NFL Fantasy: Week 5 sleeper wide receivers

Some familiar names are on our Week 5 sleeper list. Can one of them save your NFL fantasy team?


These three wide receivers own well-known names; but times have been hard recently, relegating them to sleeper status in Week 5.

Best Bet: Nelson Agholor, PHI

Remember earlier in the season when the Eagles were passing 75% of the time? Nelson Agholor became a hot waiver wire addition after one big catch put him near the top of the leaderboard. Well, more recently the Eagles have been a run-first team and Agholor drifted back to his WR-3 base. This week, he is primed to return to NFL fantasy relevance.

The Eagles will face the Arizona Cardinals this week. They have a shutdown corner and a good secondary overall. Patrick Peterson will likely stick to Alshon Jeffery all day. Torrey Smith will hope for more success against the Cardinal secondary than his peers had in the first four games. Arizona’s stingy defense against tight ends could make it a tough day for Zach Ertz, too. Who is left? Nelson Agholor, who will sneak into the open areas and pick up a few extra targets in Week 5. If he can break one of them for a score, he will enjoy another top-20 wide receiver ranking.

Good Bet: Jermaine Kearse, NYJ

Robbie Anderson is the Jets’ big-play threat, but Jermaine Kearse remains the most-targeted receiver on the team for now. That hasn’t amounted to much over the past two weeks. Last week, he caught five of seven targets, but only gained 17 yards. Jalin Marshall could be back on the field soon, the latest in what seems like a weekly addition to the Jets’ receiving corps.

But… for now, Jermaine Kearse is the number one receiver, and he has a play date with the Cleveland Browns in Week 5. Every primary receiver to face the Browns this season has scored a touchdown. It’s about time for Kearse to return to the end zone anyway, so let’s put him down for 75 yards and the score for the Jets.

Long shot: Brandon Marshall, NYG

One of the biggest disappointments in a long list of disappointments for the 2017 New York Giants has been Brandon Marshall’s lack of impact in the passing game. He has had a few awful drops, been running away from Eli Manning passes and just seems disconnected from the offensive game plan. But he was targeted ten times each of the past two weeks. He caught eight for 66 yards in Week 4 and six for 46 yards last week.

Eli Manning knows the offense will become infinitely better once Marshall becomes a threat. He is reaching out to help his newest target and, while he is quite cranky these days, Marshall is saying all the right things about playing better.

This is the breakout week. Marshall catches eight more passes in Week 5, but two of them are in the end zone as the Giants break 30 points against the traveling LA Chargers.

On the rebound: DeVante Parker, Jarvis Landry

Miami finally comes home to Hard Rock Stadium in Week 5 and all their offensive woes will be forgotten in a flurry of points and yardage. DeVante Parker will be a top-ten receiver in standard leagues and Jarvis Landry is a must-play in PPR games.

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Pat Opperman

Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.

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