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Into the deep for Week 6

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Every week I'll dive into some sleepers beyond what we write in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em to help some of you in deeper leagues. Some weeks will have more guys than others, but this should be helpful for those owners in 14- and 16-team leagues.

Quarterback

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Joe Flacco (vs. HOU): I like teams coming off their bye because two weeks to prepare for an opponent is usually a good thing. Flacco has been studying the Texans defense since he last played in Week 4, and he should be ready to go. In his past two games coming off a bye, Flacco has passed for 441 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He has faced Houston twice in his career, including last season, and has 420 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in those matchups. The Texans just lost standout linebacker Mario Williams (pectoral), and Houston has allowed multiple touchdown passes in two of the past three games against Drew Brees and Jason Campbell. (Start percentage for Week 4: 26 percent)
Colt McCoy (at OAK): The Raiders have found out that losing cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will hurt their secondary because three of five quarterbacks that they faced have passed for at least 300 yards, and four of them have thrown for multiple touchdowns. McCoy has posted solid numbers so far this season with at least 18 Fantasy points in three of four starts, and the Browns are trying to improve their passing game by giving Greg Little and Evan Moore increased playing time. If you're looking for a bye-week replacement in Week 6 then plan on using McCoy based on the matchup. (Start percentage for Week 4: 4 percent)
Sam Bradford (at GB): This is my Hail Mary for this week since Bradford has the chance to throw for plenty of yards in what should be a Packers victory. He will likely get plenty of late-game stats. Bradford, who has been sacked 18 times this season, should face plenty of pressure in his matchup with Green Bay on Sunday in Week 6. The Packers are among the league leaders in sacks with 12, and they will come after Bradford with the hope of forcing him into several mistakes. But if Bradford has time, he might be able to attack this secondary. The Packers are No. 30 in pass defense, and four quarterbacks have scored multiple touchdowns against Green Bay. (Start percentage for Week 4: 9 percent)

Running back

Mark Ingram (at TB): Ingram had his first game with double digits in Fantasy points last week at Carolina with nine carries for 32 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 17 yards. I would love to see what he could do with more carries, but that will be difficult since he continues to share playing time with Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas. Still, he could be a good starting option this week based on the matchup. The Bucs have allowed four rushing touchdowns this season, including two last week against San Francisco, and three running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points. At some point we'd love to call Ingram a must-start Fantasy option, but for now he should be considered a fringe starter with upside. (Start percentage for Week 5: 55 percent)
Michael Bush (vs. CLE): The key for Bush is scoring touchdowns, and he had a three-game scoring streak snapped in Week 5 at Houston. But he has the chance to score against the Browns, who have struggled in run defense. Now, Cleveland has allowed just one rushing touchdown on the season, but three running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points in four games. Bush has scored in two home games in a row, and he has the chance for about 8-10 Fantasy points in this matchup. (Start percentage for Week 5: 19 percent)
Earnest Graham (vs. NO): Graham is going to start with LeGarrette Blount (knee) out, and he should be a useful No. 2 running back or flex option depending on your league. The Saints have allowed three rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs and three have reached double digits in Fantasy points, including DeAngelo Williams last week. Graham was once a quality Fantasy option in 2007-08 when he made 20 starts and scored 14 touchdowns. He's not going to produce like Blount, but he could be a quality replacement this week as he will get the majority of touches with Blount out. (Start percentage for Week 5: 10 percent)
Montario Hardesty (at OAK): The Browns are saying Peyton Hillis will get his full workload again this week, but Hardesty will still touch the ball enough where you can use him in deeper formats. He has 13 Fantasy points in his past two games, and the Raiders have allowed six touchdowns to opposing running backs and five to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Hillis should get plenty of production, but Hardesty has eight catches for 68 yards the past two games, which could lead to some increased totals in the passing game. (Start percentage for Week 4: 2 percent)
Jason Snelling (vs. CAR): Snelling has done next to nothing so far this season with three carries for 12 yards and 10 catches for 64 yards, but he might be needed in the passing game with Julio Jones (hamstring) out. This is more like a Hail Mary call since the Falcons still have Michael Turner, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez to do the heavy lifting, but Atlanta does have a favorable matchup against the Panthers. Carolina has allowed seven touchdowns to opposing running backs and five to reach double digits in Fantasy points, including John Kuhn and Jed Collins, and Snelling could come away with a cheap score this week. (Start percentage for Week 5: 1 percent)

