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6 Fantasy Football Sleepers to Use in Your Week 5 Lineups

| October 7, 2021 11:16 am PDT

Week five of the 2021 NFL season gets rolling on Thursday night, and this week also kicks off the league’s London schedule.

It’s an exciting time, but it’s a frustrating period for season-long fantasy footballers. Add in untimely injuries and brutal matchups, and you may need a little more upside than usual in week five.

Last week I tried to help you with that plight, and I located some solid fantasy football sleepers. Jacoby Brissett accounted for two scores, and Michael Carter found paydirt, giving you two solid value plays to add to your weekly lineups.

Both are available to use again in most leagues, but I have some better plays in my week five fantasy football sleepers.

Let’s break down my favorite low-owned option at every major position this week.

Zach Wilson, QB, Jets (9% owned)

I typically use Yahoo fantasy football league waiver wire percentages for my fantasy sleepers breakdown, so just take the exact percentages with a grain of salt.

That said, rookie Jets passer Zach Wilson isn’t highly owned right now, even though he’s coming off a strong showing in an OT win against the Titans.

Wilson has proven to be turnover-prone in his young NFL career, but he’s also flashed glimpses of his potential. I think there’s a good chance he does that again this week, as he travels to London to battle the Falcons.

Atlanta just gave up a ton of production to Taylor Heinicke last week, and on the year, they rank 30th against the quarterback position.

Rookies are always tough to trust, but Trey Lance was one of the hottest waiver wire adds, and guys like Matt Ryan and Justin Fields are gone in a lot of leagues, too.

  • Other options: Mac Jones (18%) and Trey Lance (39%)

Khalil Herbert, RB, Bears (9% owned)

The running back cupboard is quite bare at the moment. Damien Williams was one of the top week five fantasy football waiver wire pickups, but he’s rostered in about 70% of leagues.

Khalil Herbert is the direct backup to Williams, who is also banged up.

This is pretty big news, seeing as David Montgomery is out for the next 4-5 weeks. Williams is 100% the top guy to add from the Bears right now, but if this ends up being a shared backfield or Williams can’t play during that stretch, Herbert will be a guy to roster.

The former Hokies star was only a late-round pick in this past year’s draft, but he was a stud in college.

Just look at what he did at Virginia Tech.

I am a fan of Herbert. Now, it all comes down to whether or not he gets an opportunity to dominate for your fantasy squad.

There is a chance he’s worth rolling out there as one of the top week five fantasy football sleepers, but whether you take that dive or not, he’s a guy worth stashing.

  • Other options: Brandon Bolden (5%) and Samaje Perine (29%)

Deonte Harris, WR, Saints (9% owned)

There are actually a slew of viable fantasy football sleepers at wide receiver. One of the better low-owned options might be Harris, who drew eight targets last week.

Most will flock to Marquez Callaway – and that’s fine – but Michael Thomas still isn’t active, and for whatever reason, the Saints hate throwing to Alvin Kamara now.

Harris is in play given his increasing role, as well as a matchup with the horrendous Washington defense.

I know the Football Team was supposed to be good defensively, but here we are, four weeks deep into 2021, and they rank 30th against fantasy wide receivers.

Harris is risky, but the role and matchup make him worth a shot as a WR3 or FLEX in week five.

  • Other options: Kadarius Toney (8%) and Allen Lazard (2%)

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Washington (0% owned)

Tight end has been a death zone all year. The few faint beacons of hope have long been snatched up off your waiver wire, so it’s likely risk-taking time.

One of the best tight end sleepers for week five has to be RSJ, who is worth consideration based purely on role. He should see an increase in field time thanks to the likely absence of usual Football Team starter, Logan Thomas.

Needless to say, he’s also one of the best week 5 NFL DFS sleepers.

Thomas usually garners several looks per game and can be featured in the red zone. The matchup with the Saints is awful on paper, but this is a game where Washington could be trailing, and the Saints stop the run very well.

That leads to passing attempts, and if Seals-Jones is on the field as much as I think he’ll be, it should translate into some fantasy value.

  • Other options: Dan Arnold (3%) and Juwan Johnson (12%)

Cody Parkey, K, Saints (0% owned)

I don’t love wasting a ton of time on fantasy kicker sleepers, but it’s still worth a look when you factor in projections, matchups, ownership, and injuries.

New Orleans just brought in Parkey, who has a shaky history in the NFL, but steps in for an injured Wil Lutz.

The Saints have an offense good enough to move the ball and get Parkey some work, and the matchup with Washington (32nd vs. kickers in 2021) looks amazing on paper.

  • Other options: Randy Bullock (1%) and Chase McLaughlin (14%)

Atlanta Falcons Defense (5% owned)

It can be painful to stream fantasy team defenses. If you can latch onto a strong defense, I say just brave the storm that ends up being tough matchups and hold on for dear life.

Otherwise, you’re stuck hedging your bets with the Falcons. Of course, if you don’t need to play Zach Wilson, then we can just look at the other side and prop up Atlanta as an elie streaming option.

The good news? They’re in London, which means both sides have to endure a brutal travel schedule.

They’re also facing a Jets offense that has been largely bad, and while this is a potentially great spot for Wilson, his turnover issues can’t be ignored.

Atlanta’s defense isn’t reliable, but as a one-week streamer, they look like one of the best week five fantasy football sleepers.

  • Other options: Jets (1%) and Eagles (4%)

Fantasy Football Advice for Week 5

There is a lot to consider every week in fantasy football, and that’s not different in week five.

This is a crucial week if you’re off to a rough start, as even teams that are .500 probably need a big win to propel them to a playoff run.

How do you get there? By dominating the waiver wire, by starting the right players in your lineup, and by targeting sleepers at the perfect time.

Should you start all these week 5 fantasy football sleepers? Absolutely not. But a few of them should be able to help you out in a jam, and some might even be stellar season-long holds.

I’m just one voice when it comes to helping you fill out your weekly fantasy football lineup, though. For your week five start and sit calls, check out the post below.

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