Fantasy Football News and Updates: Week 6 Sleepers and Players To Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Players to Watch
October 11, 2013
Week 6 Players to Watch
Matt Schaub - If everything is truly bigger in Texas, try to imagine how heavy the weight must be on Matt Schaub's shoulders. After throwing a pick-six in 4 consecutive games, Matt Schaub is a cat that has no more lives to spare. The city of Houston is poised to run Schaub out of town if he does not play like a superstar this weekend against the Rams. Despite the fact the Texans are playing at home this weekend, Schaub could be on the verge of facing the nastiest crowd of his career. To make matters even worse for Schaub, he won't be able to throw to his reliable tight end, Owen Daniels, and he may also be without his favorite target, Andre Johnson. The Fantasy Football World will be watching to see if Schaub can keep his job on Sunday, because is he gets benched, the entire Texans' offense will lose a tremendous amount of fantasy value.
Keenan Allen - Allen is starting to make his way into the world of fantasy football relevancy, but many owners are still hesitant to take a gamble on the Chargers' rookie wide receiver. Allen has played well over the last two weeks (11 catches for 195 yards and a TD), and there is no reason to suggest he will slow down. Philip Rivers has stated that he is gaining confidence in Allen, and the Chargers coaches have endorsed Allen by saying he will be more involved in the offense. While statements like this should be taken with a grain of salt, Allen is exceeding expectation by his play on the field. Allen is the Charges best deep threat and Rivers loves to sling the rock downfield, so as long as Allen continues to make big plays, he is a viable fantasy starter and may emerge as the top wide receiver in San Diego.
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Jerome Simpson - The Vikings have the #1 running back in the NFL, but they do not have a bona fide #1 wide receiver on their roster. Jerome Simpson is starting to change that. Simpson is on the verge of becoming a reliable fantasy option. Simpson leads the Vikings in targets (with 32) and he already has two games with 100+ receiving yards. The Vikings did not play last week, and Simpson still has more total receiving yards than Randall Cobb, Larry Fitzgerald, and Marques Colston. The only thing holding back Simpson's fantasy appeal is his lack of touchdowns. There are many factors going in Simpson's favor at the moment: upgraded quarterback play, the NFL's best running back dominating defensive attention, and leading the Vikings in targets and receiving yards. Fantasy owners need to keep an eye on Simpson's progress as he could be a very helpful fantasy football player.
Andre Ellington - It's back to Arizona and the discussion about Ellington taking over for Mendenhall. The following numbers will explain why fantasy owners should monitor this situation. Ellington has 264 total yards on the season for an average of 8.5 yards per touch. Mendenhall has 283 total yards on the season for an average of 3.6 yards per touch. When is comes to just rushing, Ellington is averaging 6.7 yards per carry and Mendenhall is averaging 3.2 yards per carry.
Donald Brown - Who would have ever guessed that Donald Brown would become relevant to fantasy footballers after the Colts signed Ahmad Bradshaw and traded for Trent Richardson? Well, in this crazy NFL universe, Donald Brown is trying to creep back onto the scene. So far this season, Trent Richardson has 82 carries for 256 yards which is an average of 3.1 yards per carry. Donald Brown has 19 carries for 157 yards which is an average of 8.3 yards per carry. The Colts invested too much in Richardson to sit him on the bench, but if he keeps performing this poorly and Brown keeps performing better than expected, the Colts backfield could become a true committee and Brown may become a decent flex play.
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