Conlin Postma @ConlinFF
One word to sum up this past week would be, bonkers. It was highlighted by monster games from Deshaun Watson, Will Fuller, Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Jones, Amari Cooper, Michael Thomas, and many others. As we look ahead to the Week Six Sleepers, let’s look back at the finishes of last week’s sleepers. (According to Fantasy Pros Half-PPR scoring)
An important takeaway from the previous week was that it is key to look at matchups. There were plenty of players that we’re able to capitalize on poor offenses and poor defenses. Take, for example, Deshaun Watson. He absolutely tore apart Atlanta’s inferior secondary, racking up 426 passing yards and five TD’s. Week Six is no different, there are a lot of teams that have beneficial matchups.
Look at the Cowboys, who are facing the New York Jets. Even with Sam Darnold returning, there is no guarantee that he will be 100%. Then you have the Baltimore Ravens facing off against the win-less Cincinnati Bengals. Both Baltimore and Dallas’ offenses and defenses should both be in line for positive Fantasy weeks.
There a few teams on a bye for Week Six, those teams are the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, and Chicago Bears.
Starting off this article is not only a player who secured his first win of the season but the first win of his NFL career.
Kyler Murray, vs Atlanta Falcons
After getting his first career NFL to win, the former Heisman winner has a significant chance of securing another victory in Week Six. Due to his rushing ability, Murray has a higher and safer floor than other QB’s. He has averaged 41.2 rushing yards through his first five games but has an average of 63 rushing yards the last three games. Atlanta has surrendered 304.5 passing yards to opposing QB’s over the last four contests and that is good news for Murray, too. Due to a safe floor and what “should” be a shootout game, Murray has a top-five upside.
Kirk Cousins, vs Philadelphia Eagles
Finally! The Minnesota Vikings figured out what to do on offense. A steady running and passing attack, makes Cousins finally Fantasy relevant again. On Sunday, he had his best game of the season. Yes, it was against the Giants, but this week he faces the injury-plagued Philadelphia Eagles. Before last week, Philadelphia had given up 330.7 passing yards to QB’s. The phenomenal matchup, a new style offense, all of the injuries to QB’s, and four teams on their bye weeks, Cousins is a must-start for Week Six.
Mark Ingram II, vs Cincinnati Bengals
Two back-to-back disappointing weeks makes Ingram a surprise Week Six sleeper. As he faces a sluggish, Bengals team, the former Saints RB should be able to get back on track. Fellow backs such as Matt Brieda (RB15), Raheem Mostert (RB3), Jeff Wilson (RB11), Chris Carson (RB9), David Johnson (RB11), and Frank Gore (RB9) have all found success against Cincinnati. The 0-5 Bengals defense surrenders 167.6 rushing yards per game and that is music to Ingram’s ears. Even with being in most lineups, his sleeper status comes from the possibility of finishing top three in his position.
Sony Michel, vs New York Giants
After finally having his breakout game, Michel will be looking to continue that into Thursday night against the Giants. Teammate, Rex Burkhead, was unable to play on Sunday and on a short turnaround week, he could be inactive again. If that is the case, his absence could mean more touches for Michel. The real and most likely outcome of the game will be the Patriots jumping out to an early start and controlling the clock by constantly running the ball. Michel will handle all that work and should see plenty of volumes.
At the end of the game, there’s a strong chance of him finishing with more than 20 carries and 100 rushing yards. If by chance, Burkhead can’t play then Sony could be in line for a few receptions as well. As a Week Six sleeper, he could finish as one of the highest-scoring RB’s.
Mike Williams, vs Pittsburgh Steelers
A successful return and is second on the team with 13 targets last week, put Williams as a Week Six sleeper. The Denver Broncos shutdown Keenan Allen and Williams was the main beneficiary of that. Given his large frame, he is the main red zone and goal-line receiving option for the Chargers with Hunter Henry out. Since Week One, Mike Williams has seen an increase in targets (3-5-7-13). He is still searching his first score of 2019 and against Steelers, who give up 1.6 passing TD’s per game, he could reach the end zone more than once. If Allen struggles once again, Williams can produce with top 15 numbers.
Preston Williams, vs Washington Redskins
In a season where there is little promise, Williams has shown that he has the potential to be Miami’s best receiver and offensive player for years to come. Through his first four weeks, Williams averages 7.5 targets per game. Even with just finding the endzone once, he is WR50 from Weeks One to Four. This might be the first win of Miami’s season and the breakout game for Preston. There have been nine different receivers that have seen at least six targets against Washington. Out of those nine receivers, there have been eight that have scored a minimum of 11 points. Given his enormous upside, not only is Williams a sleeper, but also a high-end WR3 option.
Greg Olsen, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Starting the season off as a man possessed, Olsen has cooled down the last couple weeks, but he is ready to rebound this week. The following TE’s have had strong finishes against Tampa Bay: Greg Olsen (TE5), Evan Engram (TE4), Gerald Everett (TE6), and Jared Cook (TE5). Looking back at his previous performance against the Buccaneers, Olsen totaled 110 yards on six catches and he could do that again. It should be noted that Cam Newton was the QB that game and not Kyle Allen. This Seventh Floor Crew member is ready to have another productive week and finish inside the top 10 once again.
Austin Hooper, @ Arizona Cardinals
Last week, having Eifert as a sleeper was risky, but Hooper is an easy choice for a Week Six sleeper. Having six-plus catches and seven-plus targets in all, but one game he is Fantasy relevant based on volume. To the surprise of many, Hooper has been the best receiving option for Atlanta. He leads the team in receptions, receiving yards, second in targets, and third in receiving TD’s. His production doesn’t lie and given the struggles of Arizona’s defense; Austin can finish as the best TE.