Heading into week 6 of the 2010 NFL season, numerous under-the-radar players have already begun making a name for themselves.
And today, we’re going to be taking a closer look at 10 point machine sleepers.
So, who are those top 10 sleeper stars? Let’s begin…
Matt Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs will be facing a Houston Texans team still searching for it’s secondary identity, especially in terms of pass defense.
And if Cassel can connect with a couple of his talented wide receivers, he could have a very big game on Sunday in Houston.
Houston’s defense is also allowing close to 330 yards and two touchdowns per game, something fantasy owners may want to consider in a last-second push to start Cassel.
As noted time and time again leading up to tomorrow’s showdowns, Colts running back Joseph Addai continues to deal with ailing injury issues and could miss week 6.
With that in mind, backup running back Mike Hart could have a huge breakout performance this week against a weak Washington Redskins defense.
Plus, if Addai ends up still being questionable come game time on Sunday, the Colts could easily rest the battered RB in favor of Hart—especially with Indianapolis’ bye-week coming in week 7.
Another Kansas City player to join the ranks on this week’s top 10 sleepers is Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster, who could be a targeted recipient of numerous passes this weekend in Houston.
The rookie sensation also has the legs to do some damage with the pigskin on both run plays and kick returns, so don’t be surprised if McCluster has a fantasy owner’s dream day when the Chiefs face the Texans tomorrow afternoon.
Regardless, look for McCluster to be one of the top sleepers in the NFL’s week 6 action.
The Tennessee Titans will be battling the Jacksonville Jaguars in this week’s Monday Night Football showdown, and it should be a great game from start to finish.
In addition, the game should be a phenomenal opportunity for Titans wide receiver Damian Williams to have a breakout performance.
Although he is normally a third option to Tennessee QB Vince Young, Williams could easily do some damage if fantasy owner’s decide to start him this weekend.
Brandon Jacobs and the New York Giants will be facing a Detroit Lions team that ranks near the cellar in rush defense.
And that in and of itself could mean a breakout game for Giants RB Jacobs.
Jacobs has also scored in two straight contests, and he aims to make it three straight when the Giants beat the Lions.
Kenny Britt, yet another target on a talented Tennessee Titans receiving core, could have a breakout game on Monday against Jacksonville.
In addition, Britt has also been the recipient of touchdown passes in three consecutive contests, as he aims to make it four straight on Monday night.
Look for Tennessee QB Vince Young to connect with Britt for at least one score, and maybe more, in this week’s Monday Night Football matinee against the Jags.
Even without injured wide receiver Michael Jenkins, the Atlanta Falcons have managed to get off to a hot start in 2010.
And with Jenkins now being cleared to return this weekend for Atlanta, look for the talented Falcons wide-out to remind the world how good he really is.
The Falcons face the Philadelphia Eagles in what will surely be a barn burner tomorrow afternoon, and Jenkins could easily be a deciding sleeper factor for a fantasy team owner.
St. Louis will be battling the San Diego Charges this weekend, and Rams wide receiver Brandon Gibson is due for a big game.
Will Gibson be the shining star on your fantasy team in week 6?
No, he won’t; but you can at least count on the possibility of him being a major sleeper this weekend for a Rams team aiming to battle back from a week 5 loss.
Another consideration for week 6 sleepers is Chargers running back Mike Tolbert, as San Diego faces the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon.
And although Tolbert had a weak performance in week 5 against Oakland, look for him to return with a vengeance this weekend.
Plus, regardless of his pitiful outing last weekend, Tolbert still managed to score a TD and will be aiming for more tomorrow.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be hosting the Cleveland Browns this weekend, and that opens the door for running back Isaac Redman to have a breakout performance.
Redman, who is second on the Steelers team in carries this season, could have a huge game for fantasy owners in week 6.
Especially if Pittsburgh has the game pretty much wrapped up by halftime: a major possibility.
Regardless of the final score, look for Redman to be one of the NFL’s top sleepers this weekend.
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