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Fantasy Football Sleepers: Players Who Will Surprise You Big Time in Week 5

Terrelle Pryor will have a big game in Week 5 facing the worst fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks.
Terrelle Pryor will have a big game in Week 5 facing the worst fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks.Justin Edmonds/Getty Images
Shehan PeirisCorrespondent IIIOctober 2, 2013

Fantasy football sleepers can decide head-to-head contests, especially in a week with four teams on their bye. If you’re scrambling to find someone to plug-and-play, here are five sleepers who will have big outings in Week 5.

 

Quarterback: Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 23.3 percent of ESPN leagues)

Matchup: vs. San Diego Chargers

Pryor is an intriguing option for fantasy owners because of his juicy matchup.

The Chargers are the worst fantasy defense against opposing quarterbacks, according to FFToolbox.com. Only three teams have allowed more passing yards than San Diego, and they have also been susceptible to QBs who can make plays with their feet.

 

Running Back: Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (Owned in 45.2 percent of ESPN leagues)

Matchup: at Oakland Raiders

Danny Woodhead has become a poor man's Darren Sproles.
Danny Woodhead has become a poor man's Darren Sproles.Donald Miralle/Getty Images

After Week 1, Woodhead has played the most snaps of any Chargers running back. Woodhead has become a valuable checkdown option for Rivers and the second-most targeted receiver on the team.

He’ll be a great flex play in Week 5 and a solid RB2 in PPR leagues.

 

Wide Receiver: Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (Owned in 7.7 percent of ESPN leagues)

Matchup: at Cleveland Browns

The Week 5 matchup against the Cleveland Browns should give Woods plenty of targets, as Joe Haden will be draped all over Johnson for the whole game.

EJ Manuel has looked for him an average of eight times in the last three games, and that number should increase in Week 5. Woods will be a good WR3 or flex play.

 

Tight End: Dallas Clark, Baltimore Ravens (Owned in 5.7 percent of ESPN leagues)

Matchup: at Miami Dolphins

According to FFToolbox.com, Dallas Clark faces the worst fantasy defense against opposing tight ends in Week 5, and he should reap enough rewards of that matchup to be a starting-caliber TE.

The Miami Dolphins are giving up an average of 86 yards and a touchdown per game to tight ends, and Clark is the only tight end that Joe Flacco can throw to.

The offensive line can’t give Flacco enough time for deeper routes to develop, and that won’t improve against a stellar Dolphins pass rush.

Clark will see a high number of targets, and he’ll be able to capitalize on that against this defense.

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