Fantasy Football Sleepers: Injury won’t hinder Murray’s favorable matchup

Cameron Jourdan

Sports Blogger


Here’s how the sleepers for last week scored. Scoring is based off ESPN Fantasy standard scoring

Joe Flacco: 15 points

Matt Jones: 6 points

Sammie Coates: 26 points

Gary Barnidge: 8 points

Mike Nugent: 1 point

Oakland Raiders: 6 points


Week 6 picks


Quarterback: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

Last week’s points: 36, This week’s projected: 18

Mariota had his first four-score game in week 5, and it was his first game without a turnover this season. Mariota thrived when passing between the numbers, completing 12-of-13 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Mariota is a strong QB1 this week, as the Titans face a Browns’ defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks.


Running Back: Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders

Despite sitting out last week with an injury, Raiders running back Latavius Murray has a favorable matchup against the Chiefs. KUNVAR, Flickr)
Despite sitting out last week with an injury, Raiders running back Latavius Murray has a favorable matchup against the Chiefs.
KUNVAR, Flickr)

Last week’s points: 0 (Injured), This week’s projected: 12

Murray had a toe injury that kept him out of last week’s game. The Raiders upcoming matchup against Kansas City is inviting for Murray to produce big numbers, as the Chiefs have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards and fifth-highest fantasy points to running backs this season.


Wide Receiver: Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco 49ers

Last week’s points: 18, This week’s projected: 13

Kerley continues to be quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s favorite target in the 49ers’ passing game. The trend should continue with Colin Kaepernick under center. Kerley was targeted 13 times and finished with eight receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown against Arizona. Kerley is a lock as a flex this week against the Bills.


Tight End: Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills

Last week’s points: 8, This week’s projected: 10

The absence of wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the Bills’ passing game has led to Clay being targeted on 25 percent of the Bills’ passes over the last two games. The 49ers have allowed the e11th-most yards and fantasy points to tight ends this season, so Clay has a strong upside this week.


Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders

Last week’s points: 16, This week’s projected: 8

Janikowski was great last week, knocking in four of his five field goal attempts, including one from 56 yards. He remains perfect on extra points to this point, and the Raiders will look to keep their high-scoring momentum heading into their matchup with the Chiefs.


Defense: Tennessee Titans

Last week’s points: 13, This week’s projected: 8

The Titans tallied a season-high six sacks in their win against the Dolphins in Week 5, matching their season total heading into the week. Tennessee ranks sixth in blitz rate, and its going against Cleveland, an offense allowing the ninth-highest pressure rate in the league. The Titans defense is primed for another strong performance this week.

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