If you’re an Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton fantasy owner this week, you'd better have a strong backup like Michael Vick or Tony Romo because the waiver wire is a little thin when it comes to QBs.

It’s that time of year to take some risks. Seasons are won and lost by rolling the dice on players that can pay off big if you’re willing to take the chance.

Good thing you have your trusty Guru to lead the way. Now where did I put my turban?

Time to run down the week 4 sleeper picks.


Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: The 18% owned Tannehill has been a consistent QB so far this season as he has averaged 15 fantasy points a week while posting a 94.3 quarterback rating, 827 passing yards and four touchdowns. While the New Orleans defense could prove tough, Tannehill has Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Charles Clay to lean on when he’s not strong. We all need somebody to lean on. Now that stupid song is stuck in my head.

Running Back

Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots: With Shane Vereen on IR, Bolden has taken over the third down back role in New England. Last week, Bolden had 51 yards rushing and another 49 through the air. It’s always tough to predict what Bill Belichick is going to do, but Bolden could go off for 20 fantasy points like he did in week 3 last year or he could be rearranging Tom Brady’s hair care products back in the locker room.

Wide Receiver

Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs: Week 3 was a breakout game for Avery, hauling in seven catches for 141 receiving yards. Avery gets a Giants D this week that is 17th in pass defense, have allowed a 68.1 completion percentage and seven passing scores. With Chiefs QB Alex Smith unable to throw the ball more than 6 yards down the field, look for Avery to be busy racking up some YAC. For those unfamiliar with football acronyms, “YAC” stands for “yards after the catch” not “Yukon Astronauts Club.” Apologies to those Canadians who googled that and ended up here.

Tight End

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers: Ok, Miller’s three-catch, 35-yard week 3 was not a statistical explosion of Jimmy Graham proportions, but at least he was on the field after his knee exploded last year. Before the injury, Miller was a top 5 TE last season. Miller gets to test the knee further on Sunday against the 29th ranked pass defense in Minnesota that has given up a league worst nine TDs. People are sleeping on Heath. That would explain why he is in this sleeper post.

Defense/Special Teams

Tennessee Titans vs. Jets: The 34% owned Titans have been averaging just over 10 fantasy points a game and that was against some teams that can actually score. This week they get the J-E-T-S who have given up the 4th most fantasy points to team defenses this year. The J-E-T-S also love to turn the ball over. Not sure if love is the right word, let’s just say they like-like to turn it over.

Good luck this week. Have a Fantasy Football question for the Guru? Hit him up on Twitter @TheGuruGS

The Guru 9/26/2013 05:00:00 AM Edit

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