First off, let me acknowledge that at times there are players listed here that actually end up not dressing for that week’s game. In the last two weeks, Anthony Spencer and Ropati Pitoitua come to mind.
Unfortunately, with deadlines to meet, there is no chance to see the Friday practice reports before the article is submitted. It happens, so what will be done in the future is that I will try and suggest another player to plug-in should a player be uncertain to suit up that week.
OK, enough excuse making, it is time to look at week six sleepers who can replace BYE week options, or injured starters to carry IDP teams to victory.
Greg Toler, CB, ARIZONA, vs. BUFFALO: Toler has surpassed William Gay in the secondary rotation for the Cardinals and has a nice match-up in week six with the Bills coming to town. Toler doesn’t shy away from contact; he has twelve solo tackles in the last two games and is weak enough in coverage that he will be thrown at. Look for the Bills will to attack the strong Cardinals defense through the air after watching Sam Bradford toss two touchdowns last week. Should Toler miss the game due to a nagging hamstring issue, insert William Gay.
Craig Dahl, S, ST LOUIS, at MIAMI: Dahl was looking over his shoulder at the hard charging Darian Stewart, until Quintin Mikell suffered a concussion last week. It appears that Stewart and Dahl will both be on the field until Mikell returns and the Dolphins represent a fantasy friendly opponent for safeties. Dahl has twenty-nine total tackles and while he lacks any big plays on his resume to date, can get fantasy owners decent production as a bye week fill-in this week.
Buster Skrine, CB, CLEVELAND, vs. CINCINNATI: Skrine has been surprisingly effective as a fantasy cornerback, amassing twenty-nine total tackles in five games. This production will keep him on the field, despite the return of Joe Haden from his suspension. Skrine has seven passes defended, teams will avoid throwing at Haden, continue to target Skrine and that keeps his fantasy value high against the Bengals this week.
Aaron Williams, CB, BUFFALO, at ARIZONA: The Cardinals are a good fantasy match-up for cornerbacks and Williams will absolutely add to the four passes defended he has put up so far this season. While teams tend to attack rookie corners, and Williams lines up opposite Stephon Gilmore. The fact is, Williams is only in his second season and drawing plenty of throws his way. He and Gilmore will both be pleasant fantasy producers, out in the desert in week six.
Thomas DeCoud, S, ATLANTA, vs. OAKLAND: The Falcons will get up early on the Raiders this week, forcing Carson Palmer to throw the ball a lot and that is good news for DeCoud. He already has four interceptions to go along with five passes defended and twenty-two tackles. Look for DeCoud to post decent tackle numbers but more importantly, to have a couple big plays that elevate his fantasy value against the Raiders.
Jonathan Joseph, CB, HOUSTON, vs. GREEN BAY: The Packers have their backs against the wall and will come out firing on all cylinders. That will mean a lot of action for the Texans secondary and Joseph will have ample opportunity to amass fantasy production. Joseph has twenty-two total stops and a single interception in 2012; look for both of those numbers to drastically increase this week as the Packers air it out, all game long.
Josh Robinson, CB, MINNESOTA, at WASHINGTON: Robinson has been on fire, posting twenty-three total tackles for the season, including thirteen solo stops over the last two games. His snap count has gradually increased and he is seeing a lot of time in the base package for the Vikings. Look for the rookie to have an excellent fantasy outing in week six, as Washington has been a nice fantasy match-up for defensive backs.
Mike Adams, S, DENVER, at SAN DIEGO: Adams has thirty-four tackles in five games, is coming off a twelve-stop performance against the Patriots and offers solid fantasy value. He’s not a flashy, big play type of safety and that will fit in well against the Chargers this week. San Diego offers a nice mix of rush attempts with Ryan Mathews, as well as over the middle routes to Gates and that means a lot of tackles for Adams. The occasional deep shot down the field to Malcom Floyd also presents Adams with the chance at the rare interception.
Stevie Brown, S, NEW YORK GIANTS, at SAN FRANCISCO: Brown has stepped in for the injured Kenny Phillips and performed well. He has eleven tackles, one pass defended and an interception the last two weeks. He should get the call against the 49ers in week six, even with the return of Tyler Sash from suspension. San Francisco isn’t the best fantasy match-up for defensive backs but Brown has been finding a way to produce fantasy points and should do so again in week six.
Eric Wright, CB, TAMPA BAY, vs. KANSAS CITY: The Chiefs offense is going to run the ball. They have averaged thirty-four rushes per game, through five weeks. With Brady Quinn under center, they will undoubtedly hit that total again in week six. Quinn will take his shots through the air, and when he does he will target Wright. Look for the Chiefs to avoid Aqib Talib and get the ball to who ever Wright lines up against, making him a nice week-six fantasy play.