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Week 6 QB Sleepers and Landmines

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.

SLEEPERS

Eli Manning $5,900

I know Giants QB Eli Manning has become a punchline and a point of frustration for fantasy owners of Odell Beckham and the other offensive stars on the roster but hear me out. Manning has finished as the QB13 in two of his past three games and is averaging 289 passing yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game since his miserable opener. He also faces division foe Philadelphia, who allow 24 fantasy points to the quarterback position, eleventh worst in the league. Manning has thrown for over 350 yards in three straight games against the Eagles.  – Ryan McDowell

Jameis Winston $6,900

Week in and week out it seems we see the Falcons in a shootout with some team. This week should be no different as both of these teams have been atrocious on defense in all aspects. Winston will start for the first time in 2018 after making a relief appearance in week 3 before heading into the bye. This gave him plenty of time to get reacquainted with his weapons. The offense the Bucs have played this year is actually more well-suited for Winston than Fitzpatrick. You may not remember that Jameis was on track to lead the league in passing and still was 13th overall playing just 13 games a year ago. The Falcons have been bludgeoned by QBs four weeks in a row giving up an average of 329.5 yards and three pass touchdowns in each game. – Sal Leto

Sam Darnold $5,400

Whenever I am gambling on a rookie quarterback who has been wholly ineffectual from a fantasy standpoint, I prefer it to be one facing a team who could travel to New York in a large SUV. The Colts dressed only 44 players last Thursday, and while they should be healthier and theoretically well-rested after ten days off, this is a team which does not have the talent to overcome significant personnel losses. Darnold has topped 200 yards only once and has thrown multiple touchdowns in just two games, so you’re acknowledging a bottomless floor. He is, however, coming off arguably his best game as a pro and the Jets figured out ways to utilize Robby Anderson in Week 5. Darnold is not the sexist streamer but he is a strong option if you’re investing heavily elsewhere. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Philip Rivers $7,800

Surprisingly, the Browns have only allowed a single QB1 performance this season and they’ll host Philip Rivers and the Chargers traveling across the country for an early kickoff. That usually spells trouble for west coast teams. Rivers has been fantastic this season, finishing no lower than QB15 in any week. While I expect him still in that range against Denzel Ward and company, there are many other cheaper options I like better.. – Ryan McDowell

Deshaun Watson $7,400

After having a rough week one output Watson has rattled off some massive yardage totals all over 300 in each of the last four. Just six passing touchdowns in the five games is steady, not great. Buffalo has actually been tough on QBs the last three weeks holding Cousins, Rodgers and Mariota to two total passing touchdowns and an average of 241 yards. Keep in mind Watson was hit hard over and over on Sunday and is coming into this matchup with a chest injury. Definitely something to monitor leading up to game day. – Sal Leto

Ben Roethlisberger $7,700

The home/road splits for Big Ben are well-known at this point. Drill down a bit further, however, and the real issue lies when the Steelers are part of the early kickoff slate. Ben tends to shine when the lights are on and sleepwalk when not part of an island game. Sunday’s tilt kicks off at 1 PM EST. The Bengals are a middling 21st in pass defense through the first five weeks and it is tough to bench a quarterback in a game with an Over/Under of 54.5, but this is not a week to chase Roethlisberger’s ceiling. – Rob Willette

 

Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.

Fanball Auction Strategy for 10/10/18

If you haven’t noticed yet, we now have a fun new style of gameplay on Fanball! It’s not your grandpa’s version of fantasy football auctioning like other sites and apps have… we are reinventing the game. You can play for money or just try it out for free! Just click the banner below to go to the auction lobby and jump in one! Every day there is a new player pool full of different players to bid on and win!

Now to take a look at today’s player pool!

Quarterbacks

Don’t get stuck with Derek Carr. That is the name of this game. Seattle isn’t the legion of boom anymore but are still top 12 in every category against quarterbacks. Oh yeah, and Carr isn’t good. He’s the shallow end of this pool. The rest of the quarterbacks here are playing in the deep end. So save your money and grab the cheapest. Luck is throwing the ball near 50 times a game, Mayfield gets a Chargers defense that isn’t even close to what we thought they would be ranking bottom 10 against quarterbacks allowing 284 yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game. Goff is playing lights out on a team scoring 30+ every week. Cousins has 19 fantasy points or more every week and is averaging 361 yards per game over his last four. Last but definitely not least… Showtime Patrick Mahomes is pretty good. He might be one to avoid because of what he may go for in auction.

