Sunday Sidepiece: NFL Week 4

It’s already Week 4 in the NFL, and while it’s still fairly early in the fantasy season, we’ve definitely reached the point where you need to make a statement and turn things around if you’re 0-3 or 1-2.

On the contrary, maybe you’re sitting 3-0 or 2-1, and your league pays out for best record at the end of the regular season, providing you extra incentive to keep the hammer down and continue dominating your opponents.

Regardless of which scenario you find yourself in, you know you’re going to want to get a little risky and throw that sleeper into your lineup this week in hopes of earning some unexpected points, leading you to your weekly victory.

That means it’s time for your weekly installment of Sunday Sidepiece.

So grab a beer to help get you comfortable, take a look at this week’s top sleepers, and test the waters of a little sidepiece action.

James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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If you followed along with the Sunday Sidepiece article last week, you’ll know that I may have been a little premature on the James Washington selection. Story of my life. But I told you in last week’s article that I’m a huge fan of Washington’s matchup against the Bengals, and I believe it’s just a matter of time before Mason Rudolph starts making the Steelers’ offense show a little pulse. What better time to get right than a juicy prime-time matchup against the Bengals. If you’re looking for a potential boom-play sleeper this week, give Washington a look.

Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers

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You’re going to have to be pretty desperate to get down with this sidepiece, but turning to a sidepiece during desperate times is exactly what they’re there for. The Dolphins’ offense, while it hasn’t translated in the box score, has actually shown a little life with Josh Rosen at quarterback, and I’m predicting the Dolphins will at least match their point total for the season against the Chargers this week. Hell, it’s only 16 points. Rosen and Preston Williams had solid chemistry this offseason/preseason, and Williams should have two TD’s for Rosen already this season if it weren’t for a pair of drops. Don’t get crazy and throw Williams into your lineup just because you have a deep roster and he’s on it, but if you have some questionable matchups and/or injury issues, steal a touchdown this weekend by using Williams.

James White, RB, New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

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The Patriots/Bills matchup squares off the two remaining undefeated teams from the AFC East this Sunday. Let me break this news to you before the game starts, the Bills won’t be undefeated as we enter Week 5. I see the Patriots handling the Bills relatively easy this weekend, and I think James White’s involvement in the passing game is going to be a big reason why. We all know you’re not using White for what he does as a traditional running back, but I’m predicting the Bills will have decent success shutting down Sony Michel in this role, leading the Patriots to utilize their best pass-catching RB out of the backfield in White. He’s fresh after being a healthy scratch last week due to the birth of his daughter, which I’m unaware of whether or not it was his wife’s or side piece’s child, so expect Bill Belichick to load White up with touches this week as they rely more on the passing game against Buffalo.

Be sure to check out this week’s podcast episodes as we discuss daily fantasy sports bargains, stacks and general advice in our weekly fantasy football preview episode, while our weekly gambling preview episode features straight up and against the spread picks for each game on this weekend’s schedule!

Ben Morgan is a co-host and blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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