid game.

Isaac Bruce (WR), San Francisco 49ers

George elaborated on the credentials of 49ers backup RB Glen Coffee. I have to agree. Coffee needs to show that he can produce with a full workload. So, I am urging you to invest in San Fran’s pass attack against the pathetic St. Louis Rams.

Bruce is coming off back-to-back matchups against a decent Seattle defense and a powerful Vikings defense. However, against the Cardinals in Week 1, he put up 74 yds on four catches. The Rams allow 24 points and 250 pass yds per game, and are always a good bet to allow anyone to score on them.

Josh Johnson (QB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The new gun-slinger for the Bucs may end up having an impressive debut. Making the first start of his career, the former San Diego standout looks to lead the Bucs to their first victory.

The Redskins have a tight pass defense (198 pass yds allowed per game) and a suspect rush defense (127 rush yds allowed per game). If Johnson doesn’t beat them through the air, then surely his speed will lead to some extra rushing points for your team.  He can run a 4.5 40 and is comfortable in the pocket (threw 43 TD his senior year at San Diego).

I’m not calling for a 400-yd day, but over 200 pass yds with 50 rush yds isn’t too crazy to expect.

Chansi Stuckey (WR), New York Jets

Take The Saints’ elite offense, add the Saints’ great run defense (69 rush yds allowed per game), and sprinkle in Thomas Jones’ inability to run the ball over the past two weeks (2.6 ypc), and that equals the Jets having to throw the ball a lot.

The Jets may have an intimidating defense, but the Saints always find a way to shred the competition. That being said, it looks like New York will look to the passing game to move the ball and score. Stuckey is a good sleeper because teammate Jericho Cotchery will get all the attention and TE Dustin Keller only has five receptions during the last two games.

Besides, three of Stuckey’s four career TD’s have come on the road. Not to mention, New Orleans allows over 240 pass yds per game.

Darren McFadden (RB), Oakland Raiders

Yes, any Oakland player is a train wreck waiting to happen. However, a matchup against the Texans is too delicious to pass up.

It is no secret that the Texans run defense is a joke (204 rush yds allowed per game) and I hope McFadden can have a breakout game. I am hoping also that the Texans’ poor all-around defense can at least open up the Raiders’ pass attack just a little bit, thus opening running lanes for McFadden. It will be a battle of two poor defenses, so maybe an offensive frenzy can explode out of Oakland.

Also encouraging is McFadden’s career 4.6 ypc on the road.

Super Shocker Sleeper Pick

Derek Anderson (QB), Cleveland Browns

Brady Quinn is out as starter and Anderson is back in the saddle. I am a sucker for history, so here is a nice refresher for you. During the start of the 2007 season, Derek Anderson was the #2 QB in Cleveland behind Charlie Frye. Basically, Frye sucked and Anderson replaced him in Week 2. In his first start of the season, Anderson had a tremendous game with 328 yds and 5 TD.

His opponent that day? The Cincinnati Bengals! This year, it is the same story. Anderson is #2 in town and is now being called to make his first start of the season against…The Cincinnati Bengals! Hey, it happened before, and it can happen again.

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