Fantasy Football Sleepers: 5 Players For Week 5 Of 2016 NFL Season

Identifying sleepers is paramount in fantasy football, as the NFL’s premier players typically perform at a similar level each week. Thus, it’s the guys who round out your roster who oftentimes decide whether you flounder, or bask in victorious glory. Many fantasy football owners are in a tough spot as we head into Week 5 of the 2016 NFL season. Injuries are piling up in the NFL, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints have a bye week, which waters down the player pool. While it’s undoubtedly difficult to overcome losing a starter, it’s not impossible. With that in mind, here’s a look at five potential fantasy football sleepers who could provide tremendous value in Week 5. [Image by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images] Eddie Royal, WR – Chicago Bears Eddie Royal has been surprisingly solid thus far in 2016, tallying 18 recpetions for 241 yards and two TDs. In Week 4, Royal electrified for the Chicago Bears, racking up up seven receptions for 111 yards and one TD all over the Detroit Lions. Helluva game by the O-Line. Gave B enough time to find us downfield! pic.twitter.com/dcMCneSViB — Eddie Royal (@EddieRoyalWR) October 3, 2016 According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, Bears WR Kevin White (fibula) was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday. Naturally, this means Eddie will be asked to pick up some of the slack, and should receive an abundance of targets from QB Brian Hoyer on Sunday against Indianapolis. #Bears WR Eddie Royal's role in passing game now goes up with Kevin White going on IR, but more targets as well for TE Zach Miller. — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) October 5, 2016 Thus, Royal appears to be primed to have a big outing against the abysmal Colts defense, and is currently a fantasy football sleeper. However, according to CBS Chicago, Eddie missed Thursday’s practice with a calf injury, so monitor the situation and act accordingly. Terrance West, RB – Baltimore Ravens The Baltimore Ravens struggled mightily to run the ball through the first three weeks of the 2016 NFL season. However, in Week 4 against the Oakland Raiders, they finally got the ground game going thanks to Terrance West, who tallied 113 yards and one rushing touchdown. Looking for spot starts this week? I think these five players could surprise this week https://t.co/scvBexTO8K — Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) October 4, 2016 Earlier this week, the Ravens and veteran RB Justin Forsett mutually parted ways, which means there’s a solid chance Baltimore plans to start West for the foreseeable future. Whispers that are vociferous in tone suggest the Ravens want to get Kenneth Dixon some carries in his NFL debut on Sunday. However, it’s hard to imagine Terrance not receiving most of the backfield touches against the Washington Redskins, who have been absolutely putrid against the run this season. If you need a fantasy football sleeper at running back, look no further than West. [Image by Dylan Buell/Getty Images] Richard Rodgers, TE – Green Bay Packers Richard Rodgers hasn’t done much this season, but did tally two receptions for nine yards and one TD in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions. The Green Bay Packers were on a bye in Week 4, but still haven’t made a move to replace first-string tight end, Jared Cook, who could be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury. With Jared Cook out, Packers turn back to Hail Mary hero Richard Rodgers https://t.co/Aw0x7eTgFD — Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) October 6, 2016 Thus, Richard Rodgers should be QB Aaron Rodgers’ go-to tight end in the red zone this week against the New York Giants, who aren’t exactly an impregnable defensive juggernaut. Quincy Enunwa, WR – New York Jets Quincy Enunwa’s been one of the lone bright spots for the struggling New York Jets this season. Through four games, Enunwa’s tallied 23 receptions for 241 yards and two TDs. Quincy Enunwa is a rising star. #JETS #NYJ #NFL https://t.co/0B8tLnTzfs — Gang Green Nation (@GangGreenNation) October 7, 2016 According to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News, No. 2 wide receiver, Eric Decker, isn’t sure if he will be able to return this season. “At this point, (there) isn’t a definite answer,” Decker said when asked if he expects to play again in 2016. “I’m more focused on every day getting better and getting to that point where I can be ready to go.” With Decker out, Quincy will incontrovertibly remain heavily involved in New York’s offense, especially in Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are vulnerable in the secondary. Thus, Enunwa will be targeted enough to warrant a start in all leagues and formats. [Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images] Sterling