Fantasy Football Week 7: Top 5 Sleepers with LTJ and Genna Preston
Heading into Week 7 Fantasy Football action, here are the top 5 sleepers discussed between Luis Tirado Jr. and Genna Preston of The Jet Press.
Oct 9, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee (35) runs 5 yards into the end zone for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Week 7 is here and so far this fantasy football season, things are as unpredictable as they come. Sleepers truly define this fantasy season as it’s imperative to work the waiver wire weekly to find hidden gems in the rough.
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Genna Preston, Contributor for The Jet Press, truly knows everything and anything when it comes to fantasy football. She’s always spot on in her predictions and since I also love fantasy football, I figured it would be great to see which players she thought would be huge sleepers this week and well, every week from here on out.
If you’d like to read her amazing work, here is her FanSided author page. Also, check out her Facebook author page as well as her Twitter account. She enjoys interacting with fellow fantasy football owners and loves to help others with their lineups.
Without further ado, here is a sit-down we had over the top five sleepers heading into Week 7 action in fantasy football.
Next: 5. A tight end worth starting
Oct 16, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis (85) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
5. Tight End Vernon Davis – Washington Redskins
LTJ: This week, the Washington Redskins are set to face the Detroit Lions. With Jordan Reed dealing with a concussion injury, I can see tight end Vernon Davis have a big game, especially with how terrible the Lions’ defense is against the position. What do you think?
GP: I definitely agree with you, Luis. The Lions have been a bit of a disappoint. They were never great but, this season has been rough. The Lions have given opponents seven receiving touchdowns this season. With Reed out, I definitely expect Davis to have a great week.
LTJ: Exactly, couldn’t agree with you more, Genna! Do you feel fantasy owners should throw him in as their primary TE1 or more in the FLEX slot?
GP: I see him more as a TE2 or FLEX position this week. The Redskins also have Jamison Crowder and DeSean Jackson that could be targeted as well which could affect his total yardage. If that were the case, he’d be touchdown dependent which is not TE1 material.
Next: 4. A Ram worth starting
4. Wide Receiver Kenny Britt – Los Angeles Rams
LTJ: I’m really liking the fantasy matchup this week between wide receiver Kenny Britt and the defense of the New York Giants. I’ll be up early on Sunday to watch this game as it’ll be from London, what do you think about Britt this week?
GP: I am excited about this game as well, and will definitely be setting my alarm! Kenny Britt has an ideal matchup this week. It’s funny the Giants spent all of this money on their defense, who looked great in the beginning of the season but has fallen off. Not to mention the Giants offering opponents over 260 passing yards per game.
LTJ: Yeah, the Giants’ defense leaves much to the imagination. They’re lucky Eli Manning and company have been decent on offense because their defense just isn’t getting the job done. I can see Britt having another big day with his fantasy football projections. Think he’ll torch the Giants’ secondary?
GP: Definitely! I am expecting close to 100 yards and a touchdown.
Next: 3. A Bill ready to step up and deliver
Dec 27, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee (35) celebrates his 50-yard touchdown run during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills defeat Cowboys 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
3. Running Back Mike Gillislee – Buffalo Bills
LTJ: I’m excited to see what running back Mike Gillislee of the Buffalo Bills does this week. It’s such a shame that running back LeSean McCoy is out due to injury but think the Bills’ offense won’t miss a beat. The Miami Dolphins are such a disaster, I can see Gillislee really push the envelope against their defense. What do you think?
GP: It is a shame that another talented running back has fallen short to injury. I definitely see Gillislee torching the Dolphins. Gillislee has two back-to-back touchdown games and is coming off an incredible week. Even though the Dolphins won last week, they gave Le’Veon Bell over 100-yards and a touchdown last week. We also know that Rex Ryan loves to run the football. It’s a perfect setup for him.
LTJ: Exactly, those Bills have been impressive so far this season, looks like they’ll be the next best contender against the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Anyway, I can see Gillislee having a field day against the Dolphins’ defense, think he’ll drop two touchdowns this week?
GP: It’s definitely a possibility, it’s kind of the Jay Ajayi situation don’t you think? When your stuck with a not so elite quarterback you need to make moves as a running back if you want to win.
Next: 2. A quarterback with more to prove
2. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
LTJ: Last week, quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn’t do so bad despite a loss to the Buffalo Bills. This week, the San Francisco 49ers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which brings a nice matchup for Kaepernick. What are your thoughts on his fantasy value this week?
GP: I have to speak honestly here. I was all for Kaepernick last week. I was hoping he was going to come out on the field and prove to everyone he’s still got it. But, it didn’t happen! He adds a little value because gains rushing yards but, he’s still not accurately connecting with receivers. Last week’s bust make it hard for me to tell people to start him, no matter who he’s playing.
LTJ: I felt the same way too, thought he would have a much bigger impact but the Bills definitely put on a clinic against the 49ers. I think he’ll bounce back this week against the Buccaneers as their defense has been pretty bad as of late. Final fantasy stat line for Kaepernick?
GP: I don’t think he will have more than 200 yards. I also think he’ll have one interception and one passing touchdown. And that’s me being generous.
Next: 1. A Giant to stay away from
Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman (23) during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
1. Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard – New York Giants
LTJ: It will be interesting to see what the Giants’ gameplan is against the Rams over in London. I do like wide receiver Sterling Shepard this week with all eyes on Odell Beckham Jr. trying to keep him contained. I think he’ll have a very strong game thanks to Manning who is always a touchdown-producing machine. What do you see happening with Shepard this week?
GP: I just can’t take the risk with Shephard this week. Firstly, they’re playing in London which is a whole different ball game. Secondly, he hasn’t earned double-digit points since Week 3. Yes, Beckham will have major coverage on him but, I am not sure Shepard is worth the risk so far in the season. Last week he had zero points. He needs to show me something before I start him.
LTJ: So basically you wouldn’t even start him this week?
GP: No! There are definitely other receiving options that have a higher fantasy value this week.
LTJ: Who would you suggest then for those teetering on whether or not to go with Shepard or another option this week?
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GP: If I had to suggest a couple receivers for Week 7 it would be Allen Robinson and Mike Wallace. Those players aren’t owned in 100 percent of leagues and may still even be available.