Every week us fantasy owners scavenge for intel by any means possible. Often times, this involves digging deep for those long lost treasures, widely known as “the sleeper”. As it has been throughout this season, production has come from an array of sources from a guy like Devonta Freeman to an unknown like Travis Benjamin.
Last week we hit on just about all of our 5 sleepers. Sam Bradford had a big day throwing the ball for Philadelphia, he finally seems to be coming into his own in that offense. Jay Cutler torched a Kansas City defense in his 2nd game back from an injury. Matt Jones found the end-zone and posted a decent fantasy performance. Willie Snead continued to make his presence known in the fantasy world, going for over 140 yards on 11 targets. Our only miss last week was Owen Daniels, who failed to reel in a reception.
This week we’re switching things up a bit. We’re going to dig even deeper and surface some guys who you wouldn’t even think about starting this week. Whether they’ve been stashed on your bench all season, or found in the free agency pool, these guys can have a big impact in week 6 as a deep sleeper:
QB, Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
The 2nd year QB for Jacksonville has emerged in a big way this season. After a questionable rookie season, he has rebounded early on and has proved his worth as the 3rd overall pick in 2014. Blake Bortles is coming off a career-high 4 TD performance where he was the 3rd highest fantasy scorer in week 5. He has had a big part in the emergences of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. The return of huge tight end Julius Thomas is even more good news as he serves as a tremendous redzone threat.
This week Bortles faces a Houston defense that is in the top 10 for most points allowed to opposing QBs. Bortles has averaged over 20 fantasy points per game the past 4 weeks. While he is dealing with a shoulder injury, he should be good to go–he finished the Tampa Bay game with no problem and possesses tremendous toughness. A great option if your QB is on a bye this week.
RB, Javorious Allen, Baltimore Ravens
This is subject to change, but things are looking good for the rookie running back in week 6. With Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro both not at 100%, Allen is the next in line to get snaps in the backfield–Forsett and Taliaferro both have a chance to sit out in week 6. Allen’s carries have increased in each of the past 4 week. This past week he had a season-high 58 yards on just 8 carries. He leads the team with 4.8 yards per rush and even has a rush as long as 44 yards, also leading the team–the big play ability is there.
Allen’s stock in week 6 greatly depends on the status of both Forsett and Taliaferro. Regardless, the Ravens have been feeing the rookie the ball more and more and he has looked good in limited snaps. The Ravens backfield has a good matchup this week, going against a 49ers defense that allow more than 20 points to RBs. Allen is worth a pickup, only owned in 1.5% of ESPN leagues.
RB, Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs
The big name on the waiver wire this week, Kansas City’s Charcandrick West. When Jamaal Charles went down with a season-ending injury, West’s fantasy value boomed heights never imagined for the 2nd year RB out of Abilene Christian. While Knile Davis is now the known name in the Chiefs backfield, it looks like West has surpassed him as the new starting RB for Kansas City. West has 11 carries the past two weeks compared to Davis’ 2 the past three weeks.
It’s still unclear what West is capable of due to his miniscule amount of playing time through two years in the league. However, it must be a good sign that the Chiefs have more faith in him than a guy who has been around. West may boom, he may bust, but one thing is for certain, he’ll be getting quality playing time on a more run-oriented team. You want to pick him up before it’s too late.
WR, Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings
You want a deep sleeper? Stefon Diggs is just that. Diggs made his NFL debut in week 4 against a tough Broncos secondary and played very well. He reeled in 6 catches for 87 a team-leading 87 yards–he also led the team with 10 targets, along with Mike Wallace. Diggs is a big play threat and perhaps the new #1 target for Teddy Bridgewater. His tremendous athleticism makes him a threat on shorts routes or even as a deep threat. The possibilities are endless for the rookie out of Maryland.
We’ll get to see more of what he’s made of in week 6 following a bye week. Diggs and the Vikings are up against a Chiefs defense that allows a whopping 35 points to WRs per week, the most of any team. Owned in just 1.2% of ESPN leagues.
TE, Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons
It’s been a sad year for tight ends, I say that week after week and nothing changes–although Antonio Gates made his presence felt in his return on Monday Night Football. While Jacob Tamme is no Gates, he is a good option in fantasy football for week 6. Tamme is coming off a game in which he went for 94 receiving yards on 8 catches. You throw Tamme the ball, he’ll catch it–he has caught 16 of 21 targets so far this season, 10 of those targets coming this past week.
With Julio Jones’ health a concern at the moment, someone else needs to emerge in the Falcons passing game. That guy will be Jacob Tamme. Matt Ryan likes throwing to tight ends. Tamme very well could come down with his first TD grab of the season against a Saints defense that allows the 3rd most points to opposing TEs.