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Fantasy Football 2015: Week 5 Sleeper Picks

Taking a Look at the Week 5 Waiver Wire and Sleeper Trends

October 9, 2015

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It’s a Week 5 fantasy football Friday, and around here that means it’s time once again to take a look at the trending sleepers out there as we head into the NFL weekend. Let’s take a closer look at some of the viable lower-end options and see if anyone’s worth a start in your league.

Atlanta Falcons Defense: We’ll start out on the defensive side of the ball today and take a look at the Falcons. They were pretty bad the first three weeks of the year, but came alive against the Texans with two touchdowns, three fumble recoveries, a sack and a pick.
The Falcons get another tasty matchup this week against the Redskins. Provided their run defense doesn’t fall apart, they could put up some good numbers.

Fantasy Football 2015: Week 5 Sleeper Picks

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Dan Herron, RB, Buffalo Bills: The newly-acquired Herron is quite possibly in for a big day against the Titans, thanks to a rash of pretty major injuries above him. Both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion) are beat up, and Boobie Dixon is dealing with a calf issue.
Herron lucks out this week with a favorable matchup and an opportunity to show his stuff. He snag a few passes out of the backfield and may even out-carry Dixon.

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Smith is only owned in around 1/3 of fantasy leagues, but it’s time to give him a look. He’s produced at least 17.9 fantasy points in three of his four starts so far.
Smith and the gang will welcome the sketchy Chicago defense to KC this weekend. He’s an intriguing start in Week 5.

Larry Donnell, TE, New York Giants: Those fantasy owners looking for a risk/reward TE this weekend should check out Donnell. The good news is that he got five grabs (seven targets) last week. The bad news is that he turned those into just 38 yards.
Donnell has received at least six targets in each of the last three weeks. If he can find a few holes against the 49ers on Sunday, he could have his best game yet.

Kamar Aiken, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Thanks to a banged-up Steve Smith, Aiken had a nice outing in Week 4. He put up five grabs on seven targets for 77 yards and a score in that one.
Aiken gets a relatively favorable matchup against the Cleveland pass defense this weekend, and with Smith out once again he’ll be the main beneficiary. We could see a repeat performance here.

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