Fantasy Football 2014: Week 5 Sleeper Picks
Taking a Look at the Week 5 Waiver Wire Trends
October 3, 2014
It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for the Week 5 edition of our fantasy football sleeper picks. There’s still a little time to tinker your roster before Sunday’s round of games, so let’s take a look at a few high-value, low-cost players who you might be overlooking this week.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Manning has finally earned some fantasy lover after a nice performance in Week 4. He posted 300 yards and four touchdowns in a flat-out embarrassment of the Redskins, but the more important stat was how he completed over 70 percent of his passes for the second consecutive week.
Manning gets a nice matchup against Atlanta on Sunday, and with the way he’s been playing, we’d say he’s on the verge of cracking the QB1 radar for that one.
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Brian Quick, WR, St. Louis Rams: With the Rams on a bye last week, a lot of people might be sleeping (get it?) on Quick, but he’s definitely worth your time. He leads the team in targets through three games, and has a tasty matchup against a paltry Eagles defense in Week 5.
There are no guarantees here, of course, but Quick has the potential to break out on Sunday.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: We’ve always been fans of Miller, but the key attraction here is in the matchup. He’ll be going up against a Jacksonville team that can’t stop tight ends, which should lead to some nice fantasy numbers.
Miller is also coming off a nice day on the stat-lines, posting 85 yards and a score on 10 grabs against Tampa Bay.
Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers: Here’s our deep sleeper candidate of the day, so those in crowded leagues should check this one out. Oliver is coming off a pretty productive performance against Jacksonville, totaling 56 yards on 13 touches.
With both Danny Woodhead and Ryan Mathews banged up, Oliver should get a good workload again this week. He’ll face a tough Jets rush defense, but could find some holes in the passing game.
Miles Austin, WR, Cleveland Browns: Austin is also coming off a bye this past week and will be off the radar of a lot of fantasy owners. Here’s the key info, though: In his past two games, he’s totaled 12 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
It’s pretty clear that Austin is a key playmaker in the Cleveland offense, and we doubt they’ll change things up too much this week against Tennessee. He’s a nice lower-end pickup if you can get him.
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