Week 4 is in the books, with Week 5 games approaching, fantasy owners will have to be active on the waiver wire with injuries and bye weeks playing a factor now. When looking at the waiver wire, fantasy owners must try and find the best value available. The waiver wire can make or break someone's season, making it crucial to find fantasy football sleeper plays. This list of sleepers will be based off of matchup and projected game plan for week 5 of the NFL season.
Blake Bortles -With a matchup against an average Tampa Bay defense, Bortles has the potential to be a sneaky play in week 5. With Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson becoming more reliable of targets, expect the Jaguars to take multiple shots down the field. The Bucs defense statistically is not too bad of a defense, but with their average level of talent on defense, it is bound to catch up to them. Bortles obviously has high risk, but if you own Andrew Luck who is most likely to miss Thursdays night game, Blake could be a solid option.
Boobie Dixon- With current running backs McCoy and Williams banged up, Boobie Dixon would be next in line to see the carries in Buffalo. With a nice matchup against the Titans, Dixon could be a nice play if he ends up starting. Keep a close eye on McCoy and Williams on if they play or not. If they are indeed ruled out, Dixon is a starter in deeper fantasy formats for week 5.
Allen Hurns- Back to back games with a touchdown catch, Allen Hurns is becoming more well known of a fantasy option. With 15 targets in week 4, I really like the value for Allen Hurns, especially against an average at best Tampa Bay defense. Grab Hurns while you can with him currently flying off the waiver wire the past two weeks. Hurns is a solid flex option for fantasy owners in week 5 and is a solid stack option for owners who are already planning on starting Bortles.
Leonard Hankerson- Emerging as the Falcons number 2 target at receiver this season, Hankers is becoming a reliable target to Matt Ryan. With 6 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown in week 4, Hankers will look to keep it going against a Redskins defense that has looked decent at late, but can they keep it up? The Washington defense will look to key in on Julio Jones, so expect Hankerson to see a lot of man to man coverage. This will allow big plays for the Falcons number two wideout.
Richard Rodgers- Two touchdowns in his last 3 games, Rodgers is becoming a reliable target for Aaron "Rodgers" and that high powered Packers offense. Adams has a good shot at missing week 5, giving Richard Rodgers more snaps and looks for the second straight week. Catching 5 of his 6 targets, is showing how productive of a player he is. The Packers will face a tough Rams defense, but look for Aaron Rodgers to connect with Richard Rodgers in the red zone.
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