Week 6 Wide Receiver Sleeper Report

Allen has gained the trust of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers

Allen has gained the trust of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers

The Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins have by weeks during Week 6 and fantasy owners are desperately searching for replacements for Julio Jones, Roddy White, Mike Wallace and Tony Gonzales. Other owners are looking for potential sleepers that can provide a boost to their Week 6 lineup and possibly the rest of the season.

Luckily, there are two young receivers putting together nice seasons who can provide fantasy value in Week 6 and hopefully the rest of the season.  Keenan Allen and Austin Pettis lead the pack of wide receiver sleepers going into Week 6.

Keenan Allen

Philip Rivers is averaging 322 yards per game through the air this season and he still doesn’t have a clear-cut #1 receiver. Antonio Gates is definitely his favorite target, but at the receiver position, the coveted #1 receiver tag is still up in the air.  Rivers has spread the ball around fairly evenly between his receiving core thus far, but If Week 5 was any indication of things to come, rookie receiver Keenan Allen might be the #1 receiver from here on out.

Allen racked up 115 yards on 6 catches and a touchdown in Week 5 and led all San Diego receivers with 9 targets.  It was Allen’s second straight double digit fantasy performance and at 6′ 2, he will likely get a lot of red zone targets as well. Allen is only owned in 4.8% of ESPN and 27% of Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues and owners could do a lot worse at their WR3 or Flex position than Allen in Week 6.

Austin Pettis

Austin Pettis earned a spot on Fantasy Buzzer’s Week 6 waiver wire recommendations. He didn’t fly off the board during the waiver wire, so he is now officially a sleeper for this week when the Rams travel to Houston to take on a blistering Texans defense.

Pettis has four straight games of double digit fantasy production and is sill only owned in 6.4% of ESPN and 24% of Yahoo leagues. Pettis is becoming Sam Bradford’s safety valve and go-to receiver in the red zone and already has four touchdowns through five games.

Pettis has a tough match-up this week on the road against the Texans but fantasy owners looking for some guaranteed points as opposed to a feast or famine type of receiver should consider starting Pettis based on his last month of production.


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