Calvin Ridley is out for the London game due to a personal matter as the Falcons take on the Jets, and we hope everything is OK. But his absence has created an opportunity to use Olamide Zaccheaus as a sleeper, and maybe Hayden Hurst is worth a flyer as well. And for the Jets, we have two potential sleepers in Jamison Crowder and Elijah Moore.
Without Ridley, the Falcons will hopefully lean more on Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts. But Russell Gage (ankle) is also out for Atlanta, and Zaccheaus should see a spike in targets from Matt Ryan.
Zaccheaus has four games in his career with at least six targets, and he's scored at least 12 PPR points in three of them, including Week 3 at the Giants when he had three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown on six targets. I like Zaccheaus as a No. 3 PPR receiver in deeper leagues.
Hurst also could be someone to look at in deeper tight-end premium leagues this week. He had four targets in Week 4 against Washington, but he only had 29 receiving yards. He has yet to score more than six PPR points in any game this year, but the Falcons might need him with Ridley and Gage out.
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Now, the Jets have only allowed two touchdowns to receivers this year, which were Robby Anderson in Week 1 and Cameron Batson last week, and no tight end has scored against them. But I still view Zaccheaus and Hurst as sleepers this week.
For the Jets, Corey Davis is a borderline must-start Fantasy receiver in all leagues. But Crowder isn't far behind if he can build off his strong 2021 debut from Week 4 against the Titans when he had seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown on nine targets.
The Falcons are top 10 in Fantasy points allowed to receivers, and five receivers have already scored at least 16 PPR points against Atlanta this year. Davis and Crowder should take advantage of this matchup, and we'll see if Moore can as well.
He missed Week 4 against Tennessee with a concussion, but he should be active this week. He's only worth a flyer in deeper leagues since he has just catches for 66 yards and no touchdowns on 18 targets this year, but this could be the matchup that gets him going in his rookie campaign.
Now, let's take a look at some other sleepers for Week 5. We also have DFS lineups for you on DraftKings and FanDuel. Hopefully, this is a big week with a lot of offensive production, and I'm excited to see what these guys can do.
Editor's Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. Projected points are for PPR leagues.
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Week 5 Sleepers
Trey Lance QB
SF San Francisco • #5
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) is expected to be out this week, which should allow Lance the chance to start, and he should be considered a potential Fantasy starter in deeper one-quarterback leagues. Lance showed his upside in Week 4 against Seattle when he took over for Garoppolo in the second half and scored 24 Fantasy points. He passed for 157 yards and two touchdowns and added 41 rushing yards in relief. The over-under for this game is 50 points, and Lance might have to keep up with Kyler Murray for the 49ers to stay in contention.
JAC Jacksonville • #16
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Lawrence is worth a flyer this week against the Titans, who have allowed three quarterbacks to score at least 21 Fantasy points in four outings. Lawrence looked better in Week 4 at Cincinnati, but he scored just 17 Fantasy points. He doesn't have D.J. Chark (ankle), but he should get enough out of Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault to be a decent Fantasy option in deeper leagues this week against Tennessee.
Zach Wilson QB
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #2
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Wilson is worth a flyer in deeper leagues for his matchup with the Falcons, who have allowed the second-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Wilson just had 21 Fantasy points against the Titans in Week 4, and he could have similar production in London. The Falcons have only sacked opposing quarterbacks seven times, so Wilson should have time to look downfield in this matchup.
CAR Carolina • #30
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Hubbard is expected to start again in place of the injured Christian McCaffrey (hamstring), and Hubbard is worth trusting as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues. In Week 4 at Dallas with McCaffrey out, Hubbard had 13 carries for 57 yards, along with two catches for 14 yards on two targets. Sam Darnold scored two rushing touchdowns against the Cowboys, and hopefully Hubbard can steal one of those this week. The Eagles run defense has fallen apart in the past two weeks against Dallas (Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for 28 carries, 155 yards and a touchdown) and Kansas City (Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams combined for 24 carries, 144 yards and a touchdown), and Hubbard should have the chance for a quality outing in what could be his final start if McCaffrey is back in Week 6.
