2012 NFL Prop Picks – Week 5 Fantasy Football Sleepers

Last Updated: October 7th, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Andrew Luck ColtsHere at Bankroll Sports, we aren’t just interested in the gambling world, but the fantasy football world as well. Join us for our Week 5 fantasy football picks, including a heck of a lot of sleepers that might be worth playing throughout the weekend.

Rueben Randle, New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns: Once again, we know that the passing yards have to be going somewhere from QB Eli Manning, and knowing that WR Victor Cruz is going to draw all of the attention might let the rookie out of LSU finally take some major steps in the right direction for the first time in his career. Randle is one of these players, much like Ramses Barden did two weeks ago, that can come out of absolutely nowhere this week and put together eight catches, 100 yards, and a score very easily against a Cleveland seconday that ranks 30th in the NFL against opposing wide receivers.

Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints: It’s not often that we take the time to talk about kickers here with our fantasy football talk, but this is a case where you can probably get a guy off of the waiver wire in your fantasy football league that can really step it up and make some big time kicks for you. Novak is kicking in a dome this week for the Chargers, a team that routinely does find ways to put some points on the board, in a game that very well could be a shootout. The Bolts have had troubles pounding the ball into the end zone at times, and they are going against a New Orleans defense that ranks 31st in the NFL against opposing kickers. Only once this year did they hold a kicker under 10 fantasy points. Novak might be a sneaky play, just as K Ryan Succop was a few weeks ago for the Chiefs in this same situation.

Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills: By all accounts, this week’s game for the Niners against Buffalo should be a blowout, just like last week’s 34-0 win over the Jets turned out to be. Hunter is going against a ‘D’ that just allowed not just one, but two different men to rush for over 100 yards against it, and we just don’t see how that type of play is going to change. Many are in a bye week pinch this week with running backs, and this could be the perfect time to slot in Hunter, who we know is going to get his 15-20 snaps on the field regardless of whether the game is a blowout or not.

Justin Forsett, Houston Texans vs. New York Jets: The same type of thing here. If you’re in a bye week pinch, Forsett might be a sneaky man to plug in. RB Arian Foster isn’t going to see his carries go up with RB Ben Tate out of the fold, as Head Coach Gary Kubiak wants to really keep his carries down. That means that it will be Forsett who gets to carry the ball behind this massive offensive line that is just provide massive holes that mack trucks could run through. If the Texans get ahead, as is expected, Forsett might get even more than the 6-8 carries that he would figure to get in a close game. A touchdown isn’t out of the question.

Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings: Hasselbeck was a wreck last week when he came off of the bench against the Houston Texans, but the truth of the matter is that Houston has one of the best defenses in the league. QB Jake Locker has already been ruled out for this week, and that leaves the vet to take on the Vikes in a much different situation. This game is in a dome, and it comes against a team that has a history of having a terrible secondary. We’re afraid that Hasselbeck might get killed in the pocket, getting sacked by a defense that could be all over the place. It might be an ugly day that looks a lot like a prototypical Jake Plummer day where he throws for 350 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 picks, but if you’re in a bye week pinch, that would translate out to 18 points, and that’s a heck of a respectable day.

Other Fantasy Football Sleeper Options For Week 5

Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens: If the Chiefs get blown away in this game, something that is a distinct possibility, Pierce could get himself 10-12 carries in this game against a terrible defense.

Minnesota Vikings D/ST: DE Jared Allen is due for a 3+ sack day, and as we saw last week, you never know when WR Percy Harvin is going to return a kick 105 yards for a touchdown.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings: Rudolph is likely to get in the end zone this week against a Tennessee defense that has allowed just a slew of touchdowns to opposing tight ends this year.

Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons: It’s a deep flex play, but Douglas as a third receiver might be in for a huge day against a Washington defense that has had problems guarding slot receivers this year.

Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos: Tamme has had two games this year with at least five catches, and New England has given up three TDs to tight ends in the last two weeks combined. Joel Dreessen might also make a decent start if you’re in a tight end pinch.

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