Week 5: Super Sleepers
There's a reason we call these guys super sleepers. Often times they are filling in for a starter or we believe they'll get enough touches in garbage time to make them fantasy worthy. These guys aren't going to carry your team to the playoffs, but they could come in handy during a bye week or to fill a gap due to injury. If you're looking for someone then check these guys out. A good number of these guys are still available in a majority of leagues.
Painter got his first start of his career this week on Monday night football when the Colts headed to Tampa to play the Bucs. Curtis' numbers may not have been great -- completing just 13 of 30 -- but he threw for 281 yards and a pair of touchdown. The Colts may have lost the game, but Painter kept them in it longer than most believed he could. Most importantly Painter had just one turn over and that came on a sack fumble. This week Indianapolis will host the 1-3 Kansas City Chiefs. With his solid start against Tampa, I believe Painter will get the start this weekend against the Chiefs. Through 4 games the Chiefs have allowed a league leading 10 receiving touchdowns. I don't see a reason why Painter can't post numbers similar to what he did against Tampa this week against Kansas City. I wouldn't go out and add Painter to my roster to replace my starter, but as a bye week fill in Painter may be a good option this weekend.
I know Matt De Lima has downgraded Mark Sanchez this week, but that doesn't mean he's not a good play when the match-up is right. Heck even Matt says Sanchez could be a good bye week fill in; and if you happen to have a QB on their bye this week, Mark could be the right choice for you. Through the first four games Sanchez has thrown for more than 300 yards twice and laid an egg twice. Mark had a good game weeks 1 and 3 while throwing for less than 185 yards in weeks 2 and 4. I believe this week is another bounce back game for Mark. For starters ,the Jets just got creamed by the Ravens and they'll be looking to get back on track against the Patriots. This won't be an easy task and I believe it will take a boatload of points to make it happen. Head coach Rex Ryan may want to return to the 'Ground and Pound' offense, but that's not going to put enough points on the board to beat Brady and the Patriots. Instead, the Jets will need to continue to air it out and there is no better defense to get back on track against than New England. The Patriots are ranked 32 in pass defense in the league. New England is allowing 369 passing yards per game and have just 6 sacks (23rd in the league). I believe this is one of those match-ups where playing Sanchez is a good move.
With Ingram, Sproles, and Thomas in the backfield it is anyone's guess as to who will post better numbers week to week. Sproles has filled the role left by Bush, leaving Ingram and Thomas to split the carries. Thus far Ingram has carried the ball nearly twice as many times as Thomas, but look for that to change. Thomas is averaging 5 yards per carry while Ingram is averaging 3.5 yards per carry. If Thomas continues to produce at this level, I would expect the number of carries to even out between these guys. I also believe the drought for Thomas will end this weekend and he will score his first touchdown of the season against the Panthers and their 31st ranked run defense.
Cruz has been the talk of the league this weekend after he fumbled or didn't fumble the ball late in the game Sunday against the Cardinals. Luckily for Cruz and the Giants, the refs felt Victor was giving himself up and called the play dead. If you look beyond that play you'll see that Cruz has been a solid play the past couple of weeks. Victor has 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns the last two weeks. His play on the field has earned him some additional playing time at the expense of Manningham. If you're a Manningham owner you may want to grab Cruz in case Mario slides to the third receiver slot. For those looking to fill in for a bye week, Cruz could be a nice pick up. Victor is available in more than 50% of fantasy leagues and if he keeps putting up 100 yard games, it won't be long before he's gone.
In the first two games of this season, Jones had 6 receptions for 91 yards and then promptly fell off the face of the planet making 1 reception the past two weeks. With numbers like this you're probably wondering why Jones is on this list. Simply put: Andre Johnson is going to miss some time -- some believe 3-4 weeks -- which means someone has to step up and make some plays for the Texans if they want to continue to win. Houston won't be able to run over everyone in the coming weeks (especially if they don't have a balanced attack). After Andre Johnson, Jones has the most receptions and yards of any Texans receiver. Someone other than Owen Daniels has to step up while Johnson is out and I believe Jones will be that guy.