Fantasy Football Week 7: Sleeper RBs to Target

Joe Goldman@@bossgoldmanCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2012

Fantasy Football Week 7: Sleeper RBs to Target

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    Following several injuries to top RBs, the already-thin RB field got even thinner for fantasy football owners in Week 7.

    Luckily, fantasy owners have options. The free agent pool is loaded with sleeper candidates at the RB position.

    If you need any help at flex or RB2, any of these players should make nice additions to your team this week. Add them accordingly.

Danny Woodhead

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    Surprise! Snubbing their reputation as a pass-only offense, the Patriots currently sit second in the league in carries this season.

    With Brandon Bolden out, Danny Woodhead is the first "backup" behind Stevan Ridley this week.

    However, this won't be an Arian Foster-Ben Tate dynamic for the Pats. Coach Belichick loves to rotate his RBs into the game constantly, meaning Woodhead should have a solid workload this week.

    If you need help at flex, Woodhead is a great option. Expect about 60-70 yards and maybe a score. 

Vick Ballard

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    With Donald Brown out indefinitely, Ballard has been a hot pickup leading up to Week 7.

    He disappointed in his first week as the Colts' starting RB, but now faces a weak Cleveland run defense and should compile solid yardage.

    Ballard is still owned in only 42% of ESPN leagues, so pick him up if you need some sure-fire RB production.

    Best of all, with Brown out indefinitely, Ballard is no one-and-done deal. He could have several weeks of solid fantasy production ahead of him.

Daryl Richardson

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    Daryl Richardson has seen his workload increase each of the last four weeks. In Week 6, he carried the ball 11 times for 76 yards.

    As Stephen Jackson continues to struggle and look older by the week, Richardson is the sole beneficiary.

    Expect about 13-15 carries and another solid performance this week at home against Green Bay.

Montario Hardesty

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    Although Trent Richardson is listed as questionable for this week's game against the Colts, all signs point to him giving it a go in Indianapolis.

    However, even if Richardson plays, Montario Hardesty could still be in line for a good game.

    With Richardson in the lineup during Week 6, Hardesty still racked up 15 carries for 56 yards and a score.

    If Richardson, for some reason, can't play or the Browns limit his carries, Hardesty could be one of the best pickups of the week. 

Phillip Tanner

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    Even with DeMarco Murray in the lineup during Week 6, Phillip Tanner still carried the ball nine time for 31 yards.

    With Murray out in Week 7, Tanner has now jumped to No. 2 on the depth chart behind Felix Jones.

    There should be plenty of carries to go around against the Panthers. Expect around 12-14 carries from Tanner—possibly more if Felix Jones struggles early.