Sneaky Starts: Week 6

Sneaky Starts: Week 6

By John Paulsen (Senior Editor), last update Oct 15, 2015

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John was named the Most Accurate Fantasy Football Expert by FantasyPros for the 2010 and 2014 seasons, finished as runner-up in 2011 and 4th in both 2012 and 2015 for a total of five Top 5 seasons in the last six years. Cumulatively, John was the most accurate expert from 2010-15 while also winning the 2011 Fantasy Sports Trade Association award for the most accurate draft rankings. 

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All but the luckiest fantasy owners 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.

Last week’s Sneaky Starts featured Blake Bortles (QB3), Sam Bradford (QB12), Jay Cutler (QB13), Dion Lewis (RB13), Antonio Andrews (RB21), Chris Johnson (RB23), Darren McFadden (RB28), Duke Johnson (RB29), LeGarrette Blount (RB31), Allen Hurns (WR5), Marquess Wilson (WR10), Willie Snead (WR11), Tavon Austin (WR23), Jamison Crowder (WR25), Travis Benjamin (WR27), Kamar Aiken (WR28), Gary Barndige (TE3), Derek Carrier (TE8) and Richard Rodgers (TE16), who posted starter- or flex-caliber numbers in Week 5.

Let’s take a look at the Sneaky Starts for Week 6:



Marcus Mariota, Titans (vs. MIA)
Mariota had a tough game against Buffalo (187 yards, 1 INT), but has a better matchup this week against the Dolphins, who are #21 in QB aFPA.

Blake Bortles, Jaguars (vs. HOU)
Bortles is the #6 QB through five weeks. He has a good matchup – Houston is #28 in QB aFPA – and would be ranked higher if not for a shoulder sprain.

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers (vs. BAL)
Kaepernick has been up and down this year, but he played pretty well last week against the Giants (262 yards, 2 TD, 23 yards rushing) and has a great matchup with the Ravens, who are #30 in QB aFPA.

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