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2012 Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 30:  Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the football as he takes pressure from Cliff Avril #92 of the Detroit Lions chases at Ford Field on September 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 3, 2012

Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of LestersLegends’ under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you in week five.

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Ponder has looked good this year and has yet to throw a pick, but he hasn’t topped 250 yards since the first game, and in that game he didn’t score. Last week, he was held without a score again, and threw for 111 yards and ran for five. He can bounce back this week against Tennessee, which has allowed ten passing touchdowns and 285.0 passing yards per game.

Kendall Hunter, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Hunter has just 120 yards and one touchdown on the year, but 56 and his score came last week against the Jets. This week, he takes on the Bills, who rank 28th with 137.0 rushing yards allowed per game at 4.9 yards per carry. They are also one of seven teams to allow at least six rushing touchdowns.

Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons

After catching three passes in each of the first two games, Douglas combined for three in the past two. Going up against Washington, which has allowed 326.3 passing yards per game and eleven touchdowns through the air, Douglas could get in on the action.

Jared Cook, TE, Tennessee Titans

In four games, the Vikings have allowed 207 yards and three touchdowns to tight ends. Cook is averaging 50.0 yards per game. His shoulder injury should be behind him, and he could be in store for a big game.

Nick Novak, K, San Diego Chargers

Novak replaced Nate Kaeding (groin) last week and responded with three field goals and four extra points. He’s taking on the Saints, who have allowed ten field goals and fourteen extra points.

St. Louis Rams Defense

The Rams rank eleventh in pass defense with 213.5 ypg allowed. They have eight interceptions and just two passing scores allowed. Their weakness is the run (135.3 ypg), but that is not a strength for Arizona. Their scoring defense is solid at 22.0 ppg allowed. The Cardinals are scoring just 22.8 ppg and rank 31st in total offense (271.0).


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