Week 6: Super Sleepers
Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall split snaps exactly at 30 apiece this past week. Ellington is a small back with explosive ability. The coaching staff is concerned with his ability to stay healthy if he sees a greater workload. Mendenhall still has ability and is a larger body in the backfield, but Ellington has passing appeal and looks to be the running back with the most punch, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Ellington should be owned in any league format with more than 12 teams and is likely on the bye week radar of other fantasy owners. This week he faces a tough San Francisco defense, but could be worth a look.
If you have to dig deep at wide out this week, you might consider Kris Durham. Detroit's injury woes continued with Calvin Johnson's absence in Week 5. Johnson's on-again-off-again knee ailment has finally sidelined him. The question is for how long? Last week Durham started alongside Ryan Broyles and the TE tandem of Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler. Pettigrew grabbed the most passes for the most yardage, but Durham received the most targets and a score. If 'MegaTron' is sidelined again in Week 6 or limited against Cleveland, we should see Durham in another boosted role. He will continue to see more targets as he hauls in more of the passes that come his direction. Durham should be available in most leagues and is worth a look if you play in leagues over 12 teams and need a plug-in-play bye week guy.
Jordan Reed was sidelined in Week 4 with a bruised thigh and then had more time to heal during Washington's bye week. He is slated to return to action this week against a Dallas defense that has been allowing tight ends run of the field. Reed should pick right up where he left off, stealing targets and playing time from Fred Davis. Reed appears to be the passing scheme TE option of choice in the Shanahan offense. Look for Reed and Robert Griffin III to have a solid outing together this week. Reed has the potential to have greater fantasy value as the season progresses. He is worth a roster spot in deep leagues as a TE2/Flex option.