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4 Fantasy Football Sleepers for Week 5

Jason Schandl
Top fantasy football sleepers for Week 4, including Brandin Cooks.
Top fantasy football sleepers for Week 4, including Brandin Cooks. / Bob Levey/Getty Images
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With poor performances, injuries, bye weeks and even the potential for postponed games bringing some chaos in Week 4, setting your fantasy football starting lineup isn't going to be easy.

If you're in a pinch and looking for some under-the-radar players that can bring big value to your lineup, these four sleepers fit the bill.

Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers

1. Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans (vs JAX)

Even in an absolute dud in Week 4, Brandin Cooks ran pass routes on 39 of the Houston Texans' 40 dropbacks. He's clearly still playing a big role in this offense, and that's enough to keep him on the fantasy football radar for now. The Jacksonville Jaguars rank dead-last in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric, and Cooks should be in for a bounce-back game this week.

2. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (vs LV)

Sammy Watkins is a frustrating player in fantasy football, since his production is so boom-or-bust. This is a prime "boom" week, however. The Chiefs are 13.5-point favorites in a game with a huge 56.5-point over/under, giving them an insane 35-point implied total. This offense should do a ton of scoring, even by their standards, giving their No. 2 wideout a ton of upside.

3. Joshua Kelley, RB, L:os Angeles Chargers (at NO)

Despite being one of the top waiver wire targets in Week 5, Joshua Kelley is being started in only 33 percent of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues. He's set to be the Los Angeles Chargers' RB1 while Austin Ekeler is out, and that should mean big volume. Ekeler had averaged 21.0 opportunities (15.7 carries plus 5.7 targets) per game through three healthy weeks, and even with Justin Jackson eating up some of that volume, Kelley should see more than enough work to return solid fantasy value.

4. Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants (at DAL)

Darius Slayton hasn't caught more than 3 passes or posted more than 53 receiving yards in a game since Week 1, but he's still in a great spot to produce this week. He's seen at least 6 targets in all four games (averaging 7.3 per game), and his volume should only climb this week against the Dallas Cowboys, since FanDuel Sportsbook has the New York Giants as 9.5-point underdogs. The Cowboys also rank 25th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, so Slayton shouldn't have much trouble turning his volume into production.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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