Wide receiver

James Jones (vs. STL): Jones is fourth on the pecking order at best for the Packers in the passing game behind Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson, but the fourth option for Aaron Rodgers is better than most. Heading into Week 6 against St. Louis, Jones now has eight catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns in his past two games. He also has a good matchup this week. The Rams have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers. He should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy option this week. (Start percentage for Week 5: 4 percent)
Greg Little (at OAK): Little is coming off his best game of the season with six catches for 57 yards in Week 4 against Tennessee, and the Browns have said they want to increase his playing time, starting this week against the Raiders. Oakland has allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers and five have reached double digits in Fantasy points. If you're stuck this week and need a No. 3 receiver with upside then give Little a chance in deeper formats. He could reward you with a good performance based on the matchup. (Start percentage for Week 4: 0 percent)
David Nelson (at NYG): Even though Nelson scored last week against the Eagles, his production the past two games has been disappointing with just three catches for 24 yards. Even more concerning is just five targets over that span, but he should be more involved this week against the Giants. They have allowed five touchdowns to opposing receivers and five have reached double digits in Fantasy points. If you look at receivers who have hurt the Giants it's been Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, Doug Baldwin and Ben Obomanu. Nelson fits in with that bunch, and his targets should increase with Donald Jones (ankle) out. (Start percentage for Week 5: 29 percent)
Jabar Gaffney (vs. PHI): Just like the Giants, the Eagles have struggled with secondary receivers as well while locking down No. 1 options, which is why we have Santana Moss as a bust alert this week. The Eagles have allowed four touchdowns the past two weeks against Victor Cruz, Josh Morgan and Nelson, and Gaffney might see an increase in targets this week. He had 10 in his past two games, and he's had at least six Fantasy points in each game this season. He should be able to reach that total again in this matchup, and he can be considered a No. 3 Fantasy option. (Start percentage for Week 4: 14 percent)
Darrius Heyward-Bey (vs. CLE): Don't look now, but Heyward-Bey might be turning into a third-year breakout receiver. He now has 11 catches for 214 yards and a touchdown in his past two games against New England and the Texans, and he had 12 targets in Week 5. The Raiders are relying on Heyward-Bey as a playmaker, and he has rewarded them with quality production. The Browns could be without standout cornerback Joe Haden (knee), which would open the door for Heyward-Bey to have another quality performance this week. (Start percentage for Week 5: 2 percent)

Tight end

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Fred Davis (vs. PHI): The way to attack the Eagles is with their safeties and linebackers, and Rex Grossman will have to rely on Davis in this matchup. He has struggled the past two games with five catches for 59 yards after starting the season off well with 11 catches for 191 yards and a touchdown in his first two games. We can see Davis having an impact against the Eagles, who have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends this season. (Start percentage for Week 4: 38 percent)
Visanthe Shiancoe (at CHI): Shiancoe is not a good Fantasy option, but he does have a good matchup this week. The Bears have allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends with five touchdowns allowed over the past three games. They also have allowed at least seven Fantasy points to five tight ends, and Shiancoe does have two touchdowns against the Bears in his past four meetings. Hopefully this a week where Shiancoe takes advantage of a good opportunity, and we consider him a bye-week replacement. (Start percentage for Week 5: 18 percent)
Benjamin Watson (at OAK): The Texans beat up the Raiders last week with Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen catching 12 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown, and Oakland has allowed four tight ends to reach at least seven Fantasy points this season. Watson is coming off his best game of the season in Week 4 against the Titans with six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown, and he has 11 catches for 112 yards in his past two games. Even with Moore expected to see more production, Watson will remain heavily involved. He is worth using if you need a tight this week based on the matchup. (Start percentage for Week 4: 6 percent)
Heath Miller (vs. JAC): Like Watson, Miller comes into his Week 6 matchup against the Jaguars playing well against a favorable opponent. He had three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee last week and now has at least seven Fantasy points in two of his past three games. The Jaguars have allowed a tight end to score against them in four consecutive games, and Miller could keep that streak alive. He won't need to do much blocking in this game compared to what he normally does because Jacksonville has a weak pass rush. (Start percentage for Week 5: 11 percent)

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Colts getting Jack Mewhort reps at right tackle
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(10:10 am ET) Colts offensive lineman Jack Mewhort received the majority of his snaps on Wednesday at right tackle, according to ESPN.com. 

