Start Em Sit Em Week 6: Sleeper Plays That Will Guide Your Team to Victory
We've made it to the sixth week of the fantasy football season, and with bye weeks in full swing, injuries continuing to decimate fantasy squads and disappointing performers hanging like anchors around the necks of many teams, a lot of fantasy owners are furiously trying to keep their seasons afloat.
Sure, maybe you've dodged the injury bug and drafted quarterback Robert Griffin and running back Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins late.
Whoopee for you.
However, if you have a bucket in your hand and you're trying like crazy to bail the water out of your boat, here's a look at some Week 6 sleeper plays that should come up big this week.
Who knows, maybe you can show the lucky few how the other half lives.
Kevin Kolb, QB, Arizona Cardinals (vs. BUF)
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Given how awful Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb looked in the preseason, it's a surprise to see him on the field on Sundays and even more surprising to see him leading a 4-1 team that's tied for first place in the NFC West.
Arizona's porous offensive line has been getting Kolb pummeled to the tune of 17 sacks over the past two games, but the sixth-year pro has also averaged nearly 280 passing yards and two scores over his past three starts.
That makes Kolb an appealing fantasy option, especially with Arizona's running game in shambles and the team set to face a Buffalo Bills squad allowing the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Vick Ballard, RB, Indianapolis Colts
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Last week's game between the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers may have been thrilling to watch, but it was a bittersweet affair for fantasy football enthusiasts.
Not only was Green Bay running back Cedric Benson forced from the game with a Lisfranc injury, but Donald Brown of the Colts will also miss two to three weeks after injuring his knee on Indy's last offensive play.
That forces rookie Vick Ballard into the starting lineup, and at first glance, his two yards-a-carry average would seem to inspire more yawns than enthusiasm.
However, the former Mississippi State standout hasn't had the opportunity to really get rolling this season in spot duty, but he will on Sunday when the Colts travel to face a floundering New York Jets team that has been a top 10 fantasy matchup for opposing ball-carriers in 2012.
Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis Rams (at MIA)
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Running back wasn't the only position that was hit hard by injuries last week, as one of this year's most pleasant surprises at the wide receiver position was felled by a significant injury of his own.
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, who had tallied 31 catches in the team's first four games, suffered a shoulder injury that will sideline him at least a month, making fourth-year pro Brandon Gibson the No. 1 wideout in the Gateway City.
That should mean a big bump in targets this week for Gibson against the Miami Dolphins, who are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in 2012.
Rob Housler, TE, Arizona Cardinals (vs. BUF)
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Arizona Cardinals tight end Rob Housler is a fantasy football sleeper in the truest sense of the word, as many fantasy enthusiasts probably have no idea who the second-year pro even is, much less that he could be a startable fantasy option this week.
With that said Housler's role in the Arizona offense has grown with quarterback Kevin Kolb in desperate need of a checkdown option, with Housler reeling in five passes for 93 yards over the past two games.
Granted, those numbers are far from eye-popping, but Jimmy Graham owners in a bye week bind could do much worse than Housler against a Buffalo Bills squad that has been kind to opposing tight ends from a fantasy perspective this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense/Special Teams (vs. KC)
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The defense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has taken great strides in some areas while backsliding in others under new head coach Greg Schiano, with the team ranking in the top five against the run but dead last against the pass so far this season.
Luckily for the Buccaneers, their deficiencies in the secondary shouldn't be a huge issue this week against the Kansas City Chiefs, who will all but certainly be starting backup quarterback Brady Quinn and who have have surrendered the most fantasy points to opposing team defenses this year.