Fantasy Football Week 4: Start’em, Sit’em, Sleepers, Waiver, PPR Picks

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Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs receiver Donnie Avery (17) and Dwayne Bowie (82) douse coach Andy Reid with a cooler of Gatorade in the final minute of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Justin: Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned him today. That’s because I’m a believer. In his talent? No, don’t be ridiculous. In the idea that he may see 25+ carries with Chris Ivory sidelined? Absolutely.

Yes, the Titans have looked good on defense. Yes, they will most likely gameplan to stop the run and force Geno Smith to beat them. But the Jets don’t care about that. The Jets will do everything they can to take the pressure off of Geno, which means giving Powell the ball 29 times (Powell had 29 touches last week).  The winner of Sunday’s match-up between the Jets and the Titans will most likely come down to who runs the ball more effectively. The Jets will attempt to win that battle. I think Powell has a nice game here. My bold prediction: he scores a touchdown.

On Tuesday, Powell was still available in 56% of ESPN leagues. On Thursday, he was still available in over 20% of leagues (that means he was added by a lot of people this week). Check your waivers. If Powell is there, add him. And then start him.


David: Donnie Avery, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
This choice is directly related to my immense disappointment in Dwayne Bowe last week. If you study the Chiefs offense, you notice that Alex Smith prefers to throw the short, underneath crossing routes, taking few shots downfield. Andy Reid is fine with this mentality so long as Smith doesn’t turn the ball over, so Bowe may not see very many targets moving forward. Avery won’t necessarily every week, but he will be a solid WR3 / flex (especially in PPR) by the end of the season.

Matt: Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Look for Miller to be a top add this week in fantasy.  He got his feet wet last weekend against the Chicago Bears and now I think he’s ready to step up big.  Pick him up especially if you have a tight end on bye this week.