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Week 5 Sleepers: Fantasy Football Fan’s Take

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Every fantasy owner has star players that they can rely on, but picking the right sleeper during the week can tilt the odds in your favor. Listed below are several individuals poised to make the most of their Week 5 matchup:

QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

Arian Foster and the Texans defense have been grabbing the headlines, but Matt Schaub has been a key factor in their early-season success. Through four games he has thrown six touchdowns to just one interception. Facing the New York Jets on Monday night should provide Schaub with another productive outing. Without Darrelle Revis, the San Francisco 49ers offense managed to score 24 points in three quarters. Not only has their defense taken a major hit, but the Jets offense will likely struggle as well, giving Schaub more chances to see the field to rack up his yardage totals.

RB Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers

If you are in a deep league, Kendall Hunter makes for a serviceable bye-week option. In the lopsided win against the Jets, Hunter had eight carries for 56 yards with his rushing touchdown coming in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Heading into Week 5, Frank Gore remains the lead back and Brandon Jacobs could steal a few carries in his first regular season game with the Niners. The backfield is crowded, but Buffalo allows 137 rushing yards per game, so the Niners could exploit that weakness with their group of running backs.

WR Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans

With Kenny Britt's status up in the air, Nate Washington could be called upon to take on the team's No. 1 receiver role. Washington only has 10 receptions on the year, but he possesses big-play ability, averaging 22.8 yards per catch. The Minnesota Vikings are ranked seventh in run defense, so the Titans may lean on Matt Hasselbeck and the passing game to move the ball.

WR Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts

After an impressive nine-reception, 111 yard performance against the Vikings in Week 2, Donnie Avery cooled off significantly against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite having only two catches against Jacksonville, he was still targeted nine times. Avery should be highly involved once again when the Colts face the Green Bay Packers. The Packers will put points on the board, so Andrew Luck could be forced to air the ball out. As long as the rookie signal-caller continues to look his way, Avery should bounce back despite the tough matchup.

TE Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos

Jacob Tamme has struggled since coming over from the Indianapolis Colts. Through four games, he has averaged just over three receptions and 31 receiving yards per game. However, Peyton Manning is slowly developing a rapport with his offensive teammates. After a rough start, Manning has thrown five touchdowns and zero interceptions over his last two games. In what figures to be a high-scoring affair against the New England Patriots, Tamme should see a healthy amount of targets. The Patriots are ranked 25th in pass defense while giving up an average of 10.9 fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Carolina Panthers Defense/Special Teams

The Panthers defense had its high and low points last week in their loss to the Atlanta Falcons. While it surrendered 30 points to a high-octane offense, Carolina also recorded seven sacks and one interception. The task appears much easier this week when they battle the Seattle Seahawks at home. Seattle ranks 29th in overall offense while scoring 17.5 points per game. If the Panthers can contain Marshawn Lynch, then slowing down Russell Wilson and his wideouts won't be too difficult.

Sources:

football.fantasysports.yahoo.com

nfl.com

Travis Chan is a fantasy sports enthusiast and contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter @Travischan1.

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