Keenan Allen and Justin Blackmon have officially graduated from sleepers to must start wide receivers. It’s time to find the next crop of sleeper receivers that can produce in Week 7 and beyond.
With injures to several elite receiver across the NFL, it’s time for some sleepers to put their name on the map and give hope to some fantasy owners dealing with injuries on their fantasy teams.
Julio Jones is out for the year and Roddy White has been declared as inactive for Week 7. Harry Douglas is the last man standing in Atlanta at the receiver position and it’s Douglas’ time to help fantasy owners put up big numbers this week. Steven Jackson has also been ruled out for Week 7, so the Falcons won’t be getting much out of the running game.
Tony Gonzales will be the focal point of the the Bucs defense this week, so Douglas will be getting plenty of targets on Sunday. Tampa Bay has been playing a boat load of zone defense this season, so Douglas could rack up lots of catches and plenty of yards in a likely dink and dunk scenario for Matt Ryan. Owners in need of some bye week and injury help should feel confident starting Douglas this week as a WR3 of Flex option.
Cam Newton has been picking apart shaky defenses and getting picked off by the good defenses he’s faced this year. Luckily, the Panthers take on the horrific St. Louis Rams passing defense which could open the door for big games from the Panthers receiving corps.
Brandon LaFell has scored 20 fantasy points (PPR format) in two of his last three games and has put up solid numbers every game his quarterback has had a favorable match-up. LaFell is anything but a consistent fantasy option but he has produced against the weaker teams/defenses so far and his match-up couldn’t be any better this week. Owners in deeper leagues dealing with injuries and bye weeks should definitely consider LaFell as a WR3 or Flex play
Jarrett Boykin is looking like he might be the number two option at receiver this week after Green Bay placed Randall Cobb on Injured Reserve designated to return and with James Jones being questionable and not having practiced all week.
The Packers take on a stingy Browns defense that has been keeping receivers in check thus far and all signs point towards shutdown corner Joe Haden blanketing Jordy Nelson all game long. This should give Boykin plenty of opportunities to make plays this week with Aaron Rogers feeding him the ball.
The Browns have been stingy against the run this season and if the Packers can’t get anything going on the ground, Boykin will be getting plenty of opportunities to make plays.