It’s been a wild 3 weeks in the NFL so far and there are projected to be some high-scoring matchups coming up this Sunday, lets get some Week 4 streaming options. Here are some streaming options for those of you suffering from the myriad of injuries across the NFL so far this season:
All of these players make the list because they’re at least <60% owned on one of the 3 major fantasy sites. These players are in the order in which I would play them, and I’ll add “honorable mentions” for players who are likely unavailable in your leagues (but if they’re available, they’re better options than *almost* anyone on this list).
Week 4 QB Streaming Options
Daniel Jones (NYG) v SEA
ESPN 65%, Yahoo 68%, Sleeper 56%
Daniel Jones has been inconsistent for fantasy managers thus far in 2023, posting 32 points in Week 2 while combining for 7 points in his other two outings. It seems as if Jones’ fantasy production will be matchup-dependent, with an offensive line that continues to struggle and a receiving corps that is still trying to gel. Jones faces a Seattle defense on Monday night that let Andy Dalton carve them up in Week 3, and I expect Brian Daboll and this Giants coaching staff to exploit their weaknesses. Jones provides a rushing floor that is hard to find in other streaming options.
Russell Wilson (DEN) @CHI
Owned %: ESPN 67%, Yahoo 55%, Sleeper 52%
Despite it not translating to wins for Denver, Russell Wilson has looked much more like his old self so far in 2023. He’ll try to get the Broncos into the win column this week against a hapless Bears squad that will be without Jaylon Johnson and Eddie Jackson in the secondary on Sunday. It’s a juicy matchup for fantasy, only made better by how poor Denver’s defense has been so far this season. This should be a high-scoring game despite both teams being winless.
Matthew Stafford (LAR) @IND
ESPN 33%, Yahoo 48%, Sleeper 46%
Stafford was under duress on Monday night against a vaunted defensive unit in Cincinnati, but I expect him to be able to bounce back here against Indianapolis in Week 4. A dome game with a 46-point over/under bodes well for Stafford as he faces a defense that has allowed the 5th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks through 3 weeks. Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell continue to be reliable targets for the 14-year veteran, and Stafford has played at a high level despite his fantasy points (17 PPG) not reflecting it so far in 2023.
Honorable mentions: Kirk Cousins @ CAR, Geno Smith @ NYG, Brock Purdy vs. ARI
*Would start Russell Wilson/Daniel Jones over Geno Smith and Brock Purdy*
Week 4 RB Streaming Options
Chuba Hubbard (CAR) v MIN
ESPN 18%, Yahoo 24%, Sleeper 30%
I wouldn’t normally suggest starting a backup running back in an inefficient offense, but Hubbard may be the starter for Carolina this weekend in an exploitable matchup vs the Vikings. Miles Sanders is dealing with a groin injury that is likely to sideline him for this game, making Hubbard a startable flex option. It seems as if most fantasy leagues haven’t caught on to Sanders’ injury, meaning Hubbard is likely on your waiver wire in the midst of running back injuries and running back-by-committee situations.
Kenneth Gainwell (PHI) v WAS
ESPN 45%, Yahoo 56%, Sleeper 57%
It didn’t take long for DeAndre Swift to usurp Kenneth Gainwell in this backfield, but I expect Gainwell to still have a role in this offense moving forward. Particularly when considering game script for this Philadelphia team, we can get an idea of when Gainwell could have some flex value. Philadelphia are 8.5-point home favorites vs Washington this week, and if Philadelphia has a sizable lead I expect Gainwell to get the majority of reps while the Eagles cruise to the finish line. Their offensive line is so dominant that Gainwell may not need many carries to have an efficient and effective fantasy day.
Jaylen Warren (PIT)@ HOU
ESPN 60%, Yahoo 55%, Sleeper 62%
Warren has received 4 or more targets each game while spelling Najee Harris, providing a decent floor for fantasy managers in need of a start at the running back position. Warren faces a Houston defense who has struggled against the run over the past 2 seasons, and I expect Warren to continue to get more involved in this Pittsburgh offense as the season progresses. He’s an explosive back who just needs a few touches to end up as a solid flex play this weekend.
Elijah Mitchell (SF) v ARI
ESPN 36%, Yahoo 42%, Sleeper 49%
Much like Kenneth Gainwell, Mitchell should be playing in a game conducive to his fantasy value here in Week 4. The 49ers are 9.5-point favorites at home against Arizona, and I project Mitchell to get plenty of opportunities down the stretch of this game if San Francisco can take care of business on Sunday. He saw 11 carries and 3 targets last week against the Giants in a game that stayed relatively close throughout. Make sure to pay attention to Mitchell’s knee injury that limited him in practice this week, there’s a chance he may not play this Sunday.
