NFL Fantasy Football Week 7: Five Sleepers Primed To Break Out

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2010

Williams is a big in-season addition to any squad.
Williams is a big in-season addition to any squad.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

With more than a third of the season now behind us, fantasy football owners are looking for ways to keep their teams in the game.

While most are searching for a big-name player to acquire via trade, the intelligent lineup manager will look to exploit the talent that's often left unconsidered. With the slew of injuries that have ravaged the league this season, there are tons of new names that have emerged into fantasy football relevancy. 

Mike Williams, WR, Seattle Seahawks

After seeing a ludicrous amount of targets in week 6, Williams is finally beginning to look like the popular preseason sleeper that many had him pegged to be. 

With WR Deion Branch now in New England, the Seahawks receiving corps is anything but deep, and Williams should play a very prominent role throughout the remainder of the season. 

Talent was never the question with Williams, but it seems that he's now finally properly motivated under his former collegiate coach, Pete Carroll. 

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Danario Alexander, WR, St. Louis Rams

After QB Sam Bradford's favorite target WR Mark Clayton suffered a season-ending injury, many thought that rookie WR Mardy Gilyard would step up in a big way. He didn't.

Instead, it was Danario Alexander, fresh off the practice squad, who made the biggest impact. With opposing defenses double-teaming WR Danny Amendola (wow) and no real threat out of the slot, Bradford has to get the ball to somebody.

If last week is any indication of Bradford's confidence in Alexander, he could be a very hot name after Sunday. 

Benjamin Watson, TE, Cleveland Browns

After recommending him last week, the big TE didn't disappoint, hauling in six balls for 88 yards and a touchdown against a very good Pittsburgh defense.

Watson should be in line for a monster workload this week as there is simply nobody else that QB Colt McCoy can rely on—really. Starting wide receivers Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi are ailing after taking big hits last week, and there's not much depth behind them.

With a much more appeasing matchup against New Orleans this week, this could be your last chance to scoop up Watson.

St. Louis Rams D/ST

If you exclude the disastrous game against the Lions, this has actually been one of the better fantasy defenses this season.

Scoring double digit points in every other matchup, this is a revamped unit that is playing with a renewed confidence. 

With Tampa Bay's absence of a true ground game, the defense should be able to sit against the pass and keep the Bucs offense in check all day and come away with another solid outing. 

Chris Ivory, RB New Orleans Saints

With the elusiveness that he displayed last week against Tampa Bay (15 carries, 158 yards), Ivory should have no problem shredding through Cleveland's atrocious defense this week.

This game could get rather ugly quickly, and Ivory could see an even bigger workload than he did in week 6. As long as RBs Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush remain sidelined with injuries, Ivory has a chance to prove his worth in a big way.

And with both expected back in the very near future? This may be Ivory's golden chance to establish himself in a crowded backfield. 

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