Fantasy Football Week 7: Sleeper Starts


Week 7 is upon us and by now we have a pretty good idea of the fantasy players that we can count on to deliver on a weekly basis. Like every season though, injuries have taken a toll and can make a top fantasy team slowly make their way down the rankings. This week several players have plus match-ups and some advice I like to give is to forget the name on their jersey and the team they are on. Look at how the player is performing and the match-up they face because believe it or not, the Cleveland Browns might not have a winning season, but their quarterback Josh McCown could be saving yours.

He is a look at the week 7 sleeper starts:

Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick New York Jets

Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Fitz magic has stabilized the Jets quarterback spot this year and provided the steady play that the team has needed to pair with a great defense.  This week they head to Foxboro and will probably be down multiple touchdowns most of the game. So the volume will be there for Fitzpatrick as the Jets play catch up for most of the game. New England is surrendering the seventh most points to quarterbacks and Fitzpatrick is available in 24% of Yahoo leagues.

Running Back: Antonio Andrews Tennessee Titans

At first glance the match-up doesn’t look that great for Andrews, and really there aren’t a lot of good streaming options this week at running back. Last week Andrews got his first start and it looks like he will get the start again. Also look for Tennessee to try and feature the run game more this week with starting quarterback Marcus Mariota out of the lineup with a knee sprain. Andrews is owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues, but if he has a decent week expect for him to be a popular wavier wire add.

Wide Receiver: Jamison Crowder Washington Redskins

The first thing that popped into my head was, how the heck is Crowder only owed in 12% of Yahoo leagues? The Duke speedster is second only to Amari Cooper in receptions this year. With DeSean Jackson out of the line up Crowder has steeped up to catch 25 of his 35 targets the last four weeks. Crowder has yet to score a touchdown, but has solid value in PPR leagues against a leaky Tampa Bay Bucs secondary.

Tight End: Ladarius Green San Diego Chargers

This will be a situation to watch as starting tight end Antonio Gates is going to be a game time decision. The Charges get the Oakland Raiders who have be absolutely destroyed by tight ends this year. Green is owend in 37% of Yahoo leagues and is still getting targets when when Gates is in the lineup. Green is a an absolute must start if Gates misses the game.