Week 6 Fantasy Sleepers Reactions

 

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BYE: Atlanta, Miami

Giants vs Bears: Alshon Jeffrey; You’re disappointed by Jeffrey’s numbers given the match-up, but the night clearly was more about feeding Brandon Marshall’s ego and making Martellus Bennett look good against his former team.

Jeffrey still drew five targets and was only slightly off on a couple deep passes from Jay Cutler, and given the depleted state of the Bears defense, you have to expect the Bears offense will continue to throw in order to keep pace with the score.

Speaking of the Bears defense, are we buying in on Brandon Jacobs’ performance (22|106|2TD)? The Giants upcoming schedule includes MIN, @PHI, OAK, GB, DAL, @WAS, favorable RB match-ups.

Bengals vs Bills: Scott Chandler; Chandler wasn’t a major part of the Bills game plan, but finished the game with 2|47|1TD, a line you’re ecstatic over for a TE flier.

The real story of the game was Thad Lewis’ performance and possibly brief stint as quarterback after being diagnosed with a mild foot sprain after the game, meaning Matt Flynn (barf) may get another chance to be an NFL QB.

Packers vs Ravens: Marlon Brown; Brown finished with 3 catches for 71 yards, but the return of Jacoby Jones means Brown is going to have to continue his opportunistic ways in order to keep the No. 2 WR spot in order to be a WR3 ROS. Also, for Ray Rice and Aaron Rodgers owners, are you beginning to get nervous?

Lions vs Browns: Willis McGahee; McGahee’s failure to convert on a couple of goal-line carries and the Browns falling behind in the second half spelled his doom. The presence of the pass-catching Chris Ogbonnaya is as annoying as the Browns offensive line inability to create space for McGahee, but he remains a low-end RB2/FLEX despite the bad day.

Panthers vs Vikings: Brandon LaFell finished the day with 4|107|1TD, the bulk of it coming off a 79-yard TD catch on busted coverage, and Ted Ginn continued his boom-or-bust ways. With Matt Cassel’s return to reality, the quarterback situation in Minnesota gets really interested now.

Rams vs Texans: Austin Pettis; Given Sam Bradford’s total yards (117), it’s not surprising that Pettis finished with the line he did (1 catch, 12 yards), although you’d like to have seen him grab one of Bradford’s three TDs.

And if you were to tell me that given Arian Foster’s preseason he would be the only Texan to emerge from his team’s trainwreck, I’d say you were full of it. One of the biggest surprises of the year.

Raiders vs Chiefs: Marcel Reece; A bad call mostly due to Oakland’s decision on Sunday to upgrade Darren McFadden’s status. Nothing surprising about the game, but it might be worth buying (super) low on Dwayne Bowe amidst trade rumors of bringing back Tony Gonzalez to the Chiefs. Just saying.

Steelers vs Jets: Heath Miller; He’s not a dynamic TE like Jordan Cameron or Julius Thomas, but I can’t stress enough how much Miller (6 catches for 84 yards) is an integral part of the Steelers offense and one of Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite targets. He’s a TD away from being a solid TE1, and the TDs will come.

Eagles vs Buccaneers: Nick Foles; All I can do is gloat.

Jaguars vs Broncos: Justin Blackmon; Not only did the Jaguars cover the spread but much of the game was surprisingly competitive. Justin Blackmon continues to post massive stats (14 catches for 190 yards) and was targeted an incredible 20 times, mostly due to Cecil Shorts’ absence following a shoulder injury.

Like Josh Gordon in Week 3, the targets are an aberration, but unless Blaine Gabbert is under center, Blackmon remains a solid WR2.

Titans vs Seahawks: Jackie Battle/Shonn Greene; Depending on the severity of Chris Johnson’s leg injury, Shonn Greene may be worth a flier. If Chris Johnson’s leg is OK, it’s time to buy low. Whichever RB you own, please consider that following the Titans’ Week 8 bye, they get @StL, Jac, Ind, @Oak, @Ind.

Saints vs Patriots: Kenbrell Thompkins; It was all off a last-second, game-winning touchdown, but whatever. It didn’t kill me this week.

Cardinals vs 49ers: Andre Ellington; He continues to be the NFC version of Giovani Bernard, but despite the great line (7 rushes, 56 yards, 1TD; 5 catches, 36 yards), the Cardinals will continue to split carries between him and Rashard Mendenhall, meaning Ellington remains nothing more than a FLEX play.

Redskins vs Cowboys: Terrance Williams; The touchdown pass from Tony Romo was a thing of beauty, but sadly, the Cowboys didn’t have much need to throw given their early success with the run and special teams, and Washington’s inability to do anything on offense.

If you need additional encouragement on Williams’ prospects, Miles Austin posted a big fat zero and Dallas’ upcoming schedule is ridiculously favorable.

Colts vs Chargers: Keenan Allen; Allen finished the game with 9 catches for 107 yards and a TD, but more importantly, was targeted a game-high 12 times. Your comfort level with using Allen as a WR3 depends on your opinion of Philip Rivers’ resurgent year.

But keep in mind that the Chargers are a pass-first offense and if they can establish a consistent rushing attack between Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead (139 combined rushing yards), Allen should get continue getting good looks the rest of the season.

Week 6 Predictions: 9 of 15. Booya.

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