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.
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
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.