Fantasy Football Week 5: Projecting Who Will Be This Week's Brian Hartline

John Dorn@JSDorn6Correspondent IIIOctober 3, 2012

With Hakeem Nicks likely out for the Giants, expect big things from Domenik Hixon.
With Hakeem Nicks likely out for the Giants, expect big things from Domenik Hixon.Al Bello/Getty Images

Brian Hartline of the Miami Dolphins shocked the world in Week 4—well, the 77 percent of the fantasy football world that didn't own him (in ESPN leagues).

Hartline and quarterback Ryan Tannehill were on the same wavelength against Arizona, connecting on 12 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown.

This performance equated to over a 40-point output in most leagues, but it didn't matter to the majority of fantasy owners, who've never considered Hartline as the last player on their bench, let alone a starter. Hartline's stellar game probably went by the wayside either on a bench or somewhere on the waiver wire.

Don't let that happen again this week.

Here's who we think can surprise you and have a Hartline-type day in Week 5. Go grab these guys now before you regret it this time next week.


T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

The rookie opened eyes in the Colts' Week 3 game versus Jacksonville. He caught four Andrew Luck passes for 113 yards and a score. Indianapolis is well-rested after an early bye in Week 4 and taking on a weak Packers defense that's rated 24th in the league passing TDs allowed.

The 22-year-old speedster out of FIU was timed at 4.34 in the NFL combine's 40-yard dash. In his senior year at Florida International, he amassed 1,000 yards and touched paydirt seven times. 

Don't be shocked if Hilton makes himself a fantasy threat Week 5 against Green Bay.


Domenik Hixon, WR, New York Giants

With Hakeem Nicks' status up in the air according to, Hixon will reap the benefits Sunday against Cleveland if Nicks can't go due to nagging foot and knee injuries.

With Nicks out last week against the Eagles, Hixon caught six passes for 114 yards. He's still only owned in about three percent of ESPN leagues, and as he works on a second straight week of being a primary Eli Manning target, expect bigger numbers from Hixon in Week 5. Much bigger.

The Browns' pass defense is ranked 28th in passing yards allowed. If there was a perfect game for Hixon to shine, it's Sunday at MetLife Stadium.


Leonard Hankerson, WR, Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III clearly has a favorite target in Pierre Garçon. Garçon, however, is still not close to 100 percent, as per the Washington Post.

Leonard Hankerson has played a prominent role in the Skins' newly high-powered offense, and expect him to break away from the competition as a sleeper in Week 5 against Atlanta.

Don't let their tough pass defense deter you from plugging Hankerson into your lineup. Hankerson took it to the house against St. Louis' 11th-ranked pass defense and is fresh off a seven-catch performance in Tampa. With the Falcons likely keying on Garçon, Hankerson should fly under the radar.

Look for RGIII to pass another NFL test by torching Atlanta and for Hankerson's stats to benefit. You then benefit from his stats. See how that works?


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