Week 6: PPR Watch
Sleeper - You can pretty much assume that anytime a starting running back goes down, the next guy in line is going to land in the sleeper section. Predictable? Yes, but hopefully we're keeping track of this stuff so you don't have to. Donald Brown is out for a few weeks, so enter the 2012 5th round pick out of Mississippi State. Coming into the 2012 season I was hoping we'd see more RB targets out of the Colts offense, but Luck has already shown his ability to throw down field, and Brown had only 3 catches in 4 games. Ballard is not known as a receiving back, and doesn't have the speed to be highly effective in the open field. I wouldn't anticipate a big role in the passing game, but I do think he has the size and power to be effective against a Jets run defense that's given up the second most yards to running backs. Ballard is worth owning in all formats, and could easily come away with the starting job for the rest of the year if he's effective.
Sleeper - I never thought I'd be recommending Devery Henderson in a PPR article. Henderson is usually good for about 2 targets a game, 1 of which has a 25% chance of going for a 50 yard touchdown. He's a measuring stick player. Seeing him on someone's roster almost automatically eliminates them from playoff contention; started by clueless owners that are willing to spend 7 weeks waiting for his next big game. Usually it's against me. Still, with Meacham gone, and Moore dealing with a hamstring injury, Henderson is going to have a great deal more opportunity. Devery had 10 targets in week 5, and since week 3 has been on the field for at least 70% of the Saints offensive snaps. If Moore doesn't play, Henderson is a fantastic start against a horrendous Tampa secondary in week 7. Grab him now and stash him for a week before he's in higher demand.