Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 6
We are entering Week 6 of the fantasy football season and in Week 6, we may have suffered through our most-impactful injury yet, Dak Prescott. I’m sure teams were rolling and riding Prescott to victory, only to have his 26.1 FPPG swiftly taken away from you. How will you recover? Can you recover? The answer is yes. You may just need to be creative and take the position off autopilot and stream. Aside from Prescott, here are some more injuries that could affect your fantasy football lineup in Week 6.
- Packers WR Davante Adams (hamstring) is practicing in full for Week 6
- Jets WR Breshad Perriman (ankle) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Texans TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 6
- Buccaneers WR Scotty Miller (hip, groin) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (ankle) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Broncos TE Noah Fant (ankle) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (foot) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Panthers WR Curtis Samuel (knee) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (knee) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Bengals WR A.J. Green (hamstring) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) practiced in full on Thursday
- Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip, ribs) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Browns RB Kareem Hunt (tight) was limited at Thursday’s practice
- Titans WR A.J. Brown (knee) did not practice on Thursday
- Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) did not practice on Thursday
- Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ribs) is “trending in the right direction” to play in Week 6
- Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (groin) did not practice on Thursday
The following is a recap of the players from my Fantasy Football Sleepers article last week, you can read that here.
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|Player||Position||PPR Rank||PPR Points|
QB Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 6
ESPN Start-Percentage: 20.5
I guess only 20.5-percent of the fantasy football landscape is paying attention as Ryan Fitzpatrick is averaging 19.4 FPPG, currently the 14th-best at his position. His next matchup is against a Jets defense yielding the 17th most FPPG to enemy signal callers at a rate of 19.8 FPPG. In his last two games facing his former team — yes it is a Ryan Fitzpatrick revenge game — Fitzpatrick has finished with at least 18.8 fantasy points topping out at 26.6. With Fitzpatrick’s supporting cast healthy and the team as a whole trending in the right direction, Fitzpatrick should once again finish as a top-end fantasy QB for Week 6. In five games played, New York has allowed four different QBs to total two touchdowns against them this season, two of which, totaling at least 369 yards.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 17.3
Likely because of his tenure with the Dolphins, many don’t believe Ryan Tannehill is the real deal. However, since emerging as the Titans’ starter, Tannehill has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers, throwing for 3,746 yards, 36 total touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Tannehill will look to keep it going in a terrific Sunday home matchup with the Texans, whose defense is surprisingly playing well versus enemy QBs. While Houston’s defense is surrendering the 11th fewest FPPG (18.4) to opposing QBs this season, Tannehill has a short history of success against them. In each of his past two games against the Texans while the Tennessee starter, Tannehill has accumulated at least 19.9 fantasy points while topping out at 29.0, combining for five total touchdowns in those 2019 encounters. Although the Texans have only allowed one QB to throw for over 300 yards against them this season, they have allowed a combined nine TDs in five games. Tannehill should once again finish in the QB1 tier at the conclusion of Week 6.
RB Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 6
ESPN Start-Percentage: 28.8
While Kenyan Drake remains the top rusher in Arizona, Chase Edmonds should not be ignored. In last week’s blowout win over the Jets, Drake managed 18 carries for 60 yards and scored his first touchdown since Week 1. However, Drake was only targeted once in the passing game, which is where Edmonds shines. In fact, while Drake has only accumulated a 6/22/0 stat line as a receiver on six targets this season, Edmonds has put up an 18/129/2 line as a pass-catching back on 24 targets.
In each of his past two games, Edmonds has drawn at least six targets, five receptions, and 24 yards with one total touchdown as a receiver. He also scored once on the ground last week and has back-to-back games with at least eight touches. Drake is still the featured back, but as I’ve shown you, Edmonds is becoming more involved. Now, Edmonds will get a Dallas defense allowing the 15th-most FPPG to rival RBs (20.6) and will look to add to his totals in this favorable Monday night matchup. If Edmonds does not find the end zone for his third straight game this week, his recent high floor as a receiver should be enough for him to not lose you your fantasy matchup.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 20.4
Although D’Andre Swift has not yet lived up to expectations, the rookie rusher is trending in the right direction. Swift has scored at least 11 PPR points in 3-of-4 games played this season and is primarily used as the Lions’ passing down back. In the aforementioned matchups in which he’s scored fantasy points in the double-digits, Swift accumulated at least four targets, three receptions, and 15 yards. However, in his last appearance in Week 4’s loss to the Saints, Swift caught all four of his targets for 30 yards and a TD while adding another 22 yards on four carries. While Adrian Peterson will still draw most of the early-down work, it appears that Swift has surpassed Kerryon Johnson as the change of pace back in the offense. Johnson drew at least seven touches in each of the first two games of the year but has only drawn four touches in each of his past two.
