Injuries and bye weeks beg for some fantasy football sleepers in week five. Whether you’re playing daily fantasy football or trying to find a sweet sleeper just for the week to help make up for lost players, you could use a sleeper. There’s only so many to be had, but the following guys could work out for you in week five:
Michael Vick, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
I like several quarterbacks on the waiver wire this week, but the one with the most true sleeper appeal has to be Vick. People are still overlooking Vick after a so-so debut as the Steelers starting quarterback last week, but he actually flashed some real potential. Had Antonio Brown hauled in a catchable TD pass, Vick may have had a pretty sweet week four performance. Even better if the Steelers didn’t hold him back. This week he goes up against a surprisingly stingy San Diego pass defense, but they’ve had some injuries in the secondary and he gets deep threat Martavis Bryant back. The Steelers offense around him is officially 100% and add in his running ability, and he’s not looking so bad for week five.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos
Hillman is flying off the waiver wire shelf because he’s producing more and the Broncos could start shifting more his way in terms of his role split with C.J. Anderson. Still, he’s either on the end of your bench or out there in enough leagues to warrant you going to take a look. He’s the most talented rusher Denver has and his explosiveness (72 yd TD run last week) and versatility are going to make him a very interesting play against a weak Raiders run defense in week 5.
Anthon Dixon and Cierre Wood, RB, Buffalo Bills
LeSean McCoy sat out last week and already said he won’t be back until his ailing hamstring is 100%, and now the guy replacing him (Karlos Williams) is in concussion protocol. Needless to say, the Bills are in trouble at the running back position and should be down to Dixon and Wood. Dixon is the probable starter but Wood is the better talent. They’d likely split carries and it’s anyone’s guess who would end up being the better play. Both would have a shot, but we’re tentatively rolling with “Boobie” Dixon because he’s bigger and would be in for goal-line work. He also got some work last week.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego Chargers
Inman is a no name talent but he’s now stepped up the last three times the Bolts have called his name. Malcom Floyd and Stevie Johnson are both banged up, so there’s a really chance Inman has a key role on Monday Night Football this week. Antonio Gates’ return could curb the appeal a bit here, but if you’re looking for a wide receiver sleeper in week five, look no further than Inman.
Owen Daniels and Virgil Green, TE, Denver Broncos
The guy to target is going to be Daniels, just because he’s the starter and has the bigger role. He’s also the play in PPR leagues and even scored two games ago. This week the Broncos travel to Oakland, where they’ll go up against a Raiders defense that has gotten obliterated by tight ends in 2015. I’m not enamored with either of these guys but the matchup is there for the taking. Green is on deep sleeper alert, but Daniels is the play for week five.
Jacksonville Jaguars Team Defense
The Jaguars really don’t have a bad defense. Seriously, the only time they looked flat out bad was in week three, when they got destroyed by the New England Patriots. They otherwise held their own in week one against the Panthers, were solid in a win over the Dolphins in week two and kept it together last week against the Colts. This week they’ll go up against the walking turnover machine that is Jameis Winston. They’re fairly safe and they’ll head into week five with some solid upside.