Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 5
With four teams on bye this week (Kansas City, Jacksonville, New Orleans and Seattle), Fantasy football owners will need to find bye-week fill-ins to give themselves a chance at continued success early in the season.
A valuable tip here is not to overthink your matchups entering week 5, don’t bench a stud for a sleeper and don’t trade away talent you’ll need down the road to fill the void for this one week. Try your best to pick up talent on the waiver wire and find fantasy football sleepers to get by with. The following are ten players who are under the radar but have great match-ups in week five.
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Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. DET)
Over his first three career NFL starts, Wentz has accumulated an impressive 769 passing yards and five passing touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception and so far, has been everything advertised. This week, he faces a Lions defense that has given up nearly 750 yards passing and also eight passing touchdowns over the past three games. With injuries to Ezekiel Ansah and DeAndre Levy, the Lions will be at far less than 100%, which bodes well for Wentz and the Eagles. He also has starting tight end Zach Ertz returning from a rib injury as well. Wentz could very well sneak into the top 12 at quarterback in week five for owners without Blake Bortles, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.
Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (vs. CIN)
Like Wentz, Prescott is another rookie quarterback who has had an impressive start to their NFL career. Through the first four games of the season, he has yet to throw an interception and is averaging 253 yards passing per game. He has the Bengals coming to town in week five, who are just two weeks removed from giving up over 300 yards and four touchdowns to Trevor Siemian. Not to mention, Prescott may also get Dez Bryant back, who has been fighting a knee injury. While he may not light up the scoreboard, Prescott could be a decent plug-and-play for owners without their usual starting quarterback this week.
Running Back, Baltimore Ravens (vs. WSH)
After rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown against Oakland in week four, West has a terrific match-up against the Redskins. Washington has given up 381 yards and five touchdowns to running backs over the past three weeks, giving West a very juicy match-up. The Ravens released Justin Forsett but also has rookie Kenneth Dixon poised to return after spraining his MCL in the preseason. While the Ravens did not commit to West as their starter in week five, he has a terrific match-up and is poised to be the lead back. Treat him as a low-end RB2 at the least in week five.
Running Back, New York Jets (vs. PIT)
Running Back, New England Patriots (vs. CLE)
On nine touches in week four, White went for 62 yards (12 rushing, 50 receiving). And now with Tom Brady coming back, it should only help White’s fantasy production. Coupled with the fact that LeGarrette Blount is dealing with a hip issue, White could see the field more in week five against the Browns. Cleveland has given up two receiving touchdowns to the opposing running backs over the past three games along with two rushing touchdowns and 321 rushing yards during that span as well. White could see a lot of garbage time rushing attempts in what could be a blow-out, along with some more check-down looks on third down. He is a low-end RB2 in PPR this weekend.
Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills (vs. LAR)
With Sammy Watkins on injured reserve, Woods has stepped up as the team’s number one wide receiver. He saw ten targets against New England, reeling in seven of them for 89 yards. Going up against the Rams, who have given up a crazy 713 receiving yards to opposing wide receivers over the past three games, Woods has a great match-up. He will likely see close to 10 targets again with the team struggling at wide receiver so that he could be relied on heavily again. He will look to make it the third straight week with at least six receptions and 50 yards, which seems to be a strong possibility. Treat him as a mid-tier WR3/FLEX play in week five.
Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans (vs. MIA)
After having seven receptions and 76 yards on 11 targets in week one, Sharpe has reeled in only nine receptions for 96 yards in the past three games combined. But, he has also seen 21 targets in the previous three games as well, which still points to the Titans wanting to use Sharpe in the passing game still. Sharpe and the Titans face the Dolphins in week five, who have given up over 600 yards receiving and three touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in the past three games. That’s not to mention they have given up at least 144 yards to a wide receiver in the previous two games (Terrelle Pryor in week three, A.J. Green in week four). Sharpe still leads all TEN wide receivers by over ten targets, so he is due for a big week. It could happen in week five in a plus matchup. He is a high-upside, low-end WR3/FLEX play.
Wide Receiver, New York Giants (vs. GB)
Tight End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CAR)
Over the past two weeks (since Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been released), Brate has 18 targets, ten receptions, 113 yards and two touchdowns. He is enjoying being the new number one tight end for Tampa Bay and has a terrific match-up in week five to keep his new found success going. Carolina has given up 226 yards receiving and four touchdowns to opposing tight ends over the past three weeks. With Doug Martin possibly out again in week five and Charles Sims injured, the Buccaneers could rely on the passing game more. Brate has the potential to be a solid fantasy football tight end in an offense that has attempted 177 passes (44.25 per game) so far this season already. For those without Coby Fleener, Julius Thomas, Travis Kelce or Jimmy Graham this weekend, Brate is a great low-end TE1 plug-and-play.
Tight End, New York Giants (vs. GB)
Starting tight end Larry Donnell is dealing with a concussion and may not be ready to play in week five. Tye set season highs in targets, receptions, and yards in week four when Donnell went down with his concussion. As explained with Victor Cruz, this match-up against the Packers has the makings of a shoot-out, benefiting Tye. The Packers gave up six receptions and 81 yards to Lions tight ends in week four, so Tye has a chance to put up some decent stats in week five. Treat him as a high-end TE2 in week five if Donnell is out.