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Fantasy Football Week 6: Top Waiver-Wire Sleepers to Target

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 29:  Running back Willis McGahee #26 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after a run against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2013

As the midway point of the regular season nears in most fantasy football leagues, owners must continue to work the waiver wire aggressively. Even teams in good positions at the halfway mark need to remain focused on adding depth for the stretch run.

With each passing week, the number of useful players on the market continues to dwindle. As NFL teams have settled into their game plans, the number of breakout stars on a weekly basis has faded and made it tougher to find potential sleepers.

There are still some players available in many leagues capable of providing a boost to fantasy rosters, though. Let's take a glance at the top target a each position, followed by a breakdown of the most impactful options to target.

 

Week 6 Players to Target

 

Breakdown of Top Options

Willis McGahee (Cleveland Browns)

Any questions about the type of workload McGahee would receive in Cleveland have been answered over the past two weeks. He's carried the ball 41 times over that span, easily trumping the other running backs on the Browns roster.

Even though his per-carry average is low, the Browns don't have the personnel necessary to go with a high-powered passing attack. They need balance to succeed on offense, which means McGahee should continue to get plenty of looks.

In a league where many teams utilize a committee approach with a different back for every role, anybody who gets 26 touches in a week warrants fantasy attention. McGahee is worth owning and starting as long as the heavy workloads continue.

 

Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Blackmon returned to the Jacksonville lineup with a bang in Week 5. The talented wide receiver had five catches for 136 yards and a long touchdown grab. He showcased the big-play ability that made him a valuable fantasy asset in the second half of last season.

The biggest question mark concerning his value was how he would coexist with Cecil Shorts in a lackluster overall offense. It wasn't an issue. Both players had at least nine targets and should be worth starting in the coming weeks.

Since the Jaguars are often playing from behind, it leads to a lot of garbage-time opportunities for Jacksonville receivers. And those points are worth all the same in fantasy. This week's matchup with the Denver Broncos should be a perfect example of that.

 

Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Tight end is a weak fantasy position. Finding a reliable option has been difficult for owners who weren't fortunate enough to grab or were beaten to the waiver-wire punch for Julius Thomas. That's why Miller is worth a look.

He's not a dynamic option with plenty of upside. Instead, he's a reliable veteran who should make a notable impact on a weekly basis. That's more than many fantasy owners can say about their current option at the position.

Miller caught six passes for 70 yards before the team's bye week. Those are solid baseline numbers, and as one of the team's top red-zone weapons, he should add in a handful of touchdowns. That's about all a fantasy team needs from a tight end to remain competitive.

 

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