Fantasy Football Week 6: Sleeper Running Backs Who Will Have a Monster Week

Young Rae KimContributor IIIOctober 9, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Running back Danny Woodhead
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Week 6 of fantasy football is beginning, and many of you might need an edge over the other teams in the league. While these sleepers may not be a good long-term choice, they can give your team a quick boost that just might help you win this week's matchup.

Here are the top five sleeper running backs for Week 6:


5. Mike Tolbert, Carolina Panthers

Tolbert is a high-risk, high-reward type of pick this week. The Carolina Panthers are going up against the Minnesota Vikings, who have given up the third-most fantasy points to running backs this season. 

Tolbert is playing behind DeAngelo Williams and most likely he will not get the most yards for you. However, he has been the a reliable go-to guy in the red zone.

This week looks like a perfect opportunity for Tolbert to score his first touchdown of the season.


4. Ben Tate, Houston Texans

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Ben Tate #44 of the Houston Texans turns the corner on Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans as he breaks loose for a large run in the first quarter at Reliant Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob
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Ben Tate's productivity has largely depended on the availability of Arian Foster in the lineup.

Even though Foster handled most of the carries last week with 21 and looks like he is fully healthy, Tate is still bound to get some big portion leftovers this week against the St. Louis Rams. 

The Rams have given up the second-most fantasy points to the RB position this season.


3. Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

Although Woodhead had only nine carries for 13 yards last week, he ran for a touchdown and also had nine catches for 58 yards. This week, with Ryan Matthews out with an injury, it looks like Woodhead will be carrying the ball more. In addition, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy believes that Woodhead is the type of guy who can get around 20 carries a game.

Another good sign is that the Chargers have kept Woodhead on the field on goal-line situations, which could mean touchdown points from Woodhead.


2. Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

The rookie running back, Stacy, looks like he will be getting another start this weekend against the Houston Texans.

Stacy ran for 78 yards on 11 carries and his ability to keep running after taking hits impressed coaches. Expect his numbers to go up this week, especially after St. Louis Ram's head coach Jeff Fisher expressed his desire to give Stacy more carries.


1. Willis McGahee, Cleveland Browns

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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With Brandon Weeden as quarterback, the Browns have all the reason to run the ball more. This will benefit McGahee owners.

Additionally, McGahee may have to carry more of the load if Chris Ogbonnaya remains out of the lineup. A reassuring sign for this pick is that McGahee's number of carries and rushing yards have increased from every game. He also picked up his first touchdown last week. 

Expect to see McGahee's numbers rise again this week against the rush-prone defense of the Detroit Lions.