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.
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
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.