Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 7
With bye weeks, COVID-19, and your normal NFL injuries to contend with, 2020 is not your typical fantasy football season. However, on a positive note, we still have NFL football which means we are still playing fantasy football, even if your team is full of ghosts and practice squad guys. Entering Week 7, here are the most notable injuries you should keep an eye on that could impact your fantasy football lineups for the upcoming slate of games.
- Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is practicing in full this week
- Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) practiced on Thursday
- Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) practiced in full Thursday
- Jets WR Denzel Mims (hamstrings) could play in Week 7
- Saints WR Michael Thomas (hamstring) is now dealing with a hamstring injury
- Bills WR John Brown (knee) remained sidelined for Thursday’s practice
- Bengals RB Joe Mixon (foot) did not practice Thursday
- Texans TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion) did not practice Thursday
- Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) won’t practice Thursday
- Patriots RB James White (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday
- Washington TE Logan Thomas (neck) practiced Thursday
- Browns WR Jarvis Landry said he suffered a broken rib in Week 5
- Eagles place TE Zach Ertz (ankle) on injured reserve
- Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) was held out of practice on Wednesday
- Jaguars WR D.J. Chark (ankle) practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday
The following is a recap of the players from my Fantasy Football Sleepers article last week, you can read that here.
Fantasy Sleepers Week 6: Full-Disclosure
|Player||Position||PPR Rank||PPR Points|
QB Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 7
ESPN Start-Percentage: 15.6
Joe Burrow has had a terrific but erratic start to his rookie campaign. While he’s thrown for at least 300 yards in 4-of-6 games played this season, he’s blanked in the touchdown department in 3-of-6 outings. However, in two of the three games in which he failed to throw for a score, he rushed for one, saving his overall stat line. Now, Burrow will get a Browns defense that he’s already lit up. In Week 2, Burrow passed for 316 yards and three TDs against the Browns. Adding another 19 yards rushing, the rookie signal-caller finished the week as the QB9 with 24.5 fantasy points, his best fantasy performance to date.
With A.J. Green finally getting going in last week’s tough matchup with the Colts with his 8/96/0 stat line on 11 targets — his receptions and yards were both season-bests — Burrow will have his full arsenal of pass-catchers playing at a high level for the first time this season. I like Burrow to finish somewhere in the QB1 tier for only the third time in 2020 with another big game against Cleveland.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 10.1
While Teddy Bridgewater began to get it going back in Week 4, he’s since called off. In Weeks 4 and 5, Bridgewater exploited terrific matchups against the Cardinals and Falcons, finishing as the QB4 and the QB12 respectively. However, in last week’s loss to the Bears, Bridgewater only three for 216 yards without a TD and a pair of interceptions and finished as the QB24.
Bridgewater has a terrific bounce-back opportunity ahead in Sunday’s matchup at the Saints whose defense is yielding the fourth-most FPPG to enemy QBs (23.9). While the Saints normally play their best football at home, this New Orleans team isn’t built like they were in years past. They are flawed, especially defensively. Although the Saints have yet to allow a 300-yard passer this season, they have surrendered three total TDs to the opposing signal-caller in all five games played this season.
RB Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 7
ESPN Start-Percentage: 22.2
While James White had a rough start to the season — not only did he go for 52 total yards on eight touches in the season opener, but he missed the next two games due to personal reasons — he’s picked up the pace of late. In each of his past two games against Kansas City and Denver, White finished as the RB21 and the RB9 respectively with at least 12.9 PPR points in each matchup. In those two games, White has a combined 22 touches (15 receptions), 132 total yards, and 17 targets, drawing at least eight targets in both games.
White will look to keep it rolling in Sunday’s matchup at the 49ers, who are allowing the second-fewest FPPG (12.8) to enemy backs. Although the matchup isn’t there, White’s recent uptick in usage in the passing game gives him a high enough floor to employ him in your fantasy lineup. Since White’s Week 4 return, only two targets went in another Patriots RB’s direction combined in two games.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 21.4
Very quietly, J.D. McKissic is having a tremendous season (for J.D. McKissic). Entering Week 7, McKissic is fourth amongst running backs in targets (31), fifth in receptions (23), and seventh in receiving yards (163). He’s also taken the third-most snaps in the slot at the running back position while running the 10th most routes and drawing the sixth-best target share (14.7-percent). Although Antonio Gibson is an all-purpose back, McKissic’s role is clearly defined as Washington’s primary pass-catching back. That won’t change heading into the Football Team’s upcoming home matchup with the Cowboys.