Shepard, WR – New York Giants The New York Giants must be thrilled with what they are getting out of rookie WR Sterling Shepard thus far in 2016. The former Oklahoma Sooners standout has tallied a solid 20 receptions for 263 yards and two TDs through just four games. Sterling Shepard is on pace for 80/1052/8 thru 4 games — The 5th Down FF (@the5thdownff) October 5, 2016 It’s no secret that New York’s No. 1 wide receiver, superstar Odell Beckham Jr., has struggled this season, and has been a distraction with his outrageous behavior. Odell Beckham Jr. frustrated, says he's 'not having fun anymore' (via @AnitaMarks)! https://t.co/Tx30Mc85xu — Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) October 4, 2016 Nick Wright (@getnickwright) blasts Eli Manning for throwing Odell Beckham Jr. under the bus. pic.twitter.com/Sc9po8E50u — Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 4, 2016 In Week 5, it’s fair to assume the Green Bay Packers will attempt to get in Beckham Jr.’s head, so there’s no telling if he will be able to avoid the nonsense and focus on producing in the pass attack. Thus, Shepard, who could be targeted up to 10 times by QB Eli Manning against the Packers, is undoubtedly a fantasy football sleeper this week. [Featured Image by Rob Carr/Getty Images]

Fantasy Football: 5 Potential Sleepers For Week 6 Of 2016 NFL Season

Identifying sleepers is paramount in fantasy football, as the NFL’s premier players typically perform at a similar level each week. Thus, it’s the guys who round out your roster who oftentimes decide whether you flounder, or bask in victorious glory. Many fantasy football owners are in a tough spot as we head into Week 6 of the 2016 NFL season. Injuries are piling up in the NFL, and the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a bye week, which waters down the player pool. While it’s undoubtedly difficult to overcome losing a starter, it’s not impossible. With that in mind, here’s a look at five potential fantasy football sleepers for Week 6. [Image by Andy Lyons/Getty Images] Cameron Meredith, WR – Chicago Bears Cameron Meredith has become a name that many fantasy football aficionados are interested in of late following the injury to Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White. According to ESPN, Meredith was Chicago’s most targeted receiver in Week 5 (12 targets) against the Indianapolis Colts. And the NFL sophomore made the most of his increased role, tallying nine receptions for 130 yards and one TD. Cameron Meredith says WATCH THOSE ANKLES BOI ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/LJM3DqI0xj — Best NFL Plays ™ ???? (@BestNFL_Plays) October 9, 2016 With both Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal somewhat hindered by injuries, it’s fair to assume Meredith will receive a plenitude of targets again in Week 6 against the disappointing Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Terrance West, RB – Baltimore Ravens Terrance West has essentially solidified the feature back role for the Baltimore Ravens amid the release of veteran Justin Forsett, who’s now with the Detroit Lions. After tallying 113 rushing yards and one TD in Week 4, West was solid once again in Week 5 against Washington with 95 yards over just 11 carries (8.64 yards per carry). Terrance West can make people miss. https://t.co/6FCeuep0Mk — Garrett Downing (@gdowning14) October 11, 2016 Baltimore’s struggled to score aerially in recent weeks, and will likely look to West more often in the red zone against the New York Giants in Week 6. [Image by Chris Trotman/Getty Images] Marcus Mariota, QB – Tennessee Titans Marcus Mariota still needs plenty of seasoning in the NFL before he can be thought of as a reliable fantasy football option on a weekly basis. However, there’s no denying his upside in favorable matchups. In Week 5 against the abysmal Miami Dolphins, Mariota electrified with 163 yards and three TDs through the air, to go along with 60 yards and one TD on the ground. An absolute strike by Marcus Mariota to Delanie Walker. TD Titans! https://t.co/Ctwp1PE887 — A to Z Sports (@AtoZSports) October 9, 2016 This is how Titans fans imagine Marcus Mariota running the football. TD! https://t.co/XwgwIPgLKK — A to Z Sports (@AtoZSports) October 9, 2016 Tennessee has another dream matchup in Week 6, as they host the lowly Cleveland Browns in front of the Nissan Stadium faithful. At 2-3, the Titans are very much alive in the lackluster AFC South, and should be firing on all cylinder against a far inferior opponent. Expect Mariota to carve the Browns to shreds with over 250 total yards and four total TDs. Michael Thomas, WR – New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas is quietly having an excellent rookie season for the New Orleans Saints, and is slowly becoming a reliable fantasy football option. Prior to New Orleans’ Week 5 bye, Thomas