Week 5 will test us with many changes due to ineffectiveness or injury, but exploiting matchups give us an advantage finding our trophy winning sleepers.
Week 5 will test us with many changes due to ineffectiveness or injury, but exploiting matchups give us an advantage finding our trophy winning sleepers. The ability to find those dark horse candidates are the difference between the Championship Belt and the Loser’s Toilet Seat. We have some entertaining matchups this week to dive into, but first, accountability for all of last week’s calls. So let’s close out Week 4!
Week 4 was a roller coaster starting with our first sleeper in London, as the slate continued to be crazy throughout. Last week’s column brought some good, some decent, and one downright awful calls.
Let’s cover them in that order.
More Accurate than Geno Smith?
Our Week 4 quarterback sleeper absolutely went off. Geno Smith was an absolute star last week, finishing at QB2 for the week! Just a great result for the consensus QB18 on the slate. Consider this one a strong smash.
Now there was one problem, the lineup calls only hit three out of four as Jared Goff scored 1.5 more points than Smith. Honestly, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.
You are doing pretty well if you followed the quarterback advice in this column thus far. Let’s see if we can make it four out of five this coming week!
Just a Toe Drag Away
Chris Olave had a very nice game in London. He was a couple of Andy Dalton misses from a monster week, including an underthrow on a sure long touchdown. Unfortunately, we have stringent grading here, so the consensus WR27 finishing WR16 isn’t quite good enough to call it a hit. However, he surpassed three out of four on lineup calls this week, falling behind only Brandin Cooks by two points.
If the youngster dragged his back foot on that last throw, his team goes to overtime, and we are looking at a clean sweep in the lineup calls, but it was not to be.
Down at the Goal Line
Devin Singletary got the usage I had hoped for in this game but only managed to turn that into an RB23 finish on the week—a slight improvement over his consensus RB26 ranking. A last-second touchdown was right there, but one of the Ravens linebackers didn’t get the memo to let him score (and I think Singletary was pulling a Westbrook anyway).
The big fault was in the lineup calls, specifically starting him over Dameon Pierce, who broke free for a long touchdown to finish at RB5 on the week. We can’t repeat that mistake..
Snap Back to Reality at Tight End
Evan Engram is officially dead to me. He had one (!) catch in a shootout with Philadelphia. Just an absolute dud from the once-promising tight end. Dalton Schultz was a complete good egg, so the lineup calls were magically one for four. I think that balances out the Smith/Goff miss, to be honest. But overall, this call was complete garbage.
So with Week 4 done, let’s look at where we stand for the season.
Keep in mind all players we pick are outside the top 20 in expert consensus rankings on ESPN.
Trophy Winning Sleepers Record Going Into Week 5:
Top 12 Finishes - 6-10
Lineup Advice - 44-24
A little lower than I’d like but still solid, considering we are going against experts in the industry.
Now to our Week 5 calls, where we have some smashes for our trophy winning sleepers!
Is That a Hotdog? Naw, It's Our Trophy Winning Quarterback Sleepers for Week 5
Just hearing Carson Wentz’s name makes a fantasy player feel a little nauseous, but this has to be the matchup where he does something. It just has to be. The Titans are 27th against opposing quarterbacks, with multiple passing touchdowns coming in every game and 300 yards through the air in three straight. So hold your nose and put the consensus QB19 in your lineup!
I’ll take Wentz over Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff, Geno Smith, and Teddy Bridgewater.
Week 5 is Finally Time for Our Trophy Winning Running Back to Breakout of the Sleepers Category
Travis Etienne was wildly over-drafted in the offseason. Meanwhile, fantasy managers are starving for even a shred of return on investment on the Jags RB2. Well, this is finally the week as he faces a horrid Texans defense who is dead last against opposing running backs. They have given up over 130 yards from scrimmage to running backs every week, not to mention six touchdowns in only four games.
This is a smash play for the consensus RB36 as he continues to work his way into the Jaguars offense.
Get Etienne in that lineup over Zeke Elliott, James Conner, Antonio Gibson, and Najee Harris.
Doubling Down with Commanders Trophy Winning Sleepers for Week 5
Predicting the target share has been impossible in 2022, but I’m putting my money down on Terry McLaurin having a game this week. He has six or more targets over the past three weeks and gets an awful Titans defense who have been getting torched by opposing wideouts.
I like the consensus WR28 over Diontae Johnson, Brandin Cooks, DK Metcalf, and Hollywood Brown for our trophy winning Week 5 wide receiver sleepers .
Dart Throws in Sweet Matchups Tend to Succeed in 2022
Here are a few things we know: Seattle is awful against the tight end position, as shown by TJ Hockenson last week, and Juwan Johnson is a tight end. Will those two facts lead to fantasy success? I hope so. Tight ends are a hot mess, and the Week 5 trophy winning sleepers available don’t make it any easier.
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Give me the former wide receiver to get loose against the Seahawks and score a touchdown which will make his consensus TE22 ranking look far too low.
Let’s get Johnson in the starting rotation over Dawson Knox, Dalton Schultz, Evan Engram, and Robert Tonyan.