Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 7
The word “Sleeper” is usually avoided in our business, mainly because a sleeper in an 8 man fantasy league is not a sleeper in a 16 man PPR IDP league. To get around the definition of the word, we’re using ESPN’s starting percentage number to create a weekly Gridiron Experts Sleeper challenge for bragging rights.
- Each Writer must recommend one player who is being started in less than 50% of all ESPN fantasy leagues.
Week 6 Sleeper Recap
|Writer||Recommended Sleeper||WK 6 Fantasy Points (FP)||Winners|
|Jody Smith||QB||Matt Schaub||186 Pass yards (7 FP) -INJ|
|Mike Rigz||WR||Justin Blackmon||14 Rec, 190 yards (19 FP/ 33 PPR)||1st Place|
|Zach Greubel||RB||Willis McGahee||37 Rush yrds, 1 rec 2 yrds (3 FP / 4 PPR)|
|Darren Collette||QB||Chad Henne||303 Pass yards, 2INT (8 Points)|
|Bob Talbot||RB||Monte Ball||15 Rush yards (1FP)|
|Shawn Luskey||WR||Brandon Lafell||4 Rec, 107 yards, TD (16 FP / 20 PPR)||2nd Place|
|Jason Willan||WR||Terrance Williams||2 Rec, 37 yrds, TD (8 FP/ 10 PPR)||3rd Place|
|Joshua Griffiths||WR||Santana Moss||2 REc, 42 yrds (4 FP /6 PPR)|
|Zhan Mourning||TE||Garrett Graham||2 Rec 45 yards (2 points/ 4 PPR)|
Week Seven Fantasy Sleeper Challenge
Alshon Jeffery | WR
Starting in 26.1% of All ESPN Leagues
Surprisingly, Alshon Jeffery is the 13th highest scoring wide receiver in PPR scoring, yet he’s being left on the bench by 74% of his owners. After two huge games, Jeffery fell back to earth a bit last week. A Week 7 matchup with a Washington secondary that’s surrendering 41 fantasy points-per-game to opposing wide receivers should be just what Jeffery and the Bears need to put up excellent fantasy production.
Nick Foles | QB
Starting in 25.6% of All ESPN Leagues
It seems like I’m getting a freebie this week. Nick Foles has a great match-up, and is riding high after leading the Eagles to two back-to-back road victories. Being the NFC player of the week and having the leading rusher and wide receiver in the NFL, it’s hard to figure out why Foles is only being started in 25.6% of all ESPN leagues. Even in an 8 man league Foles is arguably a starter for week 7. The Cowboys are tied with the Jaguars and Giants for allowing the most passing touchdowns in the NFL (14) and are ranked 30th for passing yards allowed per game. Foles knows that this game is not only massive for the team moving forward, but is a chance to pull the rug out from under Mike Vick for the starting job.
Keenan Allen | WR
Starting in 26.1% of All ESPN Leagues
Allen has burst onto the NFL scene the past two weeks like the Kool-Aid man bursts through walls in Kool-Aid commercials. He’s quickly become Philip Rivers’ favorite receiver and may supplant Antonio Gates as the best receiving fantasy option in San Diego. Allen’s match-up isn’t the best in Week 7, but it’s still pretty good. He should be able to continue his torrid pace.
Mike Glennon | QB
Starting in 0.9% of All ESPN Leagues
I was impressed by Glennon’s outing against the Eagles last week, and think he could have a bright future. He’s got all the pieces around him: a solid RB, an elite WR, and a young talented TE he seems to trust. A trip to Atlanta is not as daunting this year as their pass defense is slipping, so expect a good output from Glennon. While he’s not a guy that you’ll want to start in most formats, he could be a nice start in deeper leagues if you have Brees or Pryor on a bye. If you’re in a dynasty league, grab this guy.
Harry Douglas | WR
Starting in 19.7% of All ESPN Leagues
Julio’s out for the season. Roddy is still hobbled. Somebody from Atlanta’s wide receiver corps needs to step up; Douglas seems primed to do so. He’s inconsistent when limited in snaps, but explosive when given the ball in space. With a heavy workload he could be in for a breakout performance against Tampa Bay.
Joseph Randle | RB
Starting in 32.4% of All ESPN Leagues
Randle is the starter this week for the Cowboys. I am not saying his 11 carries for 17 yards last week was impressive, but I did really like that short TD run.
Jermichael Finley | TE
Starting in 41.8% of All ESPN Leagues
Let me first say that the fact that Justin Blackmon is still being started in less than 50% of ESPN leagues is appalling. But I’ll avoid picking him here, since I hardly consider him a “sleeper” at this point. Instead, I’ll go with Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. Green Bay will be without Randall Cobb and could also be missing James Jones, so I expect Aaron Rodgers to lean on his TE against Cleveland. That would be the same Browns defense that just gave up three touchdowns to Detroit tight end Joseph Fauria.
Chad Henne | QB
Starting in 0.5% of All ESPN Leagues
Call me crazy, but I’m picking the upset here. San Diego is fresh off a huge win on Monday night. A short week, the emotional toll of knocking off the hot Colts, traveling from the west coast to the east coast for a morning game (the early morning east coast games tend to be rough on the western teams) and the Chargers overlooking Jacksonville. It all adds up to a big upset. The Jags usually put together one big offensive game a year, last year it was a thriller in Houston where they scored 37 in the OT loss. Henne has a big arm and some talent around him. The bolts are hardly a defensive stalwart, ranking 30th in the NFL against QB’s in fantasy. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 22.3 points against the Chargers, almost 6 points above the league average. I expect a shootout, with Henne leading the Jags to their first upset win of the year!
Brandon Weeden | QB
Starting in 1.2% of All ESPN Leagues
If you are in a pinch and needing a bye week replacement quarterback, then Weeden is your guy. He continues to put up decent fantasy numbers, scoring 11 in week five and 16 in week six. The matchup is also nice, as the Green Bay Packers are allowing 20.39 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.