Every week there are some guys that absolutely ball out and nobody saw it coming! But given how 2020 has taught us to be ready for anything and everything it is only right that we share who we think could be in line for a big day based on a variety of factors. Those factors could be matchup, injuries, both or something totally off the wall leading us to our conclusion. So let us take a look at the guys in Week 5 that look like that have the stuff sleepers are made of. Who made my Week 5 Sleeper Squad?
QB/ Teddy Bridgewater/ Carolina Panthers: Bridgewater has thrown for 235+ yards in every game this season and has 2 games with at least 25 yards rushing. The Atlanta Falcons have had 4 TDs thrown on them 3 times this season. The Falcons have also given up 300+ yards passing in every game this season. I mean the Falcons defense is bad and there isn’t much to say other than play Bridgewater.
WR/ Laviska Shenault Jr/ Jacksonville Jaguars: Shenault is an interesting play this week. The Texans allow 162 rushing yards per game and Shenault has registered 1+ carries in every game this season. This means it is possible for Shenault to get a couple more carries this week. Shenault has produced at least 3 catches in every game as well. His usage arrow is pointing up.
WR/ Jamison Crowder/ NY Jets: Crowder has 23 targets combined in Weeks 1 and 4 after missing time in between with an injury. He has posted 7 catches in both games for 104+ yards in each showing. Even with Joe Flacco under center the Jets have limited weapons and Crowder is the best they have. Flacco will look at Crowder early and often.
WR/ Tim Patrick/ Denver Broncos: The Patriots will be without Stephon Gilmore for this game and it gives Patrick a boost for his Week 5 outlook. Brett Rypien showed he will take shots downfield and Patrick posted 113 yards and a TD against the Jets. The key here is Patrick saw 25% of Rypien’s targets from Week 4.
RB/ Damien Harris/ New England Patriots: Sony Michel went on IR and Damien Harris came off IR. Harris made the most of his opportunity going for 100 yards on 17 carries. Harris should remain a solid option for the next few weeks until Michel can be activated from the IR list. There are some rumors about the availability of Cam Newton this week but whether it is Cam or a backup QB the run game will be a heavy emphasis for Bill Belichick and the crew. Denver struggled against Tennessee and Pittsburgh this season; 2 teams that are committed to the run. Expect New England to revisit the film from those 2 games and to attack in a somewhat similar fashion.
RB/ Chase Edmonds/ Arizona Cardinals: Edmonds has seen 77% of the backfield targets this season and has a similar season fantasy point total to Kenyan Drake. I’m not saying the takeover is immediate but the 50/50 split is here as Drake has been disappointing at best so far. Plus, with Drake battling injuries this could be a week where Kliff Kingsbury gives Edmonds more run and rests Drake because well they play the Jets. Edmonds is here to stay in the Arizona backfield.
TE/ Jonnu Smith/ Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis and Adam Humphries are on the COVID-19 list and AJ Brown has yet to play a snap this season leaving Jonnu Smith as one of the only pass catchers standing for the Titans. Smith ranks near the top of all TEs in target share, red-zone target share and fantasy points per game. The Bills are next up for the Titans and Buffalo has allowed the most receiving yards to the TE position and rank near the top in catches allowed to TEs. A plus matchup with injuries to other pass catchers sounds like a mouthwatering play to me.
FLEX/ Antonio Gibson/ Washington Football Team: Touches by week for Gibson: 11, 14, 12 and 17. Gibson has given you a rushing TD each of the last 3 games thanks to multiple red-zone touches. While the benching of Dwayne Haskins was a hot topic this week we must focus on Kyle Allen and what he means to the Washington outlook. Last season, in Carolina, where Ron Rivera was HC, Allen completed about 29% of passes to Christian McCaffrey. Gibson is a phenomenal receiver as he played WR as well in college meaning his passing game value could skyrocket. And a surprising stat, the Rams have let up 4.8 YPC this season.
FLEX/ Justin Jackson/ LA Chargers: There is no other way for me to explain Justin Jackson than this: if Austin Ekeler is Pepsi then Justin Jackson is Diet Pepsi. They are both supreme athletes, just about the exact same size and Jackson has been extremely productive when given the chance previously. Last week Jackson played 38% of snaps while Joshua Kelley played 58%. Kelley has fumbled in back-to-back weeks. Jackson saw 6 carries and 2 targets last week compared to Kelley at 9 carries and 3 targets. Jackson has upside and I think he is the RB that will prevail while Ekeler is out.