Week 6 Fantasy Sleepers

 

Week 6 Fantasy Sleepers

Are you struggling with match-up decisions or dealing with an injury-depleted roster? Here are my sleeper picks worthy of starting for your team this week.

BYE: Atlanta, Miami

Giants vs Bears: Alshon Jeffrey; It’s a Thursday night game so you’re not thrilled with the fantasy implications, but in case you haven’t noticed, Jeffrey is sporting a monstrous 15/325/2TD line over the past two weeks and facing a lowly Giants secondary at home. With Brandon Marshall on the other side of the field, how can you not like Jeffrey’s prospects as a WR3 ROS?

Bengals vs Bills: Scott Chandler; Thad Lewis as your starting quarterback raises a few eyebrows, so you have to believe Doug Marrone and the Bills will stay conservative with the offense, putting an emphasis on the run game, and allowing Scott Chandler to emerge as the favorite checkdown target against a Bengals defense that has shown a propensity to allow legitimate tight ends TDs (Martellus Bennett, Jordan Cameron).

Packers vs Ravens: Marlon Brown; In case you haven’t noticed, the Packers secondary ranks near the bottom in the league and if 6-foot-6 Kris Durham can grab a TD against them, why can’t the 6-foot-5 Brown, who’s already got 3 TDs for the season? When he’s healthy, he’s a legitimate WR3 in all leagues.

Lions vs Browns: Willis McGahee; A low-end RB2 by sheer volume of work and facing a terrible Detroit rush defense that’s allowed a TD to opposing running backs in 4 out of their last 5 games.

Panthers vs Vikings: Ted Ginn; A boom-or-bust WR3/4 who relies on the deep ball, but with Brandon LaFell continuing to flounder as Carolina’s WR2, I expect a bounceback game from Cam Newton against a less-than-stellar Minnesota secondary.

Rams vs Texans: Austin Pettis; Chris Givens remains stifled by Sam Bradford, who continues to make Alex Smith look like a gunslinger by comparison, somehow allowing Pettis to emerge as the Rams’ leading and go-to pass catcher. In a game where the Rams figure to be playing from behind against a Texans team looking to make a statement, I expect Pettis to continue posting Pettis-like numbers worthy of a low-end WR3/4.

Raiders vs Chiefs: Marcel Reece; Because I just don’t trust Rashad Jennings. Remember when Darren McFadden missed time last season (and the season before that…and that…), and Reece stepped in and gave you a four-week stretch of 15, 10, 19, and 10 points? There’s a reason the Raiders inked the dual-threat to a 3-year, $13 million contract ($7.2 guaranteed), except now Terrelle Pryor is the quarterback and facing a stellar Chiefs defense that still gives up 5.3 yards/carry.

Steelers vs Jets: Heath Miller; The Jets D/ST may not create turnovers but Rex Ryan’s defenses have always ranked in or near the top 5 in the league. Ben Roethlisberger’s beleaguered offensive line will be pressured by Muhammad Wilkerson and company, and will need to target Miller and the Jets’ only weakness (3 TDs to TEs over the past three games) plenty.

Eagles vs Buccaneers: Nick Foles; Am I crazy to think the Eagles offense actually operated well with Foles under center? The offense may not be as explosive, but Foles has the system and weapons at his disposal to be a worthy bye week replacement for the Matt Ryan or Michael Vick owner, and possibly for the rest of the season.

Jaguars vs Broncos: Justin Blackmon; Coming off his 4-game suspension, Blackmon immediately made an impact and posted an impressive 5/136/1TD line. I expect the Jaguars to cover the Broncos’ -28 spread, but it won’t be pretty. Chad Henne is not Tony Romo, but garbage time still counts in fantasy. He’s a low-end WR2/3 going forward.

Titans vs Seahawks: Jackie Battle/Shonn Greene; Ryan Fitzpatrick goes from playing against Kansas City to traveling to Seattle, dealing with a team coming off a tough loss and their infamous 12th Man. Ugh. Chris Johnson hasn’t yet shown the ability to break the long run, but any damage you’re going to do to the Seahawks will likely be on the ground in goal-line situations.

Saints vs Patriots: Kenbrell Thompkins; By God, if it kills me. Every week I vouch for the guy, he produces nothing. The moment I shy away, he’s a stud. Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski’s long-awaited return both should lower his targets, but he remains Tom Brady’s best deep-threat option. Unless the Patriots are able to establish the rush early against an average Saints frontline, expect Brady to get pass heavy as the game wears on.

Cardinals vs 49ers: Andre Ellington; He hasn’t replaced Rashard Mendenhall yet, but he’s getting there. If the 49ers can destroy Matt Schaub, well, how much better does Carson Palmer and his offensive line fare? The best way to attack the 49ers remains on the ground, even with Patrick Willis returning on defense.

Redskins vs Cowboys: Terrance Williams; Miles Austin is practicing again, but after Williams’ game against the Broncos, how do you not play him on more snaps, especially against a Redskins secondary that hasn’t been able to stop anyone besides the currently unemployed Matt Flynn?

Colts vs Chargers: Keenan Allen; Rookie wide receivers are a difficult commodity to trust, but Allen continues to climb up the Chargers targets list. The presence of Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates should help keep defenses honest and open up looks for the big receiver down the field (should Philip Rivers ever try to throw that far), especially against a Colts secondary that gave up plenty of looks to the Seahawks receiving corps last week; a WR4 with the potential to become a WR3.

Always remember: Start your studs, play the match-ups, and don’t be afraid to make the trade!