In Week 6, we have new targets emerging for future trophy winning sleepers. The new opportunities bring hope for others to appear and smash their projections.
In Week 6, we have new targets emerging for future trophy winning sleepers. We now see the rise of two new starting running backs (Rhamondre Stevenson and Kenneth Walker) and a new starting quarterback (and head coach) in Carolina. With so many questions needing answers, the league has been crazier than ever. However, the new opportunities bring hope for others to appear and smash their projections.
But before we get to that, we have to close out Week 5, which brought us a little bit of everything. So with the word accountability flying around the fantasy space, we continue to do what we’ve done for two years and cover all the hits and the misses.
So let’s get into it:
Quarterbacks Remain Our Best Trophy Winning Sleepers Moving Into Week 6
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With Carson Wentz finishing at QB6 for the week, we have four top 12 finishes in five weeks. Matt Ryan was the only disappointment—one Falcons and Colts fans know all too well. Wentz ranked as QB19, so he was a true trash heap pick. He also outscored three out of four lineup suggestions, falling only behind the unstoppable Geno Smith.
Running Back Was Good, but Not Good Enough
Travis Etienne came in at RB22 with 14.4 PPR points after being projected to be RB36 and went four for four in lineup suggestions this week. But two things here. First, we only count top 12 finishes as wins, so the four of four doesn’t do much for you unless you rostered one of the other players mentioned. Second, how does one start a game with huge plays and then fizzle?
Etienne should’ve had a monster week but remains a complete enigma in a mess of a backfield after continuously failing to capitalize on missed opportunities.
Right Team, Wrong Commander
To quote the Paul Rudd gif, “Not me.” We put our money on Terry McLaurin only to have Brown go off for a Gabe Davis game (and outscore Amon-Ra St Brown just for a funny anecdote). McLaurin was okay (like he tends to be), but definitely not good enough to count as a win. He was only better than two of the four lineup decisions I gave. Just not good enough.
Wrong Team X2
We picked the wrong Saints tight end too. I loved the matchup and expected Juwan Johnson to take advantage, only to watch cement feet Adam Trautman take that top 12 spot. Of course, Taysom Hill also finished in the top 10, but I refuse to acknowledge him as a tight end. Meanwhile, Johnson got one catch for thirteen yards which is a sad state of affairs. He went two for four on lineup suggestions, as he faced two goose eggs this week.
So let’s look at where we stand with our trophy winning sleepers heading into Week 6.
Trophy Winning Sleepers Record Going Into Week 6:
Top 12 Finishes - 7-13
Lineup Advice - 55-29
Let’s get a big Week 6 here to get those trophy winning sleepers to where they belong!
Can't Help but Hate All the Trophy Winning Sleepers at Quarterback, but This Guy Could Hit in Week 6
Jimmy Garoppolo has a great matchup at Atlanta, and with bye weeks upon us, it is slim pickings for trophy winning sleepers at the bottom of the Week 6 rankings. So give me the consensus QB20 to put up big numbers against a Falcons team ranked 22nd in points allowed to opposing fantasy quarterbacks.
Week 6 may be his only big game this season, but Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle are about to go off with Garoppolo getting all those fantastic YAC points from dump-offs and slants.
I like Jimmy G to outscore Jacoby Brissett, Matthew Stafford, Zach Wilson, and Carson Wentz this week.
Feel Like Running Backs Are Becoming a Disappointing Trend
Cam Akers looks bad; I mean really bad. The once-promising young running back doesn’t look the same since returning from an Achilles injury. However, the Rams are playing a Panthers defense who just got torched by Jeff Wilson Jr and Tevin freaking Coleman. They are 27th in points allowed to opposing running backs and now have no head coach, which still might be an improvement.
Expect Cam Akers to get you one step closer to that Champ Chain in 2022.
The consensus RB29 should be in your lineup over CEH, Najee Harris, Kareem Hunt, and James Robinson.
**Following the news, Mike is choosing to pivot to Darrell Henderson. He added:
Most importantly, I hope Cam Akers is ok. No idea what is going on with him but hoping for the best. For the sleeper, it’s a pivot to Darrell Henderson as the call. The write up was about the matchup so the same applies. Make sure you grab Kyren Williams in your dynasty leagues.
Which Version of These Trophy Winning Sleepers Will We Get in Week 6?
DeVonta Smith has been an absolute roller coaster for fantasy this year, and I can understand the hesitation in wanting to play him in a division matchup against the Cowboys. But where else will you find 11 targets this low in the rankings? I expect Smith to put up huge numbers in a clash of rivals with big points scored.
The consensus WR28 has to get the nod over Diontae Johnson, Mike Williams, Jakobi Meyers, and Amari Cooper.
A Sleepers Dream Matchup for Week 6 Trophy Winning Plays
Arizona covers tight ends about as well as your old football uniform covers your beer belly now. The only matchup I’d prefer is if Will Dissly played against his own team, but that is illegal, so here we are.
I am all aboard the Geno Smith train and want any piece of this offense I can get. So let’s take Dissly to reach pay dirt this week and push into that top 12 finish despite a consensus rank of TE20.
Dissly has a bigger week upcoming than Dalton Schultz, Evan Engram, Ty Conklin, and Robert Tonyan.