Don’t Sleep: Week Five

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Before we get into our sleepers for Week Five, let’s take a look at how our picks did from last week:

Quarterbacks from Week Four
Matt Hasselbeck (TEN)- 10-20 passing, 220 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 18 fantasy points
Jason Campbell (OAK)- 25-39 passing, 344 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 2 interceptions, 29 rushing yards, 15 fantasy points
Rex Grossman (WAS)- 15-29 passing, 143 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 2 interceptions 5 fantasy points

Running Backs from Week Four
Dexter McCluster (KC)- 7 rushing attempts, 26 yards, 3 receptions, 12 yards, 3 fantasy points
Montario Hardesty (CLE)- 7 rushing attempts, 22 yards, 5 receptions, 49 yards, 6 fantasy points
Kendall Hunter (SF) – 9 rushing attempts, 38 yards, 2 catches, 62 yards, 9 fantasy points

Wide Receivers from Week Four
Torrey Smith (BAL) – 1 reception, 1 receiving yard, 0 touchdowns, 0 fantasy points
David Nelson (BUF) – 2 receptions, 18 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 fantasy point
Victor Cruz (NYG) – 6 receptions, 98 yards, 0 touchdowns, 9 fantasy points
Brandon Gibson (STL) – 1 reception, 14 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 fantasy point

Tight Ends from Week Four
Jermaine Gresham (CIN)- 4 receptions, 70 yards, 1 touchdown reception, 13 fantasy points
Ed Dickson (BAL) – 4 receptions, 45 yards, 0 touchdowns, 4 fantasy points

Now let’s get to the good stuff. If you are reading this, it most likely means that your team is struggling and you are looking for a boost. Well, lucky for you, I am here with some deep sleepers to help you get a win in Week Five. With bye weeks starting this week, a lot of you are probably looking for a short term fill-in. These are my favorite deep sleepers for Week Five:

Matt Hasselbeck (TEN) 25 percent owned- If Matt Hasselbeck hasn’t proven himself worthy of a roster spot by now, I don’t think he will. Matt has been partying like it is 2005 while leading the Titans to a winning record. Look for Tennessee to stick with what works and keep airing it out. Hasselbeck is not afraid to take shots downfield and he has earned the full trust of his coaches and teammates. Pick him up immediately if you need a fill-in this week. Even if you don’t need a QB this Sunday, I would still pick him up as my backup signal caller.

Curtis Painter (IND) 1.6 percent owned- When it comes to deep sleepers, this is probably about as deep as we will ever go. While Painter didn’t do exceptionally well in Week Four, he did show a willingness to take some shots and he receivers did make plays for him. Painter is my breakout player for the week. He will be much more comfortable this time around and I fully expect him to improve. Kansas City is not a good team and he should have some opportunities to score. The defense will wear out as the game carries on because the KC offense cannot move the ball. Painter could have a big day that gives him a confidence boost for the rest of the season.

Running Backs
Stevan Ridley (NE) 26 percent owned- Ridley led the Patriots in rushing for the second week in a row and that trend could easily continue against the Jets. BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a good week against Oakland, but Ridley clearly has superior big play ability and that will endear him to Tom Brady and the coaching staff. I expect Ridley to keep improving while getting more touches in Week Five. I predict he leads the team in carries and yards this week, while getting at least one touchdown.

Kendall Hunter (SF) 10 percent owned- Even though Frank Gore had a bit of a bounce back in Week Four, Hunter was still involved. I don’t see any way that Gore can stay healthy and Hunter is one injury away from being a starting fantasy option. Right now I would pick him up and wait for Gore to get hurt. He will still get chances even when Gore is playing, but he really needs an injury to become a relevant, weekly fantasy option.

Wide Receivers
Victor Cruz (NYG) 30 percent owned- Cruz should be owned in more leagues at this point. He has earned the trust of Eli Manning and is quickly becoming the second-best receiving option on the team behind Hakeem Nicks. Cruz has a good matchup with the Seahawks this Sunday and could find plenty of room across the middle and in the red zone. Look for his arrow to keep pointing upward, Cruz should have another big week.

Doug Baldwin (SEA) 1 percent owned- The Seahawks will look to start much faster against the New York Giants after being killed in the first half in every game so far. In the second half of games, the Seahawks offense has been very productive, mostly because they have picked up the tempo and played no-huddle in the second half. The Hawks are planning on starting the game in the no-huddle, which is very good news for Baldwin. When the Seahawks have gone no-huddle, Tarvaris Jackson has been making short and easy throws, moving the offense without taking many chances downfield. Lucky for Baldwin, he works in the middle of the field and in short out routes. I am expecting Baldwin to lead the team in targets again and have a nice breakout.

Tight Ends
Jermaine Gresham (CIN) – How is Gresham still owned in less than 30 percent of fantasy leagues? He has had three solid games in four weeks and Andy Dalton loves throwing to him in the red zone. He is a big bodied target and the safety valve for the rookie QB. I believe Gresham will continue his touchdown scoring ways against the Jags this week and be a top 10 tight end for Week Five.

So there you have it. These guys are the bye week starters that will keep you in the playoff hunt in your fantasy leagues. If you have any comments please share them here or hit me up on twitter @JessePotes


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