While McKissic doesn’t have a high ceiling, his floor is respectable enough to insert him into your fantasy lineup as he likely won’t completely bust. He’s had at least 8.2 PPR points in four straight games and has scored in the double digits in each of his past two outings including an RB12 finish last week. McKissic has had at least six targets, six receptions, and 46 total yards in each of his past three games. He will look to keep it going facing a Cowboys defense yielding the ninth-most FPPG (23.4) to the RB position.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 0.3
I am going out on a limb here with JaMycal Hasty, but if you are absolutely desperate, this is a play that could pay. With Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman, both indefinitely sidelined as well as Jeff Wilson dealing with a calf injury — Wilson was inactive for Week 6 — Hasty could be the early-down back for the 49ers in Sunday’s matchup with the Patriots. However, even if Wilson, who has returned to practice in a limited capacity this week, is active, I’d still give Hasty a shot. Outside of Week 3 in which he scored twice against the Giants, Wilson has been a blip on the radar, averaging fewer than two yards per carry in all but one game this season.
While I am not in love with his matchup facing a Patriots defense allowing the fifth-fewest FPPG to enemy backs (14.8), the opportunity should be there for Hasty to return some low-end value. In five games played this season, New England’s defense has allowed double-digit PPR points to five different rushers. When Mostert exited last week’s game with an ankle injury, Hasty led 49ers backs in carries, finish the game with nine carries for 37 yards and a 4.1 yard per carry average.
WR Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 7
ESPN Start-Percentage: 33.2
It is crazy to me that Brandin Cooks is only being started in 33.2-percent of ESPN leagues this week. While he got off to a sluggish start to the year, Cooks finally got going after Houston parted ways with longtime head coach Bill O’Brien. In two games sans O’Brien, Cooks has finished as the WR6 or better with at least 21.8 PPR points. In that two-game timespan since Week 5, Cooks has a combined 17/229/2 stat line on 21 targets. It is safe to say that Cooks, who had at least 1000 receiving yards and five TDs in four straight seasons from 2015-2018, is finally looking like that big-time wideout once again. Now, Cooks will attempt to build onto his recent success in a tough but exploitable matchup with a Packers defense allowing the 10th-fewest FPPG (21.1) to enemy wideouts. If this Packers-Texans matchup turns out to be a shootout, Cooks could once again go-off.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 20.0
A.J. Green finally looks like he has a rapport with Joe Burrow following an atrocious start to the season. After failing to top five receptions for 51 yards in the first five games of the year, Green accumulated an 8/96/0 line on 11 targets in a tough matchup against the Colts last week. Green will look to build on his best game with his new quarterback in Sunday’s matchup with the Browns, who shut him down back in Week 2. The Browns are allowing the fourth-most FPPG (30.5) to fantasy wide receivers and have yielded at least 83 yards receiving or a TD to nine different wideouts in six games. Green could finally pop in Week 7.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 12.2
Christian Kirk has been playing some of the best football of his career of late since returning from a groin injury that held him out of Week 3. In the past three games since his Week 4 return, Kirk has managed five receptions for 78 yards or a TD in all three games. He’s also finished with at least 10.9 PPR points in all three matchups including popping off for a WR4 finish (23.3 points) on a 2/82/2 stat line on three targets in last week’s blowout win at the Cowboys.
Facing the Seahawks on Sunday, another one of the league’s worst defenses in containing the enemy wide receiver, Kirk is in line for his fourth consecutive game with PPR points in the double digits. Seattle’s defense is yielding the most FPPG (33.3) to wide receivers, a tendency that should continue into Week 7. The Seahawks have allowed a whopping 12 different wideouts to accumulate at least 10 PPR points against them in five games.
TE Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 7
ESPN Start-Percentage: 19.2
In 1.5 games without Dak Prescott, Dalton Schultz has been abysmal following a terrific start to the year after he become the start when Blake Jarwin went down. In Sunday’s matchup at Washington, I expect Schultz to bounce back. In last week’s blowout loss to Arizona, Schultz caught 4-of-5 targets for 35 yards and finished as the TE19 with 7.5 fantasy points, a touchdown away from finishing as a TE1 for the third time this season. Facing a Football Team defense allowing the fifth-most FPPG (11.4) to enemy tight ends — Washington has allowed four different TEs to score against them in six games — Schultz is in line for one of his more productive games of the year in a must-win spot for Dallas.
ESPN Start-Percentage: 5.5
With Jordan Akins up in the air to play with a high-ankle sprain, Darren Fells is in line to once again be the featured tight end on the Texans. However, even if Akins returns, which is a longshot since he has yet to practice this week, he would be playing through the aforementioned high ankle sprain which is an injury that lingers. Fells will be the guy entering Sunday’s matchup with the packers who have played opposing tight ends tough this season, but they are not invincible. While they are only yielding the 13th fewest FPPG (6.6) to enemy TEs, they have allowed at least four receptions for 51 yards or a TD to an enemy TE in back-to-back games. In the past two games sans Akins, Fells has finished as a TE1 twice with at least 13.7 PPR points, scoring a TD in consecutive games and in three of his past five outings.
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