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NFL Fantasy Football: Matt Cassel and Top 5 Sleepers for Week 7

Sam McGawContributor IIOctober 20, 2011

NFL Fantasy Football: Matt Cassel and Top 5 Sleepers for Week 7

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    Week 7 in the NFL features many favorable match-ups for players you might otherwise never think of starting.

    This week, many lineups take a hit in the quarterback department. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Brady, Eli Manning, and Michael Vick are all on bye weeks. 

    Not to mention, so are their receivers.

    While there are some big-time players sitting out this week, there are still many players available in free agency throughout fantasy leagues.

    Here are the NFL's Week 7 sleepers.

Quarterback: Matt Cassel at Raiders

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    After his first three games, Chiefs' quarterback Matt Cassel would have been labeled as a fantasy disappointment. However, he has lived up to expectations in his last two contests in which he has accounted for 517 passing yards and five touchdowns—four of which came in Week 5 against the Colts.

    Coming off a bye, Cassel and the Chiefs head to Oakland with another favorable matchup. The Raiders are ranked 28th in the league against the pass and have given up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

    Most recently, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy threw for 215 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 6 loss to the Raiders.

    Pick up and start Cassel as a great bye week replacement.

Running Back: Demarco Murray vs. Rams

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    The Cowboys rushing attack has been non-existent so far this season. To make matters worse, starting running back Felix Jones will miss some time after injuring his ankle in last week’s loss against the Patriots. 

    Replacing Jones this week is DeMarco Murray.

    Murray, a rookie out of Oklahoma, has seen some playing time this season, but hasn’t stood out in any particular way.

    Luckily for Murray, he gets to make his first career start against the NFL’s worst run defense, the St. Louis Rams.

    Allowing the fourth most fantasy points to running backs this season, St. Louis is a great draw for any team who wants to run the football.

    Expect the Cowboys to revitalize their run game this week by getting Murray the ball early and often.

    Murray is a flex option this week, and depending on how much time Jones misses, could be a decent player to use in the weeks to come.

Wide Receiver: Damian Williams vs. Texans

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    Ever since wide receiver Kenny Britt’s season ending injury (torn ACL), the Tennessee Titans have been scrambling to find a replacement.

    Right now it seems that replacement is second year wideout Damian Williams.

    While Williams isn’t the best fantasy option out there, he does have some upside.

    In Week 5 against the Steelers, he had six catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.

    Considering the Steelers have the NFL’s best pass defense, those stats aren’t bad at all.

    What helps Williams out even more is that he is coming off of a bye week, which gives him time to get more acclimated to the starting role.

    This week, Williams plays the Houston Texans, who have given up the 12th most fantasy points to receivers this season.

    Considering he has two redzone touchdowns in his last two games, it can’t hurt to play Williams this week as a bye week replacement.

Tight End: Ed Dickson at Jaguars

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    Ed Dickson has been nowhere near a fantasy stud this season.

    After scoring his only touchdown in week 1, Dickson has accumulated only 200 receiving yards through five games.

    These stats are why he's a sleeper this week, as Dickson's opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to tight ends this season.

    Dickson is available in almost all leagues and should put up good numbers for your team.

Defense: Broncos D at Dolphins

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    Even though the Broncos defense gives up a lot of yards and points each week, they still have some good games.

    For instance, against the Chargers in Week 5, they allowed 418 total yards and 29 points, but recorded five sacks, two turnovers, and a touchdown.

    Coming off a bye week, the Broncos have a very good matchup, the Miami Dolphins.

    The Dolphins are a train wreck right now. Their offense has scored the third least amount of points in the NFL. It also doesn't help they have tons of uncertainty at quarterback.

    Also, defenses have scored the third most fantasy points in the NFL when playing the Dolphins.

    Take a chance on the Broncos defense this week—mainly because the Dolphins seem to be trying really hard to draft Andrew Luck.

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