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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 6

Sony Michel is a great play in every format this week. Photo via Sony Michel/Facebook

Week 6 starts tonight and I have more sleeper plays for you. Let’s take a peek at how I did last week, and then look ahead to this week’s slate of games. My standard for a good fantasy game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD, and this is for PPR scoring. Of course, the bar is a little lower for TEs.  

Week 5 Results


T.J. Yeldon (JAX): Right, great game!

Matt Breida (SF): Right, 60 total yards and a TD before he got hurt.

James Conner (PIT): RIGHT! Huge game for Conner! He was my pick for “Put your name on it” on my fantasy show Moneyline on ESPN 97.5 this week. Nailed it. 

Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry (TEN): Wrong, even in a great matchup you can’t trust these guys. I did say only play these guys if you’re desperate. At least I have that.

Sony Michel (NE): Right, he’s getting into must-start territory.


Calvin Ridley (ATL): Wrong, he didn’t come through in a fantastic matchup against the Steelers. Targets will be the issue for him, but he scores TDs.

Jordy Nelson (OAK): Right, I had a feeling he would have a good game with all the attention going to Amari Cooper.

Julian Edelman (NE): Wrong, 7 catches for 57 yards in a PPR didn’t kill you, but his drop hurt his stats for sure. It was risky picking him in his 1st game back, but he was clearly involved and highly targeted.

Sterling Shepard (NYG): Wrong-ish, 4 catches for 75 yards isn’t bad. He now has 75 receiving yards or more in 3 straight games.


Austin Hooper (ATL): Right, finally! I said Hooper was dead to me if he didn’t have a big game against the Steelers, and he finally did it. 9 catches and 77 yards in a PPR for a waiver wire TE, that’s what I’m talking about! I had the stones to put him in the article, did you have the courage to start him?

George Kittle (SF): Right, 5 catches for 83 yards and he left the game injured. I’ll take that.


Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): Right, 3 TDs and only 1 pick for Big Ben!

Blake Bortles (JAX): Right, it’s always ugly when you start Bortles. The 4 picks were awful, but he came through with over 20 fantasy points. Over 400 yards passing and a rushing score to boot.

I don’t typically pick defenses in this article, but I did mention I liked the Titans last week. They were good but not great. In Yahoo, they scored 7 points, so I’ll call this one a push. I don’t include defenses in my record keeping, and I won’t pick one every week. In fact, last week is the first time I mentioned a DEF. If I see a DEF on the waiver wire that has a decent shot of having a good game, I will mention it, but it won’t be every week.

I went 9-4  in Week 5 if you lump the two Titans RBs together, if not, call it 9-5. Either way, a really good week picking sleepers, especially if you consider the ones I got wrong had solid games in PPR. I’m talking about you, Edelman and Shepard. All right, enough with last week. Let’s take a look at Week 6. These players are in no particular order.

Week 6


Sony Michel (NE): He was great last week and I think that continues again against the Chiefs' awful defense. One more big week for Michel and I’ll have to consider him too obvious to put in this column. Michel is much better in non-PPR, but don’t be afraid to start him in a PPR as well.

Aaron Jones (GB): The 49ers aren’t good against RBs giving up over 30FPTS/G to the position, but that’s really not the issue. Knowing which back the Packers will feature is almost impossible, but I have to think they’ll take advantage of this matchup and give Jones some work. Rodgers and company should be in control of this game from jump street, and I think this is the game Jones breaks out.

Alfred Morris (SF): If you read this article regularly, you know I have featured Matt Breida several times. With Breida injured, I think Morris gets the fantasy goodness in a matchup where Green Bay gives up over 20FPTS/G to RBs. I like Morris this week because of opportunity, not because it’s a great matchup by the numbers.

Marshawn Lynch (OAK): Revenge game for Marshawn and I think he scores. The Seahawks are allowing over 22FPTS/G to running backs, which is around the middle of the pack.


Calvin Ridley (ATL): I’m back on the Ridley train after a down week. The Bucs are awful against WRs giving up almost 49 FPTS/G to them. Fire him up this week.

Sterling Shepard (NYG): The Eagles are giving up over 47 FPTS/G to WRs. Evan Engram is ruled out, so Shepard should continue being a solid start. Get him in your lineup. He'll be in this article until Engram returns.

