The New England Patriots beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 19-14, on "Thursday Night Football." The fantasy football world took its first hit of bad news for the week when Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was inactive for the game. Such is life for a Gronkowski owner. Patriots receiver Chris Hogan and Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate both caught touchdown passes. Brate has now scored in three straight weeks. Returning running back Doug Martin also got in the end zone for Tampa Bay and rushed for 74 yards.
With so many injuries occurring in Week 4, we all need some sleepers.
1. Aaron Jones, Running Back, Green Bay Packers
This could be a mess, but Jones looked good in relief of Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams, as both went down in Week 4. Both backs returned to a limited practice this week, but even if Montgomery and/or Williams play I think Jones will get enough work to make him flex-worthy.
2. Wayne Gallman, Running Back, New York Giants
Mess No. 2. The Giants' run game has been awful, but Gallman, who caught a short touchdown pass and rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries last week in relief of the injured Paul Perkins, should be given a shot this week. It's a Hail Mary play, but with the bye weeks upon us and the running backs that went down last week, many won't have other options.
3. Eddie Lacy, Running Back, Seattle Seahawks
And here's Mess No. 3. Seattle lost impressive rookie Chris Carson for the season with a broken ankle in Week 4. Carson started the year as the fourth running back in camp but outplayed Lacy early, and, after a slow start, Lacy was benched. With C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls hurt most of the season, Lacy took over last week after Carson's injury and rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries (4.7 average). Lacy will get the first shot to start in Week 5.
4. Brian Hoyer, Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
Hoyer hasn't been great in 2017, but the Indianapolis Colts have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for more than 300 yards in Week 1 against the Colts, and the Cleveland Browns' DeShone Kizer had two touchdown passes against them in Week 3, so why not give Hoyer a look this week?
5. Jared Cook, Tight End, Oakland Raiders
So my pick of Cook last week wasn't exactly stellar as a sleeper, but the tight end position is a mess, as even the utterly disappointing Austin Seferian-Jenkins of the New York Jets is being considered a top 10 tight end in Week 5, so why not give Cook another go as he faces a Ravens team giving up the fourth-most points to opposing tight ends in 2017? Cook it still getting targets, which is half the battle.