Sneaky Starts: NFL Week 6 Streaming Options
Have the bye weeks left a few holes in your lineup? Nick Raducanu lays out his favorite Week 6 streaming options to help patch the leaks.
They’re here! Bye weeks… *womp, womp*
Besides the myriad of injured running back that we’ll be scrambling to replace in our starting lineups, we’ll also be missing players from the Jets, Falcons, Saints, and 49ers this weekend.
And with that, let’s get to our Week 6 streaming options...
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Week 6 Streamers
Taylor Heinicke, Carolina Panthers
There’s no way to sugarcoat this: the Chiefs defense is bad. Just flat-out bad. And Heinicke has been sneaky good this season. He’s missing a few of his receiving options, but Heinicke still has a good shot at putting up top-12 QB numbers this week.
Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts
While Wentz isn’t the same player who was three games away from running away with the MVP award in 2017, I feel like people are sleeping on him a bit. He’s coming off a monster game in which he threw for 402 yards and could get T.Y. Hilton back this week. A cake matchup against a bad Texans defense doesn’t hurt either.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lawrence has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride this season, but he’s seemingly righted things a bit over the last two weeks. I’ve got him ranked as a top-15 quarterback this week as he faces a Dolphins defense that has been weak against opposing quarterbacks.
Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears
It’s hard to call Herbert sneaky after seeing 18 carries last week, but he’s still technically the RB2 in Chicago right now. Nevertheless, he should be started in a solid matchup against the Packers this week. While the game flow may not be in his favor, he should still see enough touches to warrant a start in the majority of leagues.
Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots
The rookie has re-emerged from Bill Belichick’s doghouse and should see a decent amount of work this week with Damien Harris banged up (and also dealing with a case of fumble-itis, himself). Stevenson is very much limited to being a play in deep leagues, but he’s still worth a look if you’re desperate this week.
Chris Evans, Cincinnati Bengals
We’re digging REAL deep here, but Evans has a chance to see some decent work this week. With Joe Mixon still limited and Samaje Perine on the COVID-reserve list, Evans could very well see his most action of the season this week. While that’s a low bar considering he’s carried the ball zero times and has only season five targets, the rookie is worth a look in deeper leagues if Mixon stays on the injury report and Perine sits against the Lions.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions
St. Brown has caught 13 of his 16 targets over the past two games and seems to have jumped to the top of the Lions receiver depth chart. I realize that’s not exactly the greatest prize ever, but it’s always a good idea to start a receiver who is getting the most looks among his fellow wide receivers. It also doesn’t hurt that he has a nice matchup against a Bengals defense that just gave up three games worth of yards to Davante Adams (and no, I’m not comparing St. Brown to Adams).
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos
I’m not sure Patrick totally qualifies as sneaky, but he’s still available in a lot of leagues despite being the Broncos' WR2 at the moment. He saw a season-high nine targets against the Steelers last week and managed to turn those into seven catches for 89 yards. He’ll face a very underwhelming Raiders defense this week that should be a bit of a mess amidst the coaching turmoil they’re going through.
DeAndre Carter, Washington Football Team
We’re digging deep this week, my friends. With Logan Thomas out and Curtis Samuel likely out (again), Carter will look to share WR2 duties with Adam Humphries (another sneaky start) after playing 70% of the snaps last week. He caught four of eight targets for 62 yards last week and has a nice matchup against the Chiefs this week.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team
Jones was the cheap DFS chalk last week, and he paid off. Filling in for Logan Thomas, Seals-Jones saw eight targets and put up a very respectable 5-41 line (which included two red zone targets). He also has a great matchup against a Chiefs defense that just got torched by Mark Andrews. Giddyup!
Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars
I wrote about Arnold in this week’s FAAB article, and he’s going to make his way into this column too. The Jaguars have resorted to throwing the ball to Tavon Austin at this point, so Arnold figures to play a large role in their offense. He saw eight targets and caught six balls for 64 yards last week, and should see a similarly heavy workload against a Dolphins defense that has been a favorable matchup for opposing tight ends.
Alright, my friends. That’ll do it for this week.
As always, don’t hesitate to hit me up on Twitter (@RadRoto) if you have any questions.
I wish you all the best of luck in Week 6, and I’ll see you back here next week to see if we can find some hidden gems for Week 7!