We are now five weeks away from the regular season. Many sleepers throughout the season have appeared, but there are still potential starters under the radar. Whether these players are on your roster or sitting on the waiver thread, they have a sneaky edge to give you an edge in week 6. Players like Darrel Williams and Tua Tagovailoa are the type of players to go, sit down. you this week bubble (assuming Tua leaves IR), and we love their chances enough to put them on our week 6 fantastic sleeper list.
It should also be noted that one of our selections could bust this week. We are taking risks here, because we don’t mean that someone is too obvious. A list of easy choices wouldn’t do anyone good. You’re not going to start the guys below on consistent, proven producers, but you’re probably not looking for some fantastic sleepers if your lineup is set. However, even if it does, our list of sleepers can help you find value in DFS, as the prices for these drives should be affordable.
WEEK 6 FANTASY: Busts | Start them, sit them down
Last week Tony Pollard, Damien Williams, Jamies Winston, Emmanuel Sanders, Dawson Knox and the Titans’ defense were wins in our column for the season. We were bold with rookies Zach Wilson and Trey Lance. While Lance wasn’t a home run, his 89 rushing yards saved a disastrous day. Kenny Gainwell, Tyler Conklin, and Zach Ertz fell flat, but spoiler alert, we’re bragging about Gainwell again this week.
As always, we won’t bore anyone with obvious newbies, but we will help you identify players with improved outlook in week 6. As with Gainwell, we will not be banning a player for the entire season after a week of disappointment. Sleepers are smooth week to week, and we’ll continue to rely on connections and intended use.
STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 6:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Week 6 Fantasy Sleepers: running backs
Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles vs. Buccaneers (Jackson Sparks). The Bucs defense gave the running backs the most (42) and we just saw Myles Gaskin feasting in the air against them. He caught his 10 targets for 74 yards and two touchdowns. This is a plan for offensive success against Tampa, and Gainwell has already proven to be a capable weapon in the passing game.
Latavius Murray, Ravens vs. Chargers (Vinnie Iyer). The Ravens will start throwing the ball again at a high pace against a weak forward seven, and Murray will fight his way for a great day and a score.
Darrel Williams, Chefs @ Washington (Matt Lutovsky). Williams believes he is in the lead with Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) and with Washington 10th for fantastic points awarded to RBs, Williams should be successful. That includes Cordarrelle Patterson and Alvin Kamara’s big games in the air in the last two games. Williams isn’t as good a pass catcher as those two, but he can still score 100 total yards and have a good shot.
WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS:
quarterback | Back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week 6: Quarterbacks
Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins vs. Jaguars. Tagovailoa certainly carries a risk if he returns to his first action after missing three games with a rib injury, but come on, it’s the Jags. Miami doesn’t have the ground attack to just crush and pound. You could do a lot worse than Mike Gesicki, Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker (if they’re healthy) as pass catchers, and they’re talented enough to take advantage of a porous secondary from Jags that gave up 19 points. fancy or more to four of the five quarters he faces. The only exception was Ryan Tannehill, who only attempted 22 passes in a game without Julio Jones (hamstrings) and with AJ Brown on an instant count. Unless Miami finds a Derrick Henry on their depth chart, they should take this game in the air.
Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos vs. Raiders (Iyer). He’s healthy and back with his consistent numbers on offense, and it is repeated at home against a weakening pass defense.
Carson Wentz, Colts vs. Texans (Lutovsky). Wentz is averaging 264.4 passing yards per game, and although he has just seven touchdowns, he’s clearly doing better than many expected. Against Houston, who has given up several quarterback touchdowns each week this season, Wentz could produce QB1-level stats.
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Week 6 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Large Receivers
Michael Pittman Jr., Colts vs. Texans (Sparks). Pittman is quietly enjoying an exceptional season, as he is the WR24 in the PPR leagues for five weeks. Since Week 1, he’s shot at least seven targets in all four games and is averaging fantastic 14.5 points per game. We know Houston lacks talent at all levels of its defense, and Pittman should keep up the momentum.
Allen Robinson II, Bear vs. Packers (Iyer). That’s where we are with his horrible start to the season. You need some encouragement to stick with him, so count on a decent volume game without Jaire Alexander (shoulder).
Cole Beasley, Bills @ Titans (Lutovsky). Most trends with Beasley are bad, as he played 39% snaps, the season’s low, last week, and he’s only got four goals in total in the last two games combined. As good as last week’s game was, this week is even better as Tennessee have given the WR the most fantastic points this year. Dawson Knox won’t continue to score every week and Beasley will get back on track at some point. Against a strong defense from TE, like Tennessee have been this year, this could be the week their hot / cold streaks come to an end.
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Week 6 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight Ends
Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington vs. Chiefs (Sparks). In Washington’s first game without Logan Thomas (hamstring), Seal-Jones caught five of eight targets for 41 yards. While his point total was less than stellar, he finished among the top 14 TEs in the PPR leagues. This game was against a good defense, as this week he will get the terrible defense of the Chiefs, who have allowed the fifth most fantastic points on tight ends.
Jared Cook, Chargers @ Ravens (Iyer). Justin Herbert looks for the big plays all the time, but he can’t ignore Baltimore’s incompetence at covering the tight end.
Hunter Henry, Patriots vs. Cowboys (Lutovsky). Henry has scored in each of the past two weeks, but more importantly, his goals are increasing. Last week he saw eight looks, a season high, and what should be a successful game for New England he could see even more in Week 6.
Week 6 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Defense
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers (Sparks). We’re counting on Sam Darnold to play like the Sam Darnold we remember from New York again this week. Minnesota have allowed just 16.5 points per game in their last two games, so maybe Mike Zimmer is knocking down his defensive unit. We like that the Vikings impose a few turnovers.
Miami Dolphins vs. Jaguars (Iyer). They were awful despite all their playmakers, but here they capitalize on a big London mistake from Trevor Lawrence.
Green Bay Packers @ Bears (Lutovsky). In a disastrous Week 1, the Packers have had multiple takeaways each game averaging 2.5 sacks per game. The Bears have been better since Justin Fields’ disastrous debut in Cleveland, but those performances were against the Lions and Raiders. The Packers will be a tougher test for the rookie, and they should rack up enough Fantasy Points to be a starting D / ST this week.