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Malmin’s Fantasy Finds – Week 5

Does your fantasy team need help? Have you lost a key player to injury? Every Wednesday, I will bring you the top sleeper picks for the upcoming week in fantasy football that could positively influence your matchup and some players that could sink your team if you make the mistake of playing them.

Another week comes with another set of good (and bad) picks. Ryan Tannehill was awful last week, and Dwayne Washington was injured early in the game, leaving him with only two carries. Markus Wheaton had a solid first week back, beating his projections slightly, and Jordan Howard nearly doubled his projected points on the week. Kyle Rudolph also beat his projection on Monday night. For my busts, you’re probably a little angry if you listened to me and sat Emmanuel Sanders who had 88 yards and a touchdown, but happy if you decided to sit Jeremy Hill who only had 70 yards and failed to find the endzone.

Sleepers

Kevin White (Wide Receiver – Chicago Bears): I’m going to start off by saying I do not recommend starting White this week. With that said, White has seen his targets steadily increasing and looks like he could become a key contributor as defenses lock down on Alshon Jeffery. For now though, I recommend keeping White on the bench for use in later weeks.

Darren Sproles (Running Back – Philadelphia Eagles): Sproles is a fantasy gamble, but if you need a running back for Week 5, he is matched up against a Detroit Lions defense that I believe is worse than their numbers show. Sproles is a player to keep in your lineup just for matchups that you like as he has the potential to explode.


Danny Amendola (Wide Receiver – New England Patriots): The return of Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. That is the reason for Amendola on this list. Danny Amendola’s numbers have suffered with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett at the helm because of the young quarterbacks’ tendency to zero in on the bigger targets. Tom Brady will distribute the ball a little better resulting in an increase of targets for Amendola.


Joe Flacco (Quarterback – Baltimore Ravens): Joe Flacco. Is he elite? No. Is he going to have a good Week 5 performance? Yes. I expect a shootout against Washington and a lot of passing. Look for Flacco to put up his best numbers of the season.

C.J. Spiller (Running Back – Seattle Seahawks): Spiller was signed to a one-year contract by the Seahawks last week to fill the hole left by injured back Thomas Rawls. There is a low floor and a high ceiling for Spiller, but he is worth the risk if you have very little running back depth. Spiller has a short window, with Rawls expected to return in the next three to four weeks.

Busts

John Brown (Wide Receiver – Arizona Cardinals): Brown had his first quality game of the year in Week 4 and has many people salivating over the return of the upper tier wide receiver. I say hold up and wait. This is Brown’s first week as the team leader in targets, and I want to see if that continues before adding him to my lineup.
Melvin Gordon (Running Back – San Diego Chargers): Gordon has had an electric year up to this point. After not scoring a touchdown his entire rookie season, Gordon has scored six times in the first four weeks. This has nothing to do with him, but I predict the Chargers will opt to throw the ball more against the Raiders this week.

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