The NFL is usually a war of attrition, as those teams that manage to avoid major injury usually have a good chance of playing into January. This is also true of your fantasy team, as those team whose players can avoid injury can make it far into the season. The number of injuries that has felled some prominent players is concerning, as well as the fact that bye weeks are upcoming, forcing players to look in every nook and cranny for viable talent. This is the point in the season where contenders begin to separate themselves from the pack. Let’s examine some talent that can help keep your bench stocked to drive you into the playoffs.
Finders Sleepers Week 6
By: Dan Turner
QB Jameis Winston: Tampa Bay
Tampa is coming off their bye week, and Winston walks back into a situation with a treasure trove of talent at his disposal. He has been a good passer in the past, having completed at least 69 percent of his throws in the past 6 games. The options at QB in your free agent pool certainly does not look appetizing, so why not give Winston a shot as he has Top 5-10 upside when he’s on. He would make a worthy dart throw if available, with potential to start if needed.
RB Wendell Smallwood: Philadelphia
The injury bug and questionable coaching moves have combined to sidetrack the Eagles season. The news that Philly has lost RB Jay Ajayi for the season only adds to the number of walking wounded. Corey Clement and Darren Sproles have missed the last couple games with injuries, and Josh Adams is a rookie. Enter Wendell Smallwood, who has shown some promise in limited work in the past couple seasons. The Eagles could pull off a shocker and trade for Leveon Bell or Shady Mccoy, but until or unless that happens, Smallwood seems to be the best option for the team moving forward. Those hurting at RB could give him an add and see if he can build on last week’s stat line.
RB Alfred Blue: Houston
Lamar Miller has been largely ineffective this year, so much so that he did not play in week 5 despite being healthy enough to do so. In his place, Blue performed admirably, especially on the passing game where he caught 8 passes for 73 yards. There is some risk here with Miller being healthy and the inevitable return of D’onta Foreman, but Blue has shown enough to at least merit flex consideration for your squad.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Green Bay
One of a trio of rookies drafted at WR by the Packers, the appropriately named MVS stood out in a big way last week. Injuries to Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison forced MVS and fellow rookie Equanimeous St. Brown into action. MVS responded well, posting 7 catches for 68 yards and a TD. Those looking for a deeper league add or a high upside play could do worse.
WR Josh Reynolds: Los Angeles
Reynolds found himself in the same situation as MVS this past week, as both Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks left the Rams game with concussions. Reynolds acquitted himself well, catching a couple balls and even rushing for 10 yards at one point. Reynolds valued is tied to the health of Cooks and Kupp, but if both are out, Reynolds will be able to find a role opposite Robert Woods. Monitor the injury report and scoop him if possible.
WR Christian Kirk: Arizona
Kirk has not been getting much traction in the first couple weeks of the season, but exploded onto the scene with a 75 yard bomb from Josh Rosen last week. Kirk has immense talent, and his fortunes are tied to the development of Rosen. If the two rookies can get on the same page, Kirk could become a flex consideration, especially in PPR leagues. If you play in a deeper league or have an open spot, look to add the speedy receiver.