Roschon Johnson (CHI) v DEN
ESPN 44%, Yahoo 53%, Sleeper 61%
Johnson started the game at running back in Chicago’s 40-10 loss on Sunday in Kansas City but only received 10 opportunities in the game. Despite the Bears still using a backfield-by-committee approach, it’s a sign that Johnson may get more and more looks as the season progresses. If he’s been on your bench since Week 1 and you’ve been hurting at the running back position, there’s no better matchup to trust Johnson in than against a Denver defense that has allowed the most points to fantasy running backs through 3 weeks.
Latavius Murray/Damien Harris (BUF) v MIA
ESPN 3%/13%, Yahoo 9%/31%, Sleeper 11%/34%
I want as many pieces as possible of this Buffalo-Miami game, as it’s projected to have the highest over/under of any game this weekend at 53.5. James Cook may see the ball between the 20s for this Buffalo backfield, but Murray and Harris are the goal-line backs here for the Bills. There’s a decent chance that one of them is able to fall into the endzone this Sunday. If I had to choose between the two, I’d go with Murray. He’s seen a higher snap percentage and has received more touches in each game so far in 2023.
Week 4 WR Streaming Options
Marvin Mims (DEN) @MIA
ESPN 16%, Yahoo 40%, Sleeper 50%
Despite playing 27% or less of snaps in each game in his rookie season so far, Mims is the WR27 on year and has scored 15 and 21 points over his last two games. I can’t stress this enough: Marvin Mims could be a potential league-winner down the stretch here in 2023. I expect him to see his snap count continue to rise as he builds on his highly-efficient rookie season so far. He may not be available on your waiver wires after this week, and I highly anticipate not having to write about him being a “sleeper” from here on out this season. He was a highly-touted prospect that Sean Payton traded up for in the 2nd round, and the Broncos defense is creating game scripts that are forcing Denver to pass the ball throughout the entire game. Go pick up Mims before it’s too late, and feel good about him as a solid flex start this week.
Robert Woods (HOU) v PIT
ESPN 21%, Yahoo 22%, Sleeper 33%
Woods may be falling behind Nico Collins and Tank Dell in the pecking order of Houston receivers, but he still has received 6 or more targets in each of his 3 games so far here in 2023. Pittsburgh has allowed the 5th-most points to fantasy receivers this season, and I expect Woods to get plenty of opportunities in an offense who’s run game has struggled thus far.
Josh Downs (IND) v LAR
ESPN 11%, Yahoo 10%, Sleeper 29%
Downs, a 3rd round rookie out of North Carolina, has emerged as the #1 slot man in Indianapolis through 3 weeks in 2023. He saw 12 targets a week ago and has played 75% or more of the snaps in each game this season. He’s mainly used as an underneath option for his quarterbacks, which should provide a decent floor in PPR leagues. He may be more valuable with Gardner Minshew as QB1 in Indianapolis, but I believe Anthony Richardson will continue to develop as a passer here in 2023. If nothing else, Downs can act as his safety blanket as he gets his feet wet in the NFL.
Nelson Agholor (BAL)@ CLE
ESPN 1%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 5%
Agholor is projected to get some volume here for Baltimore out of necessity, as both Odell Beckham and Rashod Bateman will miss this week’s game due to injury. Agholor has seen 6 and 4 targets for this new-look Ravens offense that is much more pass-happy compared to years past, and I project those opportunities to remain steady here in Week 4.
Darnell Mooney (CHI) v DEN
ESPN 44%, Yahoo 27%, Sleeper 35%
I know Chicago’s offense has been severely underwhelming, but I’m willing to attack this matchup against a Denver defense that continues to bleed fantasy points here in 2023. He was eased back into the game plan last week in Kansas City after getting hurt in Week 2, but I expect him to have a bigger role in what should be a high-scoring affair on Sunday.
Week 4 TE Streaming Options
Jake Ferguson (DAL) v NE
ESPN 23%, Yahoo 49%, Sleeper 47%
For the second time in 3 weeks, Ferguson saw 7 targets on Sunday in Arizona. It’s slim pickings here at the tight end position, so 7 targets for a high-scoring offense is something to keep an eye on. Ferguson is as good of a bet as anyone not named Ceedee Lamb or Tony Pollard for this Cowboys offense to score a touchdown.
Donald Parham (LAC) v LV
ESPN 5%, Yahoo 12%, Sleeper 15%
All Donald Parham does is catch touchdowns. He has 3 through 3 weeks including 2 from a week ago on his only 2 targets. This is a high-flying offense in LA, and I expect plenty more redzone opportunities ahead for the 6’8″ tight end.
Dawson Knox (BUF) v MIA
ESPN 12%, Yahoo 20%, Sleeper 28%
I’m hoping for a touchdown here at the tight end position in a game that is projected to have the highest over/under on the week. Knox’s snap percentage has decreased each week so far, but he’s still a reliable threat for Josh Allen in the redzone.
Durham Smythe (MIA) v DEN
ESPN 1%, Yahoo 1%, Sleeper 3%
Smythe wasn’t able to join in on all the fun vs Denver a week ago as he was hurt midway through the contest. Once again this week Miami is projected to be in a high-scoring game, and I’d like to start as many players in this game as possible.
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