In his upcoming matchup against the Jaguars, Swift could be in line for his fourth game of the year with double-digit PPR points. The Jacksonville defense is surrendering the ninth-most FPPG (22.0) to enemy backs while allowing the ninth most receptions (31), the 14th most yards (212), and the third most TDs (two) to RBs in the passing game, which bodes well for Swift’s fantasy outlook for Week 6.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 12.5
In Damien Harris’ first appearance of the season, he flashed. While he did not see a single target, Harris carried the ball 17 times for 100 yards in new England’s last game back in Week 4 against the Chiefs. With Sont Michel still sidelined, Harris should once again be leaned upon as New England’s early-down back in between the tackles. And although I don’t love his matchup against a Denver defense yielding the fewest FPPG to RBs (12.1), his workload will be enough to start him in the Flex spot. Denver’s defense has only given up 443 total yards and a TD to opposing RBs this season, but that won’t deter Josh McDaniels from executing his gameplan at home. Harris is a volume-needy Flex play for Week 6.
WR Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 6
ESPN Start-Percentage: 11.8
With Sammy Watkins slated to miss some time with a hamstring injury, it is time to fire up Mecole Hardman in your fantasy lineups. While Hardman started off the year slow, he’s now scored a TD in two of his past three games. In both of those games in which he found paydirt, Hardman saw at least four targets. A big-play threat any time he touches the football, Hardman will get a Bills defense on Monday night that is yielding the 18th most FPPG to opposing wideouts (23.6). The Bills have allowed an enemy receiver to score a TD against them in all five games played this season while surrendering double-digit PPR points to eight different wideouts in that time period. Hardman is a high-ceiling play in Week 6 but will not likely return fantasy value unless he scores. While he is extremely volatile, the matchup is there for him to potentially go-off.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 8.7
Although Chrisitan Kirk got off to a miserable start to the season, he has picked it up of late. In his past two games since returning from an ankle injury that sidelined him for Week 3, Kirk has a combined 8/97/1 stat line on 12 targets finishing with at least 10 PPR points in back-to-back games. Now, he will get a Cowboys defense that has been torched by enemy receivers for 32.6 FPPG, good for the second-most in the NFL. The Dallas secondary has allowed seven different wideouts to accumulate at least 15 PPR points against them through five games played this season. In a projected high-scoring game, Kirk could be in line for his most-productive outing of the season on Monday night.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 4.3
N’Keal Harry has at least six targets in 3-of-4 games played this season and has accumulated at least five receptions for 39 yards or scored a touchdown in each of them. Now with Cam Newton expected to be back under center for the Patriots, Harry could be in line for his best game of the year facing a Denver secondary allowing the ninth-most FPPG (27.4) to fantasy receivers. The Broncos’ defense has allowed 10 different receivers to finish with at least 10 PPR points against them through four games played this season and Harry should fare no different on Monday night.
TE Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 6
ESPN Start-Percentage: 24.2
Eric Ebron is dealing with a hand injury and missed practice on Wednesday, but after returning for a full session on Thursday, he is trending in the right direction to play in Sunday’s matchup with the Browns. While Ebron only ended last week as the TE19 with 7.3 PPR points, he has a tremendous bounce-back opportunity this week facing a Browns defense allowing the eighth-most FPPG to enemy TEs (11.0). The Browns have allowed an opposing tight end to accumulate at least four receptions for 31 yards in every game this season while yielding a TD in 3-of-5 contests. Ebron, who has drawn at least five targets in each of his past three games, brings TE1 upside in Week 6 if he scores.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 2.1
Since the Colts activated Trey Burton from the injured reserve list in Week 4, he has led Indy tight ends in targets, receptions, and yards. In fact, Burton has drawn at least five targets per game in back-to-back weeks while running at least 17 routes and garnering a 43.1-percent snap share. Burton will look to add to his totals and put together a complete game in Sunday’s matchup against a Cincinnati defense giving up 7.5 FPPG, the 16th-most in the NFL. Although the Bengals have been stingy at times facing enemy TEs, they can also be beaten. They’ve allowed five receptions for 56 yards to three different TEs this season while surrendering their first TD of the year to the position to Mark Andrews last week. Despite the lingering presence of Mo Alie-Cox and Jack Doyle, I only view the former as a threat to Burton as he is a big-bodied red-zone weapon. Otherwise, this is Burton’s tight end room as long as he is healthy.
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