Bye weeks are officially upon us, and with 6 teams out of action in Week 4, rosters are thin, especially in the super deep Apex format. With so few players available this week, I thought it would be best to highlight a few players that you should be seeking out and paying up for, rather than going with the normal “Pay For or Ignore” format. Most of these players were drafted and unavailable early on, but may have been dropped after disappointing starts to the season.
Bishop Sankey ($250)
If I’m thin at running back, I’d happily spend half of my free agent budget on a potential RB1 if someone has dropped the rookie. His 11 touches came in a blowout loss, but Sankey averaged 6.1 yards per carry and caught a ball, something that Shonn Greene is virtually incapable of doing. This looks way too much the the Zac Stacy situation from last year, as the Titans at least indicated this week that they want to get Sankey some work. Once Bishop Sankey emerges, it will cost all of your budget to get him, so if he’s available don’t be shy about spending your money.
Lorenzo Taliaferro ($150)
ZoRo (ZoTal? Tali?) was a popular late round flier in August, but started the season 4th on the Baltimore depth chart. Suspensions and injuries thrust ‘Ferro into a major role on Sunday and he had a tremendous debut, gaining 91 yards on 18 carries and adding a score. The concern with the Ravens’ backfield is that once Bernard Pierce returns, there will be a three way time share with Justin Forsett in the mix as well. Even with the threat of a RBBC in Baltimore, I’m still paying up for the most talented back on their roster.
Jordan Matthews ($100)
Another rookie sensation during fantasy draft season, Jordan Matthews saw just 4 targets per game in the first two games of the season. 20% of the looks from Foles on Sunday suggest that Matthews may have established himself as the number two wide out on one of the best offenses in the league. His size and speed make him a clear breakout candidate, and if he continues to be a top option in Philadelphia, he is easily a top 30 fantasy wide receiver.
Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater
Both of these first round quarterbacks will start for the first time in their career, and some fantasy owners might have visions of Andrew Luck and RG3-like rookie campaigns, but I’m not spending my free agent dollars on either player. I’ve made it clear that paying for a quarterback is usually an unwise proposition, and spending on a rookie signal caller is an especially poor investment. Neither team has a great supporting cast on offense or a good defense to help put the offense in favorable situations. If you’re particularly weak at quarterback and there are few options available in your league, Mike Glennon is my favorite QB sleeper, whose 2.1 TD to INT ratio last season was the 3rd best of any rookie quarterback with at least 100 attempts over the last 10 years.