Fantasy Football Update 10/11/16: Week 6 Sleeper Picks
Fantasy Football Sleepers and Waiver Wire Picks for Week 6
October 11, 2016
Week 5 in the NFL is officially finished, and it’s time to start looking ahead to Week 6 by checking out the fantasy football waiver wire. There are plenty of interesting sleepers, trending players and matchup picks to peruse, so let’s visit with some of the hot adds right now.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers: Artis-Payne was about the only thing going right for the Panthers on Monday night, as Carolina dropped another game to the Buccaneers. In that game, he rushed 18 times for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
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Artis-Payne will get a big boost in value Week 6 (that is, if Jonathan Stewart doesn’t come back), as he’ll be facing off against the Saints, who have given up the most fantasy points to opposing RBs this year.
Cameron Meridith, WR, Chicago Bears: With Alshon Jeffery hurting and Kevin White out, Meredith took over Week 5 against the Colts, grabbing nine of 12 targets for 130 yards and a TD.
That was by far Meredith’s best performance of the season. You’ll have to keep an eye on the injury situation in Chicago if you want to use him, but he’s going into a nice matchup against Jacksonville this week.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs are on a bye this week, so this is a play for down the road a little. Rodgers had a great game in Carolina, rushing 30 times for 101 yards and grabbing five balls for 28 more.
Rodgers played well as the Tampa Bay workhorse, but he’ll need better contributions from his teammates if he wants to keep it up. Doug Martin should be back after the bye, but Rodgers is still a sneaky sleeper play in deeper leagues, as he may have played himself into more of a timeshare moving forward.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Mariota had his best week of the season on Sunday against the Dolphins, going 20-of-29 for 163 yards and three touchdowns.
So far this year, Mariota has posted at least 17.62 fantasy points in three of five games. Against a flimsy Cleveland defense, he’s a great pickup for those fantasy owners who need a bye-week band-aid.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: We’ve been pretty high on James over the past few weeks, as he’s settling into a Heath-Miller-type role for Pittsburgh. In the Jets game, he came up with six grabs on eight targets for 43 yards and a TD.
James now has three touchdowns in five games, and has hit at least 7.5 fantasy points in each of those outings. He’s somewhat touchdown-dependent, but with the way the Steelers offense has been humming lately that’s not asking too much.
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