Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
There are only two teams off Week 6 with a “bye’, Minnesota and Tampa Bay, but you may be heading into Week 6 with players from these two teams, or with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups. Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.
Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 5 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 6 with injuries concerns (such as HOU WR Will Fuller, WASH TE Jordan Reed or DET RB Theo Riddick.)
Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football
QB Week 5 Sleepers Fantasy Football
HOU QB Brock Osweiler ( vs IND)- The Colts secondary is in shambles, so if Osweiler can avoid hurting fantasy football owners with INTs, he is likely to have a good day. He may be without WR Wull Fuller however in Week 6.
BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor ( vs SF )- The good news about Taylor, if you have to start him this week, is that he only has thrown 2 INTs this season, one of the fewest for any starting QB. Owned in 62% of Yahoo leagues. ( San Francisco is 19th vs the pass)
CHI QB Brian Hoyer ( at IND)- Hoyer has a very decent match up at home in Week 6 vs the Jacksonville Jaguars. Hoyer completed 33/43 passes for 397 yards and 2 TDs in Sunday’s Week 5 loss to INDY.
I also like BALT QB F Flacco ( at NYG ) if available.
RB Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football
DET RB Justin Forsett (vs LAR)- Not the best of match ups, but his workload should be heavy, with injuries to RB Theo Riddick and with RB D Washington likely out. RB Forsett will split carries with RB Z Zenner, but expect Forsett at all goal line carries.
MIA RB Jay Ajayi ( vs PITT)- RB A Foster is expect to test out his injured hamstring in pregame warmups. This doesn’t sound like a healthy player to me, therefore, expect RB Ajayi to handle most of the backfield. UPDATE: NFL Network is reporting that Arian Foster (hamstring) will play in Sunday’s Week 6 game against the Steelers.
JACK RB TJ Yeldon ( at CHI)- Yeldon was amazingly effective before Jacksonville’s Week 5 Bye, and RB C Ivory was just the opposite. Only owned in 73% of Yahoo leagues.
NE RB James White (vs CINN)- White had nearly 100 total yards in Week 5, playing with QB Tom Brady back from suspension. It’s clear Brady likes White as a weapon. Only owned in 56% of Yahoo leagues.
OAK RBs DeAndre Washington/ Jalen Richard ( vs KC)- Each had 14 touches in Week 5, and RB DeAndre Washington received the goal line carries. RB Latavius Murray is OUT for Week 6.
WR Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football
PITT WR Eli Rogers ( at MIA)- With WR Wheaton out and Sammie Coates doubtful, Rogers will play play along with Antonio Brown. – Only owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues.
CHI WR Cameron Meredith ( vs JACK) – Despite hauling in 130 receiving yards and 1 TD in Week 5, WR Cameron Meredith is still only owned in 49% of Yahoo leagues. Great match up.
BALT WR Kamar Aiken- ( at NYG )- Last year when QB Flacco was OUT with injuries, Aiken was the star receiver for the team down the stretch. For some reason, Flacco has not jelled with Aiken, but perhaps in Week 6 he will have to. WR Steve Smith Sr. (ankle) is doubtful for Week 6 against the Giants and WR Mike Wallace is less than 100%.
OAK WR Seth Roberts- While defenses are concentrating on shutting down WRs A Cooper and M Crabtree, Roberts is slipping thru coverages and scoring touchdown. He has 3 TDs in 5 Weeks so far this season.
NO WR Michael Thomas ( vs CAR)- In Week 4, prior to the Saint’s Week 5 Bye, Thomas caught 4/9 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown Week 4 against the Chargers and actually led the team in targets.
HOU WR Braxton Miller (vs IND)- WR Will Fuller fantasy football owners are not happy, with Fuller likely out in a senasational match up. Perhaps Miller can ease their pain a little.
TE Week 6 Sleepers Fantasy Football
PITT TE Jesse James ( at MIA)- James has already had good rapport with QB Ben Roethlisberger, and has receiving touchdowns. With injuries to WRs Sammie Coates and Wheaton, his targets should increase in Week 6. Only owned in 47% of Yahoo leagues.
IND TE Dwayne Allen ( at HOU)- The Texans will pressure QB A Luck often which will likely mean quick looks for his Luck’s tight end. Allen has been more involved in the INDY offense of late. Only owned in 68% of Yahoo leagues.
Week 6 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers
TENN ( vs CLEV)- CLEV QB C Kessler is beat up but will try to start in Week 6. The Titan’s defense are licking their chops.
BUFFALO ( vs SF)– SF QB Colin Kaepernick hasn’t started an NFL game in a year. He will be rusted and he will make mistakes.