Fantasy Sleepers Week 7: Pickups to Win

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Week 6 brought some unfortunate injuries to players like Emmanuel Sanders and Will Dissly that can leave holes on your roster, even more holes will pop up this week due to the week 7 bye. Four star-studded teams going on bye include the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Carolina Panthers. That means there will be no Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Odell Beckham Jr, Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, or James Connor in week 7. Losing these big-time playmakers at almost every skill position can take a toll on their owners. But here are some fantasy sleepers that could help fill the holes on your roster left by those on bye and those who are injured. All players on this list will be recommended for a 0.5 PPR 12-person league.

WR Darius Slayton (NYG) vs. ARI – 5.6% Rostered

Arizona has been a favorable matchup all year to opposing wide receivers. Giving up the third-most yards and the most touchdowns to opposing receivers. Slayton has also been rising up the depth chart for the Giants, making his pro-debut in week 3 in the miraculous comeback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Slayton has carved out a piece of this offense for himself, getting increased snap counts from week to week. Slayton played 98% of snaps this past Thursday against the New England Patriots. He has also been averaging an impressive 15.8 yards per reception, ahead of other wide receivers like Davante Adams, Amari Cooper, Marquise Brown, Chris Godwin, Odell Beckham Jr, and Kenny Golladay. Seeing an average of 5 targets per game since week 3, Slayton is a sleeper pick to surprise you this week.

WR Taylor Gabriel (CHI) vs. NO – 6.6% Rostered

Gabriel exited Chicago’s week 3 matchup against the Washington Redskins with a concussion. Slated to be back in week 7 against the New Orleans Saints Gabriel could pick up right where he left off at Washington. Before his week 3 exit, Gabriel also saw an average of 4.66 targets per game playing 84.33% of snaps on offense. Gabriel will most likely be matched up with Saints’ cornerback Eli Apple who is vulnerable to the deep ball, giving up nearly 20 yards per reception so far this year. Gabriel is primed to explode back onto the fantasy scene against the New Orleans Saints.

RB Nyheim Hines (IND) vs. HOU – 34.5% Rostered

Hines has so far been disappointing this season being overshadowed by Marlon Mack being a work horse running-back so far this season. However, week 7 against Houston could be Hines’ time to shine. Hines has seen an uptick in snap count when against a stout run defense. Houston’s run defense ranks 8th this season against opposing running-backs. However, the Achilles heel of this Houston defense is the pass defense which has allowed 1,608 passing yards to opposing receivers which ranks 25th on the season. Of that 1,608 passing yards 21.7% has come out of the backfield from opposing running-backs. Hines is an explosive playmaker on offense and can break a play at any time.

TE Darren Fells (HOU) vs. IND – 2.4% Rostered

Houston has been running a lot of 12-personnel with Darren Fells and Jordan Akins. However, Fells has been out-snapping and out-targeting Akins since week 1. Fells has seen more targets in the red-zone as well and has scored three touchdowns on the year so far. Reaching a season-high of 7 targets in week 6 and averaging 10.6 yards per reception Fells seems to be trending in the right direction and has made himself worthy of a week 7 flier. This week’s matchup against the Colts is a favorable one; the Colts have surrendered the third-most fantasy points per game to the tight-end position averaging 9.6 points per game. Signs are pointing to Fells having good fantasy game this week against the Colts.

QB Daniel Jones (NYG) vs. ARI – 40.6% Rostered

Daniel Jones has had a rough few weeks, two really tough back-to-back matchups against the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots will do that to a rookie Quarterback. These tough matchups may cause some to fade Jones but luckily there are brighter days ahead, week 7 will bring the Giants up against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have allowed the 3rd most passing yards to opposing Quarterbacks along with the most passing touchdowns allowed. The Giants seem to be getting back to full health with running-back Saquan Barkley seemingly back this week after teasing his return for the past two weeks and tight-end Evan Engram is “pretty optimistic” about playing Sunday against the Cardinals. If Barkley and Engram return to the lineup it will lift some of the weight off of Jones’ back and open up the passing game again. If there is a game to start Daniel Jones it is this week against the Arizona Cardinals.

WR Cole Beasley (BUF) vs. MIA – 25.2% Rostered

Beasley quickly became Josh Allen’s go-to target this year, averaging 7.6 targets per game. Although he has yet to reach the end-zone this year what better time than against the Miami Dolphins. Beasley has seen an average snap count on the year of 66%; he has also seen 20.2% of the targets from Josh Allen. The Dolphins have allowed the 3rdmost touchdowns to opposing receivers and have also allowed the most yards per completion in the league this season. The connection between Allen and Beasley will come early and often this week.

I am an undergraduate at Delaware County Community College studying for a degree in Business Administration. Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. A devoted Philadelphia sports fan and passionate fantasy football player. There is no better feeling than beating your rival in fantasy football.

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