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Week 6 WR Sleepers and Landmines

by , and • October 12, 2018

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

Courtland Sutton $4,300

The Panthers have Greg Olsen back in the lineup for Week Six. That is pretty much all you need to know about the expectations for WR Devin Funchess. Funchess’ fantasy scoring doubles when Olsen is out of the lineup, averaging over 14 points per game. That number drops to just seven fantasy points when Olsen plays. Funchess average just two receptions for 32 yards per game when Olsen is active. Factor in the growing roles of WR DJ Moore and WR Curtis Samuel and Funchess looks like an obvious player to avoid.  – Ryan McDowell

Christian Kirk $4,500

This has not been the Vikings defense we were expecting coming off of last seasons run to the NFC championship. The numbers are inflated seemingly due to being ripped by the Rams a couple weeks back but a quick look at the numbers shows in particular number three wide receivers have been able to find success facing the Vikings in 2018, giving up 7.37 yards above the team average to numbers three wideouts. Kirk while playing out of position until Larry moves on has gotten off for big games in two out of the last three and hauled in a 75 yard touchdown catch a week ago. The Cards are going nowhere and should continue to use this season to get their young weapons involved in the game plan. – Sal Leto

Chester Rogers $4,100

TY Hilton and Jack Doyle are set to miss another game, and now Eric Ebron is popping up with a series of injuries. Despite a ravaged receiving core, the Colts are still airing out the football. Indianapolis leads the NFL with a pass rate near 72% and any concerns about Andrew Luck’s shoulder have quickly been erased as he has opened it up downfield the past few weeks. Chester Rogers has turned 22 targets over the past two weeks into 16 grabs for 151 yards. While the yardage and touchdown upside are likely capped given his role, the overall usage is incredibly encouraging and should continue as he is currently one of Luck’s most reliable pass catchers. The Jets have played serviceable pass defense, allowing 7.2 yards per attempt on the season, but with the Colts pass-heavy approach it is not a huge deterrent to fantasy success. Rogers’ offers a quality floor for anyone seeking bargain production. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Devin Funchess $6,700

The Panthers have Greg Olsen back in the lineup for Week Six. That is pretty much all you need to know about the expectations for WR Devin Funchess. Funchess’ fantasy scoring doubles when Olsen is out of the lineup, averaging over 14 points per game. That number drops to just seven fantasy points when Olsen plays. Funchess average just two receptions for 32 yards per game when Olsen is active. Factor in the growing roles of WR DJ Moore and WR Curtis Samuel and Funchess looks like an obvious player to avoid. – Ryan McDowell

Keke Coutee $3,600

I know he’s not a big name receiver but he has had a fantastic start to his career and people are talking him up. I like the kid a lot and hope this is the player we will see going forward but for all the bashing of the Bills they have done really well defending wide receivers. After giving up three TDs to the position in week one they have only given up one in the four weeks since. For the most part that shut down that Vikings WR Corp in Minnesota and didn’t allow the big play to Green Bay. With Fuller looking like a healthy full go I can see Keke having a very average week as Houston looks to go downfield more than short. – Sal Leto

Keenan Allen $8,300

It has been a rather sleepy start for Keenan Allen. He has surpassed 100 yards only once and his only touchdown of the season came in the same game. The target share is still encouraging, and it is worth noting Allen started slower last year before taking souls in the second half of the year. The biggest concern this week is the matchup. It has been ages since the Browns have been listed as a matchup of concern, but Cleveland has simply smothered passing games this year. The Browns have allowed 6.7 yards per attempt, and the overall yardage numbers are inflated by facing so many attempts due a seemingly impossible three overtime games in their first five tilts. Week 6 is not an ideal spot for a Keenan Allen blowup game. – 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.