Our Week 6 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are currently being started in less than 50% of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 6 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Davis has thrown for 6 TDs and almost 700 yards over his last two games. Are you ready to trust him yet? He definitely doesn’t have the national recognition (and he probably won’t ever) but after two straight 20 point fantasy days, I’m calling his number again. The Rams are at home against the 49ers here, and this isn’t the nasty SF defense of old – I’m confident the Rams, and Davis, will move the chains enough here to put at least 20 points on the board, and if they can limit turnovers, could walk out with an upset. Fire up Davis in deeper formats, 2 QB leagues, and if you’re desperate for a standard league starter.
I actually kinda love Glennon this week. He’s at home against the Ravens, who are running their pass defense more on reputation than anything else at this point. Baltimore ranks 29th in total pass defense, while excelling as usual against the run. I expect Tampa and their new QB to throw, throw, and throw some more here. Glennon stands an excellent chance to put up top 10 QB numbers this week.
Oliver looked positively Sproles-ian in leading the Chargers to a 31-0 whitewashing of the pathetic Jets. He not only crossed the 100 yard rushing barrier, but he also chipped in 68 yards receiving and a touchdown. Since Donald Brown struggled yet again, it looks like the feature back role is Olivers until Ryan Matthews comes back in 1-2 weeks. Oliver was really impressive on Sunday, cutting decisively and generally looking like he was shot out of a cannon. He should be near the top of your waiver wire radar this week.
While the Titan’s Bishop has been used more like a pawn so far in 2014, I believe his breakout week is nigh. He’s been getting more and more involved in the struggling Tennessee offense over the last few weeks, and at 1-4 I think they know it’s time to put all the cards on the table. Sankey has an ideal matchup against the Jaguars, which should allow for some clock-killing garbage time. I think he gets 10-14 carries here and accounts for 75 yards and a late TD.
Did you know that Williams ran for over 2,000 yards in his 2013 season at Boston College? He wasn’t drafted until the fourth round this past year due to concerns that he wasn’t a complete back. When Rashad Jennings went down in Week 5 with what turned out to be an MCL sprain, Williams had his chance. He battered the Falcons run defense for 65 yards and a score, while also chipping in 2 receptions for 18 yards. Jennings is rumored to be out at least 1-2 weeks, so Williams is looking at two juicy starts against the Eagles and Cowboys at least. I love him as a RB1 for this weekend and am looking to add him off waivers wherever I can.
As much as I hate to say it as a Redskins fan, the Giants offense is back. They’ve scored 105 points over their last 3 games, and Randle has 10 targets in each of those games. He’s clearly won the confidence of Eli Manning after a shaky start. I think Randle hits at least one huge play against an Eagles defense that struggles mightily against #2 WRs.
I’ll keep this short – Williams is a stud, and might be one of the most underrated WRs out there right now. He’s scored 5 TD in 5 games, and one of those games was the loss to Tennessee where the Cowboys offense got positively got rolled by the Titans. Dallas is matched up with the Seahawks in their house in Week 6, but Seattle struggles against #2 WRs, and Williams is an excellent one. He’s a WR3 this week with upside for much more.
We all knew it was coming eventually – Hunter finally blew up in Week 5, grabbing his owners 99 yards and a TD. Interestingly, his great game coincided with him starting over Nate Washington for the first time. I believe as he continues to start that his confidence will grow, and we can expect more games like this. Obviously the matchup against Jacksonville is ideal, and Tennessee should go out of their way to encourage further explosions from their talented youngster.
All Quick did in Week 5 was validate my confidence in him, Austin Davis, and this makeshift Rams offense. He scored 2 TDs on 87 total yards receiving. The Rams will be taking on the 49ers at home on Monday Night Football, but I believe they can definitely move the ball here – SF is about league average against #1 WRs and Quick should get a ton of targets.
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Regardless of which Washington TE starts, you have to like their chances to make an impact against the Cardinals. Fresh off a 2013 season where they were the worst team of all time against the TE, they’re allowing 26% more value to TEs versus the league average in 2014. You might call that a favorable matchup. The Redskins running game will be hard to come by here, and I expect them to utilize the TE in quick hitting passing situations heavily down the seam and across the middle to try and set up Alfred Morris.
Ebron has been getting worked into the Lions offense more and more, and with the rumors that Calvin Johnson may miss Week 6, this may be the week that he breaks out. Minnesota is right about league average against TE’s, but give up 20% more overall passing yards than average. Stafford is probably going to have to pepper Golden Tate, Ebron, and whichever RB ends up playing with targets. If your options at TE are running low, consider Ebron as a TE2 option.
Tennessee isn’t a great D, and to be honest they’re not even a good D. But they’re playing the hapless Jaguars this week at home. The Jags don’t really have a run game or much of a pass game, and I expect the Titans to have their way at home on Sunday. They’re the #1 plug and play D / ST option for Week 6.