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Fantasy football start/sit: Sneaky starts for Week 4

Here are some unheralded players who might help you

NFL: Preseason-Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns
Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard
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We are officially in a pivotal point in your fantasy football season. Most leagues begin FF playoffs in Week 14, so with only 13 weeks of regular season, an 0-4 or 1-3 start is almost insurmountable. There have been no shortage of injuries thus far, which means we all have to dive deep into our bench/waiver wire to find those sneaky gems. Let’s take a look at a few players that may just save your week.

Jordan Howard, RB, CHI

Howard is a big, downhill rookie that has a clear path to 20+ touches as the Bears only healthy RB. In a potential shootout with the Lions, I think Howard has a good chance at 80+ yards and a spike.

Dwayne Washington, RB, DET

In the same game as Howard, the only thing standing in the way of Washington is a huge CHI early lead, which I don’t foresee. Theo Riddick is the superior passing game back, but Dwayne train is a prototypical violent between-the-tackles banger. I think this is the coming out party for Washington, which also springboards him into weekly RB2 conversation moving forward.

Cole Beasley, WR, DAL

Yuck ... I know. But with Dez out, rookie QB Dak Prescott targeting Beasley heavily already, and the Niners’ slot corner Jimmie Ward already being ruled out, Beasley is sure to see 8-10+ targets and fine success. He’s an upside WR3 in PPR.

Hunter Henry, TE, SD

Antonio Gates is out again this week, and Rivers has already shown trust in the rookie TE. The Saints secondary can’t cover anything, and with ‘Angry Drew Brees’ coming to town, a shootout is imminent. Henry is a backend TE1 in this dream matchup.