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6 Fantasy Football Sleepers to Use in Your Week 6 Lineups

| October 14, 2021 6:46 am PDT

I’ve been handing out fantasy football sleepers for the past two weeks. Last week I hit it big, as Deonte Harris was a smash hit.

A few other options were at least serviceable, but that’s the name of the game when trying to hit on weekly fantasy sleepers. Most will flop, but if you can hit on one in any given week, it just might save you in that particular matchup.

If you need some extra help locating high-upside options that could help you out, then join me for another look at viable fantasy football sleepers in week six.

But first, be sure to nab the best week six fantasy football waiver wire pickups.

Carson Wentz, QB, Colts (15% owned)

Carson Wentz

I don’t want to overlap here, as two solid options (Davis Mills and Geno Smith) are among the hottest waiver wire pickups in week six.

Somehow, Wentz is still available in 85% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues, though, and he probably shouldn’t be. Rather, he’s one of the top fantasy sleepers now.

Check your thoughts about Wentz as an NFL quarterback at the table. He still offers fantasy upside, and he’s coming off a nice outing (402 passing yards, 2 TDs).

Indy lost, but Wentz and co. gained confidence in a close game against the Ravens. It only gets better this week, as Wentz faces a bad Texans team, and the top NFL betting sites peg the Colts as near-10-point favorites.

  • Other options: Davis Mills (1%) and Geno Smith (1%)

Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Patriots (7%)

I don’t want to ignore Darrel Williams, who is obviously on the table right now. He’s also somehow still available in 80% of Yahoo! Fantasy football leagues, but once waivers go through, I have to think that isn’t close to being accurate.

He’s a good play across the board, but someone with a shot at being available for your week six fantasy football lineups might be Stevenson.

Stevenson isn’t some smash play, but he saw 11 carries last week, and normal starter Damien Harris is banged up.

Even if he’s active, something tells me Bill Belichick hasn’t forgotten his blunder.

Should Harris be out or limited, Stevenson figures to be part of New England’s backfield in a must-win game at home against the Cowboys.

Dallas has been brutal for running backs in 2021 (3rd vs RBs), but Stevenson’s possible role may be too good to ignore if you’re desperate.

  • Other options: Devontae Booker (9%) and Brandon Bolden (9%)

Kalif Raymond, WR, Lions (3%)

I mentioned Amon-Ra St. Brown in my week six daily fantasy football sleepers (and I’ll list him and his ownership below), but Raymond is even lower owned.

He’s just as viable, as all Lions receivers get a boost with Quintez Cephus being knocked out for the season.

St. Brown is probably the better long-term add, but in the event he’s gone, you should consider Raymond.

He also displayed some upside earlier this year, when he hauled in two scores against the Chicago Bears, and he’s suddenly looking at an enhanced role.

  • Other options: DeSean Jackson (5%) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (4%)

Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Colts (3%)

I talked about Ricky Seals-Jones last week, and also vouched for him in my week six NFL DFS sleeper picks. I’ll get off of him here and focus on Alie-Cox.

Alie-Cox doesn’t have a massive role, but it does appear to be growing. He has yet to haul in more than three catches in a game this year, but his two best games have come in the last two weeks.

  • 3 receptions, 50 yards, 0 TDs
  • 3 receptions, 42 yards, 2 TDs

The October 3rd game is the one I’d be excited about, especially since Indy continues to be without top wide receiver, T.Y. Hilton.

Carson Wentz has a history of utilizing his tight ends, and Alie-Cox is an explosive athlete that offers some upside if he can keep getting looks. Oh, and he’s facing a Texans defense that ranks dead last at stopping tight ends in 2021.

  • Other options: Ricky Seals-Jones (2%) and Anthony Firkser (7%)

Evan McPherson, K, Bengals (5%)

I would imagine a lot of former McPherson owners dropped the Bengals kicker after he missed his only two field goal tries in a tense OT loss in week five.

That was ugly, but prior to that, the rookie had converted 10 of his first 11 kicks, and three of them came in the clutch.

Considering he was part of one of the ugliest combined kicking days the league has ever seen, I say give the kid a mulligan.

He’s one of my favorite week six fantasy football sleepers, as he operates out of a solid offense, and has a great matchup. Cincy faces a Lions team that has allowed the most fantasy points to kickers.

It may feel dirty but going right back to the well with McPherson may be genius in week six.

  • Other options: Randy Bullock (2%) and Dustin Hopkins (6%)

Seattle Seahawks Defense (6%)

This one is a bit of a conflict of interests, I’ll admit. In my week six NFL parlay picks, I have the Steelers getting a win at home.

Facing Geno Smith has its perks, I’d imagine.

While probably true, the waiver wire isn’t loaded with quality fantasy defenses at this point, and if Seattle is going to win in this spot, they probably need to show up on defense.

Ben Roethlisberger has looked washed often in 2021, so that’s not that outlandish of an idea for desperate fantasy football managers in week six.

  • Other options: Jacksonville Jaguars (1%) and Detroit Lions (1%)

Week 6 Fantasy Football Advice

Fantasy Football Graphic

Going into week six fantasy football, you need to trust your studs, and thankfully, there aren’t too many bad injury sports to deal with.

This is the start of bye weeks, however, so nailing those weekly fantasy sleepers becomes more important than usual.

There should be enough options out there to get you a solid combination of upside and safety. Hopefully the week six fantasy football sleepers above should get you headed in the right direction.

Beyond these fantasy sleepers, keep in mind how NFL odds can impact how games go.

It isn’t an exact science, but leaning on point spreads and game totals can tell you a lot about games, and it can help you make fantasy lineup decisions.

I’m just one writer when it comes to getting fantasy football advice. If you need some help with your week six fantasy football start and sit calls, see who Nick Sterling loves and hates this week.

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Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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