Fantasy Football Week 6 Sleepers

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 10, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 7:   Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings looks for a receiver before the snap against the Tennessee Titans at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 7, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of LestersLegends’ under-the-radar players who could possibly pull out a win for you in Week 6.

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

I have used him as a sleeper option a few times. He continues to have a solid season. He’s had multiple touchdown passes in three of the past four games and only has two picks thrown on the year. He is averaging 23.0 rushing yards the past three games to bolster his scoring. He also happens to be facing the league’s worst pass defense, allowing a league-worst 328.6 passing yards per game and a league-high 13 touchdown passes.

Russell Wilson against New England would be a deeper sleeper.

Vick Ballard, Indianapolis Colts

With Donald Brown out, Ballard has an ideal match-up for his first start. The Jets are horrible against the run, ranking 31st in run defense, allowing 172.0 ypg at 4.9 ypg. They have also allowed eight rushing touchdowns. Of all the new running backs this weekend, he's probably the best choice.

William Powell and LaRod Stephens-Howling, RBs, Arizona Cardinals

Good luck with this one. Both backs are getting steam as to which one will be the primary ball-carrier. Odds are they both will see action. The matchup against Buffalo—yielding 171.8 yards per game at a robust 5.7 yards per carry—is ideal. They have also allowed a league-high nine rushing touchdowns. Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of Arizona’s plans, but they may be pretty tight-lipped about them for now.

Alex Green and James Starks, RBs, Green Bay Packers

The other RB quandary. Green should be first in line, but Starks has produced for the Pack as well. Their matchup isn’t as tasty against Houston, though, which has yet to allow a rushing touchdown and is yielding just 86.0 YPG on the ground.

Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis Rams

Gibson assumes the role of No. 1 option for the Rams, who have allowed 281.8 yards per game through the air.

Golden Tate, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Tate scored last week and had two* against Green Bay a couple of weeks ago. The Patriots have allowed 12 touchdowns through the air and 291.6 passing yards per game.

Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Allen has been assuming a larger role in recent weeks. He has scored in two of the past three games and has nine catches over the past two games. The Jets have allowed three tight end touchdowns.

Miami Dolphins Defense

Their strength is stopping the run, ranking first in yards per game (61.4) and yards per carry (2.7). Steven Jackson could be in for a long day. If they can hold their own against Bradford, who is without his favorite weapons, it could be tough sledding for the Rams. The Dolphins rank 15th in total defense (343.2 YPG) and 12th in scoring defense (20.6 PPG). The Rams rank 29th in total offense (278.0 YPG) and 23rd in scoring offense (19.2 PPG).

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