7 Fantasy Football Sleepers for Week 7
If your fantasy team is off to a tough start, don't be discouraged just yet. Even without studs at every position, you may still be able to scrape together some wins by plugging in a few sleepers.
At this stage of the season, we've seen enough from every team to have a pretty good grasp on which matchups will yield strong fantasy results. So finding the right matchups is a good place to start when attempting to identify the weekly sleepers who could give your lineup a boost.
For the purposes of this list, we'll limit sleeper selections to any player with less than 75 percent ownership on Yahoo's fantasy football platform. Additionally, I'll select one super-sleeper, with under 10 percent ownership, to help out those of you who may be playing in deeper leagues. All references to betting totals and spreads are from the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Yahoo Ownership: 51 percent
Gardner Minshew is coming off his worst performance of the season against the New Orleans Saints, in which he posted just 5.6 fantasy points. However, it was the first time this year he's been held under 16 fantasy points, and the Cincinnati Bengals defense gives him a great opportunity to bounce back. The Bengals have allowed at least 16 fantasy points to every quarterback they've faced and have allowed 20 or more points three times.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers
Yahoo Ownership: 52 percent
Prior to the Green Bay Packers' Week 3 game, head coach Matt LaFleur stated a desire to create a balanced workload between Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones. Prior to that statement, Jones had out-touched Williams 41 to 19. In the two games in which Williams has been healthy since that statement, Williams has out-touched Jones 32 to 26. In those two games, Williams is averaging 6.3 yards per carry, so it's probably reasonable to assume LaFleur will continue using Williams at a good rate. Neither running back is an ideal option as long as they're splitting time, but Williams' success could lead to an increased role in the near future.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Yahoo Ownership: 37 percent
David Johnson remains the clear-cut feature back in the Arizona Cardinals' offense, but Chase Edmonds has still managed to reach double-digit fantasy points in each of the last two games. Despite playing just 47 snaps in the last two games combined, Edmonds has made an impact as a result of a 40 percent usage rate when he's on the field. This week's matchup against the New York Giants features two struggling defenses, giving this game shootout potential -- it carries the second-highest total of the week at 50.5 points. So while the percentage of snaps Edmonds plays may not change, if both offenses are marching up and down the field, he could see more touches than usual on Sunday.
John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills
Yahoo Ownership: 74 percent
After a breakout game in Week 1 with 21.8 fantasy points (PPR scoring), John Brown has been consistent but unspectacular. As a result, he's still available in over a quarter of leagues, and he probably isn't a staple in your lineup if you own him. This week against the Miami Dolphins, however, he's a must-play. According to Sports Info Solutions, Miami is allowing a completion percentage of 52.4 percent on throws 20 or more yards downfield. Brown has been the Bills' primary deep threat this season with 23 percent of his targets coming at least 20 yards downfield. Through five games, Miami has allowed six touchdown receptions of at least 20 yards, so there's a good chance Brown cashes in on a big play or two in this matchup.
Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills
Yahoo Ownership: 20 percent
Bills slot receiver Cole Beasley has very quietly reached double-digit fantasy points (PPR scoring) in three of five games this season. A true breakout performance hasn't occurred because Beasley has yet to reach the end zone -- in fact, the Bills have just five passing touchdowns. However, the fact that Beasley is producing without touchdowns makes him a safe play in most matchups. This week Buffalo draws the winless Dolphins, who are allowing an NFL-worst 12.9 yards per target to slot receivers.
Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Rams
Yahoo Ownership: 61 percent
Over the last three weeks, Gerald Everett is third on the Rams with 24 targets, just four behind Robert Woods. According to The Athletic's Vincent Bonsignore, Everett stated none of the targets during his breakout games came on plays designed specifically for him. That's not surprising given the Rams' depth at receiver, but Jared Goff clearly has trust in Everett given how often the ball is finding him. This week's game against the Atlanta Falcons should provide Everett another strong opportunity, as the game carries the highest total of the week at 54.5 points. According to Sports Info Solutions, opposing quarterbacks are completing 73 percent of their passes to tight ends against Atlanta's defense.
Super Sleeper: Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears
Yahoo Ownership: 6 percent
Due to a concussion, Taylor Gabriel hasn't suited up since Week 3, but he has a chance to return this week against the Saints. In the Bears' first three games, Gabriel finished third on the team with a 14 percent target share. Saints outside cornerbacks Eli Apple and Marshon Lattimore have both struggled in coverage this season, potentially giving Gabriel a favorable matchup regardless of who he lines up against. According to Pro Football Reference, both Saints corners are allowing over nine yards per target.
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