Week 7 Fantasy Sleepers Reactions

BYE: New Orleans, Oakland

Seahawks vs Cardinals: Zach Miller; Miller’s production (5|40|1TD) was more a testament to how poorly Arizona plays the TE position than his actual skill set, but it sure feels good to call a flier right out of the gate.

It’s a shame the Cardinals defense and Larry Fitzgerald (even with the hamstring injury) continue to be wasted alongside the likes of Carson Palmer and his shoddy offensive line; playing in the NFC West doesn’t help either.

Bills vs Dolphins: Brian Hartline; The emergence of Brandon Gibson (5|40|2TD) as another target for Ryan Tannehill not only hurts Hartline’s stats (6 catches for 69 yards), it hurts ALL of the Dolphins WRs, with no clear favorite emerging from the group.

Thad Lewis came back down to earth and you wish the Bills would just sit C.J. Spiller rather than allow him to “Roddy White” (yes, he’s become a fantasy verb) the rest of the season away.

Rams vs Panthers: DeAngelo Williams; Williams was surprisingly ineffective against St. Louis’ porous run defense and is now ceding touches to Mike Tolbert outside of goal-line situations. With Jonathan Stewart’s impending return, the Panthers backfield returns to being a situation to avoid.

The Rams lose Sam Bradford for the season with a torn ACL and immediately get worse with Kellen Clemens at quarterback; Zac Stacy is the only Rams players worth owning, barely.

Bears vs Redskins: Alshon Jeffery; A TD would’ve been nice to add to Jeffery’s 4 catches for 105 yards, especially in a shoot-out, but you’re more concerned with the loss of Jay Cutler for at least 4 weeks to a groin injury; Josh McKown’s effectiveness was questionable given the horrendous nature of the Redskins defense.

Otherwise, it was a super frustrating week to be an Alfred Morris.

Bengals vs Lions: Joseph Fauria; No touchdowns but Fauria’s slowly being worked into the offense outside of the red zone, and could see more time as the Lions No. 2 TE with Tony Scheffler’s status high-questionable for the rest of the season.

It’s worth speculating on Marvin Jones given Andy Dalton’s string of good games.

Cowboys vs Eagles: Nick Foles; What the heck happened in this game?

Chargers vs Jaguars: Ryan Mathews; He scored his first rushing TD of the year and rushed 21 times for 110 yards. Mathews has another favorable match-up following the bye against Washington, but do you trust him? No. Given the current state of RBs, do you have a choice? Probably not.

Patriots vs Jets: Bilal Powell; Right position, wrong player as the Jets decided to run with “the hot hand” in Chris Ivory, who rushed time for 104 yards. But like Ryan Mathews, I don’t trust the continued production or his health.

Welcome back, Rob Gronkowski. Now we have to wonder how the return of Danny Amendola to the offense will help Tom Brady.

Buccaneers vs Falcons: Harry Douglas; Opportunity brought Douglas stud production (7|149|1TD) and now you’re seeking consistency worthy of a WR3/FLEX going forward. Matt Ryan had, arguably, his best game of the year but I don’t see him being able to sustain that level of production; sell high.

Mike Glennon and Vincent Jackson are like the poor man’s version of Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, and thus endeth Doug Martin’s sophomore campaign/slump. Dear Tampa Bay defensive coordinator, stop using Darrelle Revis in zone coverage.

49ers vs Titans: Shonn Greene/Jackie Battle; Is Chris Johnson turning in a glorified version of Darren Sproles?

The 49ers are starting to look scary again.

Ravens vs Steelers: Heath Miller; A fumble kind of negated a quiet day from Miller (2|17|1TD), but I believe in him ROS. Le’Veon Bell may also be worth looking into as an RB2 ROS, with @Oak, @NE, Buf, and Det slated for the next four weeks.

Ray Rice owners everywhere are rocking back and forth in a corner somewhere.

Browns vs Packers: Chris Ogbonnaya; Watching Brandon Weeden is incredibly painful, especially when Aaron Rodgers plays in the same game.

Texans vs Chiefs: Sean McGrath; Was this close to a 4th quarter touchdown, but with Anthony Fasano back at the starting TE, McGrath is no longer worth a spot on your roster.

You’re hoping Arian Foster and Ben Tate come back healthy after the bye, especially since Cierre Wood got cut for smoking “an illegal substance.”

Broncos vs Colts: Coby Fleener; Total gut call to the tune of 5 catches for 38 yards and a TD. Not the most consistent TE, but the loss of Reggie Wayne to a torn ACL means he could see increased targets in the future. Think about it.

Vikings vs Giants: Brandon Jacobs; Inactive even with extended time to get ready? Even with favorable match-ups in the near future, stay away from the Giants RBs. Stay far, far away.

Also, Josh Freeman should not have been out there, and his inconsistency will only hurt Adrian Peterson’s value ROS.

Always remember: Start your studs, play the match-ups, and don’t be afraid to make the trade!