Fantasy Football 2013: Booms, Busts and Deep Sleepers for Week 7

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IOctober 14, 2013

Fantasy Football 2013: Booms, Busts and Deep Sleepers for Week 7

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    Heading into Week 7 of the NFL and fantasy football season, roster construction becomes more and more important.

    With bye weeks, injuries piling up and depth charts changing every day, it is imperative to be on top of your game.

    There is likely not much left on the waiver wire at this point, but it's still possible to improve your winning chances via trading or simply starting the right players.

    Here is a look at players who will boom, bust or be good sleeper plays for Week 7. 

Boom: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis

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    Hilton has been a truly agonizing fantasy player this year, with games of 140 and 124 yards to go along with 45, 20 and 13 yard duds.

    But he has a favorable matchup this week against Denver, and I am expecting it to turn into a shootout. Count on Hilton to make a few big plays.

Bust: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington

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    He finally put up some pretty good yardage totals through both the air and ground Sunday, but RGIII still had a fumble and an interception and did not score a touchdown.

    Dallas is the most quarterback-friendly defense for fantasy and RGIII still couldn't capitalize on a big game. Chicago will come in and absolutely shut him down.

Deep Sleeper: Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets

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    He's not the most exciting player in the world, but Cumberland could be a reliable bye-week or temporary fill-in at tight end.

    Geno Smith seems to trust him, and with Kellen Winslow serving a four-game suspension for PEDs, expect Cumberland to get a few catches for 50-60 yards and get a chance to score. 

Boom: Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville

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    Blackmon had a monster 14-catch day against Denver in Week 6, and he is by far the best player on Jacksonville right now.

    He has gotten nine and 20 targets in his first two games back from suspension, and I expect him to get somewhere halfway between that in Week 7 against San Diego.

Bust: Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego

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    I have been low on Royal ever since his ridiculous start to the season, and my opinions have been validated as Royal has continued disappointing since.

    The Jaguars don't have a good defense at all, but Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen have both looked really good and are the clear starters right now.

Deep Sleeper: Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona

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    While more people know Ellington's counterpart in the Arizona backfield, Rashard Mendenhall, the rookie has actually been the better of the two this season.

    Their workload has been similar in recent weeks, but Ellington has done a lot more with his touches. He's quick and elusive and could end up becoming the go-to guy against Seattle.

Boom: Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay

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    Martin has been good this year but has really fallen short of expectations, due mostly to Tampa Bay's inability to move the ball and get in the end zone.

    But he is still averaging about 25 touches per game and has looked just as explosive as he did as a rookie last year. He could finally break out against a questionable Atlanta defense in Week 7.

Bust: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona

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    Fitzgerald has had a strange season, showing glimpses of his old self while also falling victim to poor blocking and even poorer decisions by Carson Palmer.

    But he will line up against Richard Sherman this week, and that's a death sentence for practically any receiver, and Fitzgerald just isn't what he once was.

Deep Sleeper: Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta

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    Things are not looking up for the Falcons offense. Julio Jones is out for the season, they are apparently worried about Roddy White's health and trade rumors have swirled around Tony Gonzalez.

    That leaves plenty of room for Douglas to step in and become relied on heavily by Matt Ryan. It's not an ideal situation, but he will at least get a bunch of targets.


Biggest Boom: Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City

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    The 6-0 Chiefs are on a roll right now, although Smith is coming off his worst game of the season against Oakland.

    But he will get a big chance to redeem himself against a free-falling Houston squad that has given up 34 and 38 points in the past two weeks.