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Starks, Olsen highlight Week 4 fantasy sleepers

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With Ryan Grant on the sidelines, James Starks has a chance to shine for fantasy owners this week.


Looking for a sleeper to fill out your starting lineup? These 10 under-the-radar players could be on the verge of solid stat lines based on the matchups. For more lineup help, check out Start 'Em & Sit 'Em and our player rankings.

Jason Campbell, QB, Raiders: Campbell, a free agent in more than 90 percent of NFL.com leagues, is worth a look off the waiver wire in deep leagues against the Patriots. The Packers are the lone team to allow more fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, making Campbell an attractive option if you're in dire straits at the position.

Rex Grossman, QB, Redskins: In six games as the starting quarterback under coach Mike Shanahan, Grossman has averaged a stellar 281 yards with a combined 12 touchdowns. He also has a great matchup against the Cardinals, who field a porous pass defenses. If you're hurting at signal-caller, Grossman is a legitimate replacement.

Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that he expects Frank Gore (ankle) to play this week, but he could very well be limited. That makes Hunter, a rookie out of Oklahoma State, a sneaky sleeper as a flex starter in deep leagues. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than the Eagles.

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The NFL Fantasy LIVE crew talks about Denarius Moore and his value for Week 4. (Click image for further analysis.)

James Starks, RB, Packers: The Packers are expected to be without Ryan Grant (bruised kidney) this week, so Starks will see the lion's share of the carries against the Broncos and their vulnerable run defense. That makes the Buffalo product a nice option in fantasy land. Consider him a borderline No. 2 back or flex starter.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers: Here's a little fantasy football trivia -- who is the top-scoring panthers runner? No, it's not DeAngelo Williams, it's Stewart. The Oregon product has looked far more explosive than his veteran teammate, so don't be shocked about starting him in a flex spot against the Bears at Soldier Field.

Eric Decker, WR, Broncos: Did you know that Decker has more targets than Larry Fitzgerald and Hakeem Nicks after three weeks? Sounds a little odd, but it's true. The Minnesota product has a favorable matchup this week against the Packers, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year.

Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers Nelson has been targeted just seven times over the last two weeks, but you don't need a ton of chances in a pass attack led by superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Even if Champ Bailey is back this week, Nelson owners shouldn't be concerned -- Nelson remains a viable No. 3 or 4 fantasy wideout.

Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders: Over the last two weeks, Moore has put himself onto the fantasy radar with a combined 34.80 fantasy points. While the return of Jacoby Ford could put a dent into his playing time, Moore is still worth a roll of the dice against a Patriots defense that's allowed a ton of points to receivers.

Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: Olsen ranks 11th in targets among tight ends this season, and he's a surprising 10th in fantasy points at his position on NFL.com. The Miami product will be motivated to produce against the Bears, who traded him after the lockout and allowed three touchdowns to Jermichael Finley in Week 3.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals: Speaking of tight ends who have seen plenty of targets, let's talk about Gresham -- he's seventh in that category among tight ends. This week he faces the Bills, who have allowed an average of close to 10 fantasy points to tight ends in 2011. That makes Gresham a nice deep league sleeper.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com. Have a burning question for Michael on anything fantasy football related? Send it to AskFabiano@nfl.com or tweet it at Michael_Fabiano!

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