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Malmin’s Fantasy Finds – Week 4

Does your fantasy team need help? Have you lost a key player to injury? Every Wednesday, I will bring you the top sleeper picks for the upcoming week in fantasy football that could positively influence your matchup and some players that could sink your team if you make the mistake of playing them.

Last week was hit and miss for my picks. Two players did not meet their projections, while two did. Though one of my picks, Carson Wentz, nearly doubled his projected points. There was also Austin Seferian Jenkins who was cut from the Buccaneers roster for an off the field incident before the game. Let’s try this again. Here are my finds for Week 4 of the NFL season:


Dwayne Washington (Running Back – Detroit Lions): While Washington hasn’t been given many opportunities to run the ball, that should change with starter Ameer Abdullah suffering an injury. Washington is averaging five yards per carry in his limited role and has even got a few goal line opportunities. If he gets the carries, I think he will be a great addition to this week’s lineup, especially with the Lions facing a suspect Bears defense.

Jordan Howard (Running Back – Chicago Bears): Howard had 45 yards in just nine carries last week. Volume should increase for him as Ka’Deem Carey has a leg injury and Jeremy Langford was carted off the field with an injury last week. Howard showed sparks of brilliance on Sunday night and is definitely worth a roster spot.

Markus Wheaton (Wide Receiver – Pittsburgh Steelers): After sitting out the first couple weeks with an injury, Wheaton returned to the field in Week 3 and was less than stellar. He faces a tough Kansas City defense in Week 4, but with Antonio Brown drawing most of the attention from defenses, Wheaton should manage to slip through the cracks on a few plays.

Ryan Tannehill (Quarterback – Miami Dolphins): After starting the season against a pair of tough defenses, Tannehill posted a great 319 yards passing that was paired with three touchdowns in Week 3. I expect him to do significant damage again this week against the Bengals. Tannehill’s stock is rising, so if you need a quarterback, act now. Tannehill is also a player that could work his way into the every week starter in your lineup at quarterback.

Kyle Rudolph (Tight End – Minnesota Vikings): With the injury to Teddy Bridgewater, Rudolph’s fantasy value plummeted. The Vikings have been resilient thus far, and with Sam Bradford looking serviceable at quarterback, it is time to take a look at Kyle Rudolph. With tight ends struggling league wide, Rudolph could be a solid, consistent member of your team.


Emmanuel Sanders (Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos): It’s easy to start Sanders after his 117 yard and two touchdown performance this last Sunday. I expect a great regression this week with Demaryius Thomas stealing most, if not all of his targets. I would refrain from starting him unless you have a very deep league.

Jeremy Hill (Running Back – Cincinnati Bengals): Jeremy Hill was perhaps the biggest surprise of Week 3, putting up an impressive 97 yards and two touchdowns. Hill is still the second string back behind Giovani Bernard and should lack the necessary volume needed to make a positive fantasy impact. Hill will be a shaky fantasy option for the foreseeable future.


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