We’re by with one month of the common season, however there are nonetheless under-the-radar guys each week with excessive upside. Whether these guys are in your roster or sitting within the pool of free brokers, they’ve sneaky upside to enable you take residence a “W” in your matchups. Players like Trey Lance, Damien Williams, and Kenneth Gainwell are the varieties of gamers of the beginning ’em, sit ’em bubble, and we like their possibilities sufficient to put them on our Week 5 fantasy sleeper record.
It’s additionally price noting that any of our picks may bust this week. We’re taking some possibilities right here, as we do not need to say anybody too apparent. (What enjoyable is that?) You aren’t going to begin these guys over constant, confirmed producers, however you are most likely not trying to find fantasy sleepers in case your lineup is ready. However, even when that is the case, our sleepers record can assist you discover worth in DFS, as the costs of those gamers ought to be reasonably priced.
WEEK 5 FANTASY: Busts | (*5*)
Last week, our largest wins have been Chase Edmonds, Matt Ryan, Taylor Heinicke, Tyler Boyd, and Dawson Knox. Those have been all borderline residence runs. We additionally recognized Jakobi Meyers and the Packers’ protection, who outperformed their projections. Even Trey Sermon was respectable, with 19 carries for 89 yards. Our solely important whiff was Baker Mayfield. Needless to say, it was our greatest week, and hopefully, we are able to carry over the success into this week.
As all the time, we cannot bore anybody with apparent starters, however we’ll enable you establish gamers with enhanced outlooks in Week 5.
Week 5 Fantasy Sleepers: Running backs
Damien Williams, Bears @ Raiders (Jackson Sparks). The Raiders’ protection seemed good till Austin Ekeler torched them, and Williams may play an identical function on this matchup. With David Montgomery (knee) probably sidelined, the Bears ought to open up their offense a bit and assault the weak point of the Raiders’ protection — their short-yardage passing recreation. Williams ought to profit right here in a attainable workhorse function.
Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles @ Panthers (Vinnie Iyer). They is likely to be experiencing a shift of their backfield with Gainwell’s environment friendly manufacturing, and Carolina couldn’t decelerate Dallas’ duo final week.
Tony Pollard, Cowboys vs. Giants (Matt Lutovsky). The Giants are center of the pack by way of fantasy factors allowed to working backs, however that’s largely as a result of they’ve given up simply two RB touchdowns. Individual backs have had success in opposition to them on the bottom (two 100-yard speeding video games) and thru the air (two 80-yard receiving video games). Ezekiel Elliott has reasserted himself as chief of this backfield after Pollard outshined him the primary two weeks, however Pollard has nonetheless acquired double-digit carries in every of the previous three video games. He’ll do sufficient on this favorable matchup to be price a flex spot.
Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quarterbacks
Trey Lance, 49ers @ Cardinals (Sparks). We’ll see if Jimmy G (calf) is formally dominated out, however Lance has a pleasant probability at a stable fantasy week. Last week, he scored over 20 fantasy factors in only one half, and he’ll probably be known as on rather a lot because the Cardinals put factors on the board early. Deebo Samuel and George Kittle will clearly assist his possibilities to take pleasure in a profitable first begin and his speeding prowess current a pleasant fantasy flooring and excessive ceiling. Even if he is not ultra-efficient by the air, 50-plus yards and a landing on the bottom would not be too stunning. After all, he is one of the best goal-line possibility the 49ers have.
Zach Wilson, Jets vs. Falcons (Iyer). Wilson will get one other favorable passing protection with the break of a impartial web site.
Jameis Winston, Saints @ Washington (Lutovsky). Winston hasn’t accomplished a lot since five-TD Week 1, however Washington has allowed two 300-yard passing video games this season and 11 QB touchdowns over the previous three weeks. It’s nearly unattainable for a QB not to produce in opposition to Washington.
Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide receivers
Emmanuel Sanders, Bills @ Chiefs (Sparks). The Chiefs have allowed Marquise Brown, Mike Williams, and DeVonta Smith to go over 100 yards receiving, so why cannot Sanders do the identical in among the best offenses in soccer? After two modest weeks, Josh Allen is formally again, rivaling Patrick Mahomes as one of the best deep-ball thrower within the recreation. Allen is third within the NFL in air yards, and Sanders has already been the recipient of a few of these deep targets. Against a weak Chiefs secondary, Sanders may have loads of alternatives. It is price nothing Sanders is extra engaging in customary, whereas Cole Beasley is a superb possibility in PPR.
Jakobi Meyers, Patriots at Texans (Iyer). He’s total Mac Jones’ most trusted short-to-intermediate goal now, and the matchup doesn’t get any higher for the slot.
DeVante Parker, Dolphins @ Buccaneers (Lutovsky). No crew is permitting extra passing yards per recreation than the Bucs, and Parker is averaging eight targets and over 4 catches per contest. He will get the amount wanted to produce a stable flooring, and with what ought to be ample garbage-time alternatives, he additionally has a excessive ceiling this week.
Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight ends
Tyler Conklin, Vikings vs. Lions (Sparks). After a breakout efficiency in Week 3, Conklin wasn’t as prolific in Week 4 in opposition to the Browns. However, just about everybody besides Justin Jefferson was shut down by Cleveland in that recreation. Conklin nonetheless drew six targets and heads right into a matchup with a Lions’ protection that has been a bottom-10 unit in opposition to tight ends.
Dawson Knox, Bills @ Chiefs (Iyer). He’s red-hot scoring for Josh Allen, and Kansas City nonetheless has basic issues protecting his place
Zach Ertz, Eagles @ Panthers (Lutovsky). The Panthers shut down the tight ends of groups that not often throw to the place in Weeks 1-3 (Jets, Saints, Texans), however in Week 4, the Cowboys TEs torched them for 76 mixed yards and two TDs. Philly’s passing assault, whereas much less dynamic, is much more reliant on its TEs, particularly within the crimson zone. Both Dallas Goedert and Ertz have worth, however Ertz is the sneakier play. He’s tied for fifth amongst all TEs in red-zone targets (6), and he has 15 whole targets the previous two video games.
Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Defense
Tennessee Titans @ Jaguars (Sparks). The Titans we a letdown in opposition to the Jets, however we’re giving them one other shot this week. Even if the Jags’ have offensive success, Trevor Lawrence is liable to throw an interception or two. Two of the top three gamers in QB pressures this season are Myles Garrett and Joey Bosa. They are dominant presences and superstars in their very own proper. What if we instructed you No. 1 on the record was Titans’ LB Harold Landry with 23 pressures? This crew is significantly better in pass-rush than individuals assume, and it may generate sacks and turnovers to flip in a pleasant fantasy level whole.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Bears (Iyer). The Raiders can get some sacks and turnovers even when they proceed to hand over some chunk performs and factors.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Giants (Lutovsky). The Giants have been significantly better about taking good care of the ball this yr (three turnovers), however Dallas is second within the league with 10 takeaways. This big-play protection ought to drive Daniel Jones into one or two basic errors.