Fantasy Football: NFL Week 5 Sleepers

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 3, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants passes during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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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 this week.


Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

When you’re a two-time Super Bowl champion, it is hard to consider you a sleeper, but when you have a 69.1 passer rating and more interceptions (nine) than touchdowns (six), you’re not exactly a staple in fantasy football lineups. 

The Philadelphia Eagles present an opportunity to turn things around. They rank 31st in the league with 
325 passing yards allowed per game. The Eagles are also one of eight teams to have allowed at least nine passing touchdowns. Last year Eli threw for 517 yards and seven touchdowns in two meetings with Philly.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is a deeper sleeper going up against the San Diego Chargers, who have allowed 311.8 passing yards per game.


Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders,

Rashad Jennings had 116 total yards last week on 14 carries and eight receptions. Darren McFadden (hamstring) will likely miss this week's game against the San Diego Chargers, which should open the door for Jennings to turn in another solid effort. 

San Diego has allowed 120.5 rushing yards per game. They have also struggled against the pass. Jennings is a solid play based on sheer volume.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Justin Blackmon returns from his four-game suspension. I doubt he’ll have the triumphant return that Josh Gordon had for the Cleveland Browns, but he finished 2012 strong. 

In the last four games, Blackmon averaged 6.3 receptions for 77 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. He also had seven catches for 236 yards and a score in Week 11.

Giants receiver Rueben Randle is a deeper sleeper against the Eagles giving secondary.


Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins

Charles Clay has had at least 40 yards in every game this year for the Miami Dolphins. He’s averaging 61.3 yards and 0.25 touchdowns, which is good for 7.63 points in traditional fantasy football leagues. He won’t confuse anyone for Jimmy Graham, but he is a solid option.

Clay is facing the Baltimore Ravens, who have allowed 72.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per game to opposing tight ends.

Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew saw additional looks last week with Nate Burleson out. He could see another decent workload against the Green Bay Packers.


St. Louis Rams Defense

The St. Louis Rams have not been the same team that finished 14th in total defense (342.6 yards allowed per game) and total defense (21.8 points per game). Keep in mind that they faced the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers over the past three weeks. 

They have a great chance to get right this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who rank dead last in total offense (224 YPG) and scoring offense (7.8 PPG).


Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers

Nick Novak is tied for fifth in scoring with 36 points on eight field goals and 12 extra points. He’s facing the Oakland Raiders, who have allowed five field goals and 10 extra points.

Also check out Lester's Legends Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings.