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Fantasy Football 2014: Week 7 Sleeper Picks

Taking a Look at the Week 7 Waiver Wire Trends

10/17/14

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It’s Friday, and around these parts that means it’s time once again for our weekly dose of sleeper picks for the upcoming fantasy football matchups. This installment is the Week 7 edition, and as usual there are a few intriguing plays out there that could change your season for the better. Let’s take a closer look at the stats to see if anyone’s worth starting in your league.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Our QB sleeper this week is the rookie Carr, who finally looks like he might be a solid start. He’s coming off a stellar effort against a good Chargers defense (282 yards; four touchdowns) and is heading into a nice matchup against the Cardinals.
Arizona’s pass defense is pretty ugly, and they’ve got some weaknesses against big plays. We could see another big week from Carr and Andre Holmes.

Fantasy Football 2014: Week 7 Sleeper Picks

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James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Sorry Eddie Lacy owners: he’s on a down-trend. The Packers seem dedicated to splitting carries between their No. 1 and Starks, as evidenced over the past couple of weeks, with both getting the same amount of snaps.
There will still be some luck involved when it comes to getting into the end zone, but honestly Starks has just as good a chance as Lacy this weekend against the Panthers.

Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Titans: It’s time Hunter had a huge game, and that could be coming this weekend against the Redskins. He’s certainly trending in the right direction: 176 yards and a touchdown in his last two games.
Hunter will have a nice CB matchup opposite him and should be able to get open for the big play. We see a good amount of targets here, which should pay off handsomely. Hop on the bandwagon now.

Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, New York Giants: Speaking of being on the bandwagon, we’re already there with Beckham. He’s now officially the starter opposite Reuben Randle in base two-receiver sets, following the unfortunate injury to Victor Cruz last week.
Sure, Beckham is coming off a dismal performance in Week 6, but so is pretty much every Giants player. He and the team should fare better against a permissive Dallas defense in Week 7.

Antone Smith, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Let’s throw one more bandwagon name out there today. Smith is officially the hottest RB in fantasy who’s still relatively under the radar. He has a touchdown of 35 yards or more in four straight games, and considering how few touches he gets overall, that’s a crazy statistic.
It’s a little mind-boggling to think about what Smith has done with his limited opportunities, and also considering what he could do if the Falcons gave him more touches (which they’ve promised to do the past couple of weeks). Will he do it again in Baltimore? Probably.

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