Week 5 is in the books, with Week 6 games approaching, fantasy owners will have to be active on the waiver wire with injuries and bye weeks playing a factor now. When looking at the waiver wire, fantasy owners must try and find the best value available. The waiver wire can make or break someone's season, making it crucial to find fantasy football sleeper plays. This list of sleepers will be based off of matchup and projected game plan for week 6 of the NFL season.
Blake Bortles- Taking huge steps in his second NFL season, Bortles is improving every single week. With 10 touchdown passes and only 4 turnovers, Bortles has a solid touchdown to turnover ratio. With 4 touchdowns last week, he will look to keep it going against a Texans defense that has struggled early on this season. Bortles percent owned jumped up 17% these past 2 days of waiver wire pickups. Blake is becoming more than a sleeper and turning into a solid fantasy football option down the stretch. If you are a Peyton Manning or Tyrod Taylor owner, it may be in your best interest to take a look at Blake Bortles.
Antonio Andrews- Starting to emerge as the Titans most productive running back, Andrews could be the next big pickup at the running back position.Only owned in 32% of ESPN leagues, Andrews should be picked up with a good oppurtninuty to being the new starting running back for the Titans. Back to back games with a touchdown and possibly finding a starting running back this late in the fantasy football season. Andrews has great value and should be picked up in all league formats, especially PPR with his receiving ability.
Willie Snead- Jumping almost 43% in being owned, Snead is one of the biggest waiver wire pickups for week 6. Becoming more and more reliable for Brees at Quarterback, Snead is working his way to becoming a full time WR3 or flex option for fantasy owners week to week. Snead has over 200 yards and 12 catches over his last two games, if he can get into the end zone as well, he will be a solid option for fantasy owners down the road. He gets a matchup against division rival Atlanta Falcons that should put up a solid amount of points which will lead to a lot of passes thrown by Brees and the Saints offense.
Rishard Matthews- Not much of a sleeper in my opinion, I have no idea why Matthews is owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues. With two 100 yard games and a total of 3 touchdowns through 4 games, why wouldn't you want to own Matthews? The Dolphins are struggling, but Matthews is actually playing at a high level for the Miami Dolphins. Matthews is a solid WR3 and flex option down the stretch and should be picked up if available. He gets a favorable matchup against an average at best Titans defense.
Ladarius Green- Yes, we all know that starting tight end Antonio Gates is back and had a huge week 5. But before Gates went down, Green was a top 10 tight end option for fantasy owners. Green still had 5 catches for 50 yards even with the return of Antonio Gates. Facing a high powered Packers offense in week 6, I expect the Chargers to be playing from behind and being forced to throw the ball a ton. The Chargers will look to their big playmakers, and as of right now, Green is one of the bigger playmakers in San Diego even with Gates back.
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