A surprise stack option, plus phenomenal value plays at TE and D/ST make up my NFL Week 5 sleeper picks. Remember that the Lions and Dolphins are on a bye week, so plan accordingly.
Check out my sleepers below for Sunday’s DraftKings slate of games, and as always, hit me up with any fantasy football questions on Twitter @AndyMc81 using #AskAndy.
Lance Kendricks, TE, LAC vs. DEN ($2,700)As Homer Simpson once said, “De-fault?! the two sweetest words in the English language!” That’s what Kendricks should be chanting as L.A. gets ready to take on the Broncos. He’s the last TE standing for the Chargers as Hunter Henry is still down and Virgil Green ($2,600) remains questionable due to a groin injury.
Opportunity equals success in fantasy football, and we already saw an immediate up tick in Kendricks’ usage last week after fellow tight end Sean Culkin tore his Achilles mid-game. The veteran’s flashed throughout his nine-year career as a member of the Rams and Packers, displaying the ability to move the chains and deliver touchdowns when given the chance.
We know Philip Rivers ($5,800) isn’t afraid to target his TEs, and with a banged-up wide receiver corps, the quarterback could be looking Kendricks’ way often. Denver’s defense is middle of the pack when it comes to defending the position as well.
For a bargain basement salary of $2,700 and potential upside, Kendricks is definitely worth taking a swing on.
Auden Tate, WR, CIN vs. ARI ($3,500)The Bengals may be winless in 2019, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t fantasy value floating around. The sophomore Tate is $3,000 cheaper than teammate Tyler Boyd ($6,500) and has out-produced the WR1 in fantasy points the past two weeks.
In his last pair of appearances, Tate’s seen 16 targets for 10 catches and 138 yards at a 13.6-yard per reception average. This 2018 seventh-round pick is a physical specimen at 6’5”, 228 lbs and is becoming a fast favorite of QB Andy Dalton.
Cincy gets a break Sunday against a very beatable 0-3-1 Arizona defense. Also, Tate’s workload should increase further with news of John Ross ($5,200) having a shoulder issue. Lock in the big man and enjoy those contrarian DKFP!
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN vs. ARI ($5,700)Yes, I am suggesting a stack of Andy Dalton and Tate ($3,500) from 0-4 Cincinnati in your DraftKings lineup. Excluding the stink bomb the club dropped on offense versus the Steelers on Monday night, Dalton has averaged over 22 DKFP this season.
The Red Rocket faces a Cardinals unit traveling cross-country that’s allowing the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Besides the Pittsburgh loss, the veteran signal-caller is averaging 326.3-passing yards and I’m liking his chances for a nice bounce-back performance at home.
Titans D/ST vs. BUF ($3,000)Fantasy wise, the Titans D/ST has been pretty solid through the first month of the season. Tied for fifth in sacks (13) and adding three total interceptions puts them in a sweet spot hosting Buffalo and potentially backup QB Matt Barkley ($4,600) on Sunday.
Tennessee’s two double-digit defensive efforts include five sacks on each occasion against much more dynamic quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Matt Ryan ($5,900). Barkley’s a serviceable No. 2, however, the Bills instantly become a one-dimensional, run-first offense. The Titans need to contain the ground game and force the visitors to the air, where their front-four and safeties can rack up some serious DKFP.
A great price and favorable matchup — lock it in!
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