The main theme coming out of Week 6 -- besides the slew of injuries wreaking havoc on fantasy lines -- is, "Who the heck is Danario Alexander?"
Undrafted out of Missouri, Alexander had the size and college resume you want from potential No. 1 receivers in the NFL. Standing 6-foot-5, Alexander had a humongous senior season, catching 113 passes for 1,781 yards and 14 TDs. Despite the big season, a knee that had multiple surgeries scared NFL teams away.
Needing a fill-in for Mark Clayton, the Rams signed Alexander off the practice squad heading into Week 6. Quarterback Sam Bradford showed confidence in the rookie leading up to the game, and he showed even more confidence on the field, connecting for four passes, including a 38-yard TD strike.
While 72 yards in a debut may not make fantasy owners stand up and take notice, Alexander's great senior season, great size and instant rapport with Bradford puts him squarely on the sleeper list for the remainder of the season. He's on the verge of leaping up the fantasy rankings throughout the remainder of the season.
The Rams face the Buccaneers in Week 7, and Tampa Bay gives up a lot of touchdowns to receivers, including Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, Terrell Owens, Mike Wallace (two) and Hines Ward over their last three games. Confidently play Alexander as a WR3 in this matchup, as he has the chops to be the next big breakout WR in the NFL.
Week 7 Sleepers
We took Cassel as a Week 6 sleeper against a terrible Houston pass defense, and he came through with three TDs in a shootout. He'll now get the chance to have a repeat performance against another terrible pass defense when he faces Jacksonville in Week 7. You want him as a QB2, as the easy matchups just keep coming in. Don't hesitate to keep playing Cassel if you're in a QB bind.
Max Hall, QB, ARI
Your deep QB sleeper of the week is none other than undrafted free agent rookie Max Hall. He's had two weeks to prepare for this critical division game in Seattle, and while the Seahawks defense has played solidly, they're giving up 290 passing yards per game (30th in the league). If Beanie Wells can't find his stride in Week 7, Hall should have a big fantasy game. Pick him up now and avoid the rush.
Justin Forsett, RB, SEA
After the acquisition of Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks appeared to be ready to turn the page on Forsett, as fantasy owners were. The former lead back was able to carve out a role in the Seahawks' win over Chicago, gaining 76 yards and scoring a TD on 11 touches. Arizona gives up a lot of yardage on the ground, so Forsett and Lynch should both have value in Week 7, making both solid flex plays.
Danny Woodhead, RB, NE
People may still be sleeping on Woodhead in your league, but it's time for them to wake up. The diminutive back has now racked up at least 10 fantasy points in three straight games, putting him squarely on the map in bigger leagues. There's no reason he can't keep the good times rolling in San Diego in Week 7. Sure, Fred Taylor will be back eventually, but he's more likely to cut into BenJarvus Green-Ellis' time.
Keiland Williams, RB, WAS
Like Cassel, we took Williams as a Week 6 sleeper; like Cassel, he came through. Despite only receiving six touches, Williams racked up 31 yards and a TD. Ryan Torain looks great as a lead back, but he's been banged up over the course of his career, and he didn't come out of Week 6 at 100 percent. Williams should be able to earn a share of the work in Chicago, and possibly more moving forward.
Jabar Gaffney, WR, DEN
He's been lost in the shuffle as Brandon Lloyd has emerged as the big-shot Denver receiver, but Gaffney now has 15 catches and 168 yards over his last two games. He does have a 12-catch, 140-yard game to his credit back in Week 3 against Indianapolis. The Bronco fantasy wheel of fortune could land on any Denver WR in any game, and I still have confidence that Gaffney (on pace for a 1,000-yard season) ends the season with a good fantasy line.
Patrick Crayton, WR, SD
Buster Davis, WR, SD
Malcom Floyd is out, and Antonio Gates is hurting. Will that stop Philip Rivers from throwing the ball? Not a chance. The big winners should be Crayton and Davis, and while the latter scored the TD in Week 6, Crayton looked like the much better fantasy bet, catching six passes for 117 yards. New England just gave up 100 yards to Derrick Mason, and Crayton could be next in line for a big game. I prefer him to Davis, but both are solid one-week options.
Devin Aromashodu, WR, CHI
He's back. Aromashodu made his first impact since Week 1 last week, gaining 40 yards on two catches. He could be slowly crawling his way out of whatever hole he dug after that Week 1 game, and with Devin Hester looking mediocre in the passing game, Aromashodu still has the opportunity to become integral to the Chicago offense. He's a solid play against a Washington defense that surrenders a lot of yards.
Ben Watson, TE, CLE
Colt McCoy shocked the world by holding his own against the top defense in the league in Week 6, and having emerged from the battle unscathed, he could be looking at another start in Week 7. Should he be tabbed as the starter against New Orleans, Watson could be in for a big date. He racked up 88 yards and a TD on six catches in Week 6, and now he faces a New Orleans defense that gives up a lot of yards to tight ends. Watson is a sneaky-good fill-in this week.
Kansas City Chiefs, TM, KC
The upstart Chiefs opened the season with three solid defensive performances, which added up to three wins for the team and left them as the league's lone undefeated team after Week 4. The defense struggled in Indianapolis and Houston over the last two weeks, but that's hardly a reason to sell your stock in the team. They next face Jacksonville and Buffalo at home, making this defense an amazing two-week option at the very least for fans of streaming Ds.