Mewhort was getting these reps due to Gosder Cherilus unavailable. Mewhort entered the league as a left guard. 

"Versatility is hard to find," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "So obviously him playing a bunch of spots and playing everywhere along the line is definitely the more you can do. I think everybody is well aware of that spot and us trying to fill that hole right now. I'm fully confident that we've got the guys in this building right now that we're going to be fine there."


Broncos LB Brandon Marshall still rehabbing foot injury
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(10:01 am ET) Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall was able to lift weights with his teammates during Wednesday's OTA practice, according to the team's website. 

Marshall is still recovering from a foot injury which has kept him off the practice field thus far. 

"I think it will be fairly soon," Marshall said, "because I feel really good, honestly."

Marshall injured his foot in a December game against the Chargers and later played through the pain in the playoffs against the Colts. He said that watching practice hasn't been as much fun as being out there. 

"It's kind of tough, because while I'm out here, I need to pay attention; I need to watch more film, because when you do it more, you get a better feel for it," he said. "I have to learn through visual learning and just trying to soak up as much information as I can, because when training camp comes, it's going to come fast, and I've got to learn fast. I'll be all right.


Giants new-look offensive line on display in OTA's
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(10:00 am ET) The Giants have completely remodeled their offensive line unit for the start of organized team activities.

Compared to last year's o-line, only two players are back but even those guys have switched positions and shifted along the line. Justin Pugh has gone from right tackle to left guard and Weston Richburg shifted from left guard to center.

Will Beatty, who was a mainstay at left tackle last season, will miss five to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Beatty's injury has paved the way for rookie Ereck Flowers to step in at the left tackle position.

Quaterback Eli Manning is still adjusting to all the moving pieces in front of him.

"Obviously, having a new center can be an adjustment," Manning said. "But (Weston) Richburg was here last year and I got snaps with him last year, so that hasn't been a big deal. Anytime you have a rookie at left tackle, it can be an adjustment."

Geoff Schwartz and John Jerry are splitting time at right guard, while Marshall Newhouse has been taking the snaps at right tackle.


Texans' Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett splitting first-team reps
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:52 am ET) As expected, Texans quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett split reps with the first-team during Wednesday's OTA practice, according to the Houston Chronicle

Hoyer is no stranger to competing for a starting job after going through the process in Cleveland against Johnny Manziel a year ago. 

“I’ve been through it before,” Hoyer said. “I’m not going to let it affect me and I’ll just be myself and really focus on the things that I can control.”

Hoyer, behind an offensive line that struggled following Alex Mack's season-ending injury, finished 2014 with 3,326 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Mallett, who suffered a season-ending torn pectoral, appeared in three games for Houston and threw for 400 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. 


Eagles CB Nolan Carroll: 'I want to start again'
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9:41 am ET) Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll has been taking reps with the first team during the start of organized team activities.

Carroll has gotten first team reps while Byron Maxwell, who signed a massive free-agent contract in the offseason, has played on the other side of the defensive formation.

“I’m not putting stock in it at this point, because we’re all getting the same amount of reps,” Carroll said. “Every time I’m out there I’m focusing on my technique no matter where I’m lining up. It’s not about going against the guy across from me, it’s about what I can do every single time and how much I can focus on my technique on every snap.

“We’re out there now and things are going so fast that you’re going to get tired after three or four reps and the next guy is up."

Whether his first-team reps are just for the time being, Carroll plans on fighting for a starting position.

