NFL Fantasy Forecast Week 4: Busts, Breakouts, Sleepers, and More
Hopfeully, you Fantasy Football general managers listened last week when we told you to hop on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Romeo Doubs. We predicted he’d be a rookie to have a breakout week, and he didn’t disappoint. He finished with a team-high eight catches for 73 yards and a touchdown.
If you needed a kicker, we were there for you, too, predicting Greg Zuerlein’s big week. Greg the Leg booted four field goals, two coming from 50 yards or beyond. We’ve got you covered again for the Week 4 matchups.
Sportscasting’s Week 4 NFL Fantasy Football Forecast
Quarterback Bust of the Week: Carson Wentz
Luke Norris: After solid-enough performances in his first two games with the Washington Commanders, Carson Wentz struggled against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3.
And that trend will continue in Week 4 against a Dallas defense that has only allowed one touchdown in each of its first three games. The Cowboys sacked quarterback Daniel Jones five times in a big Monday night win over the Giants, and Wentz is in for the same kind of punishment.
Player Prop of the Week: Jeff Wilson Jr. UNDER 15.1 PPR points
Jack Dougherty: If you were able to scoop up Jeff Wilson Jr. from the waiver wire after Week 1, you must be feeling pretty good about the addition. Wilson is clearly the new No. 1 running back in San Francisco, and he’s recorded double-digit PPR fantasy points in each of the last two weeks without finding the end zone.
I expect the touchdown drought to continue in Week 4 against a Rams defense that’s allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to RBs through three weeks. With a tough matchup ahead, Wilson shouldn’t be projected for his highest fantasy output of the season. Temper expectations for the RB2 in Week 4.
Breakout Rookie of the Week: Jelani Woods
Tim Crean: Last week may have technically been Indianapolis Colts rookie tight end Jelani Woods’ breakout week. The third-round pick caught two balls for 13 yards last week, but both were touchdowns.
The 6-foot-7 Woods will at least be a red zone target from here on out. However, there’s a chance that Matt Ryan has found a new safety blanket, too, with his big rookie pass-catcher.
On a team like the Colts that is hurting at wide receiver and struggling to find multiple options in the passing game, Woods has a chance to become a reliable starting fantasy TE with another solid performance this week.
Defensive Disaster of the Week: Baltimore Ravens
Mike Thomas: With the exception of a Week 1 victory over the New York Jets, the Ravens have struggled mightily defensively this season. They held the Jets to nine points in the season opener and then held the Miami Dolphins to 14 points through three quarters in Week 2. Then everything fell apart.
The Ravens surrendered 28 points in the final quarter against Miami, blowing a 35-14 fourth-quarter lead and falling 42-38. Last week, Baltimore wasn’t a whole lot better as the New England Patriots put up 26 points.
Mac Jones is no Josh Allen, who pays a visit to Baltimore in Week 4. Allen and the Buffalo Bills are eager to get back into action after suffering their first loss in heartbreaking fashion last weekend. With Buffalo’s defense still hurting, look for tons of points in this game, with the Ravens D getting torched once again.
Kicker Sleeper of the Week: Jason Sanders
Adam Fromal: If you didn’t listen in Week 1 when we recommended rookie LSU product Cade York before he put up 16 points and finished as the NFL’s No. 2 kicker, hopefully you took our advice in Week 3. Greg Zuerlein was only rostered in 0.8% of ESPN leagues but cleared the entire field by four points with an 18-spot for the New York Jets.
If you still aren’t on board with the kicker sleepers, change that in Week 4 by claiming Jason Sanders off waivers and starting him for a Thursday Night Football clash with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Not only have the Bengals ceded more points to kickers than any other team, but Sanders is the 22nd most-rostered player at his position (4.1%) despite ranking 20th in points scored. Not only that, but TNF affairs are often slopfests due to diminished preparation from overtaxed squads. And if that’s still not enough justification, the Miami Dolphins are hobbled heading into Week 4 with Tua Tagovailoa, Jaylen Waddle, and plenty of notable defensive pieces banged up.
The Dolphins have the talent to get into scoring position, but the circumstances might prevent them from punching it into the end zone with too much frequency.