Through five weeks, it has been an up-and-down ride with my wide receiver sleepers and streamers. In fantasy football, this has to be expected. How you bounce back after is the most important part. Overthinking can lead to awful choices, too.
In Week 5’s sleepers and streamers, I wrote a paragraph about Josh Downs. Then, I deleted it and replaced him with his teammate, Alec Pierce. That couldn’t have turned out to be more wrong. Downs finished with over 90 yards and six catches while Pierce had 10 yards on a single catch. You live and you learn. The only thing to do now is not to overthink, keep the same process, and crush it.
Week 6 Wide Receiver Sleepers and Streamers
Wide Receiver Sleepers
Nelson Agholor @ Tennessee Titans
Injuries will happen in football every single week. That is what comes with such physical sport. I will reiterate once again, Odell Beckham Jr. should have retired after winning the Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams. The former star is about 20% of what he used to be.
In Week 5, Beckham Jr. saw a 53% snap share and had 3.3 fantasy points. Nelson Agholor had a 59% snap share and saw four catches for 64 yards (WR30). Agholor has outplayed Beckham Jr. and Rashod Bateman five weeks into the season. Now, Agholor has a chance to earn the WR2 spot on this Ravens team which has not started to fully click.
Agholor gets to face a Titans defense who are a bottom-10 team in terms of ppg allowed to WRs. With bye weeks to players like George Pickens and Romeo Doubs, Agholor makes a perfect sleeper to plug into your lineup. Expect the Baltimore Ravens to accumulate their most total yards in Week 6. Agholor is my favorite receiver for sleepers and streamers in Week 6.
KJ Osborn @ Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are letting Justin Fields play with more “freedom” and it has looked wonderful for a fantasy aspect. Fields delivered a 40-plus point performance in Week 5 and should replicate that against the worst pass defense in the NFL. The Vikings will be once again passing over 40 times a game with the mediocre defense they have.
With the unfortunate news that Justin Jefferson more than likely will miss time, KJ Osborn is in a position to thrive. These are sleepers and streamers. It would be no fun to write about the obvious Jordan Addison. Osborn has a handful of games on his resume where he has performed fairly well.
With the Vikings passing the most in the NFL, I expect Osborn to have an outing of being a top 30 WR in Week 6 with the upside of finishing inside the top 24. The Bears are a bottom-12 team in terms of ppg allowed to WRs, setting Osborn up for a nice match-up.
Osborn has shown in the past he has been able to produce. With two touchdowns in five games, I expect Osborn to find the end-zone with no Justin Jefferson in action for Week 6.
Wide Receiver Streamers
Jakobi Meyers vs. New England Patriots
There are a handful of dumpster fires going on in the NFL. The biggest one is the New England Patriots. All in all, Tom Brady was that franchise and they are doomed until further notice. With that being said, Jakobi Meyers is in a perfect spot to have a big game against this former team.
Meyers spent four seasons in New England. Revenge games are a real thing in sports. Furthermore, Meyers will look to make his mark against one of the worst teams in the league. The Patriots lost their start rookie cornerback for the season. They had to trade for JC Jackson of the Los Angeles Chargers because of that. The Patriots just got shut out and lost by 30-plus points to the New Orleans Saints.
The entire team looks a mess and teams will take advantage of that. In summary, Jakobi Meyers will finish as a top 20 WR in Week 6 and should be streamed everywhere.
Christian Kirk vs. Indianapolis Colts
Christian Kirk became an afterthought this past off-season. With Calvin Ridley traded to the Jaguars, the panic ensued. Since then, Kirk has out-performed Ridley through five NFL games. Kirk has made the streamers side of sleepers and streamers in consecutive weeks, too.
In Week 6, the Jaguars face the Colts. The Colts gave up over 250 yards through the air with 140 of them going to DeAndre Hopkins. Calvin Ridley bounced back big in Week 5, but Kirk should not be faded. They are the top two options for Trevor Lawrence and should both be looked at as top 24 receivers.
Kirk managers will always be hesitant to start him with Ridley playing, but I say, they both can produce and be viable to your fantasy roster week in and week out. This is Christian Kirk’s last week on sleepers and streamers. After Week 6, Kirk will be a weekly start.