Fantasy Football Sleepers: Week 7
The PPR Sleepers have enjoyed a lot of success this season, but Week 6 was not one of my better efforts. Stephon Diggs was the #1 recommendation last week and he came through in a big way with seven catches for 129 yards. But aside from he and Riley Cooper (three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown on Monday night), I have to admit that it was pretty ugly out there. Time to get back on track in Week 7!
Bye weeks seem to be particularly impactful this weekend, with Randle Cobb, Matt Forte, Demaryius Thomas, and A.J. Green among those sidelined, as Green Bay, Chicago, Denver, and Cincinnati get a Week 7 rest. But if your league utilizes a points-per-reception scoring format or you’re playing on one of the major DFS sites (DraftKings awards a full point per reception, while FanDuel scores a half point per catch), players that accumulate catches without the fanfare of big yardage totals and frequent trips to the endzone can fill a lot of holes on your roster.
Below are ten PPR sleepers (six WR, two RB, and two TE) that can offer your team sneaky fantasy value in the seventh week of the NFL season.
10. Danny Amendola
Wide Receiver, New England
Amendola is coming off his best game of the season in Week 6, when he posted seven catches on nine targets for 105 yards. In two of New England’s last three games, Amendola has either scored a touchdown or eclipsed 100 yards receiving, and he’s totaled 17 targets over that three-week period. A matchup with the Jets on Sunday is certainly more challenging that last week’s trip to Indianapolis, but with Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and even Dion Lewis drawing the focus of New York’s pass defense, Amendola should continue to see enough targets from Tom Brady to fantasy relevant in PPR scoring formats.
9. Dion Sims
Tight End, Miami
In the first game of the post-Joe Philbin era in Miami, the new coaching staff ran the ball 32 times and targeted tight ends 12 times in the passing game. Both of those things are expected to be a big part of the Dolphins new offensive scheme under interim coach Dan Campbell. The obvious beneficiaries of that will be Lamar Miller and Jordan Cameron, but Sims caught all four of his targets in his Week 6 return from an early-season concussion. His four targets were tied for third on the team with Jarvis Landry and he found the endzone in route to a 4/33/1 stat line on the day. At 6’4” and 268 pounds, Sims offers quarterback Ryan Tannehill another big target and his level of involvement in the offense fresh off an injury was encouraging.
8. Bryan Walters
Wide Receiver, Jacksonville
Primarily known as a special teamer, Walters was the unlikely recipient of 12 targets last week against the Texans. That activity was predicated on a high-scoring affair in which Blake Bortles threw the ball 53 times, as well as injuries to other skill position players for the Jaguars. But with Bortles third in the league in pass attempts on the season and averaging better than 40 throws per game, the volume should continue to favor PPR options in Jacksonville’s passing game. Further, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are expected to play against the Bills in London on Sunday, but didn’t practice at all this week and will likely be operating at less than 100%. Marquise Lee didn’t even make the trip across the Atlantic, so Walters could easily find himself back in the target mix against a Buffalo defense that ranks in the bottom-10 of the league in terms of passing yards allowed per game and fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.
7. Marcel Reece
Running Back, Oakland
San Diego gives up the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, and while much of that can be attributed to a league-worst 5.4 yards per carry allowed, the Chargers have also been victimized by running backs via the passing game. Opposing rushers have registered 37 catches for 343 yards and three touchdowns against San Diego, which bodes well for Reece in Week 7. He is forth on the team in targets on the season and caught seven of eight balls thrown his way in Oakland’s last game before a bye week, accumulating 49 yards and a touchdown through the air. Latavius Murray should be the biggest beneficiary of this week’s favorable matchup, but there should be room for Reece to contribute as well.
6. Lance Moore
Wide Receiver, Detroit
After a quiet start to his tenure with the Lions, Moore has strung together nice outings in each of the last two weeks. He’s seen 14 targets over that period, producing 11 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown in each game. While Moore will continue to be behind Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and PPR Sleepers favorite Theo Riddick in Detroit’s passing game, Matthew Stafford is throwing the ball enough for the veteran to have value even as the fourth option. The Lions have the worst rushing attack in the NFL at just 66.5 yards per game, so they should continue to live and die on the strength of Stafford’s arm.
