Fantasy Football Week 6: Sneaky Matchups You Must Exploit

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2013

Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) rushes with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Fantasy football owners with a keen eye for exploiting matchups will defeat their opponents more often than not. 

Heading into Week 6 of the NFL season, we've seen some spectacular performances by unheralded players.

Unfortunately, most people don't pick up these players until after they've had their big games, and then they become disappointed when the players don't produce the same way later in the season. 

The trick to getting ahead is picking up these players before they break out. With that in mind, here are a few players you might not normally start who will have big games in Week 6. 


Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) with the ball against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6, which means Bilal Powell should have a huge game. 

Powell has started to become the Jets' favored running back. He broke out for 149 yards rushing against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 and totaled 106 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. 

Sep 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Long known as one of the NFL's great run-stuffing defensive powerhouses, Pittsburgh has lost its ability to shut down opponents' rushing attacks. In four games, the Steelers have given up 521 total yards and seven touchdowns to opposing running backs, allowing the second-most fantasy points in the NFL. 

In addition to the obvious weakness on this front for Pittsburgh, the Jets would be smart to run the ball early and often in order to protect rookie quarterback Geno Smith on Sunday.

Projected stats: 110 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards and one touchdown. 


Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Miles Austin hasn't suited up the past couple of weeks as he recovers from a hamstring injury. In his stead, rookie Terrance Williams has emerged as a big-play receiver the Dallas Cowboys won't be able to sit when Austin returns. 

Catching 11 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown in the past two games, Williams has quickly become one of quarterback Tony Romo's favorite targets. 

For fantasy owners, the game between the Cowboys and visiting Washington Redskins makes Williams a must-start receiver or flex.

Washington's secondary is among the worst in the league, allowing 298 passing yards a game, and the Redskins have given up 27 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers on average. With Dez Bryant demanding double coverage, Williams will be open all game long. 

Projected stats: six catches for 95 yards and one touchdown. 


Zach Miller, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Sep 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller (86) celebrates with teammates Breno Giacomini (68), J.R. Sweezy (64) and Max Unger (1) after scoring on a 1-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jagu
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The Seattle Seahawks host the Tennessee Titans in Week 6.

Tennessee's defense has been one of the more pleasant surprises in the league, but it does have one exploitable weakness. The Titans allow 12.3 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, who have scored four touchdowns in five games. 

One of the reasons the Seahawks have been so successful the past few years is that Pete Carroll and his staff always take advantage of opponents' weaknesses. 

Zach Miller isn't normally a big threat as a receiver for the 'Hawks. That said, he's a reliable playmaker when given the chance, and he recently caught two touchdown passes against the Jacksonville, another team that doesn't defend tight ends well. 

Projected stats: four catches for 60 yards and one touchdown. 

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