NFL Soup|Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers | Week 5 

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Week 5 is among us, and many fantasy owners are making last minute scrambles to the waiver wire.

In an effort to finalize lineups, many owners are looking for weekly additions that they can add to their team for a week, if not longer.

Here are some Deep Sleepers for Week 5, which are players owned in less than 10% of ESPN standard leagues.

Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts (9.3%)

Austin Collie isn’t coming back and one of these Colts receivers has to step up.

Against a struggling Green Bay secondary, Avery should see plenty of targets from Andrew Luck this week, and could prove to be a solid Flex this week.

Jerome Simpson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (9.0%)

Simpson is a legit receiver and is a home run threat opposite Percy Harvin.

Christian Ponder gets to face a weak Titans secondary that really misses Cortland Finnegan, and Simpson could be in line for a very respectable fantasy performance if the Titans focus more on Harvin and Adrian Peterson this week.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins (5.1%)

The Bengals gets Leon Hall back in the secondary, so they should improve a little bit, but they are still struggling at safety and it only takes a few big plays to make an impact.

Tannehill had a 400+ yard performance in Week 4 and likely won’t come close to that, but showing he’s capable is a big step.

He should be able to get in double digit points this week to make for a decent QB2.

Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers (4.8%)

A match-up against the New Orleans Saints defense makes for a solid start for almost any member of the Chargers offensively.

Royal isn’t one to make several catches and rack up yardage, but he is a home run threat that only needs one or two touches to be effective in fantasy.

Look for Royal to be a solid Flex here.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee Titans (4.2%)

I’m not crazy about the Minnesota secondary in any week, although they have managed to step up recently.

With Hasselbeck’s veteran leadership, and having weapons in Jared Cook, Kendall Wright and Kenny Britt, I don’t see how he couldn’t have a top notch fantasy performance.

Chris Johnson will need to run like he did in Week 4 to help Hasselbeck out as well.

Miami Dolphins Defense (3.8%)

If you’re looking for sacks and potential turnovers defensively, the Dolphins defense should be a respectable start this week.

The Bengals offensive line is giving up a lot of pressure from opponents, and while Cincinnati has proven to score, they are also capable of turnovers.

I really like Miami to get into Andy Dalton’s face and force a mistake or two while notching a few sacks.

Robert Turbin, RB, Seattle Seahawks (2.9%)

Turbin had just 13 carries on the season, but he did get six for 45 yards a week ago against the Rams.

Eventually, he will be worked much more into the offense, but as long as Marshawn Lynch is healthy, will likely never receive more than 10 touches or so.

Still, the Seahawks will be pounding the ball with Lynch and Turbin this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he had over 50 yards in this game, if not more. Carolina’s rush defense is quite poor.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos (0.6%)

It was encouraging to see Hillman see 10 carries in a route of the Raiders in Week 4, and it will be interesting to see if he is utilized moreso going forward.

Against the Patriots, Hillman could see another 7-10 touches, and is talented enough in space to make defenders miss and put up some decent Flex yardage.

Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns (0.4%)

Cameron has 13 targets in his last two weeks and is starting to become the go-to tight end for the Browns.

Problem is, his quarterback is inconsistent and he’s no lock to actually catch those targets.

Still, the Giants are only average against tight ends, and Cameron could have a decent game with the Browns expected to throw the ball more this week.

Joe Morgan, WR, New Orleans Saints (0.0%)

Morgan is the third receiver for the Saints, yet nobody seems to notice. Devery Henderson (concussion) isn’t 100%, and Morgan is likely to be on the field for more snaps.

He had an 80 yard touchdown reception against the Packers, and despite being bothered with a knee injury, he should be good to go. Lance Moore (hamstring) is also out this week, increasing his value.

About the author: Keet Bailey

Keet Bailey heads the NFL Draft division of NFL Soup. Bailey’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft scored 12th overall among 112 participants according to The Huddle Report’s Annual Mock Draft scoring contest. An avid Cleveland Browns fan, Keet hails from and resides in Ohio. Follow Keet on Twitter @NFLSoupKeet

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