“Shore Thing Sleepers” isn’t your ordinary fantasy football Week 4 start/sit article. Instead, our analyst duo of Seth Woolcock and Nate Polvogt highlight lower-valued players that can provide starting-caliber production for a specific week. These are usually players near the end of your bench or even on the waiver wire/free agency. You can catch an additional sleeper pick live at the end of our weekly in-season Friday podcast episode.
Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues.
Week 4 Start/Sit Consideration: Shore Thing Sleepers
David Njoku (TE, Cleveland Browns) | 57.6 Percent
Finding a good value play at the tight end position can difficult from week to week. The gap between the overall TE1 (Mark Andrews, 64.8 PPR fantasy points) and TE3 (Tyler Conklin, 38 PPR fantasy points) is massive. And we’re only through three weeks of the season. If you missed out on Andrews or Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, you’re likely looking for solid streaming options for your rosters. This week, there may not be a better option than Browns’ book-end David Njoku.
Njoku got off to a slow start to the 2022 campaign, averaging four PPR points per game through Week 2. However, he exploded in a favorable match.up against a wounded Steelers defense in Week 3. He ended his night with nine catches for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Cleveland travels to Atlanta this week to face a defense that allows an average of 17.2 PPR fantasy points per game to tight ends. Njoku is averaging a 90.3 percent snap share and is second only to wide receiver Amari Cooper in targets, receptions and receiving yards. This is the perfect recipe for another massive week for the six-year veteran. So get him off your bench and into your starting lineups. – Polvogt
Mack Hollins (WR, Las Vegas Raiders) | 8.1 Percent
Mack Hollins is low-key becoming one of the more fascinating stories of the 2022 season. He’s a free-spirited self-proclaimed oddball in the Raiders locker room. He was liked enough by players and coaches to be voted captain in his first season with the Raiders. Hollins flashed in Week 2, catching five of eight targets for 66 yards. However, he erupted in Week 3 in the absence of Hunter Renfrow, catching eight of 11 targets for 158 yards and a clutch fourth-and-goal touchdown.
Renfrow still hasn’t practiced yet this week, dealing with a concussion, a non-linear injury. Davante Adams is likely to be shadowed by Denver’s No. 1 cornerback, Patrick Surtain II, close to 70 percent of the time while he isn’t working out of the slot. Teams’ No. 2 receivers have averaged 9.3 PPR points per game against the Broncos. And that was only against QBs Geno Smith, Davis Mills and Jimmy Garoppolo. This certainly provides Hollins with a safe floor. His connection with Carr, accounting for 30 PPR points last week, gives him an ideal ceiling for a FLEX play. – Woolcock
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