had scored a touchdown in two straight games, and saw a huge increase in snaps played. Rookie Michael Thomas was on the field more than Brandin Cooks on Sunday #FantasyFootball https://t.co/Ep92eqaE8d — Fantasy Footballers (@TheFFBallers) October 5, 2016 In Week 6, the Saints host the surprisingly poor defense of the Carolina Panthers on the fast track of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This an ideal game to target for daily fantasy football enthusiasts. According to Football Locks, the swell folks in Las Vegas expect it to be the highest scoring showdown of the week, with an over/under of 53 points. Fire up Thomas expecting 75 yards and one TD at minimum in what should be a shootout. [Image by Jeff Gross/Getty Images] Charles Clay, TE – Buffalo Bills Charles Clay’s role in Buffalo’s offense has increased in importance over the past few weeks, as Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins’ injury has forced Buffalo to ask others to step up. Charles Clay is slowly becoming one of Taylor's favorite targets, rightfully so. Unfortunately a yard short of a first on that one — Spencer T. German (@Spencito6) October 9, 2016 Over the past two weeks, Tyrod Taylor has targeted Clay 12 times, and he’s tallied a respectable 10 receptions for 120 yards. Charles Clay's 53 receiving yards in the first half today mark his second most as a Bill–had 82 yards last year in the first half at Miami. — Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) October 9, 2016 Charles has a matchup that’s conducive to fantasy gold in Week 6, as the Buffalo Bills will travel west to take on the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco has given up a woefully inadequate 140 points this season, which is the second-most in the NFL. Thus, Clay is primed for a solid game and could provide tremendous value as a fantasy football sleeper, especially in daily leagues. [Featured Image by Stacy Revere/Getty Images]

Fantasy Football Week Eight: Carson Palmer, Marqise Lee Among Must Pick Ups This Week

I have to start this week’s post off by just pointing out that the football overload has made me sick so I don’t have it in me for a long intro today. Point is, we’re halfway through the fantasy football season (unless you’re in a league that plays in week 17) and by this point, you should know if you’re making a playoff run or if you’re trading your first-round pick soon. That is, unless your league prevents that unless they’re injured and have to go on IR. What a shame that’d be. QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets ($6,200): I can’t believe I’m saying this as a diehard Jet fan, but I was so excited to see Geno Smith – the bane of so many fans’ existence for a two year stretch – get a chance to start last week against Baltimore before he ended up on IR with a torn ACL. Now back in the starting lineup, you may be thinking that a motivated Ryan Fitzpatrick will be a good pick and while that is true to an extent, I’m not comfortable taking him on Sunday in Cleveland. This game feels like too much of a trap game, especially with Eric Decker still out for the year. With that said, I’d definitely look into Carson Palmer (owned in 83.3 percent of ESPN leagues and worth $6,000 on DraftKings) if you can land him in your fantasy team; if not, start your normal starters, but Palmer isn’t a bad pick for DFS. Can you really avoid a quarterback that’s facing a Carolina defense that would probably let Jared Lorenzen total 500 yards on them? RB1: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints ($5,000): I’ll admit to not being the best at math, but a high powered offense facing the Seahawks defense usually results in a low point total. Still only 26, Ingram has averaged just 3.9 yards per carry this season and only has one rushing touchdown to his name, so he’s probably a safe option to sit. Somehow owned in only 36.3 percent of ESPN leagues, Denver’s Devontae Booker ($3,700) makes more sense as a running back option against San Diego, even if he’s splitting carries with C.J. Anderson (as ProFootballTalk reported yesterday). With Denver looking to avenge that loss two weeks ago to these same Chargers, I’d look for a big game from both Booker and Anderson – and for coach Gary Kubiak to get the former involved in the passing game as well. RB2: LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots ($5,300): This is a tough one because what it really comes down to is are you comfortable with Blount getting nearly all of his points off short, goal-line touchdowns?I guess it’s alright if you have a clear-cut running back that’s going to put up big numbers, like a David Johnson or a Le’Veon Bell, but if you don’t? Sit Blount this week against Buffalo but don’t go to far because with LeSean McCoy still banged up, why not give the Bills’ Mike Gillislee (8.1 and$3,800) a shot if he ends up playing? While Gillislee