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2015 Fantasy Football, Week 4 Deep Sleepers

Everybody knows to start Le’Veon Bell, Aaron Rodgers and Julio Jones. In this article we will be covering deep sleepers. Guys that a lot of people may be able to find on their waiver wire. If you’re desperate for an emergency play or a cheap DFS option, this is where you find those guys. Just remember all these guys are longshots. Don’t bench your stars for them!

We hit on Gary Barnidge last week as a high-value tight end for Week 3. This week we’ll continue to bring you your top fantasy football deep sleepers here at The Fantasy Fix.

Michael Vick, Pitt
It’s that time of year again. That time of year when Vick is cast into a prominent role and suddenly becomes a fantasy commodity. With Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell at his disposal, and a rare ability to run, even at his age, Vick certainly is a tantalizing option. He came in last week and went 5-6 for 38 yards after Ben Roethlisberger injured his knee. That was a very small sample size and Vick is going to have to throw the ball more to win. This is more of an add for the next month than just tonight’s game.

Johnny Manziel, CLE
It’s coming. Josh McCown isn’t winning and the Browns season is already spiraling down the toilet after being embarrassed by the Raiders. If the Browns lose to the 1-2 Chargers this Sunday and McCown looks bad, the rumbling will begin and they will be calling for his job. Manziel is going to take this job sooner rather than later and could emerge as a high-upside, boom-or-bust option for owners in 2QB leagues. Vick can be placed in the same category.

Running Backs
Jonas Gray, MIA
Gray was active Week 3 and led the Dolphins backfield in both carries and yards. Gray carried the ball nine times for 49 yards on Sunday. Granted, Lamar Miller was dealing with an ankle injury and will see more than seven carries when healthy. However, Damien Williams only saw two carries and has a total of five carries on the season. Clearly, Miami believes Gray is the better runner than Williams. Had the Dolphins not been getting blown out, Gray could have easily had close to if not over 100 yards. If Miller’s not healed up soon, Gray could see significant touches.

Charles Sims, TB
Sims saw only one less snap than Doug Martin last week. For those of you who fell for the Martin hype once again, shame on you. That shame is also cast upon me. I was cautiously hopeful on him and if he fell far enough, I believed he had some value. What makes it worse is I didn’t like him the past two seasons. With all that said, Sims is emerging as the better option as everyone predicted in June before we foolishly changed our tone. Look for him to slowly emerge as a viable PPR option, while The Muscle Hamster continues to devolve into the lackluster option that he is. By mid-season, Sims will likely be the starter in Tampa.

Antonio Andrew, TEN
Andrews stepped in last week and immediately supplanted Bishop Sankey as the top back, while Terrance West was made inactive. Andrews carried the ball 12 times to Sankey’s five. After a strong Week 1, Sankey has reverted back to his old ways. Andrews may now be the starter in Tennessee. Although he may not be a great option, is worth an add if you’re in need of RB depth.

RB Thomas Rawls, SEA
Rawls is a strictly for this week add. If Marshawn Lynch is inactive, Rawls could be a very strong play. When Lynch exited the game last week, the undrafted rookie saw 16 carries and Fred Jackson only received two. Rawls took those 16 carries for 104 yards. While he loses some style points because it was against the lowly Bears, it was still a very promising outing. When Beast Mode is back, Rawls will be back in bench mode.

Wide Receivers
Devin Smith, NYJ
I really loved Smith heading into this year’s draft. I thought he was better than both Breshad Perriman and Kevin White. Along with his deep-threat speed, he has a rare ability to go up and get the ball. He was the best jump-ball wideout in this year’s draft, which makes him an excellent red zone threat to go along with his big play ability. He is very raw but he has boom-or-bust potential with a large bomb at the end of that fuse.

Willie Snead, NO
While Brandin Cooks is the clear-cut top option in New Orleans, Snead has emerged as the second fantasy option. He has outperformed both Brandon Coleman and Marques Colston to this point. You can assume the undrafted rookie should only get better from here. He’s caught 10 passes for 151 yards and a TD through three games. It appears Drew Brees is on track to play this week too. Snead is worth stashing on your bench. If he comes out and explodes like Colston did when he was a young receiver, he’s well worth the add.

Tight End
Nick Boyle, BAL
This is a really longshot and it’s important to note that this is written before Thursday Night Football. I was higher than most on Boyle coming out of college this year and was lower than most on Maxx Williams. I personally believe, Boyle’s skillset will translate faster to the NFL than Williams. Boyle also reportedly outperformed Williams in camp. I believe he will be the better of the two tight ends while Crockett Gillmore is out. Although, the team will likely give Williams every opportunity to be successful. I just don’t think he will be.

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