Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 5 players to start

by Cory J. Bonini on October 3, 2013 @ 12:45:34 PDT


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Wide receiver

Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars at St. Louis Rams

Wideout Justin Blackmon returns this week and should give the Jags' offense a much-needed boost, all while helping take some pressure off Shorts. Blackmon's sidekick is a natural deep threat and should not have a hard time sneaking past the Rams' maligned secondary once or twice ... whether or not Blaine Gabbert can get him the ball is another story. Shorts tweaked his groin in practice, an injury that is being called minor. Monitor his gameday status.

St. Louis has been victimized of late by wide receivers. The position has averaged 25.8 points per contest, which comes from the Rams giving up weekly figures of 13.8 receptions, 179.8 yards and 1.5 scores.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Jets

White's ankle sprain recovery is finally starting to near 100 percent. He played in all but two of the team's Week 4 offensive snaps and was targeted nine times -- as many as he had in the first three games combined.

The Jets are likely to put their best defensive back (Antonio Cromartie) on Julio Jones, because they match up very well from a physical standpoint. Doing so will leave White to work his magic against a rookie much of the game. New York has allowed wideouts to manage 13.3 receptions, 185.8 yards and 1.25 touchdowns on a weekly basis.

Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Following a Week 4 goose egg, Broyles has savory matchup against the Packers. Matthew Stafford looked to tight end Brandon Pettigrew aplenty last Sunday, which was a big factor in Broyles not registering on the stats sheet. He makes for a risky play but should be on your radar, especially in PPR affairs.

Green Bay has given up the third most points per game (30.3) to the position this year, which originates from 14.67 grabs, 234.0 yards and 1.67 touchdowns against.

Greg Little, Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills

Little has been virtually nonexistent for fantasy purposes, despite seeing 30 targets through the first three games. Quarterback Brian Hoyer has injected some life into this team, although it hasn't translated to Little, who sports an anemic 34.4 percent reception rate (30 percent with Hoyer starting).

The Bills likely will pay most of their defensive attention to wide receiver Josh Gordon and may be without free safety Jairus Byrd (foot) again. On top of all of that, Buffalo has given up the second most non-PPR points (32.5) to the position this year.

NEW - Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (concussion) is expected to return to the starting lineup, which should give the Raiders' offense a considerable boost. Their running back situation is somewhat shaky with Darren McFadden (hamstring) likely sidelined, but that isn't all bad. Look for the passing game to play a larger role this week in Oakland's offensive plans.

San Diego hasn't fared well against the position, ranking in the bottom five of the league through the first month. Wideouts have logged averages of 16.5 receptions, 224.3 yards and 1.25 scores per game.

Tight end

Dallas Clark, Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins

Playing Clark relies on a good deal of misfortune and willingness to take a leap of faith. He has 29 targets on the season but has not done a lot with the 16 receptions he has produced. Clark is a PPR gamble this week.

Miami has been demolished by the tight end position the past few weeks -- albeit players above Clark's skill set. They'll likely look to stop Torrey Smith and Ray Rice, which should keep Clark in checkdown situations for Joe Flacco. The Dolphins have given up 6.3 receptions, 82.3 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game to the position this season.

Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens

Clay has taken the bull by the horns since moving to tight end on a full-time basis. He has caught 20 of the 23 passes thrown his way, which is good for an 87.0 percent reception rate. Look for him to keep up the strong play against the Ravens.

Don't be fooled by the Ravens' reputation. The 2013 version has been picked on by big-play tight ends. The position has averaged 4.5 catches, 72.5 yards and 0.5 trips to paydirt against this group.

PKs and DTs are ahead

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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