Bring in the Backups: Bench Players You Can Start in Week 4 Fantasy Football

Dan Israeli
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With bye weeks starting to creep in, fantasy owners will start looking toward their bench for starting options. There are only two teams off in Week 4 (the New York Jets and San Francisco Giants), but injuries and tough matchups may also be factors in looking deeper for options this upcoming Sunday.

Here are three players, all normally bench options, who you can insert into your starting lineup in Week 4.

1. Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (Started in 30 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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Matthew Stafford is 11th in pass attempts this season, despite the Detroit Lions' alleged determination to become a run-heavy offense this year. He should be passing a ton in Week 4, as the Lions square off against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at home. Stafford is 14th in standard fantasy scoring through three games, and has displayed good chemistry with all of his passing options at some point. He may be without Danny Amendola this weekend, but still has a plethora of options, going against a Chiefs' defense that allows nearly 400 yards of offense per game. Fire up Stafford as a borderline QB1 this weekend, in a game that features the highest under/over by far (54.5), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

2. Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins (Started in 24 Percent of Yahoo! Leagues)

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Adrian Peterson is like an old sports car, who on the right weekend, is worth taking out of the garage for a spin. Week 4 is looking like one of those opportunities, as the Washington Redskins visit the New York Giants. The game has a healthy 49 point over/under with only a 3-point spread, favoring the home team. The Giants are giving up 128 rushing yards per game (No. 10 in the NFL), and have also allowed four rushing touchdowns (tied for No. 6 in the NFL). Last season, when AP visited MetLife Stadium to face the Giants, he had his best game of the season, rushing for 149 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Peterson makes for a fine RB2 in Week 4.

3. Parris Campbell (Started in 0 Percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Leagues)

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For those in deeper leagues, who may need to make plans due to an injured wide receiver (say, Chris Godwin or Terry McLaurin), Parris Campbell makes for an intriguing option. The Indianapolis Colts' rookie could step into a huge role if another injured wideout, TY Hilton, is forced to miss Week 4 with a quad injury. Awaiting the Colts at home are the Oakland Raiders, who've given up the eighth most points to fantasy wide receiver so far, allowing six to score double-digit fantasy points in PPR leagues. Campbell scored a TD in Week 2, but topped out at three targets last week against the Atlanta Falcons. While Indianapolis is one of the most run-heavy teams in football, Campbell may be the top option in the passing game this weekend, going against a defense that is prone to giving up big passing plays.


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