QB Andrew Luck
QB Baker Mayfield
QB Derek Carr
QB Jared Goff
QB Kirk Cousins
QB Patrick Mahomes

Running Backs

Today, this might be the position you pay up for. Many of the players in today’s pool are backups and non-factors. Mike Davis, Tarik Cohen, Bilal Powell, Austin Ekeler, and somehow even Kenyan Drake might find it difficult to top 10 touches. Since you are saving money on QB, spend it here to get one of them. Sony Michel and James White have a great matchup against Kansas City which should be a shootout and has a near 60 point over/under. Sony will get plenty of touches, but White has the real nice spot here against a KC defense that is bottom four in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns to running backs. James Conner is coming off a great game, which may inflate his auction price. He may be worth it in another plus matchup and a game that should top 50 total points with the Bengals. Lindsay has been a darling in this first quarter of the season, but faces a top 10 Rams D that might push the Broncos into passing to keep up early on. If you are looking at a cheaper flex option, Ekeler has been incredibly efficient with his small amount of touches.

RB Austin Ekeler
RB Carlos Hyde
RB Christian McCaffrey
RB Isaiah Crowell
RB James Conner
RB James White
RB Kenyan Drake
RB Mike Davis
RB Nyheim Hines
RB Phillip Lindsay
RB Sony Michel
RB Tarik Cohen

Wide Receivers

This grouping of players from top to middle is solid throughout. So the bottom is rough, but there are many good options here. If there was a position this week to go for the cheaper options, this might be it. You all know Thielen, Juju, Hill and Green are studs… but Tyler Boyd gets the league’s worst pass defense against the position. Chris Godwin gets a Falcons defense that is bottom 5 against wide receivers. Robert Woods might get a cheap pricetag here with those other studs in the pool. Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks both have concussions and even before that, Woods led the team in targets. He’s likely to do so this week and has massive upside if one or both of those guys don’t go. Avoid Keelan Cole in a matchup against a top 10 Cowboys pass defense. A team that also controls the clock and slows down the other team’s opportunities. Also, did you even watch Blake Bortles last week? You can’t trust which one will show. Stills has been incredibly inconsistent and gets a tough Bears matchup. Lockett gets a matchup with the Raiders, a team that has allowed 11 different wide receivers to top 50 yards or score in the first five games. Don’t buy into Robbie Anderson. Let someone else bite that bullet.

WR Adam Thielen
WR A.J. Green
WR Chris Godwin
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
WR Keelan Cole
WR Kenny Stills
WR Mike Williams
WR Robby Anderson
WR Robert Woods
WR Tyler Boyd
WR Tyler Lockett
WR Tyreek Hill

Tight Ends

The clear safe plays is Travis Kelce. Kelce has a choice matchup against New England, a team not just bad against the tight end… but a game with a 59.5 over/under. Bet the over. This game has real shootout potential and Kelce should get a huge share of it. If you can’t get Kelce, Vance McDonald should be part of a shootout against the Bengals making him a decent consolation prize. Trey Burton, Cameron Brate, and David Njoku may seem like nice options after being heavily involved in their offenses recently, but both have tough matchups. All 3 of their opponents surrender under 50 yards per game to tight ends and have combined to allow just 2 touchdowns to the position in 14 combined games. Brate has decent touchdown upside, and Njoku may see a nice share of targets Try not to get stuck with Geoff Swaim against a top 5 defense against tight ends. The other may lead the NFL in snaps for tight ends, but the offense will struggle to drive against the Jaguars who are top 10 in every category on defense.

TE Cameron Brate
TE David Njoku
TE Geoff Swaim
TE Travis Kelce
TE Trey Burton
TE Vance McDonald

Once again, try one out today for FREE in the auction lobby!