Sanchez, Redman headline Week 5 fantasy sleepers

Looking for a sleeper to fill out your starting lineup? These 10 under-the-radar players could be on the verge of solid stat lines based on the matchups. For more lineup help, check out Start 'Em & Sit 'Em and our player rankings.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Cardinals: With six teams on a bye, countless owners will be scrambling to find a quarterback. Enter Kolb, who can exploit a poor pass defense. This week he'll face the Vikings, who will be without CB Antoine Winfield and have allowed an average of close to 18 fantasy points per game to signal-callers.

Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets: I know, Sanchez was a complete and utter disaster last week against the Ravens. But now he faces the Patriots, who have surrendered the third-most fantasy points to signal-callers. That makes Sanchez a legitimate option if you play the matchups or need a one-week option at the quarterback position.

Isaac Redman, RB, Steelers: Redman, who has averaged 4.9 yards per carry in limited time this season, could see a more prominent role in the Steelers offense with Rashard Mendenhall at less than 100 percent. In a best-case scenario, he could turn into a viable low-end No. 2 fantasy back in leagues with 12-plus teams.

Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots: Over the last two weeks, Ridley has scored the most fantasy points among Patriots running backs. And with Danny Woodhead dealing with an injured ankle, the rookie out of LSU is well worth a look as a flex option. Also, the Jets have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to runners in 2011.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets: At this late stage of his career, Tomlinson can be considered a potential sleeper. This week he faces the Patriots, who have given up the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs. Remember also that Tomlinson, not Shonn Greene, leads all Jets running backs in fantasy points this season.

Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers: Crabtree showed some flashes of his immense skills last week against Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha, and an upcoming matchup against the Buccaneers makes him an interesting option in fantasy land. Tampa Bay has surrendered the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts after the first four weeks.

Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans: In three games at the end of last season when Andre Johnson was injured, Jones caught 17 passes and was a prominent option for Matt Schaub. That makes him a viable sleeper against the Raiders, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to receivers. He's a viable No. 3 or flex option.

Preston Parker, WR, Buccaneers: Which Buccaneers wideout leads his team's position in fantasy points? No, it's not Mike Williams -- it's Parker. So if you're in a deeper league and need a one-week option at the wide receiver spot, Parker is worth a look against a Niners defense that's been terrible against the pass.

Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: Olsen ranks 10th in targets among tight ends this season, and he's a surprising eighth in fantasy points at his position on NFL.com. The Miami product will continue to be a nice option for owners against the Saints, who have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals: Speaking of tight ends who have seen plenty of targets, let's talk about Gresham -- he's eighth in that category among tight ends. This week he faces the Jaguars, who have allowed an average of close to 14 fantasy points to tight ends in 2011. That makes Gresham a nice sleeper.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com. Have a burning question for Michael on anything fantasy football related? Send it to AskFabiano@nfl.com or tweet it at Michael_Fabiano!

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