Fantasy football sleepers to consider in Week 7

by Cory J. Bonini on October 17, 2013 @ 11:41:36 PDT


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Wide receiver

Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills

No team has given up more points to opposite wideouts than the Bills, and Hartline should be the recipient of single coverage as they try to keep Mike Wallace in check. Hartline is better in PPR setups, but he is a fine play in standard leagues, as well.

Miami has given up a whopping 35.0 non-PPR points, on average, to the position. Surrendering per-game figures of 13.0 receptions, 253.3 yards and 1.75 scores will do that.

Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars

In his last three games, the rookie has caught at least five balls for 80 yards in each outing. His last two games have been particularly impressive, logging a 15-222-2 line. Allen has the explicit trust of quarterback Philip Rivers.

Jacksonville's terrible defense is very friendly to receivers, as you probably guessed. The position has notched 12.75 receptions, 190.3 yards and 1.75 trips to paydirt, on average, against the Jags.

Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants

Sure, the QB situation in Minnesota is worrisome, but Simpson could be the primary focus in the passing game if the Giants' defense pays theirs to Greg Jennings. Simpson is a risky, all-or-nothing type of guy.

New York has done a good job of limiting receivers' receptions and yardage totals, but they cannot seem to keep pass catchers from finding the end zone (1.75 TDs per game). Are you brave enough to gamble with Simpson as a flex play?

Mike Brown, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers

As if Simpson wasn't risky enough, Brown, who made his return in Week 6 from a lower-back fracture, caught five balls for 63 yards. He could have a larger role if Cecil Shorts (sternum) is incapable of playing, and even if he does suit up, his range of motion could be limited.

Brown has mild PPR appeal as a flex play. He faces a Bolts' D that has permitted wideouts averages of 14.0 receptions, 186.8 yards and 1.25 end zone trips each week.

NEW - Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

After a stinker in his return from a hamstring injury last week, Austin is fully participating in practice and should be nearing 100 percent. The Cowboys gave him the day off Thursday to rest and ensure he's ready to go. He has an ideal matchup to get back on track.

Only the Buffalo Bills have surrendered more points to the wide receiver position. On average, wideouts have accosted the Eagles to the tune of 31.5 non-PPR points, 16.5 receptions, 212.0 yards and 2.0 touchdowns per outing.

Tight end

Jeff Cumberland, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

Cumberland, a waiver wire target, should be on your short list of Jimmy Graham replacements for this week. Rookie quarterbacks tend to rely on the tight end position. The loss of wideout Santonio Holmes (hamstring) and the suspension of veteran Kellen Winslow points to more work for Cumberland.

The Pats have given up two touchdowns in the last month to tight ends, in addition to averages of 6.75 receptions and 75.0 yards -- not bad figures for a bye week replacement to strive for.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants

Rudolph is coming off his best game of the season and hopes to keep it going versus a reeling Giants team. He has averaged 7.0 targets per game, even if it hasn't translated into much product, so you can take solace in knowing the looks are there.

NYG has yielded 9.5 standard fantasy points per game to the position, which is a reasonable number to accept for Rudolph's week to be successful. The position has accounted for per-matchup numbers of 5.5 receptions, 74.5 yards and 0.5 scores.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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