Week Five Sleepers

Conlin Postma @ConlinFF

It is Week Five and the madness is just starting. To say the least, it was a unique and strange week. Players such as Jordan Howard, A.J. Brown, Marcus Mariota, Wayne Gallman, Joe Flacco, Devante Parker, and Ricky Seals-Jones all had breakout weeks. We can all agree, it was a weird week when those players are Fantasy relevant. The one common theme through Week Four was the number of injuries to some big names.

Several injuries are having Fantasy owners scrambling for players. In addition to the multiple QB’s who’ve already sustained injuries, there are two more that will be joining the list. The Bears are going to be without Mitchell Trubisky, who dislocated his shoulder and slightly tore his labrum. During the Buffalo and New England game, Josh Allen suffered an unnecessary hit to the head and is in concussion protocol.

On top of those two injuries, Jarvis Landry, T.J. Hockenson, Christian Kirk, Kenny Stills, and Marlon Mack all suffered various injuries in their games. Due to those injuries and more to come, it gives rise to underrated sleepers for this week.

Just a reminder there are two teams on a bye in Week Five, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins.

Looking back at my sleepers from the previous week, there were some hits and misses. A lot of misses though. Below are the players and their finishes from last week.

I was hesitant to put this man on the Week Four sleepers article. He was facing the Denver Broncos and this was his toughest test since he took over the starting role. I can’t deny him any longer. The first person on the list is who Leonard Fournette has called the “Jock Strap King,” welcome to Minshew Mania.


Gardner Minshew, vs Carolina Panthers

He is filling in for the former Super MVP, Nick Foles after Foles broke his collarbone the first week. Minshew has been Fantasy relevant due to his phenomenal TD/INT ratio. In three of his four games, he has two scores per game and just a single INT, for a 7:1 ratio. Even with just averaging 210 passing yards the last three games, his ability to make and extend plays with his legs, and being able to take care of the ball makes him a Week Five sleeper.

As stated above Josh Allen and Mitch Trubisky are both dealing with injuries and that makes Minshew even more valuable in a thin QB position.

Jacoby Brissett, @ Kansas City Chiefs

It should be known at this point, start any QB that is going against the Chiefs. Due to the high-octane offense of Kansas City, opposing teams have to pass more in order to stay in the game. QB’s such as Matthew Stafford (6), Lamar Jackson (10), and Gardner Minshew (15) have all found success against Kansas City’s defense. It should be noted that Minshew only played three quarters. Through the first four games, Kansas City’s defense has allowed 276.5 passing yards to opposing QB’s.

Now that Trubisky, Allen, Darnold, Newton, Brees, Foles, Roethlisberger, and Stafford are all out this week, Jacoby will be a high commodity.

Running Backs

Jaylen Samuels, vs Baltimore Ravens

On Monday night, the Steelers brought out a bunch of tricks for Samuels. Whether he was in the backfield throwing passes out of the wildcat, catching, or running, this was his best game of the season. His usage saw a season-high with 18 touches (10 rushes and 8 catches) and he completed three passes, too. He totaled 114 yards between passing, rushing, and receiving.

There are three reasons why he is a sleeper this week. The first reason is that he finished with the same amount of touches as James Conner. Next reason, just a week prior, Jaylen didn’t touch the ball at all. Finally, if his usage on Monday was any indication for what to come, he has an insanely high ceiling.

Carlos Hyde, vs Atlanta Falcons

Every game as a Houston Texan, Hyde has received double-digit carries. He does lose some targets and receptions to a third-down specialist, Duke Johnson. That wasn’t the case in Week Four, as he saw six targets and five catches compared to Johnson’s three targets and two catches. Hyde has a favorable matchup this week against the Falcons. Atlanta has surrendered 80 rushing yards per game to RB’s. After it is all said and done, Hyde has top 20 upside in what could end up being a high scoring game.

Wide Receivers

Allen Robinson, @ Oakland Raiders

Even with Trubisky out with a shoulder injury, the former Jacksonville Jaguar wideout might be better off. After seeing six catches and 73 yards in the first half, he got just one more catch in the second half. It was due to the Bears deciding to run, play defense, and preserve their lead. It was evident that Robinson will be backup QB, Chase Daniel‘s, go-to target.

After Week One, where he saw 13 targets, he has seen a consistent seven targets per game. That type of production makes him an interesting Week Five sleeper against a poor Oakland defense.

Mohamed Sanu Sr., vs @ Houston Texans

To the surprise of many, it has been Sanu and not Calvin Ridley who has been more productive for the Falcons. Sanu has yet to have less than six targets or four catches in the first four games. Due to the high number of targets he is seeing, there is a greater chance for him to be Fantasy relevant. In Week Five, he gets the Houston Texans and can exploit their weak secondary. Houston allows 283 passing yards per game to opposing QB’s, so Matt Ryan should have a good week as well. With six or more targets per game, facing a weak defense, and a pass-heavy offense, this a formula for a key sleeper.

Tight Ends

Tyler Eifert, vs Arizona Cardinals

Similar to the Kansas City defense, you have to start the TE who playing against the Cardinals. Seahawks TE, Will Dissly, finished as third-best at his position in Week Four. He joins T.J. Hockenson, Mark Andrews, and Greg Olsen who all have finished as top three TEs against Arizona. I know that Eifert isn’t the most flattering name to have as your starter, but he has the highest ceiling this week as a TE.

Jack Doyle, @ Kansas City Chiefs

Due to recent struggles of Eric Ebron and another potential shootout, makes Doyle a sleeper for Week Five. Last week due to T.Y. Hilton‘s absence, Jack had a team-high eight targets. Jacoby Brissett clearly favors Doyle as he is one of the more reliable pass catchers and is a go-to red-zone target. Be warned, Indianapolis does have a conservative offense and Jack Doyle is a TD dependent at TE. If Hilton is inactive again, then Doyle could have a similar or greater workload this week.

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