Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings, Sleepers, Overall Rankings
Jake Ciely, the @allinkid, stops by for his Week 7 Fantasy Football rankings, plus sleepers and more... like tons of GIF fun!
That was an interesting Week 6, huh?
Watching all of that happen just reaffirmed the potential insanity with any given Fantasy Football week. Jay Ajayi as the leading rusher after Arian Foster returns? The dawn of the dead with Kendall Wright, Golden Tate, Torrey Smith and Darrius Heyward-Bey all finishing as Top 15 receivers? It was enough to make you want to quit playing.
Then you remember the feeling you get when you're the one who happened to benefit from one of those performances, or the joy you felt as David Johnson single-handedly rescued your team from a Week 6 loss. Fantasy Football can be cruel, but we will never stop loving it!
As a reminder, if you missed this week's Waiver Wire piece, click over to find help at every position, including quarterback streamers.
Week 7 QB Sleepers
Colin Kaepernick, SF – Remember that games in 2014 Kaepernick ran for 151 yards? Member?
Yea, good times. No, I don't expect Kaep to rush for over 100 yards against the Bucs this week, but he did have 66 yards on the ground against a much better defense last week. The rest of his statline wasn't that impressive (187 yards and one touchdown), but thanks to the rushing total, Kaepernick was QB15 with 18.1 Fantasy points. The Bucs defense is one of the weakest units against the run, and that gives Kaep upside this week.
Week 7 RB Sleepers
Jeremy Hill, CIN – The Browns are better against the run than most would assume, but that doesn't mean you should be concerned, especially with Hill. The Browns have been more forgiving to between-the-tackles running backs in terms of touchdowns allowed. Of the five running back touchdowns allowed, they came from Ryan Mathews, Jay Ajayi, Matt Jones, LeGarrette Blount and DeMarco Murray. Each player outside of Murray has a complementary running back that is the pass-catching option. Hill should have better success and a higher chance for a touchdown than Giovani Bernard this week.
Jerick McKinnon, MIN – The Eagles defense was feared… until last week. Then Matt Jones destroyed them.
In fact, the Redskins averaged 7.0 yards per carry as a team. We all know and worry about Matt Asiata stealing the touchdowns from McKinnon, but the Vikings defense should hold the Eagles in check, giving the offense plenty of time with the ball to control the game and allow McKinnon the opportunity for a solid week.
Bobby Rainey, NYG – This is a pure PPR play, but Rainey is filling the Shane Vereen quite well. You can give him a pass for last week, as the Ravens have been the toughest matchup for opposing running backs. In the two previous games, Rainey had 13 catches for 95 yards with another 44 yards rushing on top. Rainey had 13.5 and 13.4 PPR Fantasy points in those games. On top of that, the thought that London games are low-scoring is malarkey. Outside of the first ever game in London, the combined score has averaged 51.4 and never dipped under 40. In addition, the average winning team score is 33.4. London games make be unpredictable and a bit crazy at times, but they are actually rather high-scoring.
Week 7 WR Sleepers
Ty Montgomery, GB – Eddie Lacy looks as if he could miss significant time, and that gives Montgomery terrific upside this week, especially in PPR leagues. Montgomery had 12 targets, 10 catches and 98 yards last week with Lacy limited, and that was good for WR11 in PPR with his 20.4 points. That score would have ranked him 10th at running back. As seen with Justin Forsett in Detroit, a player's first game with a team rarely leads to much use or success, and this is a short week for Green Bay. Don't fret over the Knile Davis trade for this week.
Jamison Crowder, WSH – The Lions just finished making Case Keenum look like Tom Brady.
While it's a road game for the Redskins, Kirk Cousins should be able to take advantage of this matchup. Crowder is more appealing if Jordan Reed misses another game, but even if he's out there, the Lions are the worst team in the league against opposing No. 3 receivers. Crowder has a touchdown in half of his games, and while those are hard to predict, the Lions have given up the third most receiver touchdowns (nine).
Brian Quick, LA – Janoris Jenkins looks to be a great signing by the Giants, as the team has been stronger against the pass and have held No. 1 receiver mostly in check. They rank as the fifth toughest matchup for teams' top receivers on Football Outsiders but just 29th (or fourth most forgiving) against No. 2 receivers. Kenny Britt went off against the Lions, but Quick had been the source of touchdowns before last week, giving him a decent opportunity to find the end zone in London... baby!
Week 7 TE Sleepers
Gary Barnidge, CLE – Terrelle Pryor injured his hamstring last week, and while he is only day-to-day, Pryor does have a history of hamstring injuries. Even if Pryor plays, there is a good chance that he's less than 100 percent, and the Browns need someone, anyone, in the passing game. The Bengals have also been rather susceptible to opposing tight ends with four touchdowns allowed and Rob Gronkowski going bananas last week.
Okay, okay, it's Gronk, but Barnidge proved he carries plenty of upside last year.
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