Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 6. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
LaRod or LSH, sounds about good enough a nickname for me to sneak this guy into my sleepers section. You probably know very little about this guy, but he’s the one who will get first crack to claim the starting role in absence of the other two Arizona running backs this week. Buffalo’s defense is abysmal and Arizona lacks a strong O-line, but if you want upside and a true sleeper go shopping for this sleeping damsel on the waiver this week.
To offset the sit’em status given to Steven Jackson I lay claim to sneaky sleeper in this Ram’s running back. He’s averaging over 4 yards per carry and has great burst once into the second tier of the defense. Miami will probably give Bradford fits so I love the potential for Richardson to go ape and pull some Kenny Powers moves in the end zone if they can move the ball with some efficiency in South Beach.
Freeman has never looked like a great backup option, but this week is his lone chance to shine for fantasy owners who have QBs on bye-weeks. Kansas City is underperforming and the offense isn’t doing their defense any favors either. Tampa is coming off a bye-week of their own and Freeman’s numbers suggest that he’ll go deep against a vulnerable Chiefs secondary that might be better off playing soccer the way KC’s kicker Succop scores fantasy points than American style football.
The new thing in Indy is “LuckStrong” as the Colts brave through Coach Pagan’s absence and illness the rest of this season. Luck has steadily improved in each contest this season and this week is a great opportunity to add to those numbers against a once scary, but no longer intimidating Jet’s Defense. If Reggie Wayne continues to get open like the way he did for Peyton Manning then the Jets are in for another long day. Luck has tremendous sleeper potential and please don’t put value into Tebow quite yet.
Hold Moly Ammendola’s injury has opened the flood gates for Gibson to take over the role as Bradford’s favorite target. Gibson is speedy quick and just like last week’s case of Kerley for the Jets, who else does St. Louis have to rely on here? Last week Givens gave the Rams a nice TD bomb and this week I see Gibson getting into the fold. Afterwards I expect he’ll be heading to South Beach with bottle of Hurricane mixer to celebrate the coming out party – frat boy style where bukkakes will be served raw.
Nor…norwhat? Norwood! Cleveland throws the football almost more than any other team in the NFL. Surprised? Yeah, me too especially considering they have a rookie at QB and Richardson in the backfield. The lucky recipient of Weeden’s non-errant throws is Norwood who is coming off a career game last week and can exploit a Bengals defense. In the battle of Ohio expect the Browns to put up a fight to get off the snide of and slide of being the lone winless team left in the NFL. I got faith in these lovable losers so throw some into Norwood this week.
How bad are the Titans against defending the tight end? Last, dead last and that bodes well for Miller Time this week. Miller will look to taste the high life with this favorable matchup in a short week. Not much time for Titans to prepare for Miller and their veteran tight end’s ability to find space in the opposing secondary. Look for Heath to snatch more balls than a rottweiler in heat on Thursday night.
Pitta after putting up big numbers the first few weeks of the season has looked rather pedestrian of late. The Cowboys are vulnerable up the middle and in the ground game, so I expect Ray Ray to get his touches and Pitta to deliver the touchdown dance once the Ravens are in the red zone. Pitta might not put up the numbers of a top tier TE this week but I’m going out on a limb and saying he’ll do better than his opposition in Witten.
I’ve done it once already when the Seahawks played the Packers in week 2. So why not do it again and this time against another explosive offense? I’m not expecting another 8 sacks in the first half, but CenturyLink Field gets more rowdy than a beach themed frat party beach with a Jimmy Fallon guest appearance. Expect the Seahawks to bring their A game and Brady to bring his knee pads. I can just hear Chris Berman shouting “C’mon Seattle!”