Fantasy Football Week 7: 20 Under-the-Radar Sleeper Point Machines
It's week 7 and we are going to get deep this week. I have been accused of picking the easy scorers lately so I am going to dig into the crates for players this time around.
Just be careful... with high reward comes high risk.
Here are the guys you are going to have to have the stones to take a shot on.
Whether it is because of your bye week, low production from stars or you just like to live dangerously.
Put your coal mining hat on and let's go underground.
20. Derrick Mason: Wide Receiver
Why is he a Sleeper?
Because slowly but surely Flacco is getting acclimated to having two big time receivers at his disposal (Boldin and Houshmandzadeh).
He is also fifty years old and has only scored in double digits once this year in non PPR leagues.
If he is available, grab him. If he has been on your bench all season, start him at a flex.
Buffalo's secondary is soft and juicy.
19. Jermaine Gresham: Tight End
Why is he a Sleeper?
He's a sleeper because he is a rookie on a team with two huge name receivers.
And now with Tony Moeaki in Kansas City making strides and Aaron Hernandez in New England getting attention, everyone has forgotten how good Gresham was at Oklahoma.
If TO keeps putting up numbers and Ochocinco wakes up, you can expect defenses to crowd those two and Gresham continue his steady growth.
18. Jonathan Stewart: Running Back
He hasn't put up any numbers this year.
But Steve Smith is back so maybe they can get some goal line carries for Stewart.
There is no way a back this good can continue to have this bad of a season. I think he gets in the end zone against San Francisco.
17. Davone Bess: Wide Receiver
I'm going so far under the radar with this one I think I hurt myself.
Bess has been catching passes, but he is listed as the number three behind Marshall who gets 75% of the passes, Hartline (10%) and there's also Fasano (10%).
But the Steelers are going to stop the run and make sure Marshall is bracketed.
I like Bess underneath.
I don't love him. But I like him.
16. Fred Jackson: Running Back
I'm in a couple of leagues where you have to start two running backs. So at times you can get stuck. Let me first point out that all the experts hate Jackson this week against the Ravens.
But they said that about Peyton Hillis from the Cleveland Browns and he went crazy against the Baltimore Ravens.
Jackson will get the touches and the goal line love.
Fitzpatrick is feisty. What if they complete a couple passes into the red zone?
Everyone hates him, but I'm telling you that you can do worse.
I see 65 yards rushing and a touchdown.
15. Chris Ivory: Running Back
He's a sleeper because even though he exploded against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 158 yards, Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas are due back really soon.
You won't get many weeks out of him but if you need a spot starter this could be your guy.
Don't expect him to run silly like that against Cleveland though.
14. Justin Forsett: Running Back
Forsett is the third down and change of pace back for Seattle now that Marshawn Lynch is there. So what does that mean?
It means he had his best fantasy week of the year last week.
He'll catch the ball out of the backfield and for PPR leagues that can add up.
He can also break one every once and a while since he is the faster of the two backs.
13. Danario Alexander: Wide Receiver
Yes, he is a rookie, but so is everyone else on the St. Louis Rams.
Yes, it was only one game, but no one else is stepping up for Sam Bradford.
Yes, he has had four knee operations on the same knee, but you aren't looking for a replacement for Andre Johnson, you just need a sleeper, right?
Last year at Missouri he put up: 113 receptions for 1,781 yards and 14 touchdowns.
12. Deon Butler: Wide Receiver
Matt Hasselbeck threw the ball 15 times to Mike Williams last week.
I'm sure every fantasy geek and the Cardinals defensive coaching staff knows this stat.
Which means Mike Williams is the guy to stop when you play the Seahawks. Especially with Deion Branch gone.
So that means Deon Butler can roam free down the middle and go deep. He is faster and younger than Williams.
Butler could be the most solid pick up on the list.
11. Alex Smith: Quarterback
Smith has way too many weapons to be this inconsistent. He is clicking with Michael Crabtree right now and Vernon Davis is a stud.
He also has Gore coming out of the backfield
I think Alex Smith is going to turn the corner, and against the Carolina Panthers he should thrive.
10. Seattle Seahawks: Defense / Special Teams
I keep doubting Pom Pom Pete and his merry men.
But they keep putting up points. Whether it's sacks, int's or return touchdowns, Carroll has these guys playing.
Don't be a fool like me, snatch them up if you can.
Especially with Max Hall and the Cardinals coming to town.
9. Thomas Jones: Running Back
I got a guy in my league that can't wait for Thomas Jones to retire. He is making life hard for Jamaal Charles' owners.
But Jones put up his first 100 yard game of the season last week, and now he gets Jacksonville on a short week after they got beat up.
I like Thomas to keep frustrating Charles' folks.
8. Steve Johnson: Wide Receiver
I blew it on Johnson in my league. I figured I could pick up Johnson after last week's game because no one was paying attention to Bills' players.
But I was wrong. Someone grabbed him up.
I think Johnson is going to be the most consistent scorer on the BIlls the rest of the year.
If that means anything.
7. New Orleans Saints: Defense / Special Teams
Slowly but surely the Saints are getting back their mojo, and this week they get to face Colt McCoy and the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns are going to be behind and McCoy is going to have to pass.
Definitely worth grabbing up the Saints "D".
6. Josh Freeman: Quarterback
If you are one of those guys who didn't carry a second quarterback behind Schaub or Manning because you needed that spot for another flex, you are scrambling right now.
But if your team is strong enough and you feel like taking a flyer on an up-and-comer for one week, Freeman could be your guy.
He went for 280 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago and this week he faces the St. Louis Rams defense, and he is at home.
He might surprise you.
5. Matt Prater: Kicker
Prater is 11 out of 12 for the year in that altitude, and the one he missed was 49 yarder.
He went ahead and hit a 59 yard a 48 yarder to make up for it.
Lots of attempts for the Broncos this week against the Raiders.
Kickers are usually interchangeable but Prater is setting himself apart.
4. Benjamin Watson: Tight End
Both Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi were knocked unconscious last week. Neither has been cleared to play as of yet, so there is quite possibly no one for Colt McCoy to throw to except for Watson.
Last week BW looked like he was back in New England during his glory days with the Pats.
If the Browns want to move the ball against New Orleans it will be through Watson and a banged up Hillis.
3. Patrick Crayton: Wide Receiver
Here's what the list of pass catchers looks like for San Diego right now:
Malcom Floyd: Questionable
Buster Davis: Questionable
Legedu Naanee: Questionable
Antonio Gates: Questionable
Patrick Crayton is starting this week after having a great game last week.
And Philip Rivers is still his quarterback. I see big numbers in his future against the young Pats' secondary.
2. Joe Flacco: Quarterback
Flacco has not had the kind of season everyone thought he would have, especially with the late acquisition TJ Houshmandzadeh.
Most would say he's not a top 10 quarterback on a non-bye week, but there are signs that he is warming up.
No offense intended, but what better team is there to build momentum on than the Buffalo Bills?
I like Flacco to be a top 5 quarterback this week. If you have him, start him.
1. Matt Cassel: Quarterback
They are playing a bad team who had a short week. And Cassel is coming off of a three touchdown passing game.
If he doesn't put up a 250 yard two touchdown game here, I'll never put him on another one of these lists again.