Stancil’s Week 6 sleepers features under-the-radar players that are not being started in a majority of fantasy football leagues. These players could produce good fantasy numbers this week due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. With that in mind, here are our top fantasy football sleepers for Week 6.
The dual threat rookie from Clemson is playing out of his mind going into his fifth game as the starting QB for the Texans. His nine touchdowns in the last two weeks is reminiscent of RGIII’s Rookie of the Year campaign circa 2012. Next up is the winless, sorry, pathetic, no-good, atrocious defense of the Cleveland Browns. Get the point? A hot QB against a struggling defense spells fantasy success and Watson is looking like a starter the rest of the way out this season with his mastery of Coach O’Brien’s offense.
Marlon is bringing me back to Spokane’s Ferris High School and awkwardly gyrating in an attempt to dance at school mixers to “Return of the Mack.” As a rookie out of USF, Mack is the back in the Colts offense with the most upside. While the ageless Frank Gore keeps moving up the record books, it’s Mack who will be the homerun hitter for Brissett to hand the ball to on Monday night. Even though the Titans pose a stout run-defense, it’s Mack’s break-away speed and shifty moves that give owners the thought he can go all the way on any carry. He boasts a Barry Sanders type 4.5 yards per carry and even though it’s too early to draw comparisons to that caliber of running back, there’s reason to think if he can stay healthy that he’ll be a good one to have on your fantasy team this season.
Spoiler Alert: Dalvin Cook’s ACL tear is not Latavius Murray’s gain. For all those scavengers who spent their waiver wire pick on Murray, it might be time to drop him back into free agency and make sure McKinnon is in your lineup this week. The Packers let Ezekiel Elliott run all over them and with Case Keenum quarterbacking the Vikings into Lambeau, it will be McKinnon who sees the dump off passes and most of the carries in the red zone. It’s more than likely that Minnesota will be trailing early and often, which would put McKinnon’s pass catching and YAC (yards after catch) abilities on full display. He is a must start in all PPR leagues and a worthy flex consideration for .5 PPR or less.
Willie is coming off a few weeks of rehab due to his ailing hamstring injury. Thankfully he’ll ease back into the offense against a Lions defense that was torched last week by Cam Newton and the average Panthers’ receiving corps. The weekly trend for Brees to air it out should continue this week as the Saints try to keep up with their opponents, due to a porous defense. Stafford is playing at the top of his game and I expect the Lions to build a lead while New Orleans plays catch-up via the big pass. Snead is the homerun hitter in Coach Payton’s offense in a similar manner to a poor man’s DeSean Jackson. While Snead can be a boom-or-bust most weeks, this week Brees should be making him boom for fantasy owners that start him.
Cooper, not your typical sleeper candidate, belongs in the sleepers for owners who’ve seen him tally a whopping 23 yards on four catches over the last three weeks and only bringing one touchdown to the table this season. Coach Jack Del Rio suggested that Carr will be starting Sunday against the Chargers and that brings a tremendous amount of sleeper potential to the underwhelming Cooper’s target volume. The Chargers haven’t looked like bums on defense, but they don’t have cornerbacks to rival the speed and athleticism of Cooper. Expect Cooper to bounce back from being a non-existent part of the offense to a touchdown threat to burn the bolts.
One little Giant, two little Giants, three little Giants receivers went down with serious injuries last Sunday in the battle of the unbeatens, which left the Giants as the winless cellar dwellers in the NFC. Not only did OBJ’s season suffer a potential season-ending setback with a broken ankle, but Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard both succumb to the injury bug and had to be removed from game action. By matter of attrition, Roger Lewis has sky-rocketed up the depth chart and could possibly be the top target for Eli Manning, outside of Evan Ingram, on Sunday night. Roger is not a sure-fire starter because the Broncos extremely talented secondary will pose plenty of problems and Lewis is a relative unknown at this point. The expectation is that if Lewis is one of the only experienced receivers on the field he will see a vast majority of the targets. Stay posted on the injury reports for Marshall and Shepard to determine Lewis’ viability this weekend, but if either Shepard or Marshall sits out Lewis should be flex worthy.
As the Jets starting tight-end, ASJ hails from the great state of Washington and is a UDub Husky alum from the academic and football powerhouse University of Washington. ASJ is poised for another touchdown this Sunday against the Patriots. New England is generous to opposing tight ends and gives up the fourth most points to the position so far this season. As a big underdog at home to the Patriots, ASJ should be seeing plenty of targets to make him a viable PPR tight end streaming option. As long as the game follows the script as a blow-out, expect the Jets to abandon the running game early and begin airing it out to the likes of their young tight end. He also has some built-in chemistry with Jets QB McCown from his rookie season in Tampa Bay, having caught a touchdown pass when they were both Bucs.
Dickson’s value has exploded with the injury to Greg Olsen – Newton’s favorite tight-end target. His career day last week against the Lions showcased his big play abilities and that’s something the tight-end fantasy position lacks overall, outside of a healthy Gronk. While there are many options for Newton to share the wealth there might be a need for Cam to air it out against an Eagles team that’s been on fire offensively of late. Thursday night’s tilt should entail some big plays and red zone targets again for Dickson. While topping 100 yards receiving isn’t realistic again, a touchdown and a handful of catches is entirely likely.
The high-flying NFC champions from last season welcome the hapless Dolphins to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium after coming off a bye-week. The Dolphins have two offensive touchdowns to their credit over the last three games. That anemic total should leave fantasy Falcons defense owners licking their chops. It could be a blood-bath in the ATL with the Falcons feasting on the guts of the south beach fish. Expect Cutler to do what Cutler does with his irresponsible ball protection, accumulating in multiple turnovers of the interception and fumble variety. Atlanta’s defense might knock Cutler down the depth chart this week – expect it!
The Redskins are coming off their bye-week and hosting the Kaepernick-less 49ers, who appear to be taking a knee as their go-to-play on offense. The Redskins showed something to the football universe on Monday Night a couple weeks ago against the Kansas City Chiefs with their stingy and bend but don’t break defense. In their last home game against the Raiders their defense dismantled Oakland’s passing game and dominated the line of scrimmage limiting them to under 130 yards in total offense. If the Josh Norman-less secondary can catch the football they should be in line for multiple interceptions and turnovers from the Bryan Hoyer experiment Sunday afternoon. The Redskins have that streaming sleeper look to them in Week 6.