Fantasy Football 2013: Week 5 Sleepers
Fantasy Football Daily: Sleeper Picks for Week 5 in the NFL
October 4, 2013
It’s that time again. Every Friday during fantasy football season, we scour the NFL matchups and choose a handful of sleeper players who have a shot at posting big games during the upcoming weekend. We’ve got our usual batch of intriguing waiver-wire level prospects today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see what we should be expecting from these potential breakouts.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans: It’s been quite a week for Fitzpatrick. He went from being Jake Locker’s backup to being thrust behind center in the space of one single play. Now that Locker will be out for 4-6 weeks with his hip strain, it’s Fitzpatrick’s team to pilot. He did well in relief after the injury, finishing the Jets game with 108 yards and a TD. He’s an experienced quarterback and should have no problem stepping in, even against a stout Chiefs defense. Don’t expect any miracles here, but if you’re stuck for a Week 5 starter, Fitzpatrick could provide some efficient--if uninspiring--numbers.
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Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams: Late this week, Stacy has made some noise on the wire thanks to Rams coach Jeff Fisher’s cryptic comments on the running game. He indicated that the carries would be divvied up into more of a time-share situation between the four prominent St. Louis backs: Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead, Benny Cunningham and Stacy. With Richardson ineffective and Pead banged up, that could open the door for a lot of work for Stacy. Best of all, the Rams face the lowly Jaguars this weekend and will be running (with the lead) a lot. Stacy’s a deeper-league consideration, but could pay off big.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets: Thanks to injuries to his fellow WR corps, Kerley has been thrust into the spotlight in New York. Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill will both be out for Monday’s game against the Falcons, leaving Kerley as the lead dog on a depleted roster.
The Jets will be facing the Falcons on “Monday Night Football,” and with Atlanta’s ability to score, they may be tossing a lot in an effort to keep up. That’s good news for Kerley, as he’ll get some looks as a reluctant No. 1 WR.
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: This one carries some risk, but hey, that’s what sleepers are for, right? Williams is coming off a pretty good seven-catch, 71-yard effort against the Chargers last week, but he may be in the doghouse a little bit after a late fumble cost the team the game. That said, the Cowboys need bodies in their WR slots since Miles Austin’s hamstring has him looking shaky for the Broncos game.
Like it or not, Dallas may have to rely heavily on Williams in what’s bound to be a high-scoring, pass-heavy game against the most dangerous offense in the NFL.
Carolina Panthers Defense: The Panthers D is severely underrated--in both fantasy and reality--which is great news for prospective owners looking for a fix. The team may be under the radar a bit since they’re coming off a bye, but they absolutely destroyed the Giants in Week 3. They’ll be up against a vulnerable Cardinals squad with a sketchy offensive line and no real run game to speak of. All that adds up to success for you and your fantasy team; we see double-digit fantasy points here.
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