is banged up too, expect the former Florida Gators running back to both play and succeed against a Patriots defense that’s been much better than most people expected. [Image by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images] WR1: Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago Bears ($5,900): Like with Ingram and the Saints against the Seahawks, the same seems to be the case with the Bears against the Minnesota Vikings – except Chicago’s offense isn’t really what I’d call high-powered. Jeffrey, who was forming a nice rapport with Brian Hoyer before the latter broke his arm, isn’t likely to put up big numbers against Mike Zimmer’s defense, especially with the starting eleven coming into week 8 angry following last week’s blowout loss to the Eagles. If you can land Palmer as quarterback, then definitely try to pick up J.J. Nelson (0.2 and $3,000) as well. With the team announcing that Jaron Brown is out for the season, expect the 24 year old Nelson – who has 6 catches for 100 yards in the last two games – to pick up a bigger role and shine against the Panthers’ defense. WR2: Will Fuller V, Houston Texans ($6,000): No, this isn’t a hot take response to Brock Osweiler’s latest struggles, but I am staying away from the Texans this week against a red hot Detroit Lions squad. Remember when the Lions used to be the butt of everybody’s jokes? Unless you’re in a really deep league, keep Fuller on your bench, but there’s an ideal wideout in the AFC South you may want to check out. Believe it or not, Marqise Lee (2.1 percent and $3,300) is somehow leading the Jaguars in receptions this year with 29 catches and I’d expect a big game from him this Sunday – even against a Titans defense that ranks 11th in fewest yards allowed to receivers. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns will get locked up, sure, but Lee? Look for the former USC star to potentially put up close to double-digit catches as Blake Bortles continues his trend of not throwing interceptions – at least, at the rate he wasn’t before. WR3: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys ($7,100): Finally healthy, you may be thinking Dez Bryant should fit right back into your starting offense, right? Well, here’s the thing: I don’t think Dak Prescott necessarily needs him right now, not with how well the Cowboys have been playing in recent weeks. Bryant will have a catch or three, sure, but are you going to see Dez look to him as the go-to-guy the way Tony Romo did. Not yet, and honestly, not for a while if Prescott keeps the job and keeps winning. Speaking of winning, yeah, I know I was wrong about Tampa Bay’s Adam Humphries (4.8 and $3,000) last week, but I have faith he’ll finally prove me right this week! He’s still open in so many leagues and such a cheap option on DraftKings that I urge you to give him one last shot! [Image by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images] TE: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys ($3,600): Rarely will I say don’t play Jason Witten, but there are better options with him facing an Eagles defense that has shut down tight ends all year. Again, I’m going with Indianapolis’ Jack Doyle (20.6 and $3,500) as the Colts look to build off last week’s win when they face off against the Chiefs. It’s early, but it really looks like Doyle and Andrew Luck are forming a nice combination, maybe one that can turn into the QB-TE duo that Luck and Coby Fleener could never consistency develop when the latter was in Indianapolis. Defense: Tennessee Titans ($2,800): Now look, you may be tempted to play the Titans defense against the inconsistent Jacksonville Jaguars offense and the truth is, I don’t blame you. For as much of a hassle that I’ve given them, why not just play the Jets defense (18.8 and $3,400) against a Browns offense that could be starting Kevin Hogan at quarterback? 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NFL Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 11 Waiver Wire Pickups And Adds, Latest Injury Buzz

The latest NFL Fantasy football rankings ahead of Week 11 are settling after another busy weekend in the league. That has led to fantasy owners looking ahead to the upcoming week’s slate which will include bye weeks for several teams. They’ll include the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and San Diego Chargers. From those squads, the most obvious players that will be missing in action for their owners are quarterback Matt Ryan and receiver Julio Jones, both of them Falcons. However, there are other players from around the league that might be available as replacements. Before diving into the best waiver wire pickups, adds, and streaming defenses to target, it’s good to keep an eye on the fantasy football player rankings courtesy of Fleaflicker website, as well as some of the best performances. As of Week 10, the top five