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Sneaky Fantasy Football Players to Start in Week 4

Jason Schandl
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By Week 4 of the fantasy football season, even the most carefully-laid preseason plans have typically blown up. Something like an injury to Saquon Barkley or a bye week for Le'Veon Bell, can leave a serious hole in your lineup. Or maybe you just whiffed on some draft picks and suddenly find yourself scrambling for starters.

Whatever the case, here are three sneaky players to start in fantasy football in Week 4, all of whom are owned in fewer than one-third of Yahoo! Fantasy Football Leagues.

1. Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders (8% Owned)

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As the Oakland Raiders' struggles have piled up, they've been forced to put the ball in the air more. That has led to a drop in workload for first-round pick Josh Jacobs, while Jalen Richard's playing time is picking up. Richard played only 15.5 percent of the snaps in the Raiders' Week 1 win, but that was up to 49.2 percent, out-snapping Jacobs 29 to 25, in Week 3. As 6.5-point underdogs against the Indianapolis Colts on FanDuel Sportsbook, this should be another pass-heavy week for the Raiders, giving Richard's value a boost once again, especially in PPR leagues.

2. Zach Pascal, WR, Indianapolis Colts (0% Owned)

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The Indianapolis Colts are at risk of becoming very thin at WR. Already missing Devin Funchess, T.Y. Hilton was forced to make an early exit on Sunday, reportedly re-aggravating a quad injury, one that will likely make him questionable in Week 4. As of Thursday, Hilton has still not practiced. Zach Pascal has played the second most snaps among Colts WRs this season, and he caught two passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in Week 3. His floor is incredibly low, but if Hilton sits, then Pascal could make for a boom-or-bust option in a favorable Week 4 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.

3. Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (11% Owned)

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Cole Beasley isn't the most exciting member of the Buffalo Bills' offense, but he's quietly played a huge role through three weeks. He has seen nine targets twice in three games, and he's tied for the team lead with 23 on the year, while his 17 receptions are just one fewer than John Brown's team-high mark. Nobody else in the offense has more than 10 targets or five receptions, and Beasley is clearly one of their top two weapons in the passing game. A matchup with the New England Patriots is the toughest the Bills have drawn all season, but that shouldn't be a big worry for Beasley's fantasy value. You're not counting on efficiency or TDs for Beasley, but rather on volume of receptions. Possibly playing from behind could force the Bills to put the ball in the air more, and that could mean another game with double-digit targets for Beasley, making him especially valuable in PPR leagues.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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