Fantasy Football Week 7: Matt Camp's Top Sleepers at Every Position

Matt Camp@TheMattCampFantasy Football Lead WriterOctober 18, 2019

Fantasy Football Week 7: Matt Camp's Top Sleepers at Every Position

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    If you find yourself reaching a little deeper for sleepers this week, you're not alone. 

    The Week 7 bye eliminates Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, Greg Olsen, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, among others.

    When you factor in injury concerns for top fantasy options such as Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley and Amari Cooper, just to name a few, it makes players like Latavius Murray and Cole Beasley look a bit more attractive. 

    As we approach the halfway point of the fantasy regular season, more of these issues will mount. But as long as you stay vigilant and open-minded when it comes to the waiver wire, you'll have a better chance to survive.

         

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills

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    Will using Beasley carry you to a Week 7 victory? Probably not, but you could do a lot worse to fill a WR3 or flex spot in a pinch.

    That's because Beasley has been a pretty consistent part of the Buffalo Bills' passing attack this season. And unlike in previous years, that's not a bad thing.

    Beasley currently leads the Bills with 40 targets, and his 27 receptions are behind only John Brown's 28. He has at least nine targets and five receptions in three outings. At 11.1 fantasy points per game, he's outscoring notable players such as Mike Williams, Robby Anderson and Josh Gordon.

    Those players are typically in lineup conversations (as they should be), while Beasley rarely is. But based on his production, he should at least be rostered. Facing a below-average Miami Dolphins defense only helps his cause for Week 7.

    He's worth a look during this bye-week stretch and could stick on your roster as reliable depth.

Darren Fells, TE, Houston Texans

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    Let's talk about the Darren Fells Experience.

    Yes, the history of fantasy football says when a tight end named Fells scores a touchdown, it's probably a vulture job from a tight end you actually needed to score a touchdown (see: Fells, Daniel). Luckily, the Houston Texans don't have a weekly fantasy option at tight end, so this Fells has no one to steal from other than DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller V, Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson Jr.

    Forget those key players. We're talking about a potential sleeper tight end.

    Last week, Fells turned seven targets into six receptions for 69 yards. In Week 5, both of his receptions went for touchdowns. In Week 3, he caught five of his six targets for 49 yards and a score. That's three productive fantasy outings, and he's actually TE13 for the season.

    The remaining O.J. Howard owners would love to have those numbers. 

    If that argument for Fells isn't convincing enough, consider his Week 7 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Over the last month, the Colts and Arizona Cardinals have basically tied for the easiest matchup for tight ends.

    The numbers don't lie, and they could spell victory for you in Week 7.

Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams

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    Henderson could look like an obvious play by the time Sunday rolls around, depending on the status of Todd Gurley. The starting running back sat out last week with a quad injury, but he practiced in limited fashion on both Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile Malcolm Brown remains out of practice with an ankle injury. 

    That leaves Henderson in an interesting spot for Week 7.

    He was out-snapped by Brown 68 percent to 32 percent in Week 6. Brown carried 11 times for 40 yards with no targets while Henderson had 39 yards on six carries and turned two targets into one reception for nine yards. Even though it wasn't much, Henderson was the more efficient back.

    A third-round pick from this year's draft, he came into last week's game with two gameday scratches to his name and just a single carry that came back in Week 1. For someone who hadn't been asked to do much, he handled himself well in a tough matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

    Still, his fantasy value hinges on the statuses of both Gurley and Brown. If both are active, you can probably stay away from him. If Gurley plays but Brown is out, the Rams would be wise to lean on the rookie since Gurley won't be at 100 percent. The same is true if Gurley sits and Brown is active.

    Additionally, it's a pretty good matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who have been an average unit against fantasy running backs over the last month and a below-average run defense for the season. 

    If Henderson is one of top two backs for the Rams this weekend, he's at least a solid flex option. If Gurley and Brown both sit, he has top-15 potential. He should be rostered regardless if you are thinking about the big picture.

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

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    After his tremendous starting debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, the excitement for Jones has subsided over the last three weeks with underwhelming—although not surprising—efforts in outings against the Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. But the best part about streamers is that you only need them to come through for one week.

    That one week could be Sunday's matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

    In the last four weeks, Arizona has been the fourth-easiest matchup for fantasy quarterbacks. During that span, quarterbacks have averaged nearly 280 yards and almost three passing touchdowns per game. Jones doesn't even have to replicate all of that to be worthy of a spot in your Week 7 lineup.

    The Giants saw Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram return to full practice this week, so even if Sterling Shepard isn't cleared from his concussion, Jones will get two huge weapons back to go along with Golden Tate. You should have faith in him to take advantage of this matchup with a potential top-12 performance.

Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills

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    Knox may not be on your radar. Since he's TE24 through six weeks, that's completely understandable. Of course, if you're searching high and low for a tight end this week—or possibly for longer—take a look at where he stands in the context of the Buffalo Bills. 

    His snap count has risen each of the last three games, topping out at 72 percent in Week 5 before the team's Week 6 bye. With the exception of Lee Smith, who hit the number in Week 2, none of the other Buffalo tight ends have played more than 54 percent of the snaps in any game this year.

    After Cole Beasley (40) and John Brown (39), Knox and Zay Jones are tied with 18 targets, so even though there's a big gap between Knox and the top wide receivers, his opportunities should rise with his snaps.

    Remember, the idea is to be ahead of the game on a breakout, not to grab a player after he has his first big performance. Knox is trending in that direction and the Miami Dolphins are visiting on Sunday, so you might want to grab him ahead of an attractive matchup.

Gardner Minshew II, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Minshew failed us in a big way last week by throwing for just 163 yards with no touchdowns and an interception against the New Orleans Saints. But if you hold a grudge in fantasy, it will cost you.

    The rookie quarterback has done a good job for the majority of the season, so one bad game shouldn't completely dissuade you from giving him another shot with an advantageous matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

    During the last month, only the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have yielded more fantasy points per game to quarterbacks than the Bengals, who have even given up 288 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Part of Minshew's fantasy value is his ability to run (125 yards on the season), so that can't be ignored.

    Minshew still has nine touchdowns to two interceptions and is QB13 through six weeks. Even after a disappointing effort against the Saints, he remains a low-end starter. If others were disenchanted by that performance and dropped him, you can snatch him off the waiver wire and use him this week.

Latavius Murray, RB, New Orleans Saints

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    Admittedly, Murray is the most obvious sleeper of the week, especially if Alvin Kamara doesn't play. Kamara has an ankle issue that's bothered him for the last two games, although his situation is far less settled than it was at this time last week since he's now missed multiple practices.

    Instead of playing the role Mark Ingram II has filled in previous seasons, Murray has mostly been an afterthought in this offense with just 32 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. However, his highest carry totals came in the last two weeks (seven and eight), which coincides with Kamara's injury. He is also coming off a season-high three receptions for 35 yards on three targets in Week 6. 

    Murray does face the Chicago Bears defense on Sunday, which should give you pause. Through six weeks, the Bears rank fifth with just 83 rushing yards allowed per game.  However, they've yielded the fourth-most fantasy points per game to running backs in the last four weeks, a large chunk of which comes from the 25 receptions for 200 yards they've allowed. 

    Basically, Murray should be a solid RB2 if Kamara doesn't play. But he could have flex value if the typical starter is active, assuming the Saints are careful with how much they use him.

          

    All stats, unless otherwise indicated, courtesy of FantasyPros, NFL.com and Pro Football Reference.

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