2012 Fantasy Football: 5 Underrated Players to Trust in Week 6
It’s hard to think, but we’re nearly a third of the way through the season. Seems like just yesterday, we were assembling our teams on draft day.
And considering that we are approaching Week 6, we have to navigate our ways through the byes, and that always proves to be tricky.
If you find yourself in a pickle, maybe these following players could lead you to glory this weekend.
Christian Ponder: Minnesota Vikings
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The Washington Redskins, Ponder’s Week 6 opponent, have had their issues defending the pass this year, having allowed 12 touchdowns through the air—tied for most in the league.
With Ponder emerging and connecting with playmakers Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph, he should have success on Sunday passing against this suspect secondary. Adrian Peterson and his aggressive running style will keep the Redskins defense honest, and Ponder could have all day to throw in the pocket.
LeGarrette Blount: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Although Blount is not the No. 1 running back in Tampa, as he makes way for Doug Martin on most occasions, Blount, though, is starting to get more involved in the game plan.
Blount went from three carries in Week 1 to four carries in Week 3 and then six carries (including a goal-line score) in Week 4. As it is, Blount is the preferred running back of choice when the Bucs get down near the goal line.
With the way the Chiefs give up points to opposing teams’ running backs (allowing on average 105.8 rushing yards per game), Blount has a chance to gain some carries and make them count.
Andre Roberts: Arizona Cardinals
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Have you seen the Bills’ secondary lately? The Bills are getting torched through the air (allowing 277.6 passing yards per game), and up next for Buffalo is a date with the Cardinals in Glendale.
Of course, the main beneficiary of Kevin Kolb’s passes will be Larry Fitzgerald, but Roberts has impressed enough, so far (scoring four touchdowns through five games), that he can burn the Bills’ secondary too.
Expect a lot of points in this contest with Roberts getting his fair share of targets, as the Bills will try to deny Fitzgerald from going off.
Mike Williams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Although the Bucs would like to run the ball down the throats of the Chiefs, they also should do well in the pass game too, which makes Williams a nice under-the-radar start.
With the acquisition of Vincent Jackson, Williams has been seeing less double coverage this year and is making the most of his targets, having scored two touchdowns on the season. Plus, Williams is coming off his first 100-plus-yard (115) receiving game of the season.
The Chiefs give up fantasy points to receivers in bunches and have already allowed five scores through the air. So, start Williams with confidence this week.
Vick Ballard: Indianapolis Colts
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Now that Donald Brown will be lost for a couple of weeks, Ballard will have his number called and he steps into a great situation right off the bat, as he and the Colts travel to New York to take on the struggling Jets.
The Jets can’t stop anyone on the ground these days, as they allow 172.4 rushing yards a game (second to last in the league). While Andrew Luck and the Colts’ passing game is the story in Indianapolis, the key to victory in this affair is to establish a running game. Ballard should see plenty of running room in this matchup.
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