Fantasy Football: Week 5 “Sneaky Starts”


With only two teams on a bye this week, many fantasy football rosters are set without having to worry about the absence of key players. However, there are several players that are a shaky starts this week and there is nothing wrong with exploring all options before you lock in those rosters. With that in mind, let’s take a look at this week’s “Sneaky Starts” who might be able to help your team more than you think.

QB  – Austin Davis, St. Louis Rams

Jeff Fisher finally conceded that Davis is the best option they have going forward. Davis had a solid game in Week Three and is now coming off a bye prepared to take on a struggling Eagles’ defense.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see the former third-string quarterback go over 300 yards while having two touchdowns.

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RB – Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

Even as the number “two,” I believe Hill will get a lot of work this week.  I’m sure the Patriots are preparing for the same thing, but with Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins on the bubble–both are listed as questionable to play–and Vince Wilfork not performing at a level we’ve come to expect, I believe the Bengals will effectively pound the Patriots’ defense on the ground. I would roll Hill over several of the third tier guys.

WR – Louis Murphy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Murphy is like a bad cold that won’t go away for fantasy football players. We saw him flash his ability during his time with the Raiders and now he moves into the starting job with Mike Evans out. Last week, Murphy was targeted 11 times by new starting quarterback Mike Glennon and should get plenty of work this week in his spot start against the Saints’ porous defense.

TE – Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams

The only thing that the Eagles’ defense has been good at is defending the tight end, but I still think Cook will have a solid game.  He has yet to score a touchdown, so I believe he’s due. Cook was targeted nine times the last time the Rams played and he provided a nice “safety blanket” for Austin Davis.

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