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Week 6 Fantasy Sleepers: Underrated Options That Should Crack Starting Lineups

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Wide receiver Vincent Brown #86 of the San Diego Charges catches a pass for 51-yards against cornerback Charles Woodson #24 of the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter on October 06, 2013 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won 27-17.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2013

Pierre Thomas, Justin Blackmon and Charles Clay were among the fantasy football sleepers who came through in Week 5. Fantasy owners who played a hunch with one of those players were rewarded with solid production.

Now, the challenge of finding the right sleeper options starts again for Week 6. Luckily, there are only two teams on bye this week—the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins—leaving more options to choose from to build a winning lineup.

With that in mind, let's examine intriguing sleepers at each fantasy position. The list is followed by a breakdown of the top options owners should consider for Week 6.

 

Week 6 Sleepers

 

Analysis of Top Options

Chad Henne, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Henne is not the long-term answer at quarterback for the Jaguars, which is why the team keeps giving Blaine Gabbert chances. From a one-week fantasy perspective, however, Henne is a far better option and provides the Jacksonville passing game with a boost.

The Michigan product is averaging 238 yards and 38 attempts per game in two starts this season.

When you combine the Jags' struggles on the ground with the fact that they are forced to play from behind so often, the fantasy potential is actually quite high.

Fantasy owners certainly don't care that many of the points come in garbage time. This week should be a perfect example. Henne will have to throw a lot if the Jaguars are going to push for a monumental upset of the Denver Broncos, leading to a sneakily good fantasy performance.

 

Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams

The Rams finally had some semblance of a running game in Week 5 thanks to the emergence of Stacy. The rookie averaged more than five yards per carry, providing a boost to an offense that's been bogged down by a lackluster rushing attacking.

With Daryl Richardson failing to impress, Stacy's role within the offense should only continue to grow.

Sam Bradford is finally starting to showcase the upside St. Louis has been waiting on, and finding a more reliable back would make his job even easier.

Expect Stacy to crack the 20-carry barrier in Week 6. With that type of workload, he shouldn't have much trouble approaching the 100-yard mark against the Houston Texans. Throw in a touchdown and he becomes a perfect No. 2 running back.

 

Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego Chargers

Brown is benefiting from two things. Most importantly, Philip Rivers once again looks capable of leading a high-powered offense. Also, the San Diego defense's inability to slow opponents down is causing a lot of shootouts.

The result for Brown has been 15 catches over the past two weeks. On the season, he's now tallied more targets and receptions than any other wide receiver on the team. Being the second option behind Antonio Gates in an offense that's averaging nearly 40 throws per game is a valuable role.

Brown should be able to keep his recent hot streak alive on Monday night.

With the Chargers set to face the Indianapolis Coltsanother potent offensehe will see plenty of targets and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him score his first touchdown since Week 1 in the process.

 

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