Fantasy Football Updates: 2013 NFL Week 7 Sleepers and Players to Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 7 Players to Watch
October 18, 2013
Week 7 Players to Watch
1. Austin Collie - The newest New England receiver, Austin Collie, tops the week 7 list of players to watch. Collie had a brief stint as the #1 fantasy wide receiver back in 2010 when Peyton Manning was throwing him the ball. Collie's season was cut short that year due to the multiple concussions he suffered during the season. Now, three years later, Collie finds himself the newest member of an ailing Patriot's receiving corp that desperately needs a reliable chain mover that won't drop the ball. Collie was given the opportunity to prove he could be that guy Sunday during the Patriots game winning 4th quarter drive against the Saints. Collie made two catches on the Patriots last drive, and one of those catches came on a 4th down play. The key thing to note here is that Brady threw to Edelman on the 3rd down, hit him in the chest, but Edelman could not hold onto the ball. So when the game was on the line with less than 20 seconds to go, Brady trusted Collie to make the 4th down play despite the fact Collie had only been wearing a Patriots uniform for a matter of days. Collie only enter the game, in a weird twist of irony, after Amendola went out because of a concussion in the 4th quarter, but Collie had a huge impact on the game's outcome and earned some trust from Brady.
Collie was able to get on the same page as Peyton Manning when they played together in Indianapolis, and so it should not be a stretch to assume Collie could get on the same wavelength as Brady. It would be another weird twist of fate if Collie was able to start producing in New England with Brady like Welker is producing in Denver with Peyton. While Collie's concussion history is something to be concerned about, the NFL has changed the rules to protect wide receivers since Collie's injury ridden 2010 season. Collie is definitely a player to keep on your fantasy radar because he is the perfect fit to replace an injured Amendola and inconsistent Edelman.
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2. Maurice Jones-Drew - MJD has started to find his legs the past two weeks, and its not a coincidence that his two best games have come with Justin Blackmon on the field. MJD missed most of last season and he did not play much in the preseason so his slow start should not have been all that alarming. Now Jones-Drew is looking like he is back in "football" shape and he has Blackmon to draw defensive attention away from him. MJD is a player to watch and the time to buy low on him is running out. As long as Henne is making aerial connections to Blackmon, then MJD should be able to find running room.
3. Josh Freeman - Freeman has had a very turbulent year, but things may begin to settle down for him as he takes over the starting job for the Vikings. Freeman may not get off to a fast start with the Vikings, and he does not have to as long as Adrian Peterson is healthy. Freeman has the potential for a nice rebound in Minnesota. The Vikings have a strong running game and they have some decent weapons in the passing game. Freeman is a player to watch and if he can develop a nice rapport with Jennings, Simpson, and Rudolph, then Freeman might even become a player worthy of a fantasy football roster.
4. Harry Douglas - Harry Douglas has become the last wide receiver standing in Atlanta and because of that, he has drawn much interest from the Fantasy Football World. Fantasy owners should temper expectation before they honor Douglas with the title of a must start fantasy receiver. Douglas has been a very nice #3 WR over his career, but he has not been able to consistently produce like a #1 WR when he has been called upon in the past. Douglas is a player to monitor as he may be able to step up his game, but over his career he has been nothing more than a complementary receiver.
5. Jordan Reed - Reed has been slowly creeping onto the fantasy scene as he is getting more and more looks from his quarterback, Robert Griffin the Third. It appears that Reed has earned the starting tight end job for the Redskins, and he is getting close to becoming the #2 option in the Redskins passing attack as well. If you need help at the tight spot to fill a bye week or just need some extra depth, Reed is a good option. Reed has a lot of upside, and if can continue to develop a solid rapport with RG3, he may become one of the more consistent fantasy tight ends before the 2013 season is over.
Others Players to Note
Chris Ogbonnaya - The Browns 3rd down running back has had a few productive games recently, and he may be a better fantasy play than McGahee for the rest of the season.
Jeff Cumberland - Kellen Winslow's suspension forced Geno Smith to find a new target, and Cumberland has taken full advantage. Cumberland has caught 11 of his 12 targets and could become a nice security blanket for his rookie QB.
Jarrett Boykin - Boykin was at the bottom of the Packers' WR pecking order until Cobb and Jones suffered injuries in the same game. Now Boykin will get the opportunity to play more and catch passes from one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers.
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