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Fantasy Football Sleepers: WR - Week 6 (with video)

By Tim Heaney and Cory J. Bonini
Edited by Keith Hernandez and Nicholas Minnix

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 Weeks 2 through 5, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Wide receivers

Andre Roberts, Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills

Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice
Fill up on some Rice

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 3

  • Roberts has caught his four touchdowns this year over three of his five contests, including a two-score effort along with six catches and 118 yards in Week 4. In Weeks 1, 4 and 5, he posted at least five snares and nine targets. He's the clear No. 2 behind Larry Fitzgerald in this up-tempo offense.
  • The Bills let Alex Smith drop bombs on them in Week 5 and have allowed 27.3 standard points per game to this position. That's fourth in the league and includes average yields of 12.25 catches, 178.5 yards and 1.75 touchdowns. Arizona's injury-depleted backfield will predicate plenty of Kevin Kolb tosses, and Roberts is all but guaranteed a double-digit target afternoon.

Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Besides a one-target Week 3, Rice has logged at least five targets and three catches in each game this year. He has 13 looks and nine grabs over the last two weeks, including netting five catches for 67 yards while playing in front of what was essentially a hometown crowd in Charlotte on Sunday. Russell Wilson seems to value Rice's playmaking abilities.
  • The Patriots, for another year, have had trouble stopping opponents through the air. Even in the three games before the Denver wideouts logged big statistics, they allowed an average of 9.33 receptions for 161.3 yards and 1.67 touchdowns to wideouts to the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills.
  • Wilson's arm has been erratic, and he may not reach the heights of his predecessors, but he'll lean on Rice for at least another week.

Steve E. Smith, St. Louis Rams at Miami Dolphins

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • With Danny Amendola (clavicle) slated to miss up to two months, the Rams will have a hodgepodge of mediocre talent at wideout, including Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens to go along with Smith, who'll slide into Amendola's slot role. He hasn't had a noteworthy role in a few seasons since leaving Eli Manning's comfort zone, but he fits Amendola's skills enough that a flier in PPR leagues makes sense.
  • Facing Miami's suspect secondary is a good start: The 'Phins have allowed 15.75 catches, 193.5 receiving yards and 1.25 scores to enemy wideouts. Miami's pass rush will once again put Sam Bradford under enough duress that he'll stay with short tosses for the most part.

NEW - Devin Aromashodu, Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Jerome Simpson (leg) is experiencing leg numbness, but the Vikes are downplaying the issue, so he could suit up. However, he may not go this week, which would open up playing time for Aromashodu. His season averages aren't even worth mentioning due to his limited opportunities, so let's focus on just how sweet this matchup really is.
  • The 'Skins are the worst defense against wide receivers in the NFL by allowing 35.3 standard points per game to the position. The raw numbers: 16.50 receptions, 258.0 yards and 1.75 touchdowns per game ... yes, 258! Nothing suggests it will get any better in the immediate future for this maligned D.


 


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