“Shore Thing Sleepers” isn’t your ordinary fantasy football Week 6 start/sit article. Instead, our analyst duo of Seth Woolcock and Nate Polvogt highlight lower-valued players that can provide starting-caliber production for a specific week. These are usually players near the end of your bench or even on the waiver wire/free agency. You can catch an additional sleeper pick live at the end of our weekly in-season Friday podcast episode.
Rostership percentages are based on ESPN Points Per Reception (PPR) redraft fantasy football leagues.
Week 6 Start/Sit Consideration: Shore Thing Sleepers
Evan Engram (TE, Jacksonville Jaguars) | 24.1 Percent
Tight end has certainly been one of the most challenging positions to fill weekly in 2022. If you didn’t snag Travis Kelce or Mark Andrews early on in drafts, you’ve likely been streaming the position. Unless you’re one of the lucky two managers in your league who hit a home run, I have a great option for you this week.
Evan Engram has been much maligned as a weekly starter in all fantasy formats in recent memory but has provided reliable streaming value over his career. Last week, Engram saw a season-high 10 targets and turned them into 12.9 PPR points. This week, Jacksonville subsequently faces an Indianapolis defense allowing the sixth most points to the tight end position.
Sometimes in fantasy football, it’s best not to overthink it. This is a matchup-based start at a thin position. Engram is in line for a boom week against a bad defense and could be the nudge you need to get over the hump in Week 6. – Polvogt
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR, Kansas City Chiefs) | 58.3 Percent
I’ll take any price of admission I can get to the Bills vs. Chiefs game with an over/under of 54. That includes starting my old foe, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS). The former Green Bay Packer is averaging 8.9 PPR points per game and is coming off a season-high eight targets for six receptions and 90 yards.
MVS is due for his first score as a Chief. He could certainly get it here. The last time these two teams played, there were 10 total TDs between them. In addition, the Bills’ secondary already lost captain Micah Hyde for the season. As of yesterday, ball-hawking safety Jordan Poyer and cornerbacks Christian Benford and Cameron Lewis were all limited in practice.
Look for MVS to at least get a few deep shots and add to his five red zone target total (22nd amongst WRs). – Woolcock