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Week 5 WR Sleepers and Landmines

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.

SLEEPERS

Jordy Nelson $5,900

In the first two games of the season, veteran WR Jordy Nelson was barekly used by the Raider, but QB Derek Carr has heavily targeted the former Packer in the past two weeks. Nelson has seen 16 targets in the past two weeks and he’s the WR6 in that two-game span. This week, Nelson and the Raiders get the Chargers defense, who has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to receivers, including allowing three top 24 games already this season. WR Tyreek Hill and Robert Woods each ripped them for WR2 perfornances earlier this year. – Ryan McDowell

Paul Richardson $5,200

Risky I get it but the Saints are deplorable against wide receivers so far this year and generally not the number one wide receiver, giving up +9.66 and + 10.75 above the opponents average per week to the number two and three wide receivers respectively. Richardson managed just a catch a week ago but for 46 yards and a touchdown. Remember what number two wide receiver DeSean Jackson (5-146-2) did to NO in week one? Or how about Calvin Ridley (7-146-3) in week three? That’s right Sterling Shepard posted 10-77-1 a week ago. Doesn’t seem so far fetched now does it? – Sal Leto

Mohamed Sanu $5,000

Good ole Mohamed Sanu. The type of guy you draft in the last round or toss a dollar at in auction, keep on the end of your bench, always flirting with dropping him yet never pulling the trigger. There is value in someone like Sanu, the ultimate bye week filler. Owner of 16 targets over the past two weeks, Sanu takes on a Pittsburgh defense which only avoids last place in most pass defense metrics thanks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Sanu is still playing significantly more snaps than Calvin Ridley. The Steelers defense is bad, the Falcons defense is bad, and it all leads to a lot of passing points to go around on Sunday. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Demaryius Thomas $6,600

After a respectable WR18 finish in Week One, Broncos veteran WR Demaryius Thomas has three consecutive fantasy ranks of WR77, WR41 and WR72. While Thomas is still seeing plenty of volume, including 23 targets over those three games, QB Case Keenum just isn’t getting the ball downfield to Thomas, who ranks 45th in the league in air yards and third on his team among the primary pass-catchers, including WRs Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Courtland Sutton. – Ryan McDowell

Devin Funchess $6,700

The Giants can’t seem to get much going in their own passing game but their defense has done a good job holding their opponents down as well. We’ve heard all the target rate rises and red zone opportunity goes up with Greg Olsen out. That’s all well and good but the Giants game planned Michael Thomas who was on a record pace for receptions to a 4-47-0 stat line last week. They also held DeAndre Hopkins and all Jags wide receivers out of the end zone. The Panthers check in as the lowest rated team for explosive passing plays at just 3%. Christian McCaffrey has been a target hog and I don’t expect that to change this week. – Sal Leto

Corey Davis $6,900

I am a huge backer of Corey Davis. From his freshman year at Western Michigan, I have been enamored with the talent. While I love the outlook long-term and even over the rest of this year, Sunday’s matchup portends some issues. Tre’Davious White is quietly a corner to avoid in fantasy matchups, and I am not completely buying into this Titans passing offense having figured it out just yet. Despite a strong target share, Davis is a risky proposition in Bufalo. – Rob Willette

 

Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.

Week 5 RB Sleepers and Landmines

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.

SLEEPERS

Austin Ekeler $5,800

Chargers backup RB Austin Ekeler already has three top 24 fantasy performances this season and this week faces the Raiders, who have already allowed five top 24 performances through just four games. Ekeler is also averaging a ridiculous 8.6 yards per touch. Last week, Browns pass-catching back had his best game of the short season against the Raiders, racking up four catches for 45 yards. That should be the absolute floor for Ekeler this week. – Ryan McDowell

TJ Yeldon $5,700

For every bit that the Chiefs have been explosive on offense they have been equally as bad on defense. They don’t defend any aspect of the running back well. With over 800 total yards given up to the position in four weeks you can expect Jacksonville to continue to work Yeldon both rushing and receiving. A free agent at years end you can see TJ will be sought after as he continues to prove he can play three downs in this league. Racking up 100 total yards and two touchdowns last week vs the Jets the volume will be there as Fournette is set to miss some more time. – Sal Leto

Aaron Jones $5,600

Given Jamaal Williams’ pass-protecting prowess, I was skeptical Aaron Jones would carve out a significant role immediately following his return from suspension. But he has logged touch counts of 7 followed by 12, and has shown he is easily the most explosive back in Green Bay. With Aaron Rodgers still clearly not at full strength, the Packers would be wise to feature their best runner. They have a date with a Lions club which has been gashed on the ground to the tune of 5.3 yards per carry. The matchup, game script, and ever evolving role in the offense all point to Jones being a strong option in Week 5. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Tevin Coleman $7,300

It appears that Week Five will be the week we see Falcons RB Devonta Freeman return to the field, yet many are still treating his teammate RB Tevin Coleman as the starter. The best we can hope for is a 50/50 split and even when Coleman had his shot to claim a significant role, he failed. In three games without Freeman, Coleman finished as the RB13, RB27 and RB28. This week, the Falcons face the Steelers and even in a game that could turn into a shootout, there should be many better options than Coleman. The Steelers have held opposing RBs to the fourth-fewest fantasy points through the first month of the season. – Ryan McDowell

Kareem Hunt $7,600

Hunt broke out on Monday for 175 total yards and two touchdowns so why wouldn’t we expect that he is back on track? As I pointed out last week when I said to avoid Isiah Crowell this Jags team is almost as good stopping the run as they are the pass. Giving up just 26 rushing yards total to Jets backs last week the Jags lowered their per game total to 72 yards a game and continued to not let an RB find paydirt since Barkley’s big run in week one. This will be the truest test all around for this Chiefs offense. – Sal Leto

Carlos Hyde $6,800

Carlos Hyde has been productive if unspectacular in 2018. He has found paydirt in every game this season and even flashed a high ceiling in a Week 2 tilt against the Jets. There’s plenty of cause for long-term concern, however. Hyde is averaging a paltry 3.4 yards per tote, has been a total zero in the pass game with four catches for 15 yards, and has an explosive Nick Chubb champing at the bit for more looks behind him. Baltimore has been effective in shutting down the run this year, allowing only 3.9 yards per carry, and the return of Jimmy Smith should elevate the entire defense. On the road in a game in which the Browns could be playing from behind, Hyde is a risky proposition. – Rob Willette

 

Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.