Heading into Week 6 Fantasy Football action, here are the top 5 sleepers discussed between Luis Tirado Jr. and Genna Preston of The Jet Press.
Oct 2, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) warms up prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi
Week 6 is here and so far this fantasy football season, things are as unpredictable as they come. Sleepers truly define this fantasy season as it’s imperative to work the waiver wire weekly to find hidden gems in the rough.
Genna Preston, Contributor for The Jet Press, truly knows everything and anything when it comes to fantasy football. She’s always spot on in her predictions and since I also love fantasy football, I figured it would be great to see which players she thought would be huge sleepers this week and well, every week from here on out.
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Without further ado, here is a sit-down we had over the top five sleepers heading into Week 6 action in fantasy football.
Next: 5. Keep an eye out for this Titan
5. Quarterback Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
LTJ: Alright, Genna. Wow, this fantasy football season has been pretty unpredictable but adds even more to the overall excitement. This week, I got quarterback Marcus Mariota as my No. 1 fantasy sleeper this week, what do you think?
GP: Luis, you are not kidding what a season it’s been! I really have faith in Mariota this week! He’s coming off his best season performance. Last week he earned over 20 fantasy points, that was great for any roster. This week he takes on the Cleveland Browns, who have yet to win a game. Not to mention they rank 25th in the league against defending the pass. If he plays his cards right, we should see a repeat of last week’s performance for sure.
LTJ: Oh man, those poor Browns won’t know what hits them this week. Last week it was the New England Patriots, now it’s the Titans with a dominating run game. I think Mariota will drop two, maybe even three touchdown passes in this Week 6 matchup, what’s his final fantasy stat line in your opinion?
GP: It will definitely be a dominating game. I’m putting Mariota at 270 yards, two touchdowns, and zero picks. That should be easy enough for the Titans to handle and the best part is he’s only owned in about 60 percent of leagues, so he still might be available.
Next: 4. A tight end on the rise
Sep 26, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener (82) catches a touchdown pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
4. Tight End Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints
LTJ: Ever since Coby Fleener left the Indianapolis Colts for a greater opportunity with the New Orleans Saints, I felt it was the best thing he could do with his career. I can see him having a big game this week against the Carolina Panthers. Their defensive secondary leaves much to the imagination. Could he be a viable TE1 this week?
GP: It’s funny you mention Fleener as I definitely suggest starting him this week! Sometimes it takes the right team to make a player shine. As for his matchup, the Panthers are definitely not the team we remember last season. Their secondary is lacking in all the right places for Fleener to have a great week. The Panthers have offered a touchdown to the position in three out of their last five games. I can see Fleener finding the end zone for sure.
LTJ: Ouch, yeah, I stand by what I said earlier in that Fleener is the guy I’d easily start this week in my fantasy lineup. I can only imagine the fireworks quarterback Drew Brees is going to have against their secondary. Any other Saints we should keep an eye on in fantasy this week?
GP: Of course! It’s the return of Willie Snead. Well, he came back briefly in Week 4 but it wasn’t the Snead we all expected. If he’s coming back as the player we saw in Week 1 then I’m excited and a little jealous I don’t have him on my roster. He earned over 30 points in Week 1, that’s money!
Next: 3. A controversial quarterback ready to deliver
Sep 12, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) huddles with his team during the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter at Levi
3. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
LTJ: We all know the controversy involving quarterback Colin Kaepernick but looking at his fantasy football value this week, makes him a sleeper pick. The San Francisco 49ers hit the road to face the Buffalo Bills and their stout defense. I still think Kaepernick has much to prove and especially to silence his critics throughout all his controversy. What is your fantasy outlook for him this week?
GP: I agree with you 100 percent. Kaepernick has a lot to prove aside from the controversy he’s been causing. In March he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Nobody is going to sign him if he doesn’t prove his worth. It’s literally his only opportunity to deliver. I have to admit I’m pushing for him. He was a Super Bowl quarterback, so he should be able to find that stride. Yes, the Bills defense has been amazing but, I think he will pull through.
LTJ: Exactly, I know he’s lost a lot of that incredible talent around him when the 49ers were lighting up the NFL scene but he still is a much better quarterback than people give him credit for. I think he’ll put on a clinic against the Bills and bring the biggest upset of Week 6. Think he’ll score touchdowns more through the air or ground against the Bills?
GP: Unfortunately that’s the part I worry about. The 49ers really don’t have elite receivers. I’m hoping with Kaepernick that will all change. But, I think Carlos Hyde will have a great running game and I expect a touchdown from him.
Next: 2. A Bear that has yet to score a touchdown
Sep 25, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) runs after a catch as Dallas Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant (56) pursues in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
2. Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
LTJ: I have been enjoying life after Jay Cutler for the Chicago Bears as of late. Quarterback Brian Hoyer has been surprising me so far this year as I think he’ll continue to get better as the season progresses. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has yet to score a touchdown this season as I can see him having a big game this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. What do you think?
GP: Honestly speaking, I have lost all faith in Jeffery. Week after week I tell myself this is the game to decide if I’m going to drop him but, I just can’t bring myself to do it. I would love to see him do great but, I can’t see it. However, I do believe Cameron Meredith will have a great game with defenses focusing on Jeffrey
LTJ: Interesting, so fantasy owners would be better off going with Meredith over Jeffery? I disagree since Jeffery is a better athlete and it takes some time to get used to going from a terrible quarterback in Cutler to a new one in Hoyer. Think that the past few weeks they’ve developed that rhythm will come into play against the Jaguars. Which receiving target would fantasy owners be better off with besides Jeffery?
GP: I’m still rocking with Meredith because he was targeted the most in last week’s game. If Jeffrey is double covered, Meredith will be the main target. Especially if Eddie Royal doesn’t play as he’s currently listed as questionable and didn’t practice due to a calf injury this week.
Next: 1. A Lion we disagree with
1. Wide Receiver Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
LTJ: I know how much you love quarterback Matthew Stafford not just in your fantasy lineups but for everything he brings to the table. I predict a huge fantasy game this week as the Lions welcome the Los Angeles Rams to Ford Field. Wide receiver Marvin Jones should have a strong game due to how banged up their defensive secondary is. Is he worth starting in your book? I have him as a WR2 or even as a FLEX option this week.
GP: You’re right, I love Stafford, just not this week! The Lions were looking decent in the beginning of the season and then it all went downhill. As for Marvin Jones, he needs for Stafford to get it together before he can really shine. If you look at the past two weeks, he barely earned double-digit points. As much as I would love to see the Lions ball out, I think fantasy owners should hold out another week to test the waters. Keep in mind, in Week 4 the Rams shut down Larry Fitzgerald.
LTJ: You are right about that, Genna! I was shocked they contained Fitzgerald but I think Stafford’s momentum will be too much to handle. Jones had a big week against the Green Bay Packers a few weeks ago. Plus he’s coming off a quiet game but did score a touchdown last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. I predict a touchdown or two for Jones this week, what about you?
GP: I hope Stafford does keep the momentum going! However, I only see Jones having maybe one touchdown. However, if you look at the past few games, the Rams tend to let the WR2 and WR3 score more than the WR1. Maybe we’ll finally see a good game from Anquan Boldin and Golden Tate.