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Fantasy Football Week 5 Projections: 3 Sleeper WRs Who Are Worth a Start

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball after making a catch against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIOctober 8, 2011

It's Week 5 of the NFL season, and it's the first time that sleepers are of dire importance with the start of bye weeks.

In most leagues, wide receiver is the most prevalent position on the team. Typically, there are three starting receivers for each fantasy team.

It's likely that there are a bunch of people looking for wide receivers to step up and start this week.

Here are three sleepers at the position to take a look at.

 

Preston Parker (Tampa Bay)

So far this season, Preston Parker has 16 receptions for 223 yards and one touchdown.

That's nothing special, but for a slot receiver, it's pretty good. It's even better when you consider the fact that Parker is leading the Buccaneers in receiving yards.

Williams has been drawing double coverage on the outside, opening up the middle of the field for Parker.

He likely won't have a huge game, but a 50-yard performance isn't out of the question.

If you need a wide receiver to sub-in, he's worth a look.

 

Jacoby Jones (Houston)

Andre Johnson is out for the next few weeks with a hamstring injury. Jacoby Jones will be taking his place as the starter.

Chances are Houston is going to run a lot against a weak rushing defense in Oakland. When they do throw, most of the balls will likely go to tight end Owen Daniels and tight end James Casey.

Jones will still get some receptions. Four catches for about 60 yards and a touchdown may be all that you need for a one-week replacement at wide receiver.

 

Michael Crabtree (San Francisco)

It seems that Michael Crabtree is finally starting to get it going.

Over the first two weeks, Crabtree had just one reception. In Week 3, he had three receptions. Last week, he had five receptions for 68 yards against Philadelphia.

Tampa Bay hasn't been great stopping the pass this year. They haven't been terrible, either, but they will give up some plays through the air.

With the combination of Crabtree turning it on and the Buccaneers' pass defense struggling, Crabtree could be in store for a good day this weekend.

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