Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 5 players to start

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


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Place kicker

Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions

Prior to Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, when he knocked through all three of his field goal attempts, Crosby wasn't relied on for much more than extra point kicks (12-for-12 after three games). He is 4-for-4 on the year from three-point land.

Kickers have averaged 9.3 fantasy points per game against Detroit this year, which is good for the eight most allowed in the league.

Nick Folk, New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons

Folk has averaged a pair of field goal attempts and 1.5 touchdown cappers, on his way to 7.5 fantasy points per game. Folk has made all eight of his distance kicks, with a long of 48 yards.

Atlanta's defense is quite banged up right now and may be on its heels. The Jets could move the ball in an effective manner. Folk faces a team that has given up 2.25 field goal tries and 2.75 extra points per game.

Defensive team

St. Louis Rams vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

This analysis really could begin and end with "Blaine Gabbert." Jacksonville has given up 19 sacks in four contests and has turned over the ball twice per game (with Gabbert being responsible for three INTs and four sacks last week).

Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns

Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer has been better than many expected, but he still has taken six sacks and turned over the ball three times in two games. Buffalo has averaged 3.0 sacks per game on the year and could get after Hoyer enough to make them a worthwhile fantasy play.

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

While the Giants should be better this week than they have been, it doesn't detract from how frequently they have turned over the ball. Philly's defense often is exhausted because of how much they're on the field, but that may not matter against a decimated New York offensive line. The Giants have handed over the rock 4.0 times per outing and have given up 14 sacks on the year.

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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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