Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football by Utter-Fantasy Football Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
Carolina and Dallas are only two teams off Week 7 with a “bye’, but you may be heading into Week 7 with players from these two teams, or with some fantasy football injury concerns in your line ups. Regardless of the league, the waiver wire has likely been picked over. Fantasy sleepers are NFL players who may exceed their statistical expectations, and may be available and options for your fantasy football team roster this week.
Each week Utter-Fantasy tries to find the sleepers which may be available for you, leading up to the NFL Week 7 regular season game. Here are a few player suggestions for especially for those in very deep leagues, or heading into Week 7 with injuries concerns (such as PITT QB B Roethlisberger, SF RB C Hyde or GB RB Eddie Lacy )
Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football
QB Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football
KC QB Alex Smith ( vs NO)- Even Alex “Deacon Dunk” Smith should put up nice stats vs this horrible New Orleans defense.
Deep League QB C Kaepernick ( vs TB )- Kaepernick will remain the 49ers’ starting quarterback for Week 7 and plays at home vs Tampa Bay. The Bucs are the #23 ranked defense and they give up a lot of points.
Also consider BALT QB F Flacco ( at NYJ )
RB Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football
NE RB LeGarrette Blount (at PITT)- Blount was kicked off the Steelers team in 2014, and this is Blount’s first game back to Pittsburgh. HC Belichick will feed Blount in a revenge game. Also, With QB Big Ben OUT, the Pat’s ought to have the ball of offense a lot.
TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( at SF)- With Doug Martin (hamstring) out, Rodgers is expected to start Week 7 against the 49ers. The Bucs showed before their bye week that they will give Rodgers the ball 20+ times.
SF RB Mike Davis ( vs TB)- RB Carlos Hyde has his right arm in a sling last week. If he’s not ready Sunday, RB Mike Davis (averaging 1.8 yards a carry) likely to start. RB Sh Draughn will laso ger touches.
Mike Gillislee ( at MIA)- Even if RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) plays this week, he will be limited. Mike Gillislee should see plenty of action.
WR Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football
NO WR Michael Thomas ( vs KC)- In Week 4, prior to the Saint’s Week 5 Bye, Thomas caught 4/9 targets for 44 yards and a touchdown Week 4 and 78 yards and 1 TD in week 5. Thomas has a TD reception in 3 straight weeks. KC secondary can get burned.
BUFF WR Justin Hunter (at MIA)- will be the Bills’ starting receiver opposite Marquise Goodwin Sunday at Miami. WR Robert Woods (foot) isn’t going to play. Hunter has caught a touchdown in back-to-back weeks.
MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at PHIL )- WR Stefon Diggs (groin) did not practice Monday, but Diggs is expected back this week. Remember however, that 6’2″ Thielen was the QB Sam Bradford favorite in Week 5, with 7/8 targets for 127 yards and 1 TD.
TB WR Cecil Shorts ( at SF)- With WR Vincent Jackson OUT on IR, Shorts will have an immediate impact on the Buc’s offense.
TE Week 7 Sleepers Fantasy Football
IND TE Jack Doyle ( at TENN )- With TE Allen injured, QB A Luck will lean on TE Doyle plenty. WR P Dorsett is also OUT Week 7. Only owned in 29% of Yahoo leagues.
MINN TE K Rudolph ( at PHIL)- Prior to the Vikings Week 6 Bye week, Rudolph had a TD reception in 3 of 5 games in 2016. QB Sam Bradford likes him as a weapon.
Week 7 Fantasy Football DEF Sleepers
NE ( at PITT)- HC Belichick will give new QB Landry Jones fits all day.
OAK ( at JACK)– JACK QB Blake Bortles has 7 INTS already this season, ( vs 8 TDs) and the Jags running game has not been impressive