Fantasy Football News and Updates: NFL Week 7 Deep Sleepers
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 7 Gutsy Starts
Gutsy Gameday Starts: Week 7
Here we go again, another attempt to find some deep sleepers. If you read this article last week, then you know I struck out big time. But like any good competitor, I've got to pick myself up, knock the dust off, and get back out there to try again. Last week produced one heck of a waiver team (missed them all), and I tried to break down that team in an effort to figure out how to identify these waiver treasures. I realized it is harder than expected to find weekly waiver wire wonders, even though it seems so obvious after they play. Here are a few players that should be able to step up this weekend and fill a void in a fantasy roster.
QB: Brandon Weeden at Green Bay - Weeden is a decent quarterback with good weapons, and he will need to use those weapons this week to keep up with Aaron Rodgers. Weeden played well last week against Detroit throwing for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns. Weeden has the chance to have a big game because he should need to thrown a lot to keep pace with the Packers, and Clay Matthews, the Packers sack leader, will not be on the field to pressure Weeden.
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RB: Chris Ogbonnaya at Green Bay - Ogbonnaya had a big game last week because the Browns needed to throw the ball. Since the Browns are playing the Packers in Green Bay this week, it seems logical to assume the Browns will need to throw it a lot again and so Ogbonnaya should have another good game.
WR: Jerome Simpson at New York Giants - Simpson will be playiing with his 3rd quarterback this season, but he is going up against a poor Giants secondary. Last year we saw several highlights of Freeman throwing the long ball to Vincent Jackson, and now Freeman will attempt to throw deep to Jerome Simpson. With the Giants defense focused on stopping Adrian Peterson, Simpson should be able to get deep in this game, and if Freeman can make the connection, Simpson could have a strong game on Monday night.
- If Julian Edelman is out for the Patriots, pick up Austin Collie and play him.
TE: Jeff Cumberland vs Patriots - Cumberland has stepped up since Kellen Winslow was suspended, and the Jets will need him to have a big game this week if they have any chance of beating a revived New England offense. Cumberland has been very efficient this year catching 11 of his 12 targets, and Smith appears to be feeling more comfortable throwing to him. Cumberland has had good fantasy numbers over his last three games, and that trend should continue this week against the Patriots, who are missing their big man in the middle, Jerod Mayo.
DEF: Buccaneers at Atlanta - Over the past few seasons, it has not been a good idea to start a defense that was playing against the Falcons in Atlanta, but this year is different. The Falcons offense has been decimated by injuries, and now Matt Ryan will have to play without his most trusted target in Roddy White. White has taken the field for every game of Ryan's career, and now Ryan will have to carry the Atlanta offense without his favorite receiver for the first time in his career. The Buccaneers are hungry for a win, and the Falcons have been weakened by injuries. Its a good matchup for the Bucs who have been strong on defense for most of the season, and they should rebound from their poor game last week against the Eagles.
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