Sneaky Starts: Week 6

Sneaky Starts: Week 6

By John Paulsen (Senior Editor), last update Oct 12, 2012

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As injuries and bye weeks pile up, all but the luckiest fantasy owners will at some point need to find the proverbial diamond in the rough -- a waiver wire or bench player who is capable of putting up some points in a pinch. This weekly feature is dedicated to that part of fantasy football. It's not pretty, but it's part of the game.

Week 5's Sneaky Starts included Christian Ponder (QB10), Kendall Hunter (RB22), Michael Bush (RB35), James Jones (WR11), Robert Meachem (WR8), Devery Henderson (WR9), Randall Cobb (WR14), Jeremy Kerley (WR20) and Kendall Wright (WR33). 
Now that we have at least four weeks of data, we're able to use Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed (aFPA) by position. For more detail, click here.
Note: These recommendations do not trump our weekly rankings, which are updated throughout the week and weekend.
Ponder is still available in 65% of ESPN leagues, so he's worth a mention here given his good matchup against the Redskins, who are #24 in QB aFPA. Ponder has thrown two touchdowns in three of his last four games.
Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb (vs. BUF)
Over the last three weeks, Kolb has thrown for an average of 278 yards and 1.7 TDs. This week, he's at home against Bills defense that is last in the league in QB aFPA. 
Browns QB Brandon Weeden (vs. CIN)
Aside from a disastrous Week 1, Weeden has been pretty solid, throwing for an average of 292 yards and 1.3 TDs in his last four games, including 322 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals (on the road) in Week 2. The Bengals are #26 in QB aFPA.
Greene has been very average this season and that's being kind. But to be fair, his schedule has been rough since facing the Bills in Week 1 (27 carries, 94 yards, TD). The Colts are the first good matchup in five games, so if Greene is going to get going, it will be this week. Powell has seen an increase in playing time, but the team seems committed to feeding the ball to Greene when they can. This is mainly a matchup play -- the Colts are #30 in RB aFPA.

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