Fantasy Football: Week 5 Must Start NFL Fantasy Sleepers

Eric Streller@1weekfantasyContributor IIOctober 7, 2010

ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 3: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks at the Edward Jones Dome on October 3, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Seahawks 20-3.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Week 5 is upon us in fantasy football. Finding the right lineups each week in fantasy football can be a very hard thing. We’re each going to try and make it a little easier on you by giving you one player at each position that will have a good week. These players go beyond the weekly staples that are a must start week in and week out. These are the players that you might not have planned on starting; perhaps you should reconsider.

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QB: Sam Bradford- Bradford is playing against the Lions, so you can feel semi-confident about starting him this week if you need a bye-week fill in or have a terrible matchup with your regular starter. He is only entering his fifth game, so he will still be mistake prone, but he’s gotten a little better each week. He nearly threw for 300 yards last week, and he’s got another great chance to do that this week.

RB: Jahvid Best - Assuming that Best’s toe is better this week, he should have a good bounce back game against the Rams. The Rams had trouble containing the run in their only run game in a back that is similar to Best, Darren McFadden. If Best is healthier than last week, which he should be, he will rush for 75 plus yards and a TD and have 50 plus yards receiving.

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WR: Terrell Owens- I know, I know, there’s no way TO has a week that rivals last week. Maybe not for the rest of his career. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense made Charlie Batch look like an All-Pro QB in Week 3. I still think the defense will focus more on Chad Ochocinco and that will mean opportunity for Owens.


Look for the chemistry between him and Carson Palmer to carry over to this game in a more mild output than last week. Owens will go for 80 yards and a TD.

TE: Jeremy Shockey- Shockey is only owned in about 56% of leagues, and take my word for it, you want to pick him up now if he’s still available. Shockey has caught 14 passes in two games since Bush went down, and there’s a reason for that. Brees doesn’t have Bush to dump the ball off to anymore, leaving Shockey as the next best option. You saw what Antonio Gates did to the Cardinals defense last week. Shockey won’t do quite as well, but still expect 60 yards and a TD minimum.


QB: Jay CutlerYeah, I know he got dominated last week and what’s up with that horrible offensive line!? Oh well, look for Cutler to open it up against the hot/cold secondary that is the Carolina Panthers. 300yds passing two tds, (Side Note: This is only if Cutler plays)


RB: Thomas Jones – The Colts run defense SUCKS! Just thought you all should know that. Jones is a bruiser and will pound the putrid Colts rushing D into submission. 125yds rushing, two tds, and 30 yards receiving.

WR: Mike WilliamsThis one is a stretch but a lot of times we need that one guy that no one else has picked up; that guy is Williams this week. Everyone is saying Mike does not have a favorable match up, I disrespectfully disagree. Yes, Cincy has ninth overall pass defense, but Williams will still hit them up for 100 yds receiving and a td.


TE: Todd Heap – Heap has been quiet for the last couple of seasons, and now he is starting to reemerge. Look for Heap to be the perfect safety valve for Flacco against the Broncos. 90 yds and one TD


QB: Shaun Hill – Hill has performed admirably in place of Matthew Stafford and is coming off a 330 yd, two TD outing against the Packers.  The best news is he seemed to find a rhythm with Calvin Johnson which can only mean good things for the Lions offense.  The Rams 21st ranked pass D isn’t going to put up much of a fight and the way Sam Bradford is playing this one could turn into a shootout.


RB: Ryan Torain – Every one’s hot waiver wire pick-up of the week is a rarity in today’s NFL…a 3 down back.  His only competition is Keiland Williams who was just called up from the practice squad.  However, buyer beware as Mike Shanahan likes to play tricks on fantasy players.

WR: Austin Collie – It’s getting to the point where Collie isn’t much of a sleeper anymore as his production has gotten to the point where he’s a top 10 must start WR.  The fact that the Colts can’t run and Peyton Manning is his QB equals fantasy stud.  His streak of four straight games with a TD won’t end against the Chefs and their 25th ranked pass D.

TE: Tony Moeaki – If all the top tier TE’s in your league are scooped up, I highly recommend grabbing Moeaki.  The Chiefs don’t pass much, but when they do it’s to the young TE as he leads them in receptions and receiving TD’s.  He’s only begun to scratch the surface of his production and should only get better as the season goes along.