Fantasy Football: 5 Sleepers for Week 7
Week 7 of the NFL season is upon us, and there are decisions to be made concerning your fantasy team.
Strategy is of the utmost importance this week, as those of you with players from star-laden teams like the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers will have to scheme around a bye week.
Luckily, there are options. There are several players out there who aren't being picked up who could pay huge dividends for your team.
And always remember, if a good running back is playing against the Indianapolis Colts, start him!
Jake Locker was playing pretty well before his injury, but Matt Hasselbeck has stepped in and played very well himself.
He is only owned in nine percent of leagues and is facing a Buffalo Bills defense with only one half-decent performance to its credit so far this season.
Buffalo's high-priced defense has been non-existent so far this year, so expect Hasselbeck to throw for at least 280 yards and two touchdowns. If Chris Johnson gets going early, Hasselbeck could make some big plays through the air off the play-action pass.
The Bills rank 32nd in the league against the run, so Hasselbeck should get plenty of chances to throw it deep.
Hasselbeck was very good in a 26-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers a week ago, throwing for 290 yards. He is two TD passes away from 200 for his career.
Is Trent Richardson really a sleeper? Probably not, but he's a rookie on a bad team, so he often gets overlooked in the annals of fantasy football.
Richardson often looks like a man among boys when he runs the ball, and he'll be licking his chops to go against an Indianapolis Colts defense that gives up 159 yards per game on the ground this week.
Richardson's running style lends itself to broken tackles, and the Colts can't tackle. He should have an absolute field day.
Be wary, though. Richardson is injured and will be playing with a flak jacket under his uniform. However, according to ESPN.com, he says he's ready to play.
If he keeps from getting injured, he should have a great game.
Supplanted by Doug Martin at the beginning of the year, LeGarrette Blount has come on surprisingly strong in recent weeks. His season total of 20 carries isn't very impressive, but if you need someone for spot duty this week, Blount will do just fine.
He has touchdowns in consecutive weeks and will be going up against a New Orleans Saints defense that allows a shade under 173 yards per game on the ground.
Blount is available in 72 percent of leagues on ESPN.com and will do the job. Keep in mind that the Saints have allowed the most fantasy points to running backs this year, so anyone can break out at any time. Blount seems like a great candidate to do so.
With DeMarco Murray nursing a foot injury, Felix Jones will likely be the hottest waiver wire pickup this week.
Jump on him while you can.
Jones ran for 92 yards in spot duty last week and has proven he can be a legitimate threat in fantasy before.
This week, he goes up against the 23rd-ranked rush defense of the Carolina Panthers. Jones could be in for a big day, and may just kill your fantasy team if you don't pick him up first.
He adds a receiving aspect to his position. It's shocking that the Cowboys don't utilize him as much.
Keep an eye on him. Murray's injury could keep him out for a while, so Jones may be good to have in your back pocket as the season wears on.
With Danny Amendola sidelined, Sam Bradford needs someone to throw the ball to.
Chances are, he'll key on Brandon Gibson, a veteran who has the ability to fill in on any given week.
He had seven catches for 91 yards against the Miami Dolphins last week and should be able to build on that performance this week against a solid but suspect Green Bay Packers secondary.
The important thing is that Bradford is definitely looking for Gibson. He had nine targets against Miami and it's easy to assume that he could find more targets as the season moves on.
Amendola will be out for a while, so Gibson is another player to keep on your bench if you need a fill-in for another week in the future.