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Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 6

Quarterback

Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns – It’s been awhile since a Browns quarterback could be a commodity in daily fantasy leagues but we’re buying Hoyer.  Hoyer is currently ninth in the NFL in QB rating with a sterling 97.7, which is higher than Matt Ryan or Drew Brees.  He’s thrown one interception.  He’s got a beatable Steelers secondary at home that won’t have corner Ike Taylor (unlike the first game) and surrendered 389 yards of offense to the Browns in the first meeting.  He’ll have a presumably healthy Ben Tate to run the ball as well, and an on-the-mend TE1 Jordan Cameron as an inviting target.   The Steelers have plenty of weapons on offense as well so it’s likely to be another shootout in Cleveland.

Austin Davis, St. Louis Rams– Whereas the 49ers’ secondary will not be as accommodating as the mediocre Eagles and Cowboys secondaries, Austin Davis has posted back-to-back 300 yard multi-TD games.   He is eight in the league in completion percentage (67.8) and seventh in the league in passing yards per game (282).  Davis has made some believers in the Gateway City with Brian Quick and Jared Cook as his leading receivers and a struggling running game.  The 49ers made Philadelphia’s Nick Foles look average, but Jay Cutler tore them up in Week 2 (4 touchdowns).

Running Back

Branden Oliver, San Diego Chargers – The most exciting running back add this season, the speedy Oliver rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown versus a dominant Jets front last Sunday.  He also added 68 yards on four receptions and a score.  He also broke a 52 yard run and a 50-yard reception which could count more in certain PPR/daily league formats.  Examining the usage, Oliver actually had a good amount of carries that went for less than four yards in the first half.  As the Jets benched their starter and backup Michael Vick promptly went three and out, Oliver then went on his yardage rampage.  LaDanian Tomlinson in his prime, he is not; but he will get great opportunities to scamper for yardage against the Raiders defense, who fired their coach and have struggled all year with running backs (31st in run defense).

Storm Johnson, Jacksonville Jaguars– The Jaguars have been unsuccessful getting much out of a running game to help their rookie QB Blake Bortles.  Toby Gerhart is a plodder who is battling injury.  Denard Robinson, while having exciting speed and agility lacks instincts and vision needed to be a successful running back, which makes sense as he is a former college quarterback.  Enter Storm Johnson, Bortles college teammate at nearby UCF.  Johnson should lead the team in carries in a very good matchup against the Titans, who can’t stop anyone on the ground.  He’s a good value at $4,800 on FanDuel leagues, cheaper than Ronnie Brown and Mike James (two RBs who won’t even touch the ball once).

Wide Receiver

Golden Tate, Detroit Lions – The Lions number two receivers is a great bargain on daily fantasy football leagues for a few reasons.  He plays for a passing-heavy offense that has some running backs that are injured.  The Lions may even sit Calvin Johnson, who has been anything but himself the last two weeks (hamstrings).   Tate is valued at $6,400 in FanDuel and is fifth in the league in receiving yards (451) –more than Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas or Jimmy Graham.  Also the Vikings secondary is vulnerable, giving up the 23rd most yards per pass (7.7); fire Golden Tate up with impunity in as many leagues as possible this week.

Tight End

Niles Paul, Washington Redskins – The gleam of an airtight Cardinals secondary was vanquished somewhat by Peyton Manning’s 479 yard outburst on them in Week 5.  They let Demaryius Thomas set a franchise record for receiving yards against them and still found time to give up two touchdowns to tight end Julius Thomas, continuing a theme: The Cards can’t cover tight ends.  Enter Niles Paul; the Redskins tight end who is a favorite target of QB Kirk Cousins.  Providing TE Jordan Reed doesn’t play (make sure to check) Paul will be involved in the offense heavily as CB Patrick Patterson (if healthy) will want some revenge against WR Pierre Garcon.

Defense

Indianapolis Colts – The dreaded short week divisional game.  The last few have been really one-sided affairs and the smart money is that Indy will catch Houston on its heels following a tiring overtime loss to the Cowboys.  Conversely, the Colts’ defense contained Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and Steve Smith pretty easily last week and face the Houston Texans offense on the road this Sunday.   The Texans offense is ranked 22nd in the league and on a short week will see a less than 100% Arian Foster, which is their best hope for a win.  Foster already has mentioned to the media how he doesn’t like playing on Thursday and that its detrimental to player safety. Read between the lines.

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  • TheStandardOne

    QB Russell WilsonRB Branden OliverRB Matt ForteWR Julio JonesWR Brian QuickWR Golden TateTE Zach ErtzK Patrick MurrayD Denver Broncos

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