Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 6 matchups to exploit

by Cory J. Bonini on October 10, 2013 @ 11:19:36 PDT


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Wide receiver

Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets

Sanders has at least four grabs and no fewer than eight targets in each game this year. He should draw cornerback Kyle Wilson and may see a lot of work if Antonio Brown is blanketed by Antonio Cromartie.

The Jets have given up a respectable 22.8 standard fantasy points per game to the position on averages of 13.6 catches, 181.0 yards and 1.00 touchdowns.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers

Hilton has been dangerously inconsistent this season and is coming off a monster game that will have fantasy owners inclined to start him. They should be, especially against the Chargers' forgiving defensive backfield.

The Bolts have surrendered the fourth-most standard fantasy points (28.4) per outing. Receivers are averaging 15.4 grabs, 214.4 yards and 1.4 TDs per matchup against them.

Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills

Sanu has been quiet this year, but that could all change with the Bills doing everything in their power to limit A.J. Green.

Buffalo has been accosted by wideouts for the second-most fantasy points allowed in standard scoring with 30.6 allowed, on average. Enemy receivers have managed to put up per-game figures of 13.6 grabs, 223.6 yards and 1.60 touchdowns.

DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans vs. St. Louis Rams

Sure, Matt Schaub has struggled mightily of late, but Hopkins figures to draw single coverage most of the game due to the presence of Andre Johnson opposite him. The rookie wideout has big-play potential and a great matchup to exploit.

The Rams have been smacked around by the receiver position to the tune of 13.0 receptions, 185.8 yards and 1.60 touchdowns against per game in five outings.

Tight end

Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Reed missed Week 4 play with a thigh injury but rested up over the bye and appears on track to play without any limitations. He posted a total line of 8-68-1 in two games before the injury.

Dallas' defensive woes were amplified by a meeting with Peyton Manning last week, but they have allowed healthy numbers to the tight end position. Opposing teams have averaged 13.4 non-PPR points, 8.2 catches, 93.6 yards and 0.80 touchdowns against them.

Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A beautiful 25-yard touchdown reception a week ago from quarterback Nick Foles was the highlight of Celek's day, since he finished with two grabs for 22 yards otherwise. It appears as though Foles will get the start for the injured Michael Vick (hamstring) in Week 6 play.

Tampa Bay's defense of tight ends has been all over the map in 2013. On average, they have given up 10.5 standard fantasy points, 5.5 receptions, 82.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns to the position.

NEW - Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings

Carolina's passing game needs a boost, and a tilt with the Vikings could do just that, at least for the short term. LaFell has been targeted 20 times in his last three outings, including nine times in Week 5. Tight end Greg Olsen (foot) is battling through an injury and could be limited.

Minnesota is a little banged up on defense and, maybe more importantly, has given up a lot of receptions to the wide receiver position, which bodes well for LaFell's style of play. On average, wideouts have averaged 17.25 catches, 203.3 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game.

PKs and DTs are next

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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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