The dreaded bye weeks continue as six teams are idle this week. Fortunately for fantasy owners, on paper there are a number of players that should see a breakout this Sunday.
Of the players listed some are just plug-and-plays but others might have some lasting power. Remember, fantasy is as much about matchups as it is anything else and there are definitely some tricky games I’d like to avoid.
I would stay away from Buffalo’s offense in New York. The G-Men were embarrassed at home by Seattle last week and need a strong showing this week.
Expect the 49ers to be playing from behind against Detroit and Frank Gore to suffer because of it.
I wouldn’t touch anyone associated with Jacksonville Jaguars offense against a vaunted and rejuvenated Steelers defense but the Steelers have a ton of good options.
The Packers, Patriots and Saints' usual suspects should all perform well and Carolina and Atlanta should be a fun game as well.
With that here are six breakout players to look for in Week 6.
Sanchez has struggled at times in his third year as a signal-caller in New York. He’s also had a few good outings in particular last week in New England. Sanchez threw for two TDs against the Pats but only for 166 yards.
This week he should post a higher touchdown and yards total. The Miami Dolphins have been terrible this season and I don’t expect anything to change this week.
Sanchez should feast on a Dolphins defense that has allowed the second-most pass yards per game in the NFL.
The Dolphins gave up over 500 yards passing to Tom Brady in Week 1 on Monday Night Football.
The Jets are at home, where they’re undefeated, and under the bright lights of MNF, Sanchez should find his receivers all night.
Ryan Torain stepped off the sideline in Week 4 and ran for 135 yards and one score on 19 carries. The NFL is all about making the most of your opportunities and Torain has done his best to make the most of his.
In Denver in 2008, Torain only carried the ball 15 times before being injured. Injury also kept him from playing the entire 2009 season before playing in 10 games last year.
Entering the season Torain was beat out by Tim Hightower for the starting job. However, head coach Mike Shanahan seems to have a soft spot in his heart for Torain, so when Hightower went down with injury, in stepped Torain.
Hightower might not suit up this week and all signs point to Torain running loose on a abysmal Philadelphia run defense.
Okay, this is an easy one and maybe a little cheap. Still, Roddy White has had a mediocre start to 2011. The game-by-game numbers aren’t terrible; he leads the team with 32 receptions but has only hit pay dirt twice. White has also only recorded one game of 100 yards.
Some of it has to do with the immediate impact that rookie Julio Jones has made. Jones leads the team with receiving yardage and the ageless wonder Tony Gonzalez continues to steal looks in the red zone.
This week Atlanta looks to bounce back against Carolina after blowing a 14-point halftime lead to Green Bay. Julio Jones is out but the extra attention figures to be given to Gonzalez and not White.
With Cam Newton behind center and DeAngelo Williams having a resurgence of sorts, the Panthers offense could force Atlanta into a shootout.
Look for Matt Ryan to get the ball to White early and often. White should register his second 100-yard effort of the season and cross the goal line twice.
The Cincinnati Bengals came into this season as one of the favorites to win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. Five weeks later and the Bengals are 3-2 and look like they could possibly compete for a Wild Card in the playoffs.
Cincinnati’s success can be credited to a stingy defense and core of young offensive talent. First-round pick A.J. Green is one of the main ingredients to an ever-improving offense. While it takes most young receivers a few years to adjust to the speed and sophistication of the NFL game, Green has picked up right where he left off at the University of Georgia.
In five games, Green has recorded two 100-yard games and scored three times. Indianapolis is not the same without Peyton Manning and the defense continues to struggle.
Andy Dalton should find A.J. Green all day and the Bengals wideout will gain over 100 yards and pull in a touchdown.
Heath Miller logged three catches for 46 yards and finally scored last week against the Tennessee Titans. Miller’s slow start is not entirely his fault. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has had a tough go due to a spotty offensive line. Big Ben had his best game of the season throwing for five touchdowns and torching the Titans defense.
The good streak should continue this week against another inferior AFC South opponent. Jacksonville is one of the better pass defenses in the league but not against the tight end position. In fact, the Jags have given up the third-most fantasy points per game to tight ends.
In the past Miller has fared quite well against the Jaguars defense. In four career games against the Jags Miller has 12 receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns. The yardage might not be there but there is a good chance Miller will score in this game.
Every year the fantasy gods bless us with pleasant surprises. This year, one of those surprises is the stellar play of the Cincinnati Bengals defense. The Bengals D is first in yards per game and gives up just under 18 points per game.
Depending on what type of league you play in, you’re reaping the benefits of having such a stingy and largely unnoticed defense on your roster. The Bengals rank in the top 10 defending both the run and the pass. They share the NFL lead with eight forced fumbles and are in the top 10 with 13 sacks.
None of these things bode well for an Indianapolis Colts team starting a young quarterback in Curtis Painter. Joseph Addai is doubtful to play and Delonte Carter will get the start at running back. Carter has not had much of an impact so far this year, which will put extra pressure on Painter.
The Bengals should keep Indianapolis one-dimensional en route to their fourth victory on the year.