Fantasy Football Week 5: Sleepers

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Sleepers QBs: Gardner Minshew II, Andy Dalton, Chase Daniels, Jimmy Garoppolo, Philip Rivers

Gardner Minshew II, what a story right? He has been playing decent ball for fantasy. Not great but decent. Faces Carolina next which is an okay defense against QB’s. Letting only 156 yards per game through the air. Gardner has the ability to change that average this week. Andy Dalton might just make something happen this upcoming week when the Bengals receive the Arizona Cardinals. This matchup seems a great opportunity for both teams to get their first win in the season. We just got to see a glance of Chase Daniels and was able to come out with the W against the Vikings. Chase faces a Raiders defense that’s allowing an average of 250 plus yards through the air. San Francisco is coming from their bye week undefeated. Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers have the ability to extend their record to a 4-0 when facing a Browns defense that has not been consistent. Philip Rivers has been having trouble facing the Broncos lately. Without knowing the ins and out for week 5 Philip can still put up points. He is a slinger and not afraid of letting it rip. Beware Philip might throw a pick or two. Still a sleeper this week. 


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Sleepers RB’s: Ronald Jones II, Derrick Henry, Ito Smith, Jaylen Samuels, Giovani Bernard

Ronald Jones II (Rojo) has averaged double-digit fantasy points for managers in the last two weeks. Also adding receptions to his arsenal makes him a better sleeper in PPR formats. Titans are finally using Derrick Henry as a workhorse. It has paid off. He has double-digit points in all of his four games this year. He will be facing a Bills defense that has allowed an average of 85 yards through the ground. Bills are stingy in the ground game, but Henry has the ability to break tackles for a better yardage. Ito Smith has been looking a bit better than his teammate Devonta Freeman. For me, Ito has been looking a better back than Freeman. It is coming into week 5 from scoring his first TD in week 4 against the Titans. Week 5 they will face-off against the Texans that has allowed 167 yards on the ground for the past two weeks to RB’s. Jaylen Samuels shared the same workload this past week as Conner and has proven he can get the job done if things continue the same we can see Jaylen with more snaps than conner since he hasn’t been as productive as he was his previous year. Giovani Bernard saw more opportunities in week 4. That can continue in week 5 when they receive the Arizona Cardinals that are having trouble stopping the run. Even with Joe Mixon as the main guy Gio still can have a nice day. 

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Sleepers WR’s: Golden Tate, Auden Tate, Keesean Johnson, Geronimo Allison, Andre Patton

The Giants are getting back Golden Tate after serving his suspension. Giants have a tough matchup, but after not playing the first 4 games I would say that Tate in his hungry to get into the action. Auden Tate not related to Golden Tate. Bengals just took another big hit with the loss of their leading receiver John Ross. This opens up a huge opportunity for targets. I like this play sleeper play. Keesean Johnson saw 10 targets week 1 and Christian Kirk saw only 5. After week 1, the targets started to fade away. Just being targeted 7 times in the last 3 weeks, it seems he can see more targets when facing the Bengals. Especially when it is looking like Kirk will not be able to go in week 5 for the Cardinals. So that opens up the opportunity for Keesean Johnson to see more targets. Geronimo Allison can see a bigger role when facing the Cowboys. Everyone is talking about Marquez Valdes Scantling (MVS), but I have that gut feeling that Allison is the one that will be performing. That is if Adams is out. Chargers just can’t get a break from the injury bug. With Inman going to IR and not sure about the status of Williams or Benjamin for week 5, Andre Patton is a great sleeper in bigger leagues. With all the injuries the Chargers have Philip Rivers needs someone to throw the ball to besides Keenan Allen (Slayer).