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Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers for NFL Week 5 (2020)
Last week was successful in netting you some strong daily fantasy football sleepers. Drew Brees, Baker Mayfield, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mike Davis, and Jarvis Landry all proved useful if you tried them out in your NFL DFS lineups.
I didn’t have Joe Mixon or Odell Beckham Jr. listed in here (although Beckham made my top picks for the week), but hopefully, last week’s NFL DFS sleepers still aided you in some way.
There’s more to like in week five. Join me as I go over some of the top daily fantasy football value picks to consider this week.
QB NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 5
- Teddy Bridgewater – Panthers ($5.9k)
- Daniel Jones – Giants ($5.4k)
- C.J. Beathard – 49ers ($5.3k)
Bridgewater stands out as a nice value pick for week five, as he’s coming off of a slick 27-point fantasy outing and gets the Falcons. Atlanta’s defense has been terrible, and comes in ranking 32nd against fantasy passers.
Could this be the week to use Daniel Jones, though? It’s that or the Cowboys defense, I reckon. While you can try the Dallas defense against a pathetic New York offense, this may just be the perfect spot for Big Blue to smash.
Jones has been bad in 2020, but he has dual-threat upside and draws a tasty matchup (Dallas ranks 29th vs. QBs).
There’s also Beathard, who relieved Nick Mullens of his duties last week, and could be looking at a start in week five against Miami. The Dolphins aren’t a bad matchup, he’s dirt cheap, and the 49ers have a bunch of guys who can do damage with the ball in their hands.
Week 5 NFL DFS RB Sleeper Picks
- Jerick McKinnon – 49ers ($5.8k)
- David Johnson – Texans ($5.2k)
- Antonio Gibson – Washington ($5k)
Sticking with the 49ers, it’s possible we can still use a pretty cheap Jerick McKinnon. There are a couple of other options in that price range, but he’s the most appealing.
McKinnon is a versatile player who has safely topped 13+ fantasy points in every game this year, including 22.7 in his last game. He’d be a terrific try against the Dolphins, who rank 26th against fantasy running backs.
Just keep an eye on the status of Raheem Mostert, who could be inching toward a return this week.
Kyle Shanahan said he is hopeful to get Jimmy Garoppolo, Dre Greenlaw, Raheem Mostert and Ahkello Witherspoon back by Wednesday's practice.#49ers— Keiana Martin (@KeianaMartinTV) October 5, 2020
David Johnson hasn’t done a whole lot with his touches in Houston, but we have to respect the workload. I touched on him last week and he wasn’t awful (11 fantasy points).
He’s finished in double digits for fantasy points in three of four games this year and gets a Jacksonville defense that is giving up the 6th most fantasy points to running backs in 2020.
There’s also Gibson, who suffers from terrible quarterback play, but has the athleticism and workload you need. He’s a good price for a guy who has scored in each of his last three games, and has safely touched the ball 12+ times during that span.
His date with the Rams isn’t amazing, but he might be too cheap to ignore this week.
Wide Receiver NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 5
- T.Y. Hilton – Colts ($4.9k)
- Darius Slayton – Giants ($4.8k)
- Travis Fulgham – Eagles ($3k)
There are some studs worth paying up for at wide receiver, but it may make sense to get a cheap guy or two this week. One that stands out is Hilton, who still has the speed to bust some big plays.
Hilton has been way too quiet to get 2020 going, but he’s still seen 5+ targets in three of four games. This has more to do with game flow and matchups, but this week he faces a Browns defense that ranks 31st against fantasy receivers.
I also really like the Giants, because duh, they’re facing that awful Dallas defense. Golden Tate is on the table, but I prefer the explosive ability of Darius Slayton.
Slayton reminded us all of his upside with 31.2 fantasy points in week one, and that was against a solid Steelers defense. In week five he gets Dallas, who leads the league in receiving scores allowed this season.
If you want a full punt, don’t sleep on Travis Fulgham. I would require both Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson to be out again to fall in love with this play, but it’s worth noting the kid hauled in a 42-yard touchdown in week four.
Fulgham’s sample size is tiny, but he was a big-play threat (17.2 yards per catch and 9 TDs as a senior) at Old Dominion. If the injury situation aids him, he could be worth a look in tourneys.
Week 5 NFL DFS Values at Tight End
- Jonnu Smith – Titans ($4.9k)
- Evan Engram – Giants ($4.6k)
- Eric Ebron – Steelers ($4k)
I will be the first to admit I have not been on the right side of tight ends this year, so I will be compelled to just pay for George Kittle, Travis Kelce, or Mark Andrews this week.
That said, we can see some clear value at the position, and it starts with Smith. His value is even greater if A.J. Brown is out again, but he gets a nice matchup with a Bills defense that just coughed up nine catches to Darren Waller.
Save even more cash and go with Engram, who has been awful all year, but gets a slump buster matchup against Dallas. The Cowboys are getting torched in general this season, but also have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to tight ends.
I will either spend up this week, or I’ll go as low as Ebron at $4k. He looks like a great value, as he faces an Eagles defense that got destroyed by George Kittle (15 catches!) in week four.
Philly has given up the third-most fantasy points to the position, and Ebron is coming off of a nice 16-point fantasy outing. It’s possible he keeps it going in a smash spot at home.
Best Defense Sleepers for Week 5 NFL DFS
- Cleveland Browns ($2.7k)
- Houston Texans ($2.6k)
- Miami Dolphins ($2.4k)
Lastly, we come to some cheap defenses we can take a look at in week five NFL DFS circles. The first is the Browns, who can get after the quarterback (multiple sacks in every game this year) and have also forced at least one turnover each game in 2020.
They are at home against Philip Rivers, who can historically implode in the turnover department. If Cleveland can get to him early or jump out to a lead and force him to throw, this unit could feast.
Houston may also be on the table. Their defense hasn’t been good, but it’s not impossible to imagine this team being a little inspired by the firing of head coach Bill O’Brien.
The Texans are another team that can generate pressure up front (10 sacks on the year), and they face Gardner Minshew II and the Jaguars.
There’s also the Dolphins, who aren’t very reliable, but they’re cheap and facing a backup quarterback. I doubt they crush the Niners or anything, but anytime you face a backup, the defense has to be considered.
As you can see, there is plenty of value to work with in daily fantasy football in week five. This week’s batch of NFL DFS sleepers is interesting, although you’ll have to embrace some pretty ugly teams.
Stacking the New York Giants, for one, feels filthy. They’re appealing given the matchup, though, and we should also take a serious look at the Browns defense, value tight ends, and cheap running backs we normally wouldn’t flock to.
You can check out my week five NFL DFS picks for some of my favorite plays of the week, too. From there, you can mesh my picks with your own, and hopefully, it leads to glory.