Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
You may be heading into Week 5 with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups, especially in deep leagues and regardless of the league the waiver wire has been picked over. You may also have roster difficulties resulting from the 4 teams on the week 5 Bye. ( JACK, KC, SEATTLE and NEW ORLEANS). Fantasy Sleepers are late-round picks or waiver-wire selections who may exceed their statistical expectations.
Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 5 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 5 with injuries concerns (such as OAK RB Latavius Murray, DAL WR Dez Bryant or DET TE Eric Ebron.)
Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football
QB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football
PHIL QB Carson Wentz ( at DET)- Wentz had a bye week in Week, but proved more than capable in Week 3…completing 23/31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Only owned in 37% of Yahoo leagues. ( Detroit is currently #32 vs the pass….dead last!)
CAR QB Derek Anderson ( vs Tampa Bay)- QB Cam Newton (concussion) is not practicing Friday, leaving Derek Anderson to get the start. The Panthers will release an official injury report Saturday. This is a nice matchup.
CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- The Colts defense is bad as usual, currently ranked #30 in the NFL. Hoyer is making the most of his opportunity and could get you through this Bye Week for either JACK, KC, SEATTLE and NEW ORLEANS.
I also like BALT QB F Flacco ( vs WASH) if available.
RB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football
OAK RB DeAndre Washington (vs SD)- My #1 Sleeper for Week 5. RB Latavius Murray (turf toe) is out for Week 5 against the Chargers. Washington is the starter and should be considered a borderline RB2 in a plus matchup.
MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs TENN)- Coach Adam Gase said using a four-running back committee the past two weeks was “some bad coaching by me,” and he plans to scrap it. IF he commits to Ajayi, he could have a very good game vs the Titans who are ranked #17 vs the run.
NYJ RB Bilal Powell ( at PITT)- Powell rushed 4/26 yards and caught 6/9 targets for 54 yards in Week 4 in loss to the Seahawks. Powell has now touched the ball 10 times each in Weeks 3 and 4. Powell should be owned in all formats, especially with Forte reportedly carted to the X-rays room after the loss. Only owned in 22% of Yahoo leagues.
CAR RB Fozzy Whitaker (vs TB)- Fozzy Whittaker caught 9/9 targets for 86 yards and rushed 3 times for 6 yards in Week 4. If QB Cam Newton ( concussion) cannot play in Week 5, the Panthers will likely lean on the rushing game. Whitaker is also the preferred receiving back for Carolina, an option QB Derek Anderson may also lean on.
NYG RB Bobby Rainey- With Rashad Jennings (thumb) expected to sit, Rainey should play a big role Week 5 against the Packers.
TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers- could get the start Monday night if Charles Sims (knee) is not able to play.
WR Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football
DAL WR Brice Butler ( vs CINN)- Despite currently boasting the #7 defense in the NFL, the Bengals secondary is vulnerable, and WR Dez Bryant is still not healthy and will sit out Week 5. Butler caught a TD in Week 4, and he will likely get another in Week 5. Also consider WR Terrance Williams- Only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues.
SD WR Dontrelle Inman- ( at OAK)- Inman caught 7/11 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ Week 4 loss to the Saints. ( WR T Benjamin had a costly fumble in the 4th qtr which may have cost the Chargers the game and QB P Rivers trust)
deep league sleeper NYJ WR Robby Anderson- One of the preseason stars, is expected to have a signifcant role in Week 5 with WR Eric Decker’s (shoulder) absence and now it looks like WR Quincy Enunwa (knee) was added to the injury report Friday and is questionable for Week 5 against the Steelers.
deep league sleeper OAK WR Seth Roberts ( vs BALT )- While defenses are concentrating on shutting down WRs A Cooper and M Crabtree, Roberts is slipping thru coverages and scoring touchdown ( 3 TDs in 4 Weeks so far). WR A Cooper has none.
Also consider MINN WRs Charles Johnson and/or C Patterson ( vs HOU) – Both are getting more targets than ever did in the past 2 years, and new QB Sam Bradford and WrR Stefon Diggs do not seem to be on the same page as of yet. UPDATE: Stefon Diggs (groin) is doubtful for Week 5 against the Texans.
TE Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football
SD TE Antonio Gates ( at OAK)- Gates (questionable, hamstring) will attempt to play Sunday. The last time Gates was out for an extended period of time, QB P Rivers hit his ‘ol buddy for 2 TDs as defenses put their attentions elsewhere that game.
CHI TE Z Miller ( at IND)- Although listed as questionable for Week 5 against the Colts, Miller did practice Friday’s and should be in no danger of missing Sunday’s game in Indy. Miller has snagged 3 touchdowns over his last 2 games.
PHIL TE Zack Ertz ( at DET)- Ertz (ribs) is practicing in full for Week 5. Ertz will return this week after missing the last two games with a displaced rib.
I also like TB TE C Brate ( at CAR)-
Week 5 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers
PITT ( vs NYJ)- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is throwing more INTs than any one else in the league.
GREEN BAY ( vs NYG)– On top of WR Odell Beckham’s tantrums, NYG QB Eli Manning is having having his own bad start to the year, failing to throw a TD pass in 2 of his 4 games so far. ( 4 INTs)