NFL Fantasy Football: Victor Cruz and Top 5 Sleepers for Week 6
Last week, every fantasy football owner's skills and abilities were put to the test as some of their star players went on bye weeks. This week is no different.
With big name players such as Larry Fitzgerald, Phillip Rivers, Vincent Jackson, and even Chris Johnson having byes in Week 6, it is key to know what players are due for a big game.
It is even more key to know which of these players are probably still available in your league.
So surprise your opponents and pick up these five players as your bye week replacements, and for the future to come.
Here are the NFL's Week 6 sleepers.
Quarterback: Colt McCoy at Raiders
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Although he is coming off a bye week, Colt McCoy has some good value entering Week 6.
This season, McCoy has been pretty consistent, throwing for 984 yards, six touchdowns, and just three interceptions.
In his last game, McCoy looked decent against a good Tennessee Titans defense. He threw for 350 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
Yes, I know it took him 61 attempts to hit the 350 yard mark, but the Titans' defense doesn't give up passing yards that easily.
However, the team he faces in Week 6 does.
This week, McCoy and the Browns travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders. Oakland (3-2), is ranked 29th in the NFL against the pass.
In their past three games, the Raiders' defense has allowed 1011 yards passing, six touchdowns, and have only intercepted two passes.
In other words, the Raiders have more than struggled against the pass recently, and throughout the whole season.
McCoy has some serious potential this week to have a big game. He is definitely worth a look in all fantasy leagues.
Running Back: James Starks vs. Rams
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Surprisingly, there is one team out there who has a worse run defense than the Eagles.
This team is the St. Louis Rams.
I'll be the first to admit, Green Bay running back James Starks is a risky start, but he does have a lot of upside considering his matchup.
Even though the Packers are a pass-happy offense, and Starks already splits carries with Ryan Grant, he is still a viable pickup for your team this week.
Start him as a flex option, especially if you have players on bye week or injured.
Wide Receiver: Victor Cruz vs. Bills
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It's hard to call Victor Cruz a sleeper anymore, considering how phenomenal he has been playing in the past three weeks. However, there are still many leagues out there that he is still a free agent in.
In his last three games, Cruz has totaled 17 catches for 369 yards and three touchdowns, hitting the 100 yard receiving mark in two of those games.
Things get even easier this week when he faces the Buffalo Bills, who have allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.
While I did have the other Giants receiver, Hakeem Nicks, as a must start this week, Cruz can certainly be valued the same way.
If you are in a league that still has Cruz available, pick him up immediately and put him in your starting lineup.
If he plays this week as good as he has recently, Cruz will have a monster game against the Bills 26th ranked pass defense.
Tight End: Visanthe Shiancoe at Bears
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Visanthe Shiancoe has been far from a force in fantasy football this year.
Ranking 31st among tight ends, it's difficult for me to sit here and tell you to give him a shot this week.
However, you may have no choice if your tight end is out in Week 6.
Shiancoe hasn't been the most productive player this season, but in the past two weeks he has seven receptions for 78 yards, as if that gives you any confidence to start him.
Then again, what may give you some confidence in starting him is his matchup.
The Vikings head to Chicago to play the Bears on Sunday night. Chicago is ranked 27th in the NFL when it comes to defending the pass.
What's even better for Shiancoe and the Vikings, is the Bears have allowed the most fantasy points in the league to opposing tight ends.
So while I can't make any promises for Shiancoe, he still is a viable bye week fantasy option.
He is definitely a sleeper in every league imaginable.
Defense: Bills D at Giants
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While it may seem like I'm contradicting myself about telling you to start wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz against the Bills, hear me out.
Although the Bills get torched in total yards and give up a lot of points, they are still a productive defense.
In the past four games, the Bills have allowed more than 450 total yards in each, while giving up 23 or more points in each as well.
While that seems like a deal breaker, here are some other stats.
In the past three games, the Bills have 10 interceptions, two sacks, and one fumble recovery. Oh yeah, they have scored a defensive touchdown in each of those three games.
In Week 6, you should expect to see much of the same from the Bills' defense against the Giants.
While the G-Men are ranked 13th in total offense, they have their flaws. This season, defenses have capitalized on the Giants' offensive mistakes.
As a matter of fact, in the fantasy football world, defenses playing the Giants have had a lot of success, forcing 14 sacks, nine turnovers, while scoring two touchdowns.
Yes, the Giants will pass-and-run all over the Bills. However, the Bills will exploit the Giants' turnover problems as they have against their past three opponents.
The Bills are definitely a worthy start, mostly due to the success they have had at forcing turnovers against teams such as the Patriots and the Eagles.