Fantasy Football: Isaac Redman and 3 Week 5 Sleepers

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IOctober 6, 2011

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back Dexter McCluster #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against cornerback Antoine Cason #20 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 25, 2011 in San Diego, California.    The Chargers won 20-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Are you bumming over selecting Jamaal Charles over LeSean McCoy in the first round of your summer’s draft? Are you itching for a replacement for your stud runner such as Ray Rice and Felix Jones? Here are three sleepers who could bring you a win in Week 5.

Isaac Redman

 Rashard Mendenhall is facing a tough injury, and all signs point to Redman carrying the load this Sunday. Redman will be facing a decent Titans defense, but with an injured Ben Roethlisberger under center, Pittsburgh will be looking to ground and pound it all day.

Redman has shown that he is a very capable runner so far this season, as he has rushed from an average of 4.9 yards a carry, to go with a touchdown. If Redman gets the start, expect a solid day from the youngster, with at least 60 yards and a touchdown.

Dexter McCluster

Since the injury to Jamaal Charles in Week 2, Kansas City has gone without a running game. Thomas Jones has struggled mightily in two starts, and he has opened the door for McCluster to be the lead back for the Chiefs. McCluster has outstanding seed and agility, and his ability to find holes is terrific.

A matchup with the Colts this week only helps McCluster, as they boast a below average run defense on short rest. A game with a bad Indy team also guarantees that the Chiefs will be in the game, and that they won’t have to go to the air as often as usual. 

LaDanian Tomlinson

LT has had a roller coaster season through four weeks, but a matchup against a bad Patriots defense in Week 5 will help the former Charger legend get going. New England ranks 19th in the league in rushing yards allowed at 108.8 yards a game. Tomlinson should get a lot of touches, as the Jets attempt to get back to their “ground and pound” style.

But if the Jets fall behind, then Tomlinson will see the majority of the time in the backfield, as he is a vocal point in the New York passing game. New England ranks dead last in the league in passing defense.