The running back situation is a mess this week after a slew of injuries in week 5. Most of the backup RBs benefitting from those injuries are listed in this week’s Risers and Fallers column. While a lot of those players could qualify as sleepers as well based on their still relatively low owned rate, I try to use this space more for guys that are a little less obvious. This Sleepers column is also much more matchups-based. Come here to find one-start stopgaps, while hit the Risers and Fallers to find potential long-term solutions.
Byes will also factor into the sleeper pickups fantasy owners need week by week. This week we’ll be without Kansas City and New Orleans. Here are you week 6 sleepers:
George Winn, RB, Detroit Lions
Winn looked pretty good filling in for the concussed Joique Bell last week. After picking up 48 yards on 11 carries, Winn could see some success against the Vikings this week who are allowing 4.7 YPC to running backs. Standing in his way is the health of Reggie Bush (currently questionable with an ankle injury) and even the potential return of Theo Riddick. Keep an eye on the injury status of those two players, but if Winn gets the chance to start, he should have a nice game in week 6.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
Currently owned in only 5% of leagues, ODB made his NFL debut last week, hauling in four catches for 44 yards and a TD. He was able to create nice separation last week against the Falcons, and could be in line for more catches this week against an Eagles team that isn’t known for defense. A shootout might be brewing in Philly this week.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans
While Hunter is already owned in about 70% of leagues, his stock is currently falling after a series of disappointing starts. That changed last week when Hunter went off for 99 yards and a trip to the end zone. While he only caught three passes, he was on the field for 68 of the 70 offensive snaps. As Pro Football Focus’ Mike Clay tweeted, that was “20 more than Nate Washington, 11 more than Kendall Wright. New #1 WR in town? Probably.”
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
I listed Adams as a sleeper in week 3 as well, thinking he might replace Boykins as the third starter. That didn’t really happen back then, but now that Boykins is out for a week or two with groin and knee injuries, Adams is all but solidified to pick up the scraps left by Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in the Pack’s passing attack.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Sanu has been steady all year long. He’s not spectacular, but he’s shown he can be counted on for reliable production week after week. Chances are he’s available in your league too, with an owned rate below 15%. You never know when the Bengals will pull one of their trick plays and allow Sanu to throw for a TD either.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST
With a week 6 matchup against the atrocious Tampa Bay Bucs, the Ravens defense has a chance to feast. The Ravens became the first defense to hold the Colts offense under 24 points this season, and Tampa Bay is the third-most generous offense to opposing D/STs, surrendering nearly 11 PPG. Given the lackluster Mike Glennon under center and WR Mike Evans sitting out with an injury, the stars might be aligned for the Ravens to far outperform their roughly 16% ownership rate.