Week 6 RB 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.
Javorius Allen $5,300
Although most fantasy players were counting on Alex Collins to be the Ravens workhorse, it has been “backup” RB Javorious Allen who has been the more reliable option. Allen may have a limited ceiling but he also possesses a reliable floor as he’s been a weekly RB35 or better in all five games so far this season. Allen has also become the Ravens preferred red zone weapon, seeing 13 opportunities on the season compared to 10 for Collins. Allen has converted four of those for scores. – Ryan McDowell
Tarik Cohen $5,400
After three weeks of all but being ignored especially in the passing game, Tarik Cohen exploded in week four for 174 total yards and a touchdown. Coincidentally it’s the best the Bears offense has looked all season and I can’t see a reason they would go away from it. Pass catching backs Bilal Powell, Jalen Richard and James White have had success against the Dolphins and they have given up three receiving touchdowns to backs as well. – Sal Leto
Wendell Smallwood $5,200
As Jay Ajayi has popped in and out of the lineup over recent weeks, it has been Wendell Smallwood who has taken advantage. Smallwood has posted at least 54 yards from scrimmage in the past three weeks and posted 13 touches for 91 yards in Ajayi’s absence against the Colts. Philadelphia’s backfield will always pose volume concerns for individual backs – even with Jay Ajayi out for the year – but Smallwood looks poised for double-digit touches Thursday night. With Corey Clement coming off an injury of his own, it should be a Smallwood night (insert laughter here) against a Giants defense which has yielded eight touchdowns to the position thus far in 2018. – Rob Willette
Adrian Peterson $6,400
Through the first four games of the season, Redskins veteran RB Adrian Peterson has flip-flopped elite RB1 games with frustrating flops. He has become completely game-script dependant as the Redskins turn to pass-catching RB Chris Thompson when they fall behind. This week, Washington and Peterson face the Panthers, who allow the tenth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. On top of the imposing matchup, Peterson is also dealing with an upper-body injury. While he’s expected to play through the injury, it could have an impact. – Ryan McDowell
Alex Collins $5,800
It’s been a frustrating year to own Alex Collins. Splitting touches and losing goal-line work because he can’t seem to hold on to the ball, he’s been his own worst enemy. It doesn’t figure to get easier this week with the Titans study rush defense. They’ve given up zero total touchdowns to backs and no one player has gone over 85 yards rushing. Without the added bonus of pass catching the likelihood of a double-digit game seems far-fetched for Collins in this one.– Sal Leto
David Johnson $7,700
David Johnson has been able to avoid the full-blown bust label thanks to five touchdowns in five games. While Johnson scoring touchdowns is no surprise, the 2018 iteration of the Cardinals scoring touchdowns are, and it stands to reason an elite touchdown rate is unlikely to continue given Arizona’s continued struggles. The Cardinals have insisted on using Johnson as a running back from Madden 96, failing to find ways to get him the football in space, lending credence to rumors the coaching staff has been given a mandate to secure the top pick in the 2019 Draft. Minnesota’s step backward defensively has been well-documented, but their biggest issue has been stopping the pass. They have not allowed a rushing touchdown to a running back and they have only allowed 18 receptions to the position. DJ does not figure to provide returns on his draft day cost this Sunday. – 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.