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Cassel, Britt have sleeper appeal for fantasy owners

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Looking for a sleeper to fill out your starting lineup? These 10 under-the-radar players could be on the verge of solid stat lines based on the matchups. For more lineup help, check out Start 'Em & Sit 'Em and our player rankings.

Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs

Cassel hasn't been much of a fantasy option this season -- he's just 26th in points among quarterbacks on NFL.com -- but that's what makes him such a nice sleeper. This week he faces a road matchup against the Texans, who have surrendered the second-most fantasy points to opposing signal-callers after five weeks.

Vince Young, QB, Titans

Fantasy owners looking for a one-week fix at the quarterback position should consider Young, who is coming off a good performance in Dallas and has a great matchup ahead against the Jaguars. No defense has allowed more fantasy points (21.4 PPG) to opposing field generals this season, so Young is well worth a look.

Chris Ivory, RB, Saints

With the status of Pierre Thomas (ankle) in doubt for the third straight game, Ivory could see additional work this week. As a result, owners in deeper leagues who need a flex starter should consider him (or Ladell Betts in PPR leagues) against a Buccaneers defense that has struggled to stop the run all season long.

Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins

Torain has gone from being undrafted in most fantasy leagues to suddenly having a lot of value with Clinton Portis injured and out for several games. This week he's a viable No. 2 fantasy choice against the Colts, who have surrendered the eighth-most points (18.6 PPG) to opposing running backs after five weeks.

Kenny Britt, WR, Titans

Britt endured a short stay in the doghouse of coach Jeff Fisher earlier this season, but he's been on fire in recent weeks with a touchdown in three consecutive games. He's a solid option on Monday Night Football against the Jaguars, who have been a swiss-cheese unit against the pass the entire 2010 season.

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Broncos

Brandon Lloyd has come out of nowhere to become a fantasy superstar this season, but owners shouldn't forget about his teammate, Gaffney. A preseason sleeper on NFL.com, he's on pace to put up 99 catches based on his current numbers. Gaffney also has a good matchup against what is a mediocre Jets pass defense.

Johnny Knox, WR, Bears

Knox has failed to meet expectations to this point, but he's a nice option in Week 6. With Jay Cutler back under center and reports that Devin Hester's role in the offense will decrease, Knox should see more targets against the Seahawks and their vulnerable pass defense. Consider him a viable No. 3 fantasy wideout.

Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers

Wallace has had a slow start to the season, catching just six passes with one touchdown in his first five games. But with Ben Roethlisberger back under center in Week 6, his stock should quickly rise. In fact, Wallace should be active as a No. 3 fantasy wideout in what is a favorable matchup against the Browns.

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Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots

The trade that sent Moss to the Vikings was good news for the fantasy value of Hernandez, who should see more targets from Tom Brady in the passing game. A playmaking tight end out of Florida, Hernandez makes for a nice option for owners against the Ravens in what could turn into a high-scoring AFC affair.

Tony Moeaki, TE, Chiefs

A rookie out of Iowa, Moeaki has become a very viable option in fantasy football leagues this season. Owners who lost Jermichael Finley or simply need a tight end should consider him against the Texans -- their defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points (12.2 PPG) to opposing tight ends in 2010.

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