BETTER TIMES AHEAD FOR JOSH FREEMAN
Entering Week 6, three teams remained unbeaten. Now, there remain just two – the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. The third team was the New Orleans Saints, but they fell to the New England Patriots courtesy of a Kenbrell Thompkins touchdown with just five seconds remaining in the game.
There were a bunch of players who had breakout games in Week 6, but there were three in particular that were owned in less than five percent of ESPN leagues.
The first standout was Nick Foles, who got the start due to an injury to Michael Vick. Going up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles put together a strong outing, amassing 296 passing yards with three touchdowns and no turnovers. He also had a rushing touchdown, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-20 victory, improving their record to 3-3.
The second player was running back Brandon Jacobs, who got the nod Thursday Night, as David Wilson was held out of the game with a neck injury. Against a premier rush defense in the Chicago Bears, Jacobs rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. The Bears couldn’t stop the powerful halfback, as he averaged almost five yards per carry.
The last player who had an outstanding performance was wideout, Riley Cooper. With DeSean Jackson being covered by Darrelle Revis, Cooper had Johnthan Banks matched up with him, allowing for a breakout game. Cooper only had four receptions, but he accumulated 120 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Buccaneers couldn’t stop the Eagles, as Cooper, Jackson, and Foles led the team to victory.
Now, without further ado, I present my Week 7 sleepers.
[caption id="attachment_54968" align="alignright" width="300"] <em><strong>Josh Freeman will look to turn his season around with a new team on Sunday.</strong> Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/footballschedule/">Football Schedule</a></em>[/caption]
Josh Freeman – QB – Minnesota Vikings - @NYG – After being released by the Buccaneers, Freeman signed with the Minnesota Vikings and in Week 7, he will make his Minnesota debut. A new atmosphere and a head coach that isn’t Greg Schiano will be very beneficial for Freeman, as he will finally become a solid starter. He will face the New York Giants, who have been horrendous in 2013. The Giants have given up an average of 22 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, while the Detroit Lions just surrender 12.5 FPPG. With a great running back in Adrian Peterson, Freeman will be even more of a threat, as he will have time and make smart throws.
Joseph Randle – RB – Dallas Cowboys - @PHI – With an injury to starting running back DeMarco Murray, Joseph Randle will be given the nod heading into Sunday’s game. After Murray was removed from last week’s game against the Washington Redskins, Randle entered but struggled against the opposing rush defense. Randle rushed for 17 yards on 11 carries, good for 1.5 yards per carry. He had a touchdown and two receptions for 15 yards as well. However, at Oklahoma State, Randle averaged 5.5 yards per carry. In his next game, Randle will get over his nerves and have a big day against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have allowed 91.2 yards per game to opposing running backs. Randle will get over his nerves, and put together a great game for the Cowboys.
Harry Douglas – WR – Atlanta Falcons – TB – Thanks to an injury to Roddy White and a season-ending foot injury to Julio Jones, Harry Douglas is the number one wide receiver heading into Sunday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Douglas has been overshadowed by two of the best wide outs in the game, but he holds the talent to be a regular contributor for the Atlanta Falcons. As if being the number one receiver wasn’t a big boost, he has top five quarterback, Matt Ryan, throwing to him. His opponents – the Buccaneers – have struggled recently against opposing wide receivers. In the last three games, the Bucs have given up 178 yards per game to wide receivers. Even with Douglas having to go up against Darrelle Revis, his speed and solid route running ability will help him beat Revis, amassing at least 70 yards and a touchdown.
Jeff Cumberland – TE – New York Jets – NE – One of Geno Smith’s favorite options is tight end, Jeff Cumberland. Cumberland recently took over the starting job due to a suspension to Kellen Winslow. In the last three games, Cumberland has amassed eight receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The New York Jets have lost many receivers due to injury, as Santonio Holmes and Clyde Gates will both not play this week (Gates for the rest of the season). This week, Cumberland will go up against the New England Patriots, who are the 15th ranked defense against tight ends. The Jets are out for vengeance, as they suffered their first loss in Week 2 to the Patriots. Cumberland will be one of the biggest factors in deciding the outcome of the game.
Miami Dolphins – D/ST – BUF – The Miami Dolphins defense hasn't been playing to expectations in 2013. In five games, they’ve surrendered 23.4 points per game to opposing offenses. However, they have played the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, and the New Orleans Saints, all of which have great offenses. The Dolphins defense also has nine turnovers and 13 sacks in five games. There are some bright spots on the Miami defense including Cameron Wake, Reshad Jones, and Brent Grimes. This week, the Dolphins will play against the Buffalo Bills, who have Thad Lewis starting at quarterback. The Bills also have C.J. Spiller coming back from injury, which will hurt their running game. Since the Bills have a below average quarterback and an injured running back, the Dolphins will have another great game on defense, improving their record to 4-2.
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