Strategy session: Six-pack of Week 4 and beyond fantasy insight
4) Favorite Week4 RB sleeper not named Joique Bell
I should probably classify this as a super sleeper. We'll dig a little deep and toss out a PPR option in Oakland's Marcel Reece. Not a major threat through three weeks, but the Raiders FB did have four receptions for 45 yards against Denver. Those numbers should increase if Matt Flynn takes snaps Sunday against the Redskins porous defense rather than Terrelle Pryor. Flynn could be jittery making his first start since 2011, leading to underneath throws. Without a viable tight end, that means targets for Darren McFadden and Reece. Regardless of its QB, expect Oakland to attack the Redskins 28th ranked run defense. The Raiders are simply better with Reece involved. No better week to make that happen than right now.
5) Tomorrow's "pickup" today: Which off-the-grid player will fantasy owners be targeting on waivers next week?
Let me cheat a little by naming a player from Thursday's game, Benny Cunningham. Its running game already a mess, St. Louis' coaches surprisingly made Isaiah Pead a healthy scratch. That moved Cunningham into the backup role behind Daryl Richardson, who then gained 16 yards on 12 carries against a 49ers defense that had been gashed in previous games this season. Cunningham played a chunk of the second half, scoring on a two-point play and catching one pass for 17 yards. This isn't about whether the undrafted rookie is the next great thing (though the compact 217-pounder showed flashes during preseason), this is about opportunity. With Richardson struggling and Pead's mysterious benching, look for Cunningham to take on a larger role. That could mean a change-of-pace option to start. From there it could change into a starting role.
6) Week 4 decision: Le'Veon Bell or Jason Snelling
It appears Le'veon Bell will make his NFL debut in Week 4 in London against Minnesota. In time, the Steelers' rookie will receive all the workload he can handle, leaving scraps for Jonathan Dwyer, Felix Jones and Isaac Redman. Against the Vikes, who are allowing 114 rush yards per game, Bell is a risk-reward Flex start. That's fine, but owners can expect more out of Jason Snelling. The bigger half of Atlanta's substitute RB tandem had 111 yards on 15 touches with a touchdown in Week 3. Now Snelling, the best bet for goal line touches, and Jacquizz Rodgers get a look at New England's 24th ranked run defense that allows nearly 121 yards per game. For the season, Bell is the superior option, assuming Steven Jackson returns to the Falcons sooner than later. For Week 4, take Snelling.