Wide Receiver is a tough position to get a grasp on. There is plenty of depth but a decided lack of reliable options. When you add to that injuries to Julio Jones and Calvin Johnson, getting your lineup set this week is even more tricky. If you’re looking for a sleeper start, here are five options that probably aren’t weekly starters in your league but make good plays for this week if you need to plug someone in right away.
Here are my top 5 sleeper options for week 6:
1. T.Y. Hilton-Indianapolis Colts
Hilton has been the main receiver for the Colts the last few weeks as Andrew Luck has stepped up and gotten his team some big wins. Last week, Hilton found the end zone twice while racking up 140 yards. This week, he and the Colts take their show on the road to face the Chargers who are the third-worst pass defense in the NFL and have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing WR. Hilton is the ultimate big play threat and carries some risk as a result, but he should be able to find room to run on Monday Night Football.
2. Justin Blackmon-Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon jumped right back into the league with 136 yards and a touchdown last week after serving his four-game suspension. This week, he and the Jags travel to Mile High to take on the Broncos with Chad Henne under center in place of an injured and ineffective Blaine Gabbert. The Broncos allow the third-most points per game to opposing WR since teams have to go pass-heavy to try and keep up with the high-scoring offense. All those factors should lead to a nice day for Blackmon on Sunday unless the game becomes such a blowout that the Jags just surrender and pull their starters.
3. Mike Williams-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams and the Bucs have a tasty matchup against the Eagles atrocious secondary. He’s listed as questionable for the game, but as long as he suits up should turn in good numbers. He’s dealing with a new QB as well with Mike Glennon under center, but Josh Freeman was so bad that the rookie can’t be any worse. Williams makes a nice flex play if he suits up on Sunday.
4. Jeremy Kerley-New York Jets
Kerley found the end zone last week for the first time this season while catching five passes for 68 yards. He should be in for another solid game with Santonio Holmes still sidelined. It’s not the greatest situation for him as the Jets take on the Steelers, but Geno Smith needs someone to throw the ball to and Kerley is one of his better options.
5. DeAndre Hopkins-Houston Texans
The Texans are desperately in need of some momentum for their passing game after a few very bad weeks against tough defenses. Matt Schaub will start but be on a short leash, so it’s a good thing they’re playing the Rams. St. Louis has struggled to contain opposing wideouts, and with Andre Johnson still limping, Hopkins should get the chance to make some plays. When he’s gotten targets, he’s shown he can contribute, so the gamble you make if you play him is that Schaub figures things out and that he throws the ball his direction.
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