Don’t Sleep: Week Six

Alex Smith has a 7:1 TD-to-INT ratio
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A lot of players that are available in most of your fantasy leagues had breakout games in Week Five. Before we get into the deep sleepers who can help you out as bye week fill-ins or potential fantasy studs, let’s recap how our “Don’t Sleep” Week Five players performed.

More after the jump:

Quarterbacks from Week Five
Matt Hasselbeck (TEN): 29-49 passing, 262 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 12 fantasy points
Curtis Painter (IND): 15-27 passing, 277 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 picks, 19 fantasy points
Very solid Week Five for our QBs. Hasselbeck did his thing, even though we usually expect a much better completion percentage from him. However, he has all the confidence of his coaches to sling the rock around and the hamstring issues of Chris Johnson only help his case to make Tennesse a throwing team. Who would have thought Curtis Painter would have a great game in Week Five? We did. I am expecting Painter to keep growing as a quarterback and if he has a solid matchup and you need a bye week starter, you should feel confident playing him.

Running Backs from Week Five
Stevan Ridley (NE): 7 rushing attempts, 13 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 1 fantasy point
Kendall Hunter (SF): 9 rushing attempts, 65 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 6 fantasy points
Well, our running backs didn’t do so great this week. The Patriot’s run game was as unpredictable as ever, and Ridley just didn’t get the touches I expected. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was busy running all over the Jets, so that kept Ridley on the bench. Normally we would expect BJGE to get most of the carries from here on out, but with Bill Belichick as head coach, you never know what will happen. Hunter looked great when he did get the ball, but with Frank Gore playing so well, it will take an injury for him to reach his full potential. Keep him as a handcuff for Gore if you own him. He is still going to get some touches and score some fantasy points even with Gore playing.

Wide Receivers from Week Five
Victor Cruz (NYG): 8 receptions, 161 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble lost, 20 fantasy points
Doug Baldwin (SEA): 8 receptions, 136 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 19 fantasy points
Wide receiver was money for us this week. Cruz has emerged as New York’s second receiver and I don’t see him looking back. He has been completely dominant and has shown the ability to work in the slot, while also making amazing catches on the outside. Baldwin has also been awesome over the past couple weeks. Seattle’s QBs have not shown the ability to get the ball downfield, which is perfect for Balwin’s style of play. He consistently finds the soft spot in the zone and works in the slot very well. Look for the targets to continue for Baldwin and for him to make the most out of his chances.

Tight Ends from Week Five
Jermaine Gresham (CIN): 5 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 8 fantasy points
Gresham continued his touchdown scoring ways in Week Five. Even though he didn’t get many yards on his five receptions, it was nice to see that the targets were still there. Andy Dalton obviously loves looking for him in the red-zone, so his touchdown numbers should continue to stay high.

Now, here are my deep sleepers for Week Six:

Quartbacks for Week Six
Tim Tebow (DEN) 21 percent owned- We can finally say, it’s TEBOW TIME. Even though he has clear flaws as an NFL quarterback, Tebow is a gift for fantasy owners. In only one half last week he put up 16 fantasy points. His ability as a rusher makes him a dynamic threat and a scoring monster near the goal line. If you have been struggling at quarterback so far this year, here is your gift from the fantasy gods. Go pick Tebow up immediately and enjoy the top-ten fantasy quarterback that fell into your lap.

Alex Smith (SF) 10 percent owned- Say what you want about Alex Smith, but he is playing very well as of late for the 49ers. He has a run game that has been killing it, Vernon Davis is his tight end, and the coaching staff is just going to get more and more confident in him as he improves. It is amazing what a new coaching staff can do for a quarterback. Look for him to continue to make strides as a quarterback. He might not have been worth the number one overall pick in the draft, but he is definitely worth a roster spot in your fantasy league.

Running Backs for Week Six
Jackie Battle (KC) 12 percent owned- We finally know who will be the “chief” running back for Kansas City. After Charles went down, a lot of people (myself included) predicted that Dexter McCluster would be the running back to make the most of his opportunities and take over as the feature option. Clearly, Battle had other ideas. Because of the team he plays for, he has a chance to be a top 15 running back for the rest of the season. I am adding him in all formats.

Delone Carter (IND) 8 percent owned- Joseph Addai could be out for a few weeks due to injury and I am picking up Carter way before I consider picking up Donald Brown. Even though Brown had a decent game in Week Five, Carter still got the goal line carry for a touchdown. Look for a pretty even timeshare with goal line carries going to Carter, making him the much more desirable fantasy addition.

Wide Receivers for Week Six
Doug Baldwin (SEA) 4 percent owned- I don’t know what more Baldwin can do to show you that he needs to be owned in much more than four percent of leagues. He has made the most of his opportunities and his role continues to grow in the Seattle offense. The offensive line is improving every game, giving more time for the quarterbacks to make quick decisions. The offense has also gone to more of a no-huddle based offense that emphasizes short throws and working the middle of the field. Baldwin excels in both those situations, and I would pick him up before it is too late.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK) 20 percent owned- Who knew we would ever be talking about Heyward-Bey as a player that should be owned in fantasy leagues? After proving to be a bust the past couple of years in fantasy, DHB is finally coming into his own. Defenses will begin paying more attention to him, but there will still be a lot of chances for him to succeed with defenses keying in on Darren McFadden.

Tight Ends for Week Six
Benjamin Watson (CLE) 10 percent owned- The time has come for Watson to either nut up or head to the bench. He has been receiving a lot of targets and it is sounding like it is time for him to perform or it will be Evan Moore time. I expect him to step his game up and start making plays, especially in the red-zone.

So there you have it. Pick these guys up to start as bye week fill-ins and enjoy a winning week. If you have any comments leave them on here or hit me up on twitter @JessePotes. I look forward to hearing what you have to say, good or bad.


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