Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 7[the_ad id=”63198″]We are now in week seven and with the injuries and bye weeks coming left and right and center, it’s more important than never to have players to step in when needed on Fantasy Football teams. With that being said, let’s get to talking about fantasy football sleepers for the upcoming week!
Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. Saints)
While Smith hasn’t put up the most spectacular numbers in fantasy football (1,297 yards, five touchdowns, two interceptions in five games), it’s still good enough for 259 yards and a touchdown on average per game. Going up against a soft Saints defense that has given up 643 yards passing and four touchdowns over the past two games (good for 321.5 yards and two touchdowns on average). Smith has Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce, a near healthy Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware at his disposal. He may not be someone to trust every week, but for owners missing Cam Newton or even Dak Prescott, he makes a solid option this weekend.
Quarterback, Washington Redskins (vs. Lions)
Another quarterback who may not be “sexy” in fantasy football, Cousins has a solid match-up this weekend. Cousins has actually managed to throw for at least 260 yards in each of the past two weeks and has eight passing touchdowns over the previous four games (good for two per game). Going up against a Lions defense that has given up 861 yards passing (good for 287 per game) over the past three weeks to go with seven touchdowns. Not to mention, Cousins may get back star tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) this weekend, only helping his fantasy outlook further. He is an excellent streaming option this weekend.
Running Back, San Francisco 49ers (vs. Buccaneers)
In week six when Carlos Hyde went down with a shoulder injury, Davis was the lead back with 24 snaps as opposed to five for Shaun Draughn and also had six touches compared to Draughn’s one. Hyde was spotted at practice on Tuesday with a sling on his arm, which is not a good sign. Even if Hyde were able to play, he would likely be limited and not have as many carries. Enter Davis, who faces the Buccaneers in week seven. Tampa Bay has given up 225 yards rushing and three touchdowns to opposing running backs in the past two weeks. If Hyde isn’t able to play, Davis has top 25 running back value in week seven. He could turn out to be a great play in week seven.
Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. 49ers)
On the other team in the game mentioned above, Rodgers is coming off a 129-yard performance (101 rushing, 28 receiving) against the Panthers in week five. Charles Sims is on injured reserve, and Doug Martin isn’t a lock to return this weekend. Going up against the 49ers, Rodgers has a juicy match-up. San Francisco has given up 575 yards and seven touchdowns to opposing running backs over the past three weeks. That is 191 yards rushing and over touchdowns per game. Rodgers will likely see work against a very porous run defense. He has a ton of upside in week seven.
Running Back, Denver Broncos (vs. Texans)[the_ad id=”66786″]Over the course of the past few weeks, Booker has stepped up his play while C.J. Anderson’s has slipped. Booker had five carries for 46 yards in week six, good for over nine yards per attempt. Despite Anderson having twice as many carries, he only had 37 yards. Coach Gary Kubiak said on Monday that he wanted to get Booker more involved, which means Booker could see even more work in the upcoming weeks. He and the Broncos face the Texans in week seven, who have given up 101 yards rushing per game over the past three and three touchdowns as well. Booker may not get 20 carries or 100 yards, but he has a shot for 50 yards and a touchdown this weekend.
Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Jets)
In week six, Wallace managed four receptions on nine targets for 97 yards. He has seen 30 targets over the past three games and clearly has a significant role in the Ravens offense. This week, Baltimore faces the Jets, who have been atrocious in their pass defense. They have given up 571 yards and five touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the past three games and only seem to be getting worse as the week’s progress. Wallace has a good shot at seeing a similar workload in a match-up of poor pass defenses from both sides.
Wide Receiver, New York Giants (vs. Rams)
On the surface, Shepard may not be a sleeper to many people. But fantasy owners painfully know that Shepard has only managed to reel in 10 receptions for 69 yards over the past three games. After starting the first three games of his career with 16 receptions, 233 yards, and two touchdowns, it is a definite drop-off. But luckily, he has still seen 22 targets over the last three games, so he is still be looked at in the passing game. He and the Giants face the Rams this week, who have given up 564 yards and seven touchdowns over the past three games for an average of 188 yards and over two touchdowns per game. This is a terrific bounce-back opportunity for Shepard to get back on track.
Wide Receiver, New York Jets (vs. Ravens)
After starting the 2016 season with 13 receptions, 146 yards, and a touchdown in the first two games, Enunwa has struggled as of late. He has only 17 receptions, 190 yards, and zero touchdowns over the last four games. A lot of his lack of production can be blamed on the poor quarterback play from the Jets, but it is still discouraging to see. Luckily, the Jets face the Ravens in week seven, who have given up 584 yards and eight touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the past three games. As the Jets number two wide receiver, Enunwa is in a big spot for some solid production against a very burnable Ravens defense.
Tight End, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Titans)[the_ad id=”58837″]Doyle is coming off a solid game in week six, catching all four of his targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. It is an encouraging sign after having three receptions for 14 yards over the past two games. But with Dwayne Allen reportedly going to be out multiple weeks with his ankle injury, Doyle is thrust into starting duties for the Colts. And with Donte Moncrief and potentially Phillip Dorsett out in week seven with injuries, Doyle could be thrust into a large role for the team. The Titans have given up 171 yards receiving (57 per game) and a touchdown to opposing tight ends over the past three weeks. But Doyle could be forced into a significant role for the Colts so that he could be in line for a big game.
Tight End, Baltimore Ravens (vs. Jets)
Pitta hasn’t put up the type of production lately that we saw in week two with 12 targets, nine receptions, and 102 yards. He still has 22 receptions and 154 yards on 31 targets over the past four games. That is an average of 7.75 targets, 5.5 receptions, and 38.5 yards receiving. Not necessarily spectacular, but decent for a lower-end fantasy football tight end. Luckily, Pitta faces the Jets, who had given up 15 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown in weeks four and five against the Seahawks and Steelers. The Jets faced the Cardinals in week six, who don’t count as they don’t use tight ends in their passing game. Pitta has still be involved with the Ravens offense and has an opportunity for some good yardage and potentially a touchdown against a slumping Jets defense.[the_ad id=”65749″]
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