Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Chris Johnson and 3 Stars Ready to Wake Up

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 3, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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There is nothing worse than a fantasy star that has meandered into the realm of sleeper status. That would mean that the season has so far been a bust. Finally, Chris Johnson, DeAngelo Williams and Larry Fitzgerald are all about to bust out. 

It has been a painful month for fantasy owners that bought high on the usual suspects in the first couple rounds. 

Those lofty heights have delivered some very lackluster performances. A wild and crazy NFL season has delivered odd fantasy results. Who would have ever thought that Cam Newton would assert himself as a fantasy must have?

Here is a brief list of three men that are about to live up to their end of the bargain. We had high hopes for them as the season began. Now we will finally get some return on our investment. 

Chris Johnson: The Titans bought high on Chris Johnson in the offseason. His holdout hampered him in the first few weeks as rust stunted his game. 

On Sunday, Johnson had his first 100-yard game of the season. He looked more confident in his decisions on the field and the Titans increased his load. It is only a matter of time before he starts punching runs in for six. 

DeAngelo Williams: DeAngelo Williams has been stealing from the Panthers. There is no other way to put it as the running back took millions and has given them little in return. 

The Panthers have been content to split the load between him and Jonathan Stewart, until now. Williams finally showed life in Week 4 as he had 10 carries for 82 yards. That is all the Panthers need to begin inserting Williams into more packages. 

Larry Fitzgerald: Larry Fitzgerald hasn't had a terrible season. He just hasn't delivered like the best receiver in the business should. 

Next up for the Cardinals is the lackluster Minnesota Vikings. As we have learned, the Vikings don't like to cover the pass. Kevin Kolb should have a field day on Sunday as he finds Fitzgerald early and often. 

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