Do you have a tough matchup in week 5 and need to find bunches of points from unexpected sources? The SFFS brings you our list of sleepers to start in week 5. These players are not obvious starts, tend to be cheaper in DFS play and/or are available on the waiver wire in a large majority of ESPN and Yahoo leagues.
Jay Cutler, QB Miami Dolphins,
Yes, you read that right, we said Jay Cutler. This season, three of the four QBs that have faced the Tennessee Titans’ pass defense have finished amongst the top-6 scoring passers in fantasy football for that week. On the year, Tennessee has given up 274 passing yards per game and 11 touchdowns to only three interceptions. The Titans may also be without Marcus Mariota, who is questionable with a hamstring injury. This could lead to turnovers and quick three-and-outs, giving Miami a short field and lots of chances to score. The final reason to start Cutler, He’s very cheap for DFS and should be on nearly every league’s waiver-wire, making him a sneaky streaming pick in week 5.
Austin Seferian Jenkins, TE New York Jets:
After returning from a two game suspension, Seferian-Jenkins has seen 10 targets in the last two weeks. He converted those targets into nine receptions for 77 yards, and now will face the Cleveland Browns in week 5, who have surrendered an average of 241 passing yards per game. Last week the Browns gave up two touchdowns to the Cincinnati Bengals’ tight end Tyler Kroft. With Matt Forte out again, Seferian-Jenkins is poised to lead the Jets in receptions this week and earn a few looks in the redzone.
Zach Miller, TE Chicago Bears:
While mostly flying under the radar this year with Mike Glennon at quarterback, Miller has a real chance to break out this week against the Minnesota Vikings, who have surrendered the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends this year, including two touchdown catches. Throw in the fact that Mitchell Trubisky will be making his first pro start at QB, and Miller is a good bet to see 6-8 targets as a security blanket for his rookie passer.
Andre Ellington, RB Arizona Cardinals:
With David Johnson out for the year, Ellington has picked up the slack in the Cardinals passing game. With a whopping 22 targets and 14 receptions over the last two games, Ellington has become a must-own in PPR formats. Though receiving less carries than Chris Johnson, Andre has become an essential cog in the Cardinals’ attack and will face the Philadelphia Eagles in week 5. Philly is stout vs. the run, but has been susceptible to the pass lately, allowing the third-most passing yards through the first four weeks of 2017.
Corey Clement, RB Philadelphia Eagles:
If Wendell Smallwood misses week 5’s game vs. the Arizona Cardinals, Corey will be in line for a big uptick in touches. Last week against the Chargers, Clement received 10 carries for 30 yards. Not an extremely efficient day, but Corey showed lots of promise in the preseason and will likely see some work in the passing game over LeGarrette Blount, though expect Kenjon Barner to see some work as the third down back as well. If Smallwood is out, Clement will see 8-10 carries and 2-4 receptions, making him a cheap DFS option.
Allen Hurns, WR Jacksonville Jaguars:
Allen Hurns may be a risky choice when his QB, Blake Bortles, is putting up less than stellar numbers, but he may be poised to explode this week. Fellow wideout Marqise Lee is doubtful to play in week 5 due to a rib injury and Hurns had 10 balls thrown his way last week, catching 4 for 42 yards. On the season, Allen has been the recipient of two of the seven passing TDs Bortles has thrown and he leads the team in receiving yards. The Jags will face Pittsburgh this week, the #2 overall pass defense in the NFL, but good defenses historically have not kept Jacksonville from throwing the ball 30+ times, meaning plenty of targets are coming Hurns’ way. The only thing that should scare you away from Hurns, other than Blake Bortles, is that the Steelers have the 23-ranked run defense in the league, so the Jags may lean on their offensive centerpiece, RB Leonard Fournette, who will get a ton of opportunities to drain the clock and be his usual TD hog.
Here’s how our Week 4 Sleeper Picks worked out:
Terrelle Pryor: 3 receptions for 70 yards and 1 touchdown.
Chris Carson: 12 carries for 42 yards and 3 catches for 24 yards.
Paul Richardson: 3 catches for 65 yards
Elijah McGuire: 10 carries for 93 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 catches for 38 yards.
Will Fuller: 4 catches for 35 yards and 2 touchdowns.