Fantasy Football Update 10/4/16: Week 5 Sleeper Picks
Fantasy Football Sleepers and Waiver Wire Picks for Week 5
October 4, 2016
Now that Week 4 in the NFL is all finished up, it’s time for us fantasy football owners to visit the waiver wire and check out all the new sleeper picks and trending names out there. Let’s examine a few hot-topic players and see if anyone’s right for your roster heading into Week 5.
Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens: West didn’t do much statistically over the first few weeks of the season, but he burst out of his shell against the Raiders this past Sunday. In that matchup, West bagged 21 rush attempts for 113 yards and a TD.
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The Ravens haven’t officially committed to West as the starting running back, but it’s sure looking like he’s the guy moving forward. Even better, he gets a flimsy Redskins rush defense in Week 5.
Eddie Royal, WR, Chicago Bears: Here’s an interesting pickup. Before his seven-catch, 111-yard performance with a TD in Week 4, not too many people paid attention to Royal. The fact of the matter, however, is that he’s scored at least 11.2 fantasy points in three of his four games now.
With Kevin White and Alshon Jeffery both hurting, Royal should be a big part of the Bears’ offensive plans this weekend against a slow Colts secondary, so he’s a great sleeper pickup right now.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Coming out of a bye this past week, Wentz is off a lot of people’s radar right now. Let’s refresh our memories on him. He’s scored 19.2, 12.6 and 21 fantasy points over the first three weeks, and is going into a very promising matchup against Detroit this weekend.
A lot of people had to drop Wentz to make room during that bye week, so get your waiver claim in if you’re looking to upgrade at quarterback.
James White, RB, New England Patriots: Reliable running backs are hard to come by these days, so White is getting a lot of attention. He’s coming off his best game of the year against Buffalo, bagging five catches on five targets for 50 yards and another 12 yards on four rushes.
The X-factor here is the return of Tom Brady to the lineup in Week 5, which should buoy White’s stats. He’s still available in over 70 percent of leagues.
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Let’s finish up at TE today and check out Brate, who has had couple of decent games lately. He’s coming off five catches on eight targets for 67 yards in Week 4, and put up five catches on 10 targets for 46 yards and two TDs in Week 3.
Brate and the Bucs will face the Panthers this weekend, and though that doesn’t sound good, Carolina is actually giving up a lot of points to opposing tight ends this year.
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