Zach’s Week 5 Sleepers

Once again I found some time to put together a little piece for those of you looking for that under the radar play this week. I hope this helps you guys get a W this week.

Power 5

Shaun Wilson (RB), Duke- Wilson had taken a back seat to Jela Duncan so far this season but with Duncan sitting Saturday’s game against Virginia out (ankle injury), Wilson should get a pretty good amount of work. Virginia is giving up 176 yards per game on the ground so far this season so Wilson should be a sneaky good play this week.

Sean White (QB), Auburn- The Auburn QB situation has been nothing short of a disaster to start this season. With that said, White has locked up the job and will face Louisiana Monroe  on Saturday. The Warhawks are ranked 126th nationally against the run this season giving up a whopping 290 yards per game. I know White isn’t the greatest athlete but if there is ever a week for him to surprise us statistically, it’s probably going to be this one. Definitely a a bit of a gamble but if you are facing injuries or bye weeks, White may be a solid play for you.

Jon Hilliman (RB), Boston College- Hilliman isn’t a great play most weeks but this week looks very promising. He will be running against a Buffalo defense that is ranked 127th (2nd to last) against the run. The Bulls have given up 291 yards per game in their 3 games this season. To be fair, they faced Army last week who runs 90% of the time. With that said, they still gave up nearly 400 yards on the ground in the win (yes they won that game). Hilliman could be a very nice flex play this week where it is a safe bet he rushes for 100 yards.

Devwah Whaley (RB), Arkansas- This one is a bit of a gamble as well. Whaley is not the starter or even the immediate backup, but this week the Razorbacks play against FCS Alcorn State so Whaley could see plenty of time. In last week’s loss to Texas A&M, Whaley saw the field when the game was out of hand getting nine carries. I don’t think expecting 15+ carries is crazy and actually may be very likely. If you are willing to take the gamble, it could very easily pay off for you. 

Dwayne Stanford (WR), Oregon- The Ducks aren’t really known for airing it out a ton but Stanford could really benefit from a porous Cougars’ defense. Washington State ranks 123rd in the nation against the pass giving up almost 325 yards per contest. Another reason why Stanford makes sense is because the Cougars rank 21st against the run this year so I imagine they will load up to stop Royce Freeman as he returns from injury. Stanford is Oregon’s clear #2 option behind Darren Carrington but could easily have himself a nice day on Saturday. 

Non Power 5

Dalton Sneed (QB), UNLV- Now I don’t usually recommend starting a guy that hasn’t seen the field much and is making his first start but Sneed is facing about as bad of a defense as he will see this season. Sneed is forced into action after starter Johnny Stanton went down with a knee injury. Sneed has thrown one pass so far this season but he will be up against a Fresno defense that has given up 10 touchdowns through the air in 3 games. They have played four but I am not counting the lone win against Sacramento State. This is definitely a long shot but this is a sleeper article and I think this is the definition of such.

Rokeem Williams (WR), Miami (OH)- Williams is not much of a sleeper in terms of his preseason projections but as he has been held out the last couple of games, he can sneak back into fantasy relevance this week. He hasn’t officially been announced as playing but he was questionable last week and was held out so I’m willing to bet he will play this week against Ohio. The Bobcats pass defense isn’t great as they are giving up 251 yards per game so far. Keep an eye out on Williams’ status this week as he should be a nice play.

James Gilbert (RB), Ball State- Gilbert hasn’t had any eye-popping statistical performances so far this season but this week may be the week we see one. Northern Illinois’ defense is one of the worst in the nation especially against the run, giving up 236 yards per game. If looking for an odd-ball play, Gilbert is your guy.

 

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