“I want to start again, sure,” Carrol said. “Last year was challenging. I did what they asked me to do and it was something that took some time becoming accustomed to doing. I felt I became a lot more comfortable with later in the year. It was another opportunity to help the team. Same thing now. Whatever they want. I want to be out on the field. Right now it’s me out there with the ones, but everybody is going to get a chance. I just have to take advantage every time I’m out there.”


Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (quad) out until training camp
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:36 am ET) Ravens receiver Michael Campanaro dodged a bullet with a quad injury he sustained during practice on Wednesday. 

According to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, Campanaro sustained a partial quadriceps tear but is expected to be back at some point during training camp. The injury will not require surgery

Campanaro was injury prone in college at Wake Forest and had battled through hamstring injuries a year ago in his rookie season. His role is expected to increase this year, though his health is a concern. 

Campanaro only had seven catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in 2014. 


Rams' national scout: Gurley is 'the perfect fit' for the organization
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(9:30 am ET) The Rams turned a lot of heads when they drafted running back Todd Gurley out of the University of Georgia with the 10th pick in the 2015 draft.

The Rams -- with Zac Stacy and Tre Mason in the backfield -- seemed to have the position covered, but one of the team's scouts in particular has taken to Gurley and his talent.

Lawrence McCutcheon, who ranks fourth all-time on the franchise's rushing list, serves as the team's national scout and is enamored with Gurley's capabilities.

“As a former running back here, you’re always looking for that next guy to take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and be that bell-cow-type running back,” McCutcheon said. “And he certainly fits that build.”

“To me, that’s what the game is all about, particularly what coach Fisher is trying to establish here now,” McCutcheon continued. “He’s big, he’s fast, he’s elusive, he finishes his runs. So he’s the perfect fit, in my opinion.”

Gurley rushed for 911 yards and nine touchdowns in just six games as a junior at Georgia. His season was cut short by an ACL tear.


Lions K Matt Prater not happy about new extra point rule
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:21 am ET) Lions kicker Matt Prater is concerned that the NFL's new rule moving extra points back to the 15-yard line could have some major effects toward kickers. 

"Am I thrilled about it? No, I don't think any other kicker is," Prater said in an interview with ESPN.com. "You know, they make these rules and they never talk to any of us about it. I don't know. I just feel that eventually they are just trying to weed kicking out of the game completely. It's something we'll have to deal with and hopefully make them all."

He also questioned the motive from the league with making this kind of rule change. 

"I don't know what the owners and (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell and all them are thinking," Prater said. "But I'm just going to try and do my job and keep my mouth shut for the most part."


Bills move Corey Graham to safety
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:01 am ET) The Bills have moved cornerback Corey Graham to safety, the Buffalo News reports.

Graham said that he and the team have discussed the move all offseason and decided to give the position change a try on Tuesday when the team held its first workout of OTAs.

"He’s got that unique ability where he can do both things," coach Rex Ryan said. "So let’s see what we have out there. And this is no slam on Duke or on Rambo or on Meeks or any of those guys, but this is us doing what’s best for the team. And if that means we feel good about [Graham] playing safety, then that’s where he’ll be."

Graham is enthusiastic about playing the safety position full-time.

"I want to try to really learn it and see where it goes, see how much my grasp is, see how I’m playing at it, see where it can take me," he said. "I look forward to it. It’s a challenge for me, but I’m actually very excited about it."

Graham recorded 84 total tackles last season, his first in Buffalo, while intercepting two passes.


Vikings' Bridgewater 'extremely comfortable' with leadership role
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is embracing his role as leader of the offense, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’m a young guy still on the team, but guys are pushing me forward to say something in the huddle, or break the team down, or break the offense down," Bridgewater said. "That just gives you that confidence in yourself, confidence in your leadership and I’ve been extremely comfortable doing that so far."

Coach Mike Zimmer is satsfied with the work Bridgewater has done during the offseason.

"It’s hard to never not be pleased with Teddy because he’s such a hard worker," Zimmer said. "We wanted him to get bigger and stronger; he looks a little bit bigger to me. He’s always worked real hard. The leadership things are starting to come better. I think he’s been doing a good job the two days we’ve been out here against the defense."

Bridgewater made 12 starts in his rookie season and played 13 games in all, racking up 2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 64.4 percent of his passes.


 
 
 
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