Fantasy Football: Top 5 sleepers for Week 5
August 14, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (23) runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half in a preseason NFL football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
For Week 5 fantasy football, here are the top 5 sleepers that’ll notch you the win for your respective fantasy teams.
Ah…the middle of fantasy football season, it feels great, it can’t get better than this. Well actually there is one way that it could get better. Adding another win to your fantasy team would be fantastic, but how do we help you do that?
Well, one sure fire way is the top-5 sleepers for Week 5. I still can’t believe it’s already Week 5 in the NFL, that’s so crazy we’ve waited for so many months for this moment and it’s flying by at a pretty fast rate.
Without further adieu, here are the fantasy players with favorable matchups that should earn owners everywhere plenty of points to earn a victory in Week 5.
Next: 5. Make sure to start this Ram
(EDITORS NOTE: CAPTION CORRECTION) Oct 4, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) scores a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Rams won 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
5. Tavon Austin
Austin dazzled last week for the St. Louis Rams in their upset win over the Arizona Cardinals, but more importantly than the win was that Austin revealed his true potential. We all knew he had it in him, it just took the right offensive coordinator to get the most out of him and boy did he last week as he totaled 96 receiving yards on 6 receptions for 2 touchdowns.
Will he have another 2 touchdowns this week? Well that seems unlikely, but what we could see is some consistency. He’s already matched his career high in touchdowns (he already has 4 this season) and his versatility is salivating. He can run the ball (he’s scored that way) he can return the ball (he’s scored that way) he’s the go-go gadget of this offense and you should be reaping the benefits.
I like Austin as a WR3 or flex option this week against the Green Bay Packers, I really think he can increase his receptions total this week with potential of finding the end-zone for a second straight week.
Next: 4. Watch out for this Cowboy
Sep 27, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) runs while defended by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
4. Cole Beasley
I think Terrance Williams is the obvious play because he’s the top weapon in this offense, but Beasley is 10-for-10 on his targets in the two Weeden starts with 111 yards. So despite the rocky quarterback situation, one of these offensive pieces has to get the Cowboys’ offense going.
They’re also playing the undefeated New England Patriots this week so you know the Cowboys are going to be playing from behind early and often. I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the Patriots have dropped 91 points in the last 2 games (excluding the bye last week).
I’m making the bold statement though Beasley hasn’t found the end-zone yet (18 receptions for 174 yards and 0 touchdowns) as I predict he finds the end-zone twice this week. I think that Weeden will continue to build that chemistry that he hasn’t really developed with anyone in the Cowboys’ offense thus far.
You hate to use player-comparisons so early, but Beasley reminds me of a young Wes Welker. Beasley is so shifty in the slot he can create separation in one-on-one match-ups and that’s where I’d look for him to dominate on Sunday.
Next: 3. This Bronco will gallop nicely
Aug 22, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman (23) rushes during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
3. Ronnie Hillman
My oh my move, over CJ Anderson, here comes Hillman! His blazing 72-yard gallop on Sunday really displayed Hillman’s acceleration to the edge and it highlighted his afternoon against the Minnesota Vikings in which he finished up with a Broncos-season high 103 yards.
That total nearly eclipsing their season total (171 yards rushing) through 3 games of NFL action. Before everyone completely jumps on the bandwagon (though you should pick him up in every available league and format) expectations should be tempered to the fact after that blazing run he had only 31 yards rushing on the other 10 attempts.
Kubiak likes to use the term ‘co-starters’ when referring to Hillman and Anderson from how well Anderson has played in the past and how well Hillman is playing at this moment. Obviously from a fantasy perspective that really means neither one of them is the starter. But the hot hand right now is Hillman and you’ve got to ride that out because Anderson has been ineffective all-season.
Next: 2. This Bear continues to run with purpose
Oct 4, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) breaks free from Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) as Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (86) blocks during their game at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
2. Matt Forte
Let’s be honest here. Anyone on the Chicago Bears’ offense is a deep sleeper, I mean this team is terrible. Though they did beat the Oakland Raiders so there’s that. But here is my public service announcement: don’t shy away from Forte this week! Chris Roling over at Bleacher Report gave his thoughts on Forte and his match-up this week:
“Once again among the elite is Chicago Bears back Matt Forte, who is the only contributor on a struggling offense—a good thing from a fantasy standpoint. He’s going to post crazy numbers against the Kansas City Chiefs after the unit just allowed 38 points to backs.”
Of course the reference is to the game last week in which the Kansas City Chiefs gave up over 100+ yards and 4 touchdowns combined between Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. I love Forte against the Chiefs’ defense and with Jay Cutler‘s propensity for interceptions the Bears best chance to win is running the football.
This season Forte has accumulated over 360+ yards on the ground and a touchdown which ranks him 2nd in the league in rushing. I think Forte will triple his rushing touchdowns on Sunday with a 2 touchdown effort against the Chiefs and he should find himself a nice role in the screen game as well to add extra value for Forte.
Next: 1. This Eagle is ready to soar
Aug 29, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor (17) catches a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward (29) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
1. Nelson Agholor
Finally, Agholor showed up on Sunday! A lot of analysts said things like this in the preseason which led to a lot of unnecessary hype early. ‘Safe-fantasy play’ they say, ‘high upside’ they said well, those high expectations fell just a tad short with Agholor starting the season with a grand total of 4 catches for 36 yards and no touchdowns through the first three weeks of the NFL season. Disappointing to say the least; sure you can attribute some or most of that to the Philadelphia Eagles early implosions and how the team overall has looked dysfunctional.
But for fantasy players looking for the next young star, Agholor might finally be on the right track because this past Sunday he had a bit of a coming out party: 4 catches for 64 yards. Before you start the parade and fireworks I think this was a positive sign of things to come as the Eagles finally start to put their offensive pieces together.
With a tasty New Orleans match-up on the horizon, Agholor could finally break his touchdown-less streak and get his first 100+ yard receiving game of his young career. His stock is lower than it ever will be which means buy him and pick him up in most standard fantasy leagues as he’s a great flex play this week with WR3 potential.
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