Week 6 Fantasy Sleepers: Under-the-Radar Players You Must Start This Weekend

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Week 6 Fantasy Sleepers: Under-the-Radar Players You Must Start This Weekend
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NFL Week 6 kicks off Thursday night in Chicago, and that means fantasy owners are running out of time to piece together a winning lineup. 

Injuries to prominent players like Atlanta's Julio Jones and Houston's Owen Daniels have not only impacted the Falcons and Texans, respectively, but millions of fantasy football owners. Thankfully, there is an abundance of under-utilized talent to rely on in Week 6.

Below, we'll highlight a handful of under-the-radar fantasy players who owners must start this weekend. 

*Availability and standard league scoring stats according to ESPN Fantasy. 

 

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, QB

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Own Percentage: 60.0

Average Points: 16.0

Week 6 Opponent: Oakland Raiders

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is coming off his worst fantasy performance of the 2013 season in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans but is still a must-start this weekend. 

Kansas City will be home to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon. That's great news for Smith owners and anyone in a league where Smith is available. After all, Oakland's defense has surrendered more than 1,000 yards and six touchdowns through the air over the past three weeks.

Plus, five of Smith's seven touchdown passes this season have come in his previous two home games. 

Week 6 projects to be Smith's best fantasy performance thus far in 2013. At the very least he'll surpass his 16-point average.

 

Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers, RB

Own Percentage: 81.4

Average Points: 8.4

Week 6 Opponent: Indianapolis Colts

With San Diego running back Ryan Mathews having suffered a concussion in Week 5, look for Chargers playmaker Danny Woodhead to head the Bolts' rushing attack this weekend. 

Even if Mathews was healthy, Woodhead would be an excellent play in Week 6 thanks to his productivity as a receiver out the backfield. The former Patriot caught nine balls for 58 yards and a touchdown last week against the Oakland Raiders.

Woodhead also had nine carries in Week 5. That number should increase this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts' 30th-ranked rush defense. 

 

Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys, WR

Own Percentage: 21.4

Average Points: 6.6

Week 6 Opponent: Washington Redskins

Cowboys rookie wideout Terrance Williams turned four targets into four receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. In Week 6, the talented first-year receiver will be pitted against the league's 28th-ranked pass defense in the Washington Redskins. 

For fantasy owners still struggling to get over Julio Jones' season-ending injury, Williams is an ideal short-term target with the potential to become a star in the long term.

He's been targeted 12 times since Week 4 and is averaging 17.6 yards per catch in 2013.

 

Garrett Graham, Houston Texans, TE

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Own Percentage: 11.3

Average Points: 6.0

Week 6 Opponent: St. Louis Rams

With Owen Daniels out with a broken leg, Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham becomes a must-start for fantasy owners in Week 6.

The third-year player is only averaging six points per week but has been targeted 21 times through five games with Daniels in the mix. With more opportunities and more room to operate in the Texans offense, Graham is sure to blossom into a fantasy star.

He's already got three touchdowns to his name in 2013 and will be up against a St. Louis Rams secondary this weekend that has surrendered 11 passing touchdowns in five games this year. 

 

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