Fantasy football cheat sheet: Week 6 sleepers, injury updates on Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley

Week 6 is the week your managerial skills begin being put to the test in fantasy football. The NFL’s Week 5 saw more injuries and there’s twice as many teams on a bye week than the past two weeks.

Even the most confident owner might need a little advice this weekend. And that’s why I’m here.

We’ve combed the far reaches of the internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice. Below you’ll find easily digestible nuggets addressing some of the critical situations fantasy owners will face from week to week.

Dig in. And dominate.

Bye weeks: Bills, Bears, Colts and Raiders.


Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins: Washington’s new coach, Bill Callahan, says he wants to get the running game going. Callahan has specialized in offensive line work throughout his NFL coaching career, so I believe him. Callahan hopes to ease the burden for whichever quarterback is behind center. Most of this wouldn’t matter most other weeks, but Washington has a matchup in which it can hold its own, and then some perhaps. It may provide Peterson a chance to put up a productive week in fantasy. Peterson is owned in nearly 49% of ESPN leagues, but he was only started in 7% of leagues in Week 5.

Ito Smith, RB, Falcons: A week after scoring his first touchdown of the season, Smith turned in his best game of the year in Week 5. Smith finished with 64 yards from scrimmage and hauled in six receptions, so he stands to produce a little more in PPR leagues. Atlanta is at Arizona this Sunday. While the Cardinals appear to be a little stingy vs. opposing running backs, that might just be a product of their secondary being very generous. A pass-catching running back such as Smith has a chance to produce. He’s available in 90% of ESPN leagues, and long-term he offers some upside should Devonta Freeman get banged up.

Darius Slayton, WR, Giants: With a slew of injuries, Slayton has seen more playing time in recent weeks. He’s received five targets in two of the past three weeks, and is coming off a four-catch, 62-yard outing vs. a tough Minnesota secondary. New York will be without Sterling Shepard when it faces New England on Thursday night. It’s hardly an ideal matchup for Slayton, but owners in desperate need of a wide receiver may need an alternative. The hope if you are considering Slayton is that he’ll accumulate enough targets to provide a solid fantasy result. Slayton is owned in less than 1 percent of ESPN leagues. Furthermore, there are matchups in the weeks ahead that offer more upside for Slayton.


Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys: Gallup missed two weeks but picked up where he left off, hauling in seven receptions (14 targets) for 113 yards and a touchdown. He may have been drafted as a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver, but Gallup is entering must-play territory given what we’ve seen of him. And let’s not forget that his Week 5 production came against a tough Green Bay defense. Dallas will look to get back in the win column this weekend. For owners in need of an WR2/flex play, you could do a lot worse than Gallup.