Week Six Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers


This past week was full of excitement and surprises. The Titans looked like their old selves as they dominated the Bills, Miami decimated the 49ers, Cleveland looks like the real deal, and the Falcons, Jets, and Jaguars look to be fighting for the first overall pick.

A couple quick housekeeping notes. Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury and will be out for the year. The Jets chose Adam Gase over Le’Veon Bell and released the former all pro running back. Finally, the Falcons look to be cleaning house. Not only did they fire both their head coach and general manager, but Matt Ryan might be the next person on the chopping block. 

Looking ahead to Week Six, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks are all on bye weeks. There are countless big names out this week, so make sure to hit that waiver wire and get the most of your lineups.

Here are my Week Six Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers.

Wide Receivers

Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions

This is the perfect game for Jones Jr. to show he has some Fantasy potential left. The Jaguars have given up more than 55 receiving yards and/or a touchdown to eight different receivers. On the season, Marvin Jones hasn’t lived up to expectations. He has just 12 receptions on 19 targets for 138 yards and just one score. The primary focus will be Kenny Golladay, but Jones should be able to reap the benefits in what should be a high scoring game.

Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals

As a clear number two in Arizona, Kirk has been on a nice stretch of games these past few weeks, 16 targets catching 10 of those for 154 and one touchdown. He faces off against the Cowboys who can’t stop the pass this season. There has only been one game where an opposing team’s receiver has failed to surpass 100 yards. Five different wideouts have had 100 yard games and three of those receivers have scored a touchdown. Kirk could be in line for at least five catches 80-plus yards and should reach the endzone once or twice.

Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars

With the possible absence of D.J. Chark Jr., the Colorado rookie will step into the leading role. Since Week Three, he hasn’t had less than five catches or six targets. During that time he has amassed 20 targets with 17 secured catches for 198 receiving yards. He leads the team in all receiving categories besides touchdowns scored. He is a strong sleeper for Week Six and could be a top 20 wideout.

Running Backs

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

Gibson is a week to week starting Flex player. He has a tremendous matchup against the New York Giants which catapults him into a high-end RB2. New York can’t stop the run this year and it’s been evident since Week One. Six different players have scored a rushing touchdown against the G-Men and three backs have more than 80 rushing yards. Due to his versatility, Gibson can surpass 120 total yards along with a pair of touchdowns. 

Adrian Peterson, Detroit Lions

In PPR leagues, Peterson doesn’t have that much value, but he still has value none the less. Not only does the future Hall of Famer lead Detroit in carries and rushing yards, but it’s not even close. The next closest player is 33 carries and 174 yards away from tying his team leading stats. People that are holding onto Kerryon Johnson and/or D’Andre Swift in redraft leagues might as well drop those two unless something happens to Peterson. Against Jacksonville, he is a real threat to rush for over 100 yards.

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings

This goes without saying, but Mattison is walking into Week Six as not only a sleeper, but as a top five back. He takes Dalvin Cook’s place as the lead back and if Sunday night was any indication for what is to come he is inline for a great Fantasy day. Not only is he set up for about 17 to 25 touches, but against Atlanta he has the chance to exceed 150 total yards. Atlanta has given up just four rushing touchdowns, but last week Carolina’s Mike Davis totaled 159 yards on 25 touches. He finished as the top back in Half-PPR scoring formats. Put Mattison in every lineup you can this week with the mindset he can finish as the RB1.




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