Every week finds an unsuspected source breaking out for a huge performance, taking the fantasy world by storm. Week 5 shapes up to give us more of the same. It’s all about matchups in fantasy football. Here are some sleepers with great matchups that you should consider playing this week to help lead your team to victory.
QB, Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
Finally, signs of life from the Eagles signal caller after a great week 4 performance. Bradford entered the season as a big sleeper at the QB position, but started the year on a bad note, as did the rest of the team. Hopefully his 270 yard, 3 TD performance this past week is a sign of things to come, and we’ll see if he can build on it. He should have no trouble doing so against a Saints defense that allows over 20 points per week to opposing QBs, the 2nd most in the league.
QB, Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
After sitting out in week 3, Cutler returned this past week and posted a good performance in a win against the Raiders. In his first game back, Cutler threw for a season-high, 281 yards with his only multi-touchdown game of the year. Martellus Bennett showed up in a big way, and the possible return of Alshon Jeffery boosts Cutler’s stock this week as well. He is in for a big performance against a Kansas City defense which has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
RB, Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
You all remember his breakout performance in week 2 where he went for over 120 yards and 2 TDs against a tough Rams’ defensive front. Hopefully you weren’t so quick to cut ties with the rookie running back after two abysmal performances following his week 2 showcase. Despite his struggles since, he has been given just about the same amount of carries as Alfred Morris. Jones possesses the big play ability that Morris lacks, making Jones a prime sleeper candidate in week 5 against an Atlanta defense that gives up the most fantasy points to opposing RBs. A great option as your FLEX this week.
WR, Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints
The leading receiver on the Saints? Not Cooks, not Colston, not even Coleman. Willie Snead is the guy who has emerged for New Orleans this season. The rookie out of Ball State has seen his snaps steadily increase each week this season. Guaranteed at least 6-7 targets, he makes the most of his opportunities and faces an Eagles secondary which has given up TDs to guys like Terrance Williams and even Jeremy Kerley. I’ll project a game of about 80 yards and a TD for Snead, good for about 14 fantasy points this week against a pass defense that allows over 26 points to WRs per week.
TE, Owen Daniels, Denver Broncos
You can bring up the matchup alone as the reason why Owen Daniels is a sleeper this week. The Raiders have given up 18 points per week to opposing TEs, 5 more than the next team in line. Daniels hasn’t had much of an impact this season, but he has had TD catches the past two week with 7 targets per week. Even at his age, he can still serve as a dependable security blanket for Peyton Manning.
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