Week 5 NFL Fantasy Sleepers–Quarterbacks, Running Backs, and Wide Receivers

Week 5 NFL Fantasy Sleepers–Quarterbacks, Running Backs, and Wide Receivers
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Frank Weber
Frank Weber
May 19th 2023

Another week of football is in the books, which can only mean one thing–you have a brand new fantasy football opponent this week. While it’s only been four weeks, this has already been a season filled with twists and turns, with major injuries seeming to happen each week. With Jonathan Taylor officially ruled as OUT for this Thursday night’s game between the Colts and the Broncos, it’s fair to assume that a ton of teams will be scrambling for a running back this week. 

If you find yourself in that situation, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been giving out weekly sleepers every week so far this season, and if I’m being honest–I haven’t been doing too hot. However, week four may be the start of something good for me, as I averaged 10.4 points among the five picks I made (well, actually, I made six but Zay Jones didn’t play).

Just take a look for yourself:

QB: Matt Ryan, 19 points

QB: Marcus Mariota, 5 points

RB: Craig Reynolds, 5 points

RB: JD McKissic, 7 points

WR: Zay Jones, 0 points DNP

WR: Corey Davis, 16 points

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So, time for my week five sleepers.


Ryan Tannehill, Owned in 20% of leagues

Tannehill is averaging under 200 passing yards per game so far this season, but he has managed to score at least two touchdowns a game through the Titans’ first four games. In Week Five he’ll be going up against the Commanders, who have given up an average of 24.5 points to opposing quarterbacks so far this season. The Titans are coming into their week five matchup on the tail end of a two-game win streak, so things are really starting to click for the boys in (baby) blue. I’m seeing a big day out of Tannehill this Sunday.

Teddy Bridgewater, Owned in 11% of leagues

As a Jets fan, this pick pains me–but how could you not love Bridgewater here in week five? Due to Tua’s leaky brain, Bridgewater will be starting as the Dolphins QB for at least the next three weeks–and he’s starting off his season with a bang. The Jets have given up an average of 20.5 points to opposing QBs so far this season, and the Dolphins have one of the best-receiving cores in all of football. I’m sorry Jets fans, but this week is going to be rough.

Running Backs

Mark Ingram, Owned in 22% of leagues

Mark Ingram saw a limited workload last week against the Vikings, but is looking like the lead back for the Saints here in week five against the Seahawks. Seattle has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs so far this season, so Ingram might be worth a look here in week five.

Isaiah Pacheco, Owned in 31% of leagues

This one is a bit of a stretch, so take this advice with caution. Pacheco had a decent week last week, rushing for 63 yards on 11 attempts. Because of this, he has pretty firmly cemented himself as the #2 option in Kansas City. The Raiders have a fairly solid run defense, but the explosivity of Mahomes may require more attention than the Raiders are used to giving to opposing QBs.

Wide Receivers

Corey Davis, Owned in 43% of leagues

I'm not fu***** leaving!!! Corey Davis is back, ladies and gentlemen. After last week’s 74-yard/1 TD performance, Davis finds himself right back on my sleepers list. Zach Wilson really came into form in the fourth quarter of the Jets' week four win against the Steelers, and now they’ll be traveling into Miami to take on an incredibly shaky Dolphins secondary. I’m not sure how Wilson will perform, but I feel confident in his #1 target.

Nelson Agholor, Owned in 7% of leagues

Agholor is averaging five targets a game so far this season, and in week five he’ll be going up against a Lions defense that has allowed 195 yards per game to wide receivers so far in 2022. While the Pats will be without Mac Jones in their week five matchup, Bailey Zappe filled in and did a decent job in week four.

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