Week 6 Pickups: Top Sleepers Who Will Produce Stellar Fantasy Results

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 14, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #9 of the Kansas City Chiefs drops back to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter on October 7, 2012 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Baltimore defeated Kansas City 9-6.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Brady Quinn isn't Joe Montana, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense will make him look like a legend. The Chiefs have weapons all over the field, but for whatever reason they haven't produced offensively.

Matt Cassel was injured in the team's 9-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and he will not play, per USA Today.

That puts Quinn in the saddle, and this is a perfect situation for him to succeed. This offense just needs a spark, or a different voice in the huddle. Quinn can provide that, and it doesn't hurt that he'll be facing the NFL's worst pass defense.

The Bucs are surrendering 345.3 yards per game through the air. Quinn should be good for at least 275 yards and two scores. If you don't have a Drew Brees, Matt Ryan or Tom Brady on your roster, I'd grab Quinn and start him.

Here are two other solid plays on sleepers this week:


Vick Ballard, RB - Colts

Per ESPN, Donald Brown is out two-to-three weeks with a knee injury. This will thrust the rookie out of Mississippi State into the starting lineup. 

He'll undoubtedly see a healthy amount of touches, and he's the type of running back that primarily produces positive plays. He's a north/south runner with underrated hands out of the backfield. At Mississippi State he didn't get an opportunity to play in the type of pro-style offense that is best suited for him.

His chances for success are boosted by a porous New York Jets' run defense. Gang Green hasn't exactly been catchy this season. They ranked 31st in the NFL against the run. This is yet another example of someone getting an opportunity to play at a perfect time.

Look for Ballard to shine and ultimately supplant Brown as the Colts' feature back.


Arizona Cardinals Defense

In case you haven't bought into the Cards' defense yet, this is the week you should strongly consider them. If no other owners in your league have snatched them up, they should be successful this week.

They take on a struggling Buffalo Bills team in Arizona. All things considered equal, the Cardinals defense has been solid all year. They have only surrendered 20 or more points in one game. they also have five interceptions and a fumble recovery this season. 

This week they will have a few other factors in their favor. The Bills' offense has been dead the last six quarters of football they've played. They scored a total 17 points combined in that span, and to augment these issues, they have multiple injuries on the offensive line.

Per NFL.com, the Bills have five O-Linemen listed as questionable or out, and that includes Cordy Glenn and Colin Brown. The passing offense has already sputtered this season. They are averaging just 206.8 yards per game through the air.

Ryan Fitzpatrick may be on the run for much of this game. The Cardinals are a good defense to start this week.


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