Fantasy football sleepers: WR - Week 6

by Cory J. Bonini on October 13, 2011 @ 01:41:59 PDT


In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Week 2 to Week 5, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

David Nelson, Buffalo Bills at New York Giants

St. Louis Rams WR Danario Alexander
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Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

  • Buffalo's slot receiver has averaged 4.75 receptions on 6.75 targets, 47.8 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game. Nelson is an excellent red zone target and should continue to be involved, especially if Buffalo's suspect defense puts the offense in comeback situations.The loss of Donald Jones (ankle) for at least the next month means more targets for Nelson, who will now move into the starting lineup opposite Stevie Johnson.
  • The Giants have let wide receivers rack up the fourth most yards (213.0) per game in the league. That comes on 15.25 receptions, and wideouts have found the end zone 0.75 times per contest.
  • This game could be a pass-happy affair on both sides of the coin. The Giants are down a running back and know the best way to attack the Bills is through the air.

Danario Alexander, St. Louis Rams at Green Bay Packers

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 2

  • Alexander has been targeted 7.67 times per game, which resulted in only 2.67 weekly grabs. He has averaged an impressive 24.5 yards per reception, thus bringing his per-matchup average to 65.3 yards. Alexander scored once in his last three games combined.
  • The Rams have had the bye week to develop a sound game plan against the Packers, whose secondary has given up a lot of fantasy points this year. Alexander is a great red zone target despite having such a massive per-grab average.
  • The Packers have allowed receivers to record 12.25 catches, 175.5 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per game through the air. That translates to 23.5 fantasy points per game to the position.

Dane Sanzenbacher, Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings

Fantasy value: High-end No. 3

  • While it is a good thing for fantasy purposes to see Sanzenbacher producing, it comes as a byproduct of Chicago's porous offensive line and inconsistent play among his receiving mates. Sanzenbacher has seen 6.50 targets per game turn into an average of 3.75 receptions. He is averaging a mere 9.3 yards per catch. This is a result of Jay Cutler not having any time to find an open receiver down the field and his reliance on the rookie as a safety outlet. Sanzenbacher's saving grace has been his two scores in the last month.
  • The Vikings have a pretty strong pass rush and should be able to pressure Cutler with regularity. On average, receivers have averaged 13.00 catches for 189.3 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per matchup.
  • Minnesota's defense has taken down quarterbacks 3.50 times per game, which should be a huge factor in how much we hear Sanzenbacher's extremely fun to pronounce name in Week 6.

NEW - Laurent Robinson, Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Robinson shined in Week 4 with Miles Austin (hamstring) sidelined, snaring seven passes for 116 yards. Even with Austin back, Robinson should continue to make some noise in the Cowboys' pass-first offense. Ability wasn't the problem for L-Rob; injuries have derailed opportunities to grow.
  • He'll have a shot to progress versus a New England secondary that has paved a Freedom Trail for opposing wideouts: 13.50 receptions, 205.3 yards and 2.00 touchdowns allowed per outing. The Pats will pay plenty of attention to Austin, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, which could open up looks for Robinson in what should be a shootout.

NEW - Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans

Fantasy value: No. 3 or flex

  • Lee Evans (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday and is iffy to go for Week 6. If he plays, we might see a reduction in Smith's snaps; their deep-threat styles are similar. Either way, Smith was targeted eight times in his breakout Week 3 and six times in a less successful Week 4, so it's not like he'd be a stranger even if Evans were to suit up.
  • Houston's 12.75 catches, 176.0 yards and 1.25 scoring grabs allowed per outing to receivers presents a decent chance for Joe Flacco and the passing game to wake up.
  • The Texans just lost Mario Williams (pectoral) for the season, which hinders what was a much-improved pass rush that was bolstering the defense as a whole. It might be easier for the opposition to pick on the secondary once again - not to the extent of last year's abuse, but an easier endeavor nonetheless.
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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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