Week 7 Fantasy Sleepers: Smart Pickups That Will Boost Your Squad

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 14, 2013

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs for a touchdown in the 1st quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 13, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Another week, another group of sleepers to choose from in fantasy football leagues across the globe.

As starters get injured and young players begin to develop, heading into Week 7 of the 2013 NFL campaign, you're going to see some interesting names make impacts in fantasy football. Whether you are looking for a new quarterback, receiver or tight end, a few names are worth taking a look at right now.

The true greats in the fantasy football community find a way to win week after week, even if stars are injured. They make the right pickups each and every week.

Here are a few pickups for you in Week 7.


Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Dallas Cowboys)

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 13: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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If the hobbled Michael Vick doesn't start in Week 7 against the Cowboys, backup Nick Foles is a fine fantasy play.

With Vick nursing a pulled left hamstring in Week 6, Foles exploded against an improved Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, going 22-of-31 for 296 yards and three touchdowns, while also adding a rushing score. He posted 29 fantasy points in ESPN standard leagues. Not only that, the game was in Tampa.

Now, he gets to face a Cowboys defense allowing the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, per Yahoo! Sports. Dallas is tied for last in the NFL in passing touchdowns ceded thus far (14).

Did I mention the Eagles play at home in Week 7?


Joseph Fauria, TE, Detroit Lions (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 13: Tight end Joseph Fauria #80 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Lions defeated the Bro
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I'm usually not a big fan of fantasy players that need to score to be worth starting, but Joseph Fauria is an exception for me.

First of all, Fauria may have only caught three balls for 34 yards on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but every one of those catches went for a touchdown. For the season, he has seven catches for 66 yards, but five have gone for scores. That's efficiency if I've ever seen it.

Secondly, while the Bengals generally defend the pass well, they have surrendered two touchdowns to tight ends in their last three games, including a 47-yard score to Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler last week.

Matthew Stafford's confidence in Fauria is growing. Add in the fact that the game will be at Ford Field, and you have yourself another score from the 23-year-old rookie.


Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers (vs. Cleveland Browns)

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Jarrett Boykin #11 of the Green Bay Packers avoids the tackle of Jimmy Smith #22 of the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter during a game at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDer
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Packers wideouts Randall Cobb and James Jones both suffered injuries in Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

While the injuries are not expected to be season-ending, per Jay Glazer, it's still quite likely that both receivers miss Week 7 against the Cleveland Browns.

We've seen how Aaron Rodgers likes to spread the ball around. After a 43-yard catch on Sunday, second-year receiver Jarrett Boykin could be the man who benefits if Cobb and Jones miss time.

The Browns have an underrated defense, and this is a tough matchup, but Rodgers knows how to find his receivers. Boykin could be in for a big workload.


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