2011 NFL Prop Picks – Week 4 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Last Updated: September 28th, 2011 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Fantasy Football picks are here at Bankroll Sports this year, and we are going to try to make the most of your NFL props betting options at BoDog Sportsbook by giving you some of the best fantasy football sleepers in Week 4!

Nate Washington vs. Cleveland Browns
Washington is going to be a popular pickup this week with this being the first game that WR Kenny Britt being out of the lineup. We’re really not all that sure that QB Matt Hasselbeck has the ability to keep this up over the course of the rest of the season, but what we do know is that for the first three weeks, he has slung the ball all over the field. Washington hasn’t slacked this year, as he does have 21 catches and a TD on the season. Cleveland’s defense is probably better than those of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a dozen targets for Washington this week against the Browns on the road, especially if the Titans are trailing.

Houston Texans D/ST vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
One would think that the Texans would be a poor play this week, just as they were last week. They were worth negative points in most leagues, but we know that this could be a significantly different week against the Steelers. The Pittsburgh offense just hasn’t looked all that sharp this year, especially knowing that QB Ben Roethlisberger has only thrown one TD pass in each of his first three games. That being said, the way that you beat these Texans is by running the ball straight up the gut. Sure, Pittsburgh does that better than any team in the league, but when you’re behind, as it was against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, things become a heck of a lot harder. Roethlisberger and the Steelers turned it over seven times against Baltimore that week, and Big Ben felt a ton of pressure. The blitz packages for the Texans should produce a ton of sacks this week as well, and if that’s the case, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this unit put a huge number on the board for fantasy owners.

Andy Dalton and Andre Caldwell vs. Buffalo Bills
At some point, the Bills are going to lose a game, and though this doesn’t seem like the likeliest of options in the world, we know that it could be a good matchup for the hosts. Buffalo’s secondary has struggled at times this year, and though we don’t fault it for allowing so many yards and points to QB Tom Brady and company, watching QB Jason Campbell tear this secondary to shreds was a different story. Now, with WR Jerome Simpson likely not suiting in this one, Dalton is going to have to find another receiver to throw to. Caldwell had a dozen targets last week, and though he only had six catches, it was a clear sign that he is becoming one of the favored targets for the rookie to use. He could be a great red zone option as well, and at the rate that the Bills give up yards and points, that could, and should be good news for both of these Bengals.

Jacoby Jones vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
We’re heading back to that Houston/Pittsburgh game for our last fantasy sleeper of the week. The Texans are throwing the ball and throwing it a lot this week. That’s a given. After all, it takes a special, special back to run on the Steelers, and we don’t think that either RB Ben Tate or a banged up RB Arian Foster is going to be able to get the job done. Starting WR Andre Johnson is a duh statement, though the Pittsburgh secondary with DB Ike Taylor has done a respectable job against top receivers this year. It’s those second receivers that have us terrified against an otherwise weak Steelers secondary. Last week, both Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie had better weeks than Reggie Wayne. That being said, with Jones, not only are you getting another receiving option in a high powered offense, but you’re also getting a punt returner. There might be a hidden TD in there as well that you don’t normally see on the stat sheet if you get lucky.

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