Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (20) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

FIVE SNEAKY FANTASY FOOTBALL ADDS FOR WEEK 4

Mike Shara

Sometimes injuries give guys opportunities. Sometimes their coach is panicking, trying to save his job and looking to change things up. Sometimes they’re playing against a weak defense. Sometimes it’s as simple as the fact that they’re facing the Chicago Bears.  Whatever the reason, sometimes you can’t just roll out your usual starters and expect the win every week. Sometimes if you want to win a fantasy football league, you have to play to win. Fortune favors the bold, so this week boldness is going to be our theme.

Here are five bold adds for Week Four. Some of them will be on your bench and some of them will almost certainly still be available on your league’s waiver wire. All of them are listed here because they’re trending in the right direction and might provide more value than you’d typically expect.


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RUNNING BACK: Zack Moss, Buffalo.  Moss was a healthy scratch in Week 1 and many fantasy owners gave up on him immediately, releasing him during the feeding frenzy that is the Week 2 waiver wire. However, if you were one of the patient folks who kept him (or you picked him up during that frenzy), you did the right thing. He’s clearly now the guy the Bills rely on in goal line situations – he’s scored short TDs both on the ground and in the air over the last two weeks and he doubled his offensive snaps last week. Now he faces the Texans in a home game, who have already allowed six rushing TDs in three weeks. BOLDNESS RATING: 2 out of 5

QUARTERBACK: Taylor Heinicke, Washington. Despite WFT getting crushed by Buffalo last week, Heinicke still threw 2 touchdown passes and rushed for over 20 yards and has averaged nearly 20 fantasy points the last two weeks. Week 4 sees him with a far more favorable matchup as he goes indoors to play at Atlanta. Washington has an array of gifted offensive threats surrounding Heinicke, and the Falcons’ secondary still has not forced a single turnover and are in the league’s bottom half in pass yards allowed. If your usual fantasy starting QB has a tough matchup this week (i.e., Lamar Jackson vs. Denver or Kyler Murray vs. the Rams), Heinicke might prove to be a rewarding substitution. BOLDNESS RATING: 4 out of 5

WIDE RECEIVER: Tim Patrick, Denver. The undrafted third year player from Utah had already found a home in Denver this year, finding himself involved in over 70% of the Broncos’ offensive sets to start the season. He also caught a TD pass in each of their first two games and just missed reaching 100 receiving yards last week. Now that K.J. Hamler has been placed on the IL for the remainder of the season, Patrick’s share of the pie should only grow. The Ravens and their banged-up secondary have allowed the third-most passing yards in the NFL so far this season, which means that Teddy Bridgewater could have a big game this weekend. Patrick figures to be a significant part of the Broncos Offense. BOLDNESS RATING: 3 out of 5

TIGHT END: Tyler Higbee, LA Rams. Before you scream at your screen that I’m a Canadian know-nothing – yes, I realize that, on paper, this is not a matchup that screams ‘must play’. The Cardinals’ defense has been especially tough on tight ends this season. Hear me out, though; Higbee scored a touchdown in three of his last four games vs. Arizona, was targeted 30 times in those games and that was with Jared Goff as his QB. Now he has Matthew Stafford, a massive upgrade. Arizona’s secondary figures to focus on stopping Cooper Kupp after his huge game last week and with Rams running back Darrell Henderson not at 100%, Higbee could surprise as a high volume play this week. Then again, he might not. Tight end is always the hardest position to find a surprise. BOLDNESS RATING: 5 OUT OF 5

DEFENSE: Detroit Lions. Obviously, this is a matchup play that has much more to do with who they’re playing than how they’re playing. This Lions team is currently among the league’s least talented on both sides of the ball, but new Head Coach Dan Campbell has them playing hard and they are facing the league’s most dysfunctional organization this week. The Bears have the NFL’s worst passing offense so far this season, averaging less than 100 yards per game (yes, you read that correctly), are 20th in rush offense and are averaging just over 13 points scored per game. Now there are rumors of taking the play-calling responsibilities away from Head Coach Matt Nagy. Oof. Justin Fields may be the answer for their future at quarterback, but he’s banged up after a dismal debut performance last week vs. Cleveland. That could mean Andy Dalton time, except that ‘the Red Rifle’ is hurt too! The weather in Chicago this weekend looks like it will be wet and rainy, so there may be even more Bears offensive miscues than usual to look forward to! The Lions are only owned by about 2% of fantasy owners and with good reason, but this might be the week to be sneaky. BOLDNESS RATING: 5 OUT OF 5

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