Wednesday, December 1

Week 5 Fantasy Sleepers: Trey Lance, Kenneth Gainwell go from top waiver players to starters

We are done with a month of the regular season, but there are still guys who go unnoticed each week with great advantages. Whether these guys are on your roster or in the free agent pool, they have a sneaky edge to help you take home a “W” in your matchups. Players like Trey Lance, Damien Williams, and Kenneth Gainwell are the type of players who start out, sit on the bubble, and we like their opportunities enough to include them on our Week 5 fantasy sleeper list.

It’s also worth noting that any of our picks could bust this week. We are taking a chance here, as we don’t want to say that no one is too obvious. (How fun is that?) You’re not going to get these guys to start being consistent and proven producers, but you’re probably not looking for fancy sleepers if your lineup is ready. However, even if that’s the case, our list of sleepers can help you find value in DFS, as the prices of these players should be affordable.

Last week our biggest wins were Chase Edmonds, Matt Ryan, Taylor Heinicke, Tyler Boyd and Dawson Knox. Those were all borderline home runs. We also identified Jakobi Meyers and the Packers defense, who beat their projections. Even Trey Sermon was decent, with 19 carries for 89 yards. Our only significant smell was Baker Mayfield. Needless to say, it was our best week and hopefully we can carry over the success to this week.

As always, we won’t bore anyone with obvious beginners, but we will help you identify players with improved prospects in week 5.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Week 5 Fantasy Sleepers: runners

Damien Williams, Bears @ Raiders (Jackson Sparks). The Raiders defense looked good until Austin Ekeler burned them, and Williams could play a similar role in this matchup. With David Montgomery (knee) likely offside, the Bears should open up their offense a bit and attack the weakness of the Raiders defense: their close range passing game. Williams should benefit here in a possible workhorse role.

Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles at Panthers (Vinnie Iyer). They may be experiencing a change in their backfield with Gainwell’s efficient production, and Carolina was unable to stop the Dallas duo last week.

Tony Pollard, cowboys against giants (Matt Lutovsky). The Giants are in the middle of the group in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs, but that’s largely because they’ve given up just two RB touchdowns. Individual running backs have been successful against them on the ground (two 100-yard rushing games) and through the air (two 80-yard receiving games). Ezekiel Elliott has reasserted himself as the leader of this backfield after Pollard outshined him the first two weeks, but Pollard has still received double-digit carries in each of the last three games. He will do enough in this favorable matchup to deserve a flexible position.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quarterbacks

Trey Lance, 49ers @ Cardinals (Sparks). We’ll see if Jimmy G (calf) is officially out, but Lance has a good chance for a solid fantasy week. Last week, he scored more than 20 fantasy points in just the half, and they’ll probably call him a lot as the Cardinals put points on the board early. Deebo Samuel and George Kittle will obviously help your chances of enjoying a successful first outing and their hasty dexterity features a nice fancy floor and high ceiling. Even if he’s not ultra efficient in the air, more than 50 yards and a touchdown on the ground wouldn’t be too surprising. After all, he’s the 49ers’ best goal-line option.

Zach Wilson, Jets vs. Falcons (Iyer). Wilson gets another favorable pass defense by breaking a neutral spot.

Jameis Winston, Santos in Washington (Lutovsky). Winston hasn’t done much since Week 1 of five TDs, but Washington has allowed two 300-yard passing games this season and 11 QB touchdowns in the last three weeks. It’s almost impossible for a quarterback not to produce against Washington.

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Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide Receivers

Emmanuel Sanders, Bills @ Chiefs (Sparks). The Chiefs have allowed Marquise Brown, Mike Williams and DeVonta Smith to exceed 100 receiving yards, so why can’t Sanders do the same in one of the best offenses in football? After two modest weeks, Josh Allen is officially back, rivaling Patrick Mahomes as the best deep shooter in the game. Allen is third in the NFL in passing yards, and Sanders has already received some of those deep goals. Against a weak Chiefs secondary, Sanders will have plenty of opportunities. Worth nothing Sanders is more attractive in standard, while Cole Beasley is a great option in PPR.

Jakobi Meyers, Patriots at Texans (Iyer). Overall, it’s Mac Jones’ most reliable short-to-medium target right now, and the matchup doesn’t improve for the slot.

DeVante Parker, Dolphins @ Buccaneers (Lutovsky). No team allows more passing yards per game than the Bucs, and Parker averages eight goals and more than four receptions per game. You get the volume you need to produce a solid floor, and with what should be ample trash time opportunities, you also have a high ceiling this week.

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Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight Endings

Tyler Conklin, Vikings vs. Lions (Sparks). After a great showing in Week 3, Conklin wasn’t nearly as prolific in Week 4 against the Browns. However, almost everyone except Justin Jefferson was eliminated by Cleveland in that game. Conklin still attracted six targets and faces a showdown with a Lions defense that has been a last 10 unit against tight ends.

Dawson Knox, Bills @ Chiefs (Iyer). He’s red-hot scoring for Josh Allen, and Kansas City still has fundamental problems covering his position.

Zach Ertz, Eagles in Panthers (Lutovsky). The Panthers blocked tight ends from teams that rarely pitch to position in Weeks 1-3 (Jets, Saints, Texans), but in Week 4, the Cowboys TEs set them on fire for 76 combined yards and two TDs. Philadelphia’s passing attack, while less dynamic, relies even more on its TEs, especially in the red zone. Both Dallas Goedert and Ertz have value, but Ertz is the smartest play. He is tied for fifth among all TEs in red zone goals (6), and has 15 goals in total in the last two games.

Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Defense

Tennessee Titans @ Jaguars (sparks). The Titans disappointed us against the Jets, but we’ll give them another chance this week. Even if the Jags are successful offensively, Trevor Lawrence is prone to throwing an interception or two. Two of the top three QB pressure players this season are Myles Garrett and Joey Bosa. They are dominant presences and superstars in their own right. What if we told you that number one on the list was Titans LB Harold Landry with 23 pressures? This team is way better at the passing race than people think, and they can drive sacks and turnovers for a nice fantasy point total.

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Bears (Iyer). The Raiders can get some sacks and turnovers even if they continue to give up some plays and points.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Giants (Lutovsky). The Giants have been much better at handling the ball this year (three turnovers), but Dallas is second in the league with 10 points. This great defense should force Daniel Jones to make a classic mistake or two.

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