Fantasy football sleepers: WR - Week 5

by Tim Heaney and Bryce McRae on October 8, 2009 @ 14:00:00 PDT


In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Bobby Wade, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 2 or high-end No. 3

  • Wade has tailed off in terms of looks after a nine-target Week 2 with nine combined in the last two weeks, during which he has record just four receptions for 21 yards.
  • The good news: He scored from inside the 10 in both of those games. Wade has five looks inside the red zone and two inside the 5 this season. He has decent enough hands to earn important reps on a team looking for consistency in the passing game.
  • Typically more valuable in point-per-reception leagues because he doesn't score much, Wade should be thrilled to be lining up against the Cowboys. Dallas ranks in the bottom five in receptions (13.50) and receiving yards (179.8) ceded per game to wideouts. They also allowing 0.75 touchdowns per contest to them.

Kevin Walter, Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals

Kevin Walter, WR, HOU
A shootout in the making?

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3 or flex

  • Walter lost the first two games to injury and has been erratic in his two starts: 7-96-1 in Week 3 and 1-41-0 in Week 4.
  • 'Zona ranks in the top 10 for fantasy matchups in grabs (12.67), receiving yards (191.3, third highest average) and touchdown snares (1.00) per contest to wideouts.
  • Walter is an apt big-play threat: 15.0 yards per catch last year, 17.1 this season. Good news: The Cards also allow the fifth most yards per grab to opposing wideouts (15.11). 

NEW - Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3 or flex

  • Collie has earned more of quarterback Peyton Manning's trust after the rookie wideout caught nine passes for 112 yards and one score in the last two weeks.
  • The Titans are third in receptions (15.25) and second in receiving yards (202.5) and touchdowns (1.75) allowed per game to opposing wideouts since the season started.
  • Tennessee could be without their top two cornerbacks - Cortland Finnegan (hamstring) and Nick Harper (rib) - for this Sunday night affair, though Finnegan says he'll play. Their nickel corner Vincent Fuller (forearm) is out for an extended time, as well. It's probably safe to say Manning will go after the hobbled defensive backs or their replacements early and often.
  • If you need to replace a bye week or injury replacement, consider Collie. He is available in 88 percent of leagues polled.
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