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Week 5 Fantasy Sleepers

Below are five sleepers worth picking up from the waiver wire for Week 5. Good luck!


Brandon Bolden (RB, Patriots)

The New England running back situation is always in flux. Ridley appears to be the “primary” back for what it’s worth, but that doesn’t mean touches don’t wind up in other capable hands. Despite taking a secondary role to Ridley, Bolden had a big week in Week 4 with 16 carries for 137 yards and touchdown. While this type of production isn’t likely every week, Bolden could be a good pickup since Ridley could go down at any time or there could be a random shuffle in the RB pecking order in New England.


Jackie Battle (RB, Chargers)

Remember this guy from Kansas City? Now with San Diego, Battle has been primarily the goal line back and backup behind Ryan Mathews. He’s had a keen nose for the end zone thusfar in 2012 which has produced 4 touchdowns in 4 games so far. In Week 4 Battle had 15 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown, as well as four catches for 42 yards. Going into Week 5, the Chargers are facing the league’s worst rushing defense in the New Orleans Saints. This could spell success for the San Diego running game.


Brian Hartline (WR, Dolphins)

253 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 4? Are you kidding? It’s seems insane, right? Obviously, that performance is going to make Hartline a top pick up on the waiver wire this week. Nonetheless, he’s worth giving a whirl. The Miami offense is unstable at best, but Tannehill has been showing signs of life. Hartline seems to be the release valve with good YAC potential. He’s not going to blow the roof off every week, but he’s worth a pick up if you can get him.


Andre Roberts (WR, Cardinals)

There are other receivers in Arizona that are not named Fitzgerald. In Week 4 Roberts picked up his 3rd and 4th touchdown catches of the season, and had another long TD grab called back on a holding call. The biggest factor for Arizona receivers is the QB situation, but for now it seems Kolb is in place and has good chemistry with Roberts. There’s no guarantee his success will continue, but Roberts is a worthy pickup going into Week 5.


Scott Chandler (TE, Bills)

Depending on how your fantasy leagues are setup, Tight Ends can be a bit of a headache. Often times there might be a few top guys out there and then a big mess. In leagues with a wide receiver/tight end flex position this often means if you can’t land one of those top guys then you turn to the WR pool. Chandler has been the classic TE frustration in that he’s often a boom or bust player who either snags red zone TD passes or does very little. Going into Week 5 he faces a 49ers D that is giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to tight ends in 2012. Is this a boom week for Chandler? It’s worth a try.


Note: Projections are educated guesses based on matchups, stability of performance, and other statistics. This fantasy football advice is free and based solely on the opinions of Punch Drunk Wonderland. If you have lineup questions please email The Kommish or tweet @PDWonderland.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...