The majority of fantasy football players are entering Week 6 with a 2-3 or 3-2 record, starters on bye weeks, and injured early round draft picks. Since this is a pretty pivotal point in the season, hitting on the right waiver wire adds and sleeper starters is crucial. Let’s take a look at a few sneaky starts that can help you to a critical W.
Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
Crowder is a slippery, quick slot receiver whose role seems to grow every week. Jordan Reed has also been ruled out due to his sixth concussion, leaving his weekly double digit targets up for grabs. I envision the Eagles playing a lot of deep safety looks to ensure DeSean Jackson doesn’t get his ‘revenge’ game. With 8-10 targets in reach, I love Crowder as a WR3/Flex play.
Spencer Ware, RB, KC
Everyone seems down on Ware this week, even though he gets the Raiders sieve-like run defense. Yes, Jamaal Charles is back. But there’s no way to know if he’s BACK. I think Ware gets 15+ touches, including goal line work, making him a serviceable RB2 with some serious TD upside.
Cameron Meredith, WR, CHI
Breaking through last week in his first start for the injured Kevin White, the concensus is that Meredith looks the part. Going 9/130/1 on 12 targets certainly helps that cause, and I like Meredith to continue in the WR2 role for the gunslinging Brian Hoyer. Hoyer’s implosion is inevitable, but I don’t think it’s this week against the burnable secondary of Jacksonville. With teams rolling all coverage to Alshon Jeffery, Meredith has a great chance at weekly WR3 treatment.
Bobby Rainey, RB, NYG
Rainey has been the most productive RB for Big Blue YTD, and I think this continues this week vs Baltimore. Sporting a stout run defense, I don’t see Rashad Jennings or Orleans Darkwa having any luck pounding the rock between the tackles. That leaves Rainey’s passing down role as the most likely contributor of fantasy value, and I don’t think 12+ touches is a stretch. Especially in PPR, feel free rolling him out as an RB3/Flex option.