ATL Atlanta • #6
Age: 31 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Williams is expected to start for the injured David Montgomery (knee), and hopefully Williams takes advantage of this opportunity. Williams has the chance for around 18 total touches per game based on Montgomery's average this year. Williams just had eight carries for 55 yards and a touchdown against Detroit in Week 4, along with two catches for 15 yards on two targets, and this is a good matchup this week at the Raiders. Las Vegas has allowed six touchdowns to running backs this year, and a running back has scored against the Raiders in every game. Williams should be considered a low-end starter or flex in all leagues.
Zack Moss RB
IND Indianapolis • #21
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Moss has played more than Devin Singletary in each of the past two games, and Moss will look to extend his touchdown streak this week to four games in a row. He has four touchdowns over that span, and he's taken over as the lead running back in Buffalo. It's still a shared backfield, but Moss has easily been more productive, scoring at least 12 PPR points in each of the past three outings. This week, he's taking on a Chiefs defense that has allowed six total touchdowns to running backs this year, including at least one touchdown in every game. Moss is a borderline starter in all formats this week.
Mike Davis RB
BAL Baltimore • #28
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Davis is getting outplayed by Cordarrelle Patterson, but Davis still remains the lead running back in terms of snaps and carries. Hopefully, that leads to quality production in Week 5 against the Jets in London, and he might be needed more in the passing game with Ridley and Gage out. The Jets have allowed five rushing touchdowns in the past three games, and Davis and Patterson are both worth starting this week. I like Patterson more, but Davis is a serviceable flex option in this matchup.
BUF Buffalo • #28
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Murray took over as the lead running back for the Ravens in Week 4 at Denver, and he got a season-high 18 carries. He only managed 59 yards and didn't factor in the passing game, but he found the end zone for the third time in four games this year. We'll see what Baltimore plans to do in regards to Ty'Son Williams, who was inactive in Week 4, as well as Le'Veon Bell, but Murray will most likely lead the team in carries against the Colts. That gives Murray the chance to be a low-end starter in non-PPR leagues and a flex option in PPR. The Ravens are a 7-point favorites at home, so Murray's chances for a quality workload are high if his role is the same this week as it was in Week 4.
WAS Washington • #23
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
McKissic could be heavily involved in the game plan this week if Washington is chasing points, and the Saints are 1.5-point favorites on the road. New Orleans has also allowed at least five receptions to an opposing backfield in each of the past three games, with Christian McCaffrey scoring 11 PPR points and Saquon Barkley scoring 18 PPR points with just their receiving totals alone over that span. McKissic has two games with at least 16 PPR points in his past three outings, and Washington could give him more work in the passing game with Logan Thomas (hamstring) out.
CAR Carolina • #5
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
D.J. Chark (ankle) went down early in Week 4 at Cincinnati, and Shenault responded with six catches for 99 yards on seven targets. He now has three games this season with at least seven targets, and he's scored at least 12 PPR points in two of them. Marvin Jones should be considered a sleeper as well in this matchup, and the Titans are No. 2 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers this year.
MIA Miami • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Will Fuller (finger) is out, which should allow Waddle and DeVante Parker to see plenty of targets, although Parker is also battling a hamstring injury. I like Waddle slightly more than Parker this week with Jacoby Brissett likely getting the ball out of his hands quickly to avoid the pass rush, and Waddle operates close to the line of scrimmage with a lot of his routes. Tampa Bay allows the most Fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and Waddle already has two road games this year with at least 16 PPR points.
Cole Beasley WR
BUF Buffalo • #11
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders are both sleepers this week in what should be a high-scoring affair. Beasley had 11 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown on 16 targets in two games against the Chiefs last year, including the playoffs, and Josh Allen should lean on him again in this crucial road game. And Sanders has at least 12 PPR points in consecutive games against Washington and Houston, and it appears like his rapport with Allen is getting stronger each week. Both of these guys are high-end No. 3 Fantasy receivers, with their value slightly higher in PPR.
