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.
Mark Sanchez (at DEN): Sanchez has a good matchup this week with the Broncos missing three players in their secondary due to injury. He has yet to throw an interception, and he should connect well with Santonio Holmes this week. The Broncos have already allowed David Garrard and Peyton Manning to pass for multiple touchdowns against them, and Sanchez could be next on that list.
Chad Henne (at GB): Henne has lost his past two games against the Jets and New England, but he has at least 305 passing yards in each game with four touchdowns and four interceptions over that span. This week, he faces a Green Bay defense that’s decimated by injuries. If you’re looking for a quarterback with a good matchup in Week 6 consider Henne since Donovan McNabb just passed for 357 yards against the Packers.
Matt Cassel (at HOU): Cassel has just one good game this season in Week 3 against the 49ers, but he has a great matchup in Week 6 at Houston if you’re willing to trust him. The Texans have allowed two 425-yard passing games and four games with multiple touchdown passes, and that includes matchups with No. 2 quarterbacks like McNabb, Bruce Gradkowski and Eli Manning.
David Garrard (vs. TEN): Garrard was on the verge of losing his job, but he has played well the past two games against the Colts and Bills with at least 21 Fantasy points in each outing. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Titans, who have struggled the past three weeks in pass defense, allowing three consecutive 340 yard passing games. Last year against the Titans at home, Garrard passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns with 38 rushing yards and a fumble.
Chris Ivory: (at TB): It looks like Pierre Thomas (ankle) will be out again, which means Ivory, Ladell Betts and Julius Jones will be sharing carries. None of these running backs are great options, but Ivory is still the best of the bunch. And Tampa Bay has allowed three running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points in four games, which makes Ivory intriguing in deeper formats.
Mike Hart: (at WAS): Joseph Addai (shoulder) looks like he might be able to play this week, but Donald Brown (hamstring) is probably out against Washington, which would allow Hart to see additional playing time. And if Addai is out, Hart could become a No. 2 Fantasy running back. The Redskins have allowed five running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points this year.
Jason Snelling (at PHI): The Eagles will likely be without defensive lineman Brodrick Bunkley (elbow), which could allow Michael Turner and Snelling to play well since Philadelphia’s run defense already has been struggling. Three running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Eagles, and Snelling can be a good flex option in deeper leagues.
Michael Crabtree (vs. OAK): Crabtree is coming off the best game of his career with nine catches for 105 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles, and he could play well again this week if the Raiders do what they did in Week 5 with Nnamdi Asomugha seeing time on Vernon Davis like he did with Antonio Gates. Crabtree won’t have a Malcom Floyd-like performance, but he is worth starting since he could play well.
Mike Thomas (vs. TEN): Thomas has yet to score a touchdown this season, but he does have at least four catches in four of five games and has been more active in the passing game than Mike Sims-Walker. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Titans, who have allowed some big games to No. 2 wide receivers in Steve Smith of the Giants, Eddie Royal and Roy E. Williams in the past three games.
Dwayne Bowe (at HOU): The Texans have allowed five opposing wide receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points this year, and seven have reached at least eight Fantasy points. Bowe has not played well this year, and there could be some trust issues with Cassel. But based on the matchup, he’s worth using as a No. 3 Fantasy option. And don’t be surprised if Chris Chambers or Dexter McCluster also play well this week.