Fantasy football Week 6 sleeper picks: Hardman has shot at expanded role

Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers Sammy Watkins (14) and Mecole Hardman (17) celebrate Hardman's touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baltimore. (Gail Burton / AP)

It’s been another interesting build-up for fantasy football owners to the NFL's weekend slate of games. Le’Veon Bell is heading to Kansas City, multiple COVID-19 scares, the usual injury questions as well as all the starters missing from the Seahawks, Chargers, Saints and Raiders that are on their bye.

Below are my five sleeper picks that hopefully can help catapult your team to a Week 6 victory! As always, hit me up with any fantasy questions on Twitter @AndyMc81 using #AskAndy.

Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs

Yahoo! League ownership: 47%

Draft Kings salary: $4,200

Sammy Watkins absence from a hamstring injury opens up a hole at the Chiefs' No. 2 wide receiver spot. Mecole Hardman has the edge over fellow depth WR Demarcus Robinson. Despite playing a similar amount of snaps, Robinson hasn’t surpassed three targets in a single contest. Compare that to Hardman’s pair of touchdowns and healthy 12.75-fantasy points per game average since Week 2.

The sophomore receiver’s route tree versatility should prove valuable against a tough Bills defence. The 22-year old possesses take-the-top-off-a-D speed, but is comfortable in the slot for those short to medium passes from Patrick Mahomes. Moving him around while Buffalo’s secondary worries about Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, provides an excellent opportunity for Hardman to take advantage of an expanded role.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans

Yahoo! League ownership: 65%

Draft Kings salary: $5,900

Back from their COVID-19 exile, the Titans made a statement Tuesday night in their thumping of Buffalo. As a quality fantasy quarterback, Ryan Tannehill is still not getting the respect he deserves. Remember that Russell Wilson, Justin Herbert and Drew Brees are all on byes, so turning to the “Tanne-Thrill” makes perfect sense.

He’s averaged 22.46-FPTs over four starts and A.J. Brown’s return only increases the possibility of another big outing. Tennessee takes on a good, not great, Texans defence that Tannehill threw four touchdowns to one interception against last year in two division showdowns. I would start the veteran over the likes of Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow this Sunday.

Devonta Freeman, RB, Giants

Yahoo! League ownership: 78%

Draft Kings salary: $4,900

The Giants have displayed one of the least exciting offenses across the entire NFL, and that includes a lacklustre running game. However, Devonta Freeman is quietly picking up steam for Big Blue as he gets set to suit up for the fourth time. The numbers aren’t staggering, but now Freeman has his legs back underneath him from the long layoff and is much more comfortable with the playbook.

A better fit for non-PPR, the in-season free-agent signee scored his first touchdown and delivered 15.70-FPTs in standard formats last Sunday. The touches keep going up for Freeman who faces a Washington defence that’s allowed the sixth-most rushing scores (8) so far in 2020. Other backfield teammates Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis are non-factors, so if the G-Men want to use an RB it’ll be No. 31.

Miami Dolphins, Defence

Yahoo! League ownership: 41%

Draft Kings salary: $2,900

If you’re streaming defences like I am this season, then following the New York Jets' schedule has become a pretty successful strategy so far. Cue up the widely available Dolphins DST!

Despite the bonus of facing a horrible NYJ offence, Miami’s actually been sneaky effective lately. Eleven sacks, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries over their past three outings is solid production. They’ve also hit double-digit fantasy points twice during that stretch and the Jets have allowed the second most FPTs to opposing defences.

Jason Sanders, K, Dolphins

Yahoo! League ownership: 30%

Draft Kings salary: N/A

Kickers are often an afterthought in fantasy football. That is until one helps put you over the top or costs you a matchup. So why not add the best one in all of fantasy? Miami’s Jason Sanders has scored the most FPTs of any NFL kicker through five weeks. He’s also connected on every field goal and extra point attempt.

At 70 per cent availability in most leagues, it makes so much sense to grab Sanders as the Dolphins host the Jets.

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