Heading into Week 4 it’s time to start scouring the waiver wire for viable spot players, and that means now is the perfect time to land that sleeper that no one expects to rise up. Below are five sleepers to consider for Week 4
There have been very few certainties in the Detroit run game for the last two seasons. In 2011 Leshoure was a promising rookie, but was knocked out by injury before getting a regular season snap.
Jahvid Best proved to be too injury prone to help the team, and they wound up turning to another RB prone to injury, Kevin Smith.
While Smith has played the first 2 weeks in 2012, it seems he hasn’t exactly been a heart throb for the Lions coaches. Leshoure entered Week 3 coming off a season long injury plus a 2 game 2012 suspension, and was still seemingly the workhorse back. He had 26 carries in Week 3 while backup Joique Bell received 5 and season opener starter Smith didn’t have a single carry. This certainly sounds like the Detroit coaching staff have more confidence in Mikel Leshoure than in any running back they’ve had for awhile. He’s going to be the hot pickup on the waiver wire this week, and he’ll be a great play in Week 4
Tashard Choice (RB, Bills)
With Fred Jackson out and C.J. Spiller falling to a sprained AC joint in Week 3, the ground game responsibility is going to fall on the shoulders of journeyman, Tashard Choice. While in Dallas Choice had his moments, so there is reason to think he can produce. Following Spiller’s injury in Week 2, Choice piled up 20 carries for 91 yards. It’s difficult to predict with any consistency what’s going to happen each week for Buffalo, but for now Choice is their best option in the run game. He’s a worthy pickup going into Week 4
Daniel Thomas (RB, Dolphins)
Are you getting the common theme here? In Week 3 Reggie Bush suffered a left knee injury. The word is he will be out at least 2 weeks, so that means it’s time to go shopping for Miami running backs. Last season the youngster Daniel Thomas was all the craze, but he wound up being a bit of a disappointment in 2011. However, after Bush went down in Week 3 Thomas put up 19 carries for 69 yards and a TD. The Dolphins offense has some serious problems, but they’ve seen some success in the run game so far in 2012. With Bush out, Thomas will see the lion’s share of carries and is a good pickup going into Week 4
Stay away from Saints wide receivers. Right? That’s been the commonly understood plan for the last several years. Brees is an excellent quarterback, but going into any given week the ball could be sprayed around anywhere. The interesting thing about the Saints WR situation is that as injuries begin to pile up the fantasy relevancy of the remaining receivers increases. Colston is battling a foot injury, and that means the odds become more in the favor of the other targets in New Orleans. In Week 3 Lance Moore had 4 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. This is good news for folks needing to pickup a wide receiver with potential. Moore is a solid play as long as the Saints WR corps is depleted
Leonard Hankerson (WR, Redskins)
RGIII, RGIII, RGIII! That’s the word in D.C. these days, right? With Pierre Garcon out Leonard Hankerson is the best option for the rookie QB in the Redskins passing game. While he did suffer an injury in Week 3, he should be good to go for play in Week 4. He’s worth picking up for those in the market for wide receivers.