Highlighted by an outstanding slate of games on tap for Sunday, Week 4 of the NFL season is officially here. Looking to build off a division win against their arch-rival Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, the Dallas Cowboys play host to the red hot Carolina Panthers. Along with this, two unbeaten teams are set to do battle with the Arizona Cardinals traveling to square off against the Los Angeles Rams.
Back with another round, were successful with our sleeper picks in Week 3. Kirk Cousins continued his stellar start to the year. He tossed for 323 yards and three scores in the Minnesota Vikings win over the Seattle Seahawks. Furthermore, James Conner found the end zone twice while adding in 43 yards on the ground as the Arizona Cardinals were able to slip past the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers
Off to the best start of his young career with the Panthers, Darnold has completed 68.1 percent of his passes. The former third overall pick has finished as QB17, QB13, and QB5. Tossing for 888 yards and three touchdown scores, the 24-year-old has also averaged a career-high 12.2 yards per completion. With a road matchup against Dallas on deck for Sunday, start him as QB2 with upside.
Playing better after a miserable 2020 campaign, the Cowboy’s defense still has allowed nearly 25 fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers. In addition to this, the group has surrendered more than two passing touchdowns per game through three weeks. With Christian McCaffrey out with a hamstring injury, look for Darnold to continue to air the ball out against a red-hot Dallas offense that has averaged the sixth-most points per game.
Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills
Becoming a bigger and bigger part of the Bills passing attack, Knox has played in over 75 percent of the team’s offensive snaps the last two weeks. Finishing as TE8 in PPR leagues, the 24-year-old has averaged 10.9 fantasy points per game to kick off the season. Slated to square off with the Houston Texans in Week 4, start the Ole Miss product as a high-end TE2.
One of the worst defensive units across the league at slowing down opposing tight ends, the Texans have allowed seven receptions for over 76 yards per game on average. Along with this, they have also given up more than 280 pass yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. With Josh Allen and the rest of the Buffalo offense beginning to hum after a 43-17 blowout victory last weekend, look for Knox to have another strong performance on Sunday.
Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
One of the lone bright spots for the Patriots in a 28-13 loss at the hands of the New Orleans Saints a week ago, Myers hauled in nine passes for 94 yards. Seeing a 27.5 percent target share, the former undrafted free agent has averaged a career-high 6.3 receptions per game to kickoff his 2021 campaign. This has led to finishes as WR69, WR60, and WR28 in standard-scoring leagues.
Slated to match up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tom Brady‘s return to Foxborough on Sunday Night, play Myers as a stable flex option. Hampered by injuries in the secondary, the Buccaneer’s head into Week 4 with both Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean banged up. Allowing a league-worst 36 fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts through three weeks, the opportunity will be there for Mac Jones and company to throw the ball downfield in a game they will need to score points to keep up in.
Trey Sermon, San Francisco 49ers
Operating as the lead dog in the 49ers backfield in their Week 3 clash with the Green Bay Packers, Sermon carried the ball ten times. Amassing 31 rushing yards, the rookie was able to find the end zone late on a one-yard touchdown plunge. With full back Kyle Juszczyk playing a significant factor in the game script, the veteran-led all rushers with 48 total snaps played. Heading into Week 4 still banged up at the running back position, Elijah Mitchell has remained limited in practice all week with a shoulder injury.
If Mitchell remains out on Sunday afternoon, start Sermon as an RB3 with upside. Struggling to slow down opposing rushers through three weeks, the Seahawks have given up over 26 points per game to the position. With over 137 yards given up each contest on average, if he is indeed the lead option in this game, the opportunity will be there for him to have a big week.
Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins
Off to a slow start through two weeks as he kicks off his young career, Waddle hauled in just 10 passes. However, the University of Alabama product saw his role increase a week ago. Seeing a 27.1 percent target share in the Dolphin’s narrow loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, the 22-year-old hauled in 12 of 13 passes for 58 yards. Averaging just 4.4 yards per target, look for him to continue to have a solid floor with Jacoby Brissett filling in for the injured Tua Tagovailoa.
With the suddenly desperate for a win Indianapolis Colts waiting in the wings in Week 4, play Waddle this week. Off to a slow start on the defensive side of the ball after a much improved showing a year ago, the Colts have given up more than 30 points per game to opposing wideouts. Along with this, they have allowed more than two touchdowns per game. Owned in just 8 percent of ESPN leagues and 65 percent of Yahoo leagues; this should lead him to be comfortable WR3 for owners in need of help at the position.
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