5. Ladarius Green
Tight End, San Diego
Two weeks ago, the “stream all tight ends against Oakland” strategy blew up in my face (thanks a lot, Owen Daniels!), but I’m going back to the well in Week 7. Before inexplicably blanking Daniels ahead of last week’s bye, the Raiders had conceded 32 receptions, 388 yards, and six touchdowns to opposing tight ends in just four games. Antonio Gates should feast on this matchup, but I expect Green to get in on the action, as well. He has been targeted at least four times in every game this season, including nine looks over the last two weeks with Gates back in the lineup. If Oakland’s defense shows up again this week against tight ends, I’ll have to change my strategy, but until then, it’s full speed ahead.
NOTE – Gates has been limited this week with an MCL sprain. If he is unable to play on Sunday, Green has tremendous upside in a matchup with the Raiders.[wlm_nonmember]
Keep Reading: Week 7 PPR Sleeper Advice
Get the final Four PPR Deep Sleepers! (Members Only)
Already a Member? Login
Become a member at Gridiron Experts and get the final four PPR sleepers along with insider fantasy info, weekly expert player projections, Live Gameday Chat and direct Email Q&A. Not to mention all our DFS advice, waiver wire tips and Sleepers!
Good News! This is the perfect time to sign up! We have our in-season membership available at $6.99 for the remainder of season! That’s $1.64 a month!
Dominate Your Fantasy League this Season!Learn More Here [/wlm_nonmember] [wlm_ismember]
4. Robert Woods
Wide Receiver, Buffalo
There’s a saying that sometimes a player’s greatest ability is avail-ability, and that seems to apply to Woods this week. With Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin already ruled out for Buffalo’s game against the Jaguars in London, Woods is likely to be the primary wide receiver for E.J. Manuel on Sunday. While that might not be an overly-impressive designation, Woods did see six targets from Manuel last week, converting four catches for 47 yards. Jacksonville has allowed 80 receptions to opposing wide receivers this season, so there should be plenty of opportunities for Woods to contribute in PPR scoring formats. Chris Hogan is likely to start opposite Woods on Sunday and also makes for an interesting fantasy sleeper.
3. Nate Washington
Wide Receiver, Houston
After being inactive the last two weeks with a hamstring injury, Washington practiced in full this week and should return to the field on Sunday. With Cecil Shorts already ruled out for Week 7 with a hamstring injury of his own, Washington will likely start opposite DeAndre Hopkins against the Dolphins. In the three full games that he has played this season, Washington has 13 receptions for 210 yards, and with Houston throwing the ball more than any other team in the league, he should have plenty of opportunities to contribute this week. The Texans’ number-two leading receiver behind Hopkins is averaging 5.3 receptions per game this year, making Washington a nice PPR option.
2. Darren McFadden
Running Back, Dallas
Christine Michael received a lot of buzz during Dallas’s bye week when there were indications that he might assume the role of primary ball carrier. But for PPR purposes, McFadden is the safer bet in Week 7. Lance Dunbar was a PPR machine from the running back position through the Cowboys’ first four games of the season, amassing 21 receptions for 215 yards. Following a season-ending knee injury to Dunbar, McFadden assumed his pass-catching role in Week 5, leading the team in targets (10), receptions (9), and receiving yards (62). Dallas’ passing game isn’t very dynamic without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, but that only increases McFadden’s PPR appeal as the check-down option for new quarterback Matt Cassel.
1. Dorial Green-Beckham
Wide Receiver, Tennessee
The raw but talented rookie set a season high in snaps, targets, receptions, and yards in Week 6, and he could be in for an even bigger role this Sunday. Harry Douglas has already been ruled out with injured ribs, opening a spot for Green-Beckham in the starting lineup opposite Kendall Wright. The fact that Marcus Mariota is also out this week isn’t the greatest news for DGB, but Zach Mettenberger is a capable backup and the Titans offense draws a favorable matchup against an Atlanta defense that is fourth-worst in the league at defending the pass. The Falcons surrender better than 290 yards per game through the air, making Green-Beckham a sneaky fantasy option in his first NFL start.[/wlm_ismember]
Self-described fantasy degenerate that has been participating in fantasy sports leagues since the spiral notebook scoring era. If you can make a fantasy league out of it, I’m in.