Sneaky Fantasy Football Players to Start in Week 6

Jason Schandl
Arizona Cardinals v Cincinnati Bengals
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We're five games into the fantasy football season, and with the heavy dose of change the NFL seems to bring us every week, most fantasy teams have been shaken up significantly since draft season. Injuries, duds and bye weeks have all been wreaking havoc, leaving holes in plenty of starting lineups.

Whatever the case, here are three sneaky players to start in fantasy football in Week 6, all of whom are owned in fewer than 25 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football Leagues.

1. Auden Tate, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (22% Owned)

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With A.J. Green and John Ross on the shelf, Auden Tate has stepped up as the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 2 WR behind Tyler Boyd. He was already seeing some solid volume as the team's No. 3 as well, and he's up to 22 targets across his last three games, seeing at least six in each of those contests. The Baltimore Ravens defense has been surprisingly soft in 2019, allowing opponents a top-10 adjusted net yard per pass attempt average and ranking only 23rd in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings. Tate shouldn't have too much trouble converting volume into production in Week 6.

2. Ito Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons (20% Owned)

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The Atlanta Falcons offense is full of fantasy value in this week's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. Ito Smith is coming off back-to-back games with double-digit PPR fantasy points, and he saw his snap count climb significantly behind the ineffective Devonta Freeman in their last game. Freeman's snap rate fell to 54.1 percent, creating a nearly even split with Smith (47.3 percent). Even if Smith's snap count falls some in this game, he's played at least one-third of the snaps in four of five games in 2019, and he should get enough of an efficiency boost in this matchup that he'll still be in play with a workload like that.

3. Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (16% Owned)

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Kenny Stills sat out Week 5, and his hamstring injury had him limited for the Houston Texans again on Wednesday. His absence would give Keke Coutee another start in the slot, this time against the Kansas City Chiefs. Will Fuller's explosion overshadowed the rest of the Houston offense last week, but Coutee notched a season-high four targets in that game, catching three of them for 72 yards. This game projects to be a potential shootout, with an over/under of 54.5 points on FanDuel Sportsbook, making the Texans another great offense to get exposure to for fantasy upside.

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