Week 6 Deep Sleepers
This is the first week with four teams on bye as the Bills, Bears, Raiders, and Colts are off. With several injuries and more players being added to the injury report on Thursday and Friday, it’s the first week where digging deeper could be necessary. Here are some deep sleepers for Week 6.
QB Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers
Some thought Allen would be the answer for the Panthers when Cam Newton went down, and Allen looked good against the Cardinals with 261 passing yards and four touchdowns. In the two games since, Allen hasn’t been as good and has had trouble holding on to the football, fumbling six times, losing five. Allen should get back on track against the Buccaneers, who have been one of the top teams against the run and struggle against the pass. The Buccaneers held Christian McCaffrey to 37 yards on 16 carries in Week 2. The Panthers had wide receivers getting open consistently against the Buccaneers, who allow the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
RB Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens
The Bengals have been getting gashed by the run, allowing at least 175 rushing yards in three of five games. Almost every game, two running backs have been relevant for fantasy most week. The Ravens are a run-oriented team and will thrive against the Bengals, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs, including six rushing touchdowns. The game script should be in favor of the Ravens, putting Edwards is in a good spot to get double-digit touches.
RB Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons
Smith is getting more snaps than a typical backup running back. He played 47 percent of the snaps last week and had double-digit touches. That could happen again against the Cardinals, who play at high-pace. With the Falcons’ defense struggling, there should be a lot of plays on both sides. Smith had five carries for 19 yards and six receptions for 45 yards last week. It’s the second straight week Smith reached double-digit points in PPR formats.
WR Byron Pringle, Kansas City Chiefs
Pringle is a better play if Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins are out. There is a chance Hill returns, and it’s unlikely Watkins plays due to a hamstring injury. Pringle would benefit if Watkins is out, and he looked good last week. Pringle had six catches for 103 yards with a touchdown on eight targets. It was the first time he was given a big opportunity, and he excelled. With a 55-point over/under against the Texans, Pringle is a consideration for those with bye week issues and injuries.
WR Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins
If there was ever a week to feel good about the Dolphins, it’s this one. They are 3.5-point underdogs at home against the winless Redskins. Williams has been one of the few bright spots this year. Williams has at least six targets in three of four games, and Josh Rosen tends to look for him more. In two games with Rosen, Williams has 19 targets. Williams has double-digit points in PPR formats in three of four games.
WR Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals
Tate is becoming more involved in the offense over the last few games. He has three consecutive games of at least six targets and has at least nine points in PPR formats in each of those games. Despite dropping a touchdown last week, he came through with three catches for 26 yards with a touchdown. The Bengals are 11-point underdogs and will continue to pass a lot.
TE Noah Fant, Denver Broncos
Finding a deep sleeper at tight end is difficult. It’s a thin position, and it doesn’t help that four teams are on bye.
Fant hasn’t been a big part of the offense. He has one game of double-digit points in PPR formats and hasn’t seen more than four targets in any game. The reason why the rookie could produce is the matchup. The Titans have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in every game except one, and in that game, Austin Hooper had nine catches for 130 yards.
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