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Daily Fantasy Football: Favorite sleeper picks for Week 5

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With Drew Brees under center, wide receiver Willie Snead has upside this week as a sleeper. With Drew Brees under center, wide receiver Willie Snead has upside this week as a sleeper. Brook Ward/Flickr

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Week 5 poses a lot of promise in the running back category. So what should you do? Well, go with the sure-fire running backs in Week 5. Start Justin Forsett, Le'Veon Bell, and/or Jamaal Charles. And then, when you've blown a massive amount of your money budget on those players, take a look at these $3,000 wide receiver sleepers to make up for the big RB investment.

Willie Snead, WR for New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

Current value: $3,000

Why you should play him: Snead is our favorite sleeper for Daily Fantasy Football in Week 5. Snead ranked second in WR snap count (48) and targets (6) last week, trailing only Brandin Cooks. We're also starting to find out that Cooks might not be cut out for the No. 1 wide receiver role in the Saints offense, so Snead might be on the brink of leading the team in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns in any given week. The Eagles rank 5th worst against wide receivers this season, giving up an average of 26.8 points per game. Snead is also the team's leader in red zone targets with three so far this season. Drew Brees is healthier and this could be one of the best starts of the week for tournament value.

Cole Beasley, wide receiver for Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots

Current value: $3,100

Why you should play him: Beasley benefits from a slew of injuries on Dallas. With Dez Bryant, Brice Butler and Lance Dunbar out, quarterback Brandon Weeden is running out of options to throw to. The Patriots surrender 27.3 fantasy points to wide receivers, fourth worst in the NFL. The Cowboys offense will likely get down early against the high-powered Patriots and will need to catch up with a lot of passing. Expect a lot of screen passes and short routes in the flat which could make Beasley a value in both PPR and receiving yards. 

Marquess Wilson, wide receiver for Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs

Current value: $3,400

Why you should play him: Injuries. Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal both didn't practice yesterday and are listed as questionable on Sunday. Usually a player not practicing on Friday is a good indication he will not play, so if that's the case, then Wilson is a quality start. The Bears proved a different team with Jay Cutler back at the helm last week, as the veteran quarterback led his team to a victory over the Oakland Raiders. Wilson ranked second on the team in targets with 9 in that game and also saw one red zone look. The Chiefs surrender 38.3 fantasy points to wide receivers, the worst in the league. Wilson should be started in several tournament matchups this week.

Leonard Hankerson, wide receiver Atlanta Falcons vs. Washington Redskins

Current value: $4,00

Why you should play him: We liked Hankerson in Daily Fantasy Leagues last week and he came through. The Redskins are still depleted in the secondary with Chris Culliver and DeAngelo Hall out with injuries. Hankerson, along with Julio Jones, are sure to benefit much like Miles Austin and Riley Cooper did last week with Philadelphia. Expect a decent reception total from Hankerson with touchdown upside.

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Last modified on Friday, 16 October 2015 02:27
George Banko

George Banko started talking about fantasy football shortly after graduating college. He started as an intern at before working as a staff writer for Fantasy Knuckleheads. He currently contributes to the Fantasy Hot Read podcast, which is available on itunes. He also educated himself on player evaluation and is a graduate of The Scouting Academy in 2015, which is an online course run by former NFL Scout Dan Hatman. He started Fantasy Football Helpers as a blog in 2011 and converted it to a full-scale website in 2014. Read more.

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