Fantasy Free Agents and Sleepers Week 4: Thomas Rawls, Lance Dunbar, Marvin Jones, Charles Clay, Chris Johnson Options

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Sep 29, 2015 03:29 PM EDT
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Running back Thomas Rawls of the Seattle Seahawks
Running back Thomas Rawls of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at CenturyLink Field on September 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington"

The fantasy football schedule is into Week 4 and some free agents, sleeper pickups and waiver wire options to check include Thomas Rawls, James Jones, Lance Dunbar, Marvin Jones, Allen Hurns, Tyler Eifert, Charles Clay, Victor Cruz, Derek Carr, Chris Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Robert Woods, Michael Vick and Michael Crabtree as options.

Injuries and other issues have pushed some players into bigger roles, including players like Thomas Rawls, James Jones, Lance Dunbar and Michael Vick and those players could be solid pickups. Victor Cruz is likely gone as a free agent in most leagues, but many owners let him sit with the uncertainty of his injuries, but he is about to come back in Week 4. Karlos Williams should start if LeSean McCoy is out, while Rishard Matthews has stepped up for the Miami Dolphins and is a solid sleeper option.

Thomas Rawls is a solid fantasy football pickup for this week, as Marshawn Lynch is getting an MRI for his hamstring injury. Even if Lynch plays next week, the Seahawks could take it easy with him and that could give Rawls another chance to get things going. Rawls played well in the preseason and in Week 3 he made the most of his chance, putting up 104 yards on 16 carries in the game for Seattle. Rawls could get work again behind Lynch next week even if the running back is healthy enough to play. Rawls is also a solid handcuff from here on out over Fred Jackson.

Lance Dunbar has become a great PPR fantasy option for the Cowboys and with Dez Bryant out he has made the most of his chances catching balls out of the backfield. Dunbar was targeted 10 times and he had 10 catches for 100 yards. While Dunbar is an afterthought running the ball behind Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden, he is a prime player for PPR fantasy owners. This season Dunbar has 21 catches for 215 yards and that is better than what some top WRs have done.

The Bengals had a huge day in Week 3 and Marvin Jones contributed to that with five catches for 94 yards. Jones had a solid eight targets in the game and also made it into the endzone. Jones has been slow to start with just nine catches in three games, but he is looking to get back to his 2013 performance after missing last season, as he had a breakout year with 51 catches and 10 TDs.  

The Bills have LeSean McCoy ailing and that could put Karlos Williams and Anthony Dixon in position to get some work. Williams is the better option with Dixon not doing much this season, as Williams has 186 yards and three touchdowns in three games this season. McCoy could get some more rest to try and get his hamstring back to full strength this week.

Chris Johnson had his best game as a Cardinal this week and he could get work even if Andre Ellington comes back, as the RB may need some time to get his rhythm back. Johnson had 110 yards and two touchdowns against the Niners and now has 219 rushing yards this season.

Check here for more on fantasy football options heading into Week 4 and for more on players to pick up, start, sit and players to target in the weeks ahead.

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