Fantasy Football: 5 sleeper wide receivers to play in Week 6

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The 2021 NFL season continues to roll along and we are now entering Week 6 of the regular season. At the wide receiver position, we have seen plenty of spectacular Fantasy Football performances from players across the league. The top five performers at the wide receiver position in the first five weeks have been Mike Williams, Cooper Kupp, Tyreek Hill, Deebo Samuel, and Davante Adams.

We all know that Williams, Kupp, Hill, Samuel, and Adams are all must-start options in Fantasy Football when they’re healthy this season. But what about the wide receivers that may not get a ton of attention every week?

With everyone needing to make tough decisions with their lineups, here are five sleeper wide receivers to consider playing in Fantasy Football in Week 6.

Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs don’t lean on their rushing attack, and with Clyde Edwards-Helaire set to miss time, I expect the Chiefs to air it out even more with Patrick Mahomes. Both Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are both battling injuries right now, though, both of them could suit up in Week 6 versus the Washington Football Team. At the same time, Mecole Hardman could see an expanded role in the passing game.

Hardman is capable of stretching the field and making big plays, especially with Washington’s defense giving up big plays often this season. The speedy wideout caught nine passes for 76 yards in Week 5 versus the Buffalo Bills. With the Chiefs needing a win, Hardman could be a solid Fantasy Football flex option if you’re looking for a wide receiver to insert into your lineups.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

Wide receivers on the Detroit Lions are going to be tough to trust this season as many people wouldn’t be able to name the team’s top three wideouts. However, in recent weeks, Amon-Ra St. Brown is beginning to see his usage increase in his rookie season. St.Brown has turned 16 targets in the past two weeks into 13 receptions for 135 yards for the Lions.

With Quintez Cephus expected to miss time with a shoulder ailment, St. Brown is set to be the No. 1 wide receiver on the depth chart for Detroit. While the Cincinnati Bengals have given up only four touchdowns to wide receivers this season, they’ve allowed 941 yards to wideouts, which is the ninth-most in the NFL.

Adam Humphries, Washington Football Team

Adam Humphries hasn’t seen a consistent role with Washington this season, logging 5+ targets just twice in the first five weeks. However, with injuries to multiple pass-catchers, Humphries caught three passes for 76 yards in Week 5. Humphries could see an uptick in playing time in Week 6 against the Chiefs as the Football Team continues to deal with injuries at wide receiver.

Kansas City’s defense has been susceptible to the pass, so Humphries could be a decent fill-in option at wide receiver in Fantasy Football in deeper leagues, especially if you are having trouble with bye weeks beginning.

Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears

Darnell Mooney isn’t much of a sleeper right now as he’s proven to have a nice rapport with Justin Fields thus far. However, Mooney is far from a safe option due to Chicago not throwing the ball much since Fields became the starting quarterback. That being said, Mooney and the Bears square off with the Green Bay Packers in Week 6, who will be without Jaire Alexander for the second straight week.

With the Packers favored to win, Fields may be asked to throw more often than he has in previous weeks to keep up with Aaron Rodgers. If that is the case, then Mooney could be in for a productive game against Chicago’s NFC North foes.

Chris Conley, Houston Texans

Similar to the Lions, it’s tough to trust wide receivers on the Houston Texans — outside of Brandin Cooks — every week. But with injuries plaguing the Texans at wide receiver, Chris Conley and Chris Moore saw increased playing time for Houston in Week 5. While Conley and Moore could both be viable in Week 6 in deeper leagues if the Texans are shorthanded out wide again, Conley seems like somewhat of a safer bet.

Conley caught a season-high three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 6. The Indianapolis Colts have surrendered the seventh-most points per week to wide receivers in Fantasy Football, and they have allowed a league-worst 10 receiving touchdowns to wide receivers in 2021.