LV Las Vegas • #13
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Renfrow is becoming a reliable No. 3 PPR receiver after the way he's played to start the season. He has three games with at least 13 PPR points, and he's scored a touchdown in two games in a row heading into Week 5 against Chicago. He's also had at least seven targets in three games this year. Renfrow should have another solid outing this week against the Bears, who have already allowed nine receivers to score at least 12 PPR points this year.
KC Kansas City • #19
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
We'll see what happens with Toney when Sterling Shepard (hamstring) is healthy, but Shepard is not expected to play in Week 5 at Dallas. Toney played well in Week 4 at New Orleans with six catches for 78 yards on nine targets. The Giants should have success throwing the ball against the Cowboys this week since Dallas is No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers. There have already been five receivers to score at least 14 PPR points against the Cowboys this year, and Toney should be considered a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week.
TB Tampa Bay • #84
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Brate picked up six targets in Week 4 at New England with Rob Gronkowski (ribs) out, but Brate only managed two catches for 29 yards. I'll give him a pass in that game since the weather was bad, and the Patriots are good at defending tight ends. With Gronkowski out again in Week 5 against Miami as expected, consider Brate a streaming option in deeper leagues. The Dolphins have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in the past three weeks.
Zach Ertz TE
ARI Arizona • #86
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
Ertz comes into Week 5 having scored at least 12 PPR points in his past two outings against Dallas and Kansas City. He has 15 targets over that span for 113 yards and a touchdown, and he's proving that he can co-exist with Dallas Goedert in this offense. The Eagles play at Carolina in Week 5, and the Panthers just allowed Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin to score touchdowns. Ertz is worth using as a low-end starter in all leagues.
Hunter Henry TE
NE New England • #85
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Henry looks like the lead tight end for the Patriots in terms of playing time, and now he's producing more than Jonnu Smith. While both scored touchdowns in Week 4 against Tampa Bay, Henry had four catches for 32 yards on five targets, while Smith had three catches for 14 yards on five targets as well. It could be uneven for both guys moving forward, but Henry is on the field for at least 68 percent of the time in every game this year. Henry and Smith are both potential sleepers this week against the Texans, who have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends this season.
QB: Trevor Lawrence vs. TEN ($5,800)
RB: Damien Williams at LV ($5,600)
RB: Leonard Fournette vs. MIA ($5,200)
WR: D.J. Moore vs. PHI ($7,500)
WR: Ja'Marr Chase vs. GB ($5,800)
WR: Laviska Shenault vs. TEN ($4,800)
TE: Mike Gesicki at TB ($4,200)
FLEX: Justin Jefferson vs. DET ($7,700)
DST: Steelers vs. DEN ($3,300)
I'm going to stack the Jaguars here and hope that Lawrence and Shenault can continue to connect like they did in Week 4 against Cincinnati, with hopefully at least one touchdown coming from this pairing. I'm excited about their matchup against the Titans.
I'm also excited about Fournette against the Dolphins, and he's the Start of the Week. Williams should do well stepping in for Montgomery, and this running back duo has plenty of upside at a great price.
My receiving corps should be fantastic, with Jefferson as the flex. And I love the potential for Gesicki against a beat up Buccaneers secondary this week.
QB: Kirk Cousins vs. DET ($7,500)
RB: Alvin Kamara at WAS ($8,600)
RB: Damien Williams at LV ($5,800)
WR: Justin Jefferson at MIN ($8,000)
WR: A.J. Brown at JAC ($6,900)
WR: Jaylen Waddle at TB ($5,400)
TE: Dalton Schultz vs. NYG ($6,200)
FLEX: James Robinson vs. TEN ($7,400)
DEF: Vikings vs. DET ($3,900)
I'll stack Cousins and Jefferson here, and they should go off against the Lions. Cousins has nearly 1,500 passing yards and 15 total touchdowns in his past five meetings with Detroit.
My running back corps in this lineup should be amazing with Kamara, Williams and Robinson at the flex. I expect Kamara to get back involved in the passing game against Washington, so don't be afraid to spend the money on him this week.
Brown is playing this week for the Titans, and he should do well against the Jaguars. I expect plenty of targets for Waddle against the Buccaneers, and Schultz should stay hot for the Cowboys.