Tyler Boyd (CIN): He should have a big performance with most of the attention going to A.J. Green, plus the Steelers are awful against the pass.

Sammy Watkins (KC): He’s getting targets in a fantastic offense, and there will be a lot of points in this game.

Emmanuel Sanders (DEN): The Rams haven’t been very good against WRs over the past month giving up over 41FGTS/G to the position. Give him a shot this week, Denver will most likely be playing catch up.

Julian Edelman (NE): He's such a big part of their offense, and this should be a shootout. 


Austin Hooper (ATL): It’s not Groundhog Day, but it may feel like it with me picking Hooper again. He has a great matchup though, and hopefully he builds on his big game last week with another against the Bucs.

Cameron Brate (TB): The matchup is not great, but Howard is still out and the Falcons are banged up on defense. Give him a start if you need a TE this week.


Jameis Winston (TB): His matchup can’t get much better, so he’s worth a shot this week.

Andy Dalton (CIN): Dalton hasn’t had a ton of success against the Steelers over his career, but he’s playing well and the Steelers secondary can be exploited.


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These next six games will be very telling. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images.

Houston has six games left in the 2022 regular season, two three-game series in which they need just one more win, or a Yankees loss, to secure the top seed for the AL side of the postseason bracket. They've accomplished what they set out to do over the 162-game drudge that is the regular season, so you're likely to see them use the opportunity to get some players off their feet in the remaining games.

Even so, having one of the best teams means that while putting out a lineup with some starters missing, they can still beat most teams on any given day. So then, what could that mean for the teams still vying for postseason spots or positioning in the remaining games?

Affecting the NL playoffs

It's a relatively sure bet that if they haven't locked up that top seed by the time they enter the final three games, they will before that last series is over. That means that when the Phillies come to Minute Maid Park to close out the season next week, Philadelphia will have much higher stakes in those games than Houston.

Under the expanded playoff format starting this season, the two best teams in each league receive a bye, while the remaining four teams square off in a Wild Card series, with all those games taking place at the better seed's stadium. That means teams will be very motivated to secure their best Wild Card positioning.

As of now, the Phillies hold just a half-game lead over the Brewers for the third and final Wild Card spot for the National League. Things could change this weekend, but whether they still lead or have fallen back and have ground to makeup, the games will matter to them against the Astros.

They also sit 2.5 games behind the Padres, meaning that Philadelphia could potentially be looking at a chance to jump into the second Wild Card spot. However, it's questionable if that's an envious position or not. With the juggernaut battle between the Mets and Braves coming down to the wire, with one team winning the NL East and a first-round bye and the other starting with home-field advantage in a Wild Card series, whoever gets the second Wild Card spot is going to be heading to face a really tough, and potentially angry, team on the road.

It will make things interesting for the Phillies when they face the Astros. They could be playing for their playoff lives or jockeying for position. Either way, the games will be meaningful.

Affecting the AL playoffs

There's a similar scenario at play for the American League side of things with the Astros' three-game series against the Rays this weekend. Just like the Phillies, the Rays enter the weekend holding on to the third and final spot in the AL Wild Card race.

Tampa Bay is only 0.5 games back of the Mariners for the second spot and two games back of the Blue Jays for the first Wild Card spot. Farther behind, the Orioles still have a chance for something crazy to happen, sitting five games behind.

So based on the result of their series with the Astros and how the other teams fare this weekend and in the final stretch of games, the Rays have a range of outcomes that could cause havoc in the AL bracket. They could end up taking the top Wild Card spot and hosting a series, traveling to face the Blue Jays, Mariners, or Guardians, or, less likely, missing the playoffs altogether.

This variance in positioning could have ramifications for the Astros directly in the ALDS round as well. The Astros are likely to be favored regardless of the three potential teams they face; however, some matchups would make things easier.

Houston went 2-4 against the Blue Jays this year and are currently up 3-0 on the Rays with the three games remaining in the season series. And while the Astros took the season series 12-7 against division-rival Seattle, that could give the Mariners all the more reason to be ultra-motivated for the ALDS if they faced the Astros.

So, while the Astros may not have any direct milestones to play for other than locking up their top seed, these remaining six games will have plenty of storylines and drama to follow for them and their opponent.

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