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Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 5


Eli Manning, Giants – Many pundits had written off Manning the Elder as a non-factor in fantasy football heading into 2014.  It may not matter against the Falcons defense, who are reeling from giving up 558 yards and not forcing a single turnover against the Vikings in Week 4.  Besides that, Manning has targets in WR Victor Cruz and TE Larry Donnell, who are early leaders at their positions, fantasy-wise.  Manning should also benefit from the physical running of Rashad Jennings.  The real reason to start Manning however, is that Atlanta’s offense will force the Giants to put up points.  His cost in daily fantasy leagues makes him a great value heading into Week 5.  The Falcons are simply bereft of talent on the defensive side of the ball and should be targeted in fantasy until further notice.

Joe Flacco, Ravens – The leader of the Baltimore’s offense (which ranks a surprising 6th in the NFL with 394.3 yards per game) is looking more and more comfortable in Gary Kubiak’s QB-friendly scheme.  He’s got a crop of speedy wideouts to throw to and playmakers in the backfield.  He’ll need all of them against the Colts who average more points (34) than any other team in football.   While the Colts are good in pass defense in terms of opposing completion percentage (2nd) , they can be beat deep (24th in average yards per pass play allowed), which is Flacco’s specialty.  I fully expect Vontae Davis to contain Steve Smith, as no receiver has topped 83 yards against them.  This will be the Flacco-Torrey Smith show; also expect some more targets to the backs and tight ends.

Running Back

Bishop Sankey, Titans – Go ahead and fire up the talented rookie as a flex or a daily fantasy football play in Week 5.  He gets to face a Browns defense that has been exploited by Le’Veon Bell, Mark Ingram and the combo Ravens backfield of Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro.    They are surrendering the second most yards per carry to enemy ballcarriers (5.2) and the fourth most yards per game (153.7).  The Titans quietly have a good offensive line and coach Ken Whisenhunt hinted strongly that Sankey, easily the most talented runner Tennessee has, will see more snaps sooner.  QB Charlie Whitehurst really struggled to connect with his wideouts, so expect some dumpoffs to Sankey as well.

Darrin Reaves, Panthers – The Carolina coaching staff named him the Week 5 starter at running back, only to sound a little hesitant later in the week.  To be clear, Reaves is a shot in the dark.  But the Bears can be run on; and Reaves only has to be better than backup backs Fozzy Whittaker and the recently-signed Chris Ogbonnaya, who combined haven’t done squat in the NFL.  Reaves at 5’10” and 225 pounds was one of the fastest running backs in the recent NFL combine, running a 4.48.  His debut against the Ravens wasn’t pretty (12 carries for 26 yards, 3 catches for 11 yards).  With his size and surprising elusiveness, perhaps he can be this year’s Zac Stacy.

Wide Receiver

Brian Quick, Rams – The Eagles did not allow a 49ers receiver to make big plays on them in their loss in Week 4, but that is more a product of the 49ers style of offense than any great secondary play.  The Eagles secondary still will struggle to stop the Rams passing attack in Philadelphia on Sunday.  Quick is the leader of the Rams aerial attack and has good chemistry with anointed starter Austin Davis, who is also a good daily league play.   Quick has either scored or caught 74 yards worth of passes in each of his three games and is priced at $6,000 on FanDuel and other daily fantasy football leagues.  The Eagles struggle in the red zone, giving up the second most touchdown passes in the NFL (10).  Start and enjoy.

Eddie Royal, Chargers – Every couple of consecutive games a year, it seems, Mr. Royal goes on a touchdown binge.  Well it’s that time of the year again, folks—he has 4 touchdowns and 147 yards receiving.  The Jets come into town surrendering a 104.1 quarterback rating to opposing passers.  Philip Rivers has a 114.5 quarterback rating (second in the NFL) and the Chargers couldn’t run the ball last week at all and won’t against the Jets run defense.  This means lots of targets for Keenan Allen, which the Jets probably have figured on covering, but Eddie Royal could wreak havoc in the slot.

Tight End

Garrett Graham, Texans – In case you haven’t noticed, the tight end crop this year has looked quite strong with Donnell, Kelce and Delanie Walker offering great production at the position. If any of those players are available or fit your daily league budget, step right up.  If not, Garrett Graham gets to face the Dallas Cowboys defense that are surrendering 17.5 Fantasy points a game to tight ends.  Graham will be the third passing option for the Texans offense, behind the receiving duo of Hopkins and Johnson.  Dallas’s offense will force the Texans into a shootout.


Detroit Lions –  The Lions get to play at home against Kyle Orton, who was recently named the Bills starter.  Orton, a game manager who has Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams as his best receiving options will hand the ball off to Fred Jackson and C.J Spiller.  If the game gets out of hand for Buffalo, his receiving duo could be credible deep threats—if Orton had an arm.  The Lions will chase Orton all day into mistakes at Ford Field.  Welcome back, indeed.

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  • Ivan Y

    I liked your detailed stats and analysis for week 5, good luck. Feel free to post any daily fantasy lineups’ you have in the comments 🙂

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