quarterbacks were Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. As mentioned, Ryan will have Week 11 off. Brady had a lackluster performance amongst QBs this past weekend, finishing with about 14.5 fantasy points, depending on league format. He could be back in form for the coming week against San Francisco. In terms of running backs, Ezekiel Elliott not only ruled the player category, but he ruled all players with 42.9 fantasy points. Elliott went off for 114 yards on 21 attempts on the ground. He finished with three touchdowns and also had 95 yards receiving. Most fantasy rankings have Elliott right up there with David Johnson, as well as Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell, the Titans’ DeMarco Murray, and Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount. As seen in the clip below, Elliott not only had some impressive runs, but he was the deciding factor in the final seconds of the game. "Up the middle he’s gone! Zeke’s Gone! Goodbye Zeke!" Home and away radio calls of the #DALvsPIT amazing ending. ???? https://t.co/36aBu4LvbR — NFL (@NFL) November 14, 2016 The final player rankings to look at are those for tight ends and wide receivers. Often it’s the receivers who lead all players in scoring, but that was not the case with Elliott’s monster performance. However, Antonio Brown is always right up there in the rankings and finished seventh amongst backs, receivers, and tight ends for his Week 10 performance with 23.4 fantasy points. Brown is considered No. 1 overall in the receiver category, followed by Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans, Atlanta’s Julio Jones, Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, and New York’s Odell Beckham Jr. In the tight end category, it’s the Pats’ Rob Gronkowski, Washington’s Jordan Reed, Carolina’s Greg Olsen, Cincinnati’s Tyler Eifert, and Seattle’s Jimmy Graham. Owners will want to monitor the latest injury updates for Rob Gronkowski, as he may be out of the Patriots’ next game with a punctured lung. That could mean looking to the waiver wire for some help or simply hoping other players on the roster come up big in Week 11. Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski may be sidelined for the Week 11 game. [Image by Jim Rogash/Getty Images] The Fantasy Pros website offers up some potential waiver wire pickups to consider in the coming week of football action, though. Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford is the top overall suggestion. He’s followed by Buffalo’s Robert Woods, Chicago’s Cameron Meredith (more on him later), Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill, and Baltimore’s Kenneth Dixon. Washington’s Pierre Garcon, San Diego’s Hunter Henry, Pittsburgh’s Eli Rogers, Houston’s C.J. Fiedorowicz and Tampa Bay’s Adam Humphries give owners a total of 10 players to contemplate for picking up if available right now. Fantasy football analyst Matt Camp of Bleacher Report is recommending four players in particular from the waiver wire. They include Tyreek Hill (16 percent owned), Cameron Brate (52 percent owned), C.J. Prosise (35 percent owned), and Jeremy Langford (26 percent owned). Each of these four players can make smart additions to fantasy owners’ rosters in need of some help for the coming week. Another big story heading into the Week 11 action is a four-game suspension for one of the better receivers in the league. As ESPN noted, Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffrey was reportedly suspended for four games with no pay due to his use of PEDs. Jeffrey won’t be back in the Bears’ lineup until their December 11 matchup with the Detroit Lions. Fantasy owners with Alshon Jeffrey will need a replacement due to his four-game suspension. [Image by Stacy Revere/Getty Images] That means owners who have Jeffrey may be searching for a good option. That option could be none other than Cameron Meredith. He’s now playing in his second season in the league and has racked up 381 yards and two touchdowns on 29 receptions this season. He’ll look to benefit from Jeffrey’s absence over the course of the next four games, and should see a stats improvement. That definitely makes him worth a look as an add to teams with an issue in their receiver spot. Speaking of the Bears, they haven’t been making much noise in the league this season. With that in mind, NFL is reporting that their opponents for Week 11, the New York Giants, make a wise potential choice for a streaming defense. They note that Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler has the third-highest interception rate in the league, making almost any team Chicago faces an option for D/ST choice. A few other defenses to consider are the Pittsburgh Steelers who will play at Cleveland, the Miami Dolphins (at the L.A. Rams), and the Dallas Cowboys (at the Baltimore Ravens). [Featured Image by Brian Blanco/Getty Images]