Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers for NFL Week 6 (2020)
If you were looking for some good NFL DFS sleepers last week, I had you covered. I vouched for several interesting value plays, with the likes of Teddy Bridgewater, Darius Slayton, Travis Fulgham, and the Browns defense all smashing.
Evan Engram at least found the endzone, while my other two team defense plays worked out nicely, as well.
Week six is here to take our money. It’ll succeed if we’re not careful, but an easy path to winning big comes littered with killer daily fantasy football value picks.
To help you figure out which ones to use, join me as I break down my favorite NFL DFS sleepers for week 6.
QB NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 6
- Joe Burrow – Bengsals ($5.4k)
- Kyle Allen – Washington ($5.1k)
- Joe Flacco – Jets ($5.1k)
This really isn’t the week to pay all the way down at quarterback. I’ve got a pretty cheap option I like in my week 6 NFL DFS picks, but if you need to save even more cash, these three guys are on the radar.
The one that stands out the most is Joe Burrow.
His matchup is dreadful (Colts rank #1 against quarterbacks), but game flow indicates he’ll be busy in this one. He’s also topped 300+ yards three times in his five games, and Baker Mayfield did drop 200+ yards and two touchdowns in this same matchup last week.
Kyle Allen rushed in a touchdown before getting hurt last week, and it’s been decided that he’ll remain Washington’s starter as long as he’s healthy.
Kyle Allen will return as the starter; kept him out with an "abundance of caution" today.— John Keim (@john_keim) October 11, 2020
Allen is not a fun play, but he’s cheap, has some rushing upside, and gets a Giants defense that just gave up 37 points last week.
Flacco isn’t a name I utter often, but it looks like he could get another start this week. He’s Captain Checkdown at this stage of his career, but his matchup with Miami (7th most passing yards allowed) could be worse.
Week 6 NFL DFS RB Sleeper Picks
- Myles Gaskin – Dolphins ($5.4k)
- Damien Harris – Patriots ($5k)
- Devonta Freeman – Giants ($4.9k)
I will mostly be paying up at running back this week, but there is still some interesting value. It starts with Gaskin, who is arguably way too cheap for a guy coming off of a 20-point fantasy performance.
The role (13+ touches in every game this year) is locked in, he’s been productive, and now he faces a bad Jets defense that ranks 28th against running backs.
myles gaskin has 1.3 more fantasy points than miles sanders.— the podfather (@Fantasy_Mansion) October 12, 2020
Translation: he’s a guy worth using.
Damien Harris won’t do much as a receiver, but for as long as Sony Michel is out, he appears to be locked into New England’s early-down rushing role. The guy saw 17 carries in his first game of the year in his last outing, and should see some goal-line work, as well.
There’s also Freeman, who is slowly rounding into form and coming off a solid 16-point fantasy outing. He’s one of New York’s few viable options on offense, and he faces a Washington defense that ranks just 23rd against the run.
Wide Receiver NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 6
- Travis Fulgham – Eagles ($4.4k)
- Chris Conley – Jaguars ($3.6k)
- Olamide Zaccheaus – Falcons ($3.2k)
I won’t go crazy with promoting Fulgham, as I talked him up plenty in last week’s daily fantasy football sleepers write-up. He answered with the game of his life, though, dropping 34 fantasy points on the Steelers.
His matchup with the Ravens isn’t good, but he’s a speedy receiver who has shown an ability to make plays down the field. Baltimore has been a middle of the pack secondary in terms of yardage allowed to wide receivers, and the game script should work in Fulgham’s favor.
Chris Conley has been really quiet this year, but he can still be an explosive weapon. I am curious if this is his week, seeing as top Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark could miss some time.
Conley isn’t easy to trust, but he’s really cheap and faces a Lions defense that has given up the eighth-most touchdowns to receivers in 2020.
Let’s go back to the Zaccheaus well, shall we? This guy was a colossal whiff at the bare minimum price tag last week, but in the name of Brandin Cooks, we must look at him again.
Zacchaeus was quite good in his previous two games, and then turned four targets into one 13-yard catch in week five. Should Julio Jones again be out, he’s going to be an appealing GPP flier against Minnesota (27th vs. WRs) in a game NFL betting sites list with a total of 55.
Week 6 NFL DFS Values at Tight End
- Evan Engram – Giants ($4.9k)
- Trey Burton – Colts ($3.1k)
- Irv Smith Jr. – Vikings ($2.5k)
Engram was decent enough last week, especially with most tight ends failing horribly. He has been mostly quiet in 2020, but this could be the week he pops off. He gets Washington, who have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends so far this year.
Trey Burton is a cheaper option we could look at. Indy may lean on him a bit more, as Mo Alie-Cox may miss time with a knee injury.
The #Colts had a relatively clean game from an injury standpoint vs. the Browns, but still have a few players they’re monitoring this week, including TE Mo Alie-Cox & DE Justin Houston.— Andrew Walker (@AWalkerColts) October 13, 2020
Also — still too early to tell on Anthony Castonzo & Darius Leonard:https://t.co/uX9qUkFxbL
Burton stepped up with six catches last week, and may find some easy production against Cincinnati (7th most receiving yards allowed to TEs).
Lastly, why not just punt with Irv Smith Jr.? Minnesota has been reluctant to feed him the ball this year, but their matchup with the Falcons is sublime, and no Dalvin Cook may demand they air it out a bit more.
Atlanta is the second-worst defense against tight ends, and two weeks ago gave up a hat trick (3 touchdowns) to Robert Tonyan. Kyle Rudolph would also be in play here, but after heating up last week (four catches for 64 yards), Smith feels like a fun try in tournaments.
Best Defense Sleepers for Week 6 NFL DFS
- Miami Dolphins ($2.9k)
- Cleveland Browns ($2.7k)
- Minnesota Vikings ($2.3k)
Paying up for your defense has been wise in 2020, but this is one of those rare weeks where I probably prefer to punt at the position.
Miami is far from safe, but they crushed the 49ers last week (12 fantasy points), and have produced a lively pass rush and a fairly advantageous defense, overall. It’s hard not to fall in love with them against an awful Jets squad.
Cleveland is one of my favorite week 6 NFL upset picks, so yeah, I kind of like their defense. Myles Garrett heads a talented pass rush, while Cleveland has forced multiple turnovers in each of their last three contests.
I anticipate the Vikings vs. Falcons game will be utter flames, and stacking that contest makes a lot of sense. However, if you’ve been watching closely, you’ll notice Atlanta’s offense has not been clicking, and Minnesota’s defense has gotten off to amazing starts the past two weeks.
It’s possible neither really sticks in week six, but the Vikings are pretty cheap for a talented group that’s at home against a team that has yet to win a game.
Value is key in climbing the ladder each week in daily fantasy football.
Last week, there was a ton of bad chalk, and what happened? Guys like Travis Fulgham, Brandin Cooks, Teddy Bridgewater, and Chase Claypool vaulted teams to the top of GPPs.
It’s not easy to predict which values will blow up and when, but that’s why I’m here. Even if I don’t have all the answers or hit on all of my NFL DFS sleepers, some will deliver, and maybe my analysis will lead you to another successful play.
Hopefully that’s the case. Whatever you do, I wish you luck this week. For the betting side of things, check out our week 6 NFL game previews at our sports betting picks page.