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Week 4: Sleepers of the Week

While we're not projecting starting type stats for these players, they have good potential and could surprise. This week's picks include E.J. Manuel, Alex Smith, Bilal Powell, Jason Snelling, and Santonio Holmes.

This is how fantasy football works: Once you've given up on a guy, dismissed him, forgotten him, benched him or cut him, that's when he plays well. If you try to reverse this curse and give a guy one more game or a second chance, he'll stink it up again. There's no fighting this nightmare. This is the only logical explanation, right? Kenbrell Thompkins stuck a dagger in the hearts of many fantasy owners in Week 3, posting two touchdowns to go along with his modest three receptions for 41 yards. This is the nature of owning a New England Patriots player. Some weeks, he's the guy; most other weeks, he is not. The 25-year-old rookie is obviously a bit of a wild card. He has caught only nine of his 28 targets. For all the negative that can be said about him though, the bottom line is we are talking about Thompkins because his quarterback is Tom Brady. Nobody cares about rookie receivers on most any other team, but it was Brady who brought us into this situation. If you believe in Brady, you therefore have to believe in Thompkins due to his playing time, targets and opportunity. Add him if he's available and play him if you're feeling lucky.

Like Chris Cooley before him, Fred Davis' time in Washington appears to be winding down. Through three games, Jordan Reed has 13 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown. He is TE2 material, on a good day. Given the hot and cold nature of the tight end market, Reed is certainly someone on the rise. He did suffer a quad contusion (that is an "ouchie" in layman's terms) and his status for Week 4 is up in the air. That said, Davis is as good as out with an ankle injury, so this should force Reed into the start. The Redskins are a hot mess, but that doesn't change Reed's role as a checkdown catch-all for Robert Griffin. Just keep in mind that you're adding Reed as a backup, not someone who you should be considering to overtake Julius Thomas or Jared Cook or Jordan Cameron. That's just silly.

Remember to read all our columns for this week and use our Who To Start Rankings