Fantasy Football Week 6 RB Sleepers
Trying to find good RB sleepers is universally considered the hardest thing to do for this dumb game called fantasy football. Thankfully, I pored over all two or three running backs worth worrying about this weekend that aren’t already universally owned to bring you this week’s dart throws. Here are three fantasy football week 6 RB sleepers for you to chew over. As always, two of these RB sleepers are available in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues, and the third is available in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues (and finding this one also keeps me up at night). Enjoy. And if I’m wrong then I’ll give you my WordPress login and you can try next week.
Mike Davis at Oakland in London (34% owned)
I give up. Mike Davis isn’t good. I watched him be awful for years in San Francisco and didn’t shed a tear when he was cut to make room for Joe Williams, who was then phantom-IRed because he could not stop fumbling before he got bounced out of the league for being an awful running back. That was the guy the Niners cut Mike Davis for. Anyway, the Seahawks, in their never-ending pursuit of not using their 2018 first round running back, are giving Mike Davis way too many carries, but it’s hard to turn your nose up at 33 totes over the last couple of games. He’s turned those carries into 169 yards and three scores. This week he gets a Raiders run defense that yields the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs, including 32.4 combined to Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler. He’ll be splitting time with Chris Carson, but the Raiders provide more than enough opportunity for two running backs to be startable.
Ronald Jones II at Atlanta (30% owned)
Ronald Jones hasn’t shown much at the NFL level to show that he is actually anything that comes close to approximating that he is an NFL-quality running back. Is that enough hype for you? If it isn’t, know that the Buccaneers trotted out Confirmed JAG Peyton Barber for 35 carries in their first two games, where he managed just 91 yards. Not 91 yards per game. Total. They started working RJ2 into the rotation, and this could be his week to take over. He had an uninspiring ten carries for 29 yards last week, but he takes on a porous Atlanta run defense. There are only two teams you’d rather see a running back face, and the Falcons have yielded 20-point days to five running backs already this season. The extremely stoppable force versus the incredibly movable object. But week 6 RB sleepers are hard to come by so he’s one of your best bets.
Ito Smith versus Tampa Bay (4% owned)
Devonta Freeman came back just in time to get another injury. That means Ito Smith becomes the Tevin Coleman to Tevin Coleman’s Devonta Freeman. The Bucs have played four games this year, and they have yielded five 9+ fantasy point days to running backs already this season. Jordan Howard is the only big-named running back who hasn’t trounced them this season. Smith has more than five carries twice in 2018 and in those games he went for 46 yards and 35 with a score, respectively. He’s going to be a big part of this backfield next season, so expect the Falcons to start to see what he can really do soon.