Fantasy Football Week 7: Top 5 last-minute sleepers worth starting
Need a last-minute sleeper heading into Week 7 fantasy football? Here are the top five entering highly favorable matchups that should deliver solid results.
Yes, I know, it truly hurts. That is, of course. for all you fantasy football owners of Aaron Rodgers out there that undoubtedly had to hold back tears when it was revealed he suffered an unfortunate broken collarbone injury. Yes, the legendary No. 12 of the Green Bay Packers will be out for the rest of the season after having surgery to fix it.
That’s the situation I personally ended up with as I couldn’t believe it when it happened. I drafted Rodgers as my fantasy quarterback this season and knew I selected one of the best who always posted solid numbers week in, week out. Now, my season isn’t looking so good to continue having such consistent results.
A lot of fantasy football owners face the reality that if you drafted Rodgers, you’re now working the waiver wire weekly in hopes of finding someone decent to stick with. It’s hard at this point of the season as one can only hope you do enough research to find that sleeper pick or two worthy of starting to end the week victorious.
Without further ado, here are the top five last-minute sleepers that are worth starting in Week 7 fantasy football.
Next: 5. Quarterback Jared Goff
5. Quarterback Jared Goff
At the start of the week, I was immediately in need of a new quarterback to replace Rodgers in my lineup. Being the only quarterback I drafted, I knew I needed to find someone via the waiver wire that not only could hold me down for the week, but might turn into a player that’s worth starting consistently.
Quarterback Jared Goff was my final decision after doing my research since he’s off to a good start so far this season. With the exception of last week, Goff has consistently posted solid passing yards and is doing better with controlling his interceptions/turnovers.
This week, Goff goes up against the abysmal defense of the Arizona Cardinals. That’s right, the same Cardinals defense whose secondary is pretty bad against stopping the pass which bodes well for Goff to have a strong game.
Expect to see Goff tear it up this week and continuing to blossom in his sophomore season. Hopefully, for fantasy football owners like me stuck looking for a quarterback due to Rodgers being out for the season, he ends up being a nice surprise who rides some serious momentum into the NFL Playoffs. Start Goff this week as you won’t regret it thanks to this great matchup.
Next: 4. Running Back Ty Montgomery
4. Running Back Ty Montgomery
There is some serious talk that quarterback Brett Hundley could turn into something special with the Packers as he’s now their new starting quarterback. The truth of the matter is, with a matchup against the New Orleans Saints, offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett will more than likely help establish the run game instead of putting more pressure on Hundley to deliver.
Enter running back Ty Montgomery. Yes, Montgomery hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons but that’s mostly due to his injured ribs. Now, he’s healthy and ready to return to form against a Saints run defense that doesn’t do so well with hybrid talents like Montgomery.
He can do it all from being a threat out of the backfield to a speedy receiving option in a blink of an eye. Remember, Montgomery has a lot of experience as a wide receiver as last year he made a name for himself as an x-factor on offense when he was used in multiple ways.
Expect to see Bennett heavily use Montgomery to be a safety blanket for Hundley and hopefully, gives him enough production to earn the first NFL win as a starter in his young career. Montgomery is worth starting as a FLEX option this week or even as an RB2.
Next: 3. Wide Receiver Nelson Agholor
3. Wide Receiver Nelson Agholor
How about those red-hot Philadelphia Eagles? They’re currently riding a four-game winning streak and it’s mostly due to how solid as a complete team they are. Their offense is clicking on all cylinders, they have a stout defense, and even their special teams are able to pin opponents deep in their own territory.
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This week, wide receiver Nelson Agholor is a nice sleeper pick due to a favorable matchup in an NFC East division rivalry game against the Washington Redskins. Such is the case due to the simple fact that the Redskins are without their top cornerback Josh Norman as one better believe quarterback Carson Wentz will target their secondary like there is no tomorrow.
Agholor usually isn’t Wentz’s top go-to guy on offense but this matchup is too good to pass up on so he’ll get some passes coming his way, especially on deep passing plays. Fantasy owners would be wise to use Agholor as a FLEX option this week since he’ll see the end zone at least once or twice.
Start Agholor this week and don’t even think twice about it. He’s going to have a field day in this Week 7 matchup.
Next: 2. Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2. Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Don’t let the team tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins plays for fool you, he’s turning into one of better fantasy football tight ends that’s worth starting. So far in the past two weeks with the New York Jets, Seferian-Jenkins has scored two touchdowns and totaled 75 receiving yards on 14 receptions.
This week, Seferian-Jenkins and the Jets hit the road to take on the Miami Dolphins in an AFC East division rivalry game. Expect to see Seferian-Jenkins continue to make big plays and find the end zone in this matchup.
Not only should he have some good opportunities against the defense of the Dolphins, but remember, quarterback Josh McCown has one of the highest completion percentages in the NFL (70.1 percent). Since the overall pass defense of the Dolphins is very good, the Jets can cause some serious damage by utilizing Seferian-Jenkins to his potential and focus on using him on seam passing plays or when he gets a mismatch to capitalize on.
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It’s safe to either start him as a TE1 this week or even as a FLEX option. The Jets will bounce back from their heartbreaking loss last week to the New England Patriots and sweep the Dolphins this season.
Next: 1. Running Back Derrick Henry
1. Running Back Derrick Henry
What happens to the Tennessee Titans when their star franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota is back under center doing what he does best? Well, he adds such a dimension on offense, it transforms them into a playoff-contending team. Dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, however, isn’t easy but the Titans know if they want to win football games, they have to continue starting him.
Due to Mariota still dealing with this injury, it opens things up for running back Derrick Henry since the Titans don’t want to risk him getting hurt again or overworking him. With starting running back DeMarco Murray most likely not playing or being limited in action due to a hamstring injury, means Henry gets the nod to get a plethora of starting reps.
Last week against the Indianapolis Colts, Henry put up some serious numbers. He totaled 131 rushing yards, 19 rushes, and scored a touchdown. Ready for his Week 7 opponent? The Cleveland Browns. Yes, the very same Browns who are 0-6 this season and even though have a decent run defense, won’t have any answers for Henry who is ready to make a name for himself.
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Henry is the top sleeper that’s worth a last-minute start because he’s going to go off against the Browns and prove he’s starting material. Like they always say in football, it’s the next man up when an injury happens to a starter and your number is called. Henry will undoubtedly shine and deliver a monster game this week so do yourself a favor and start him as he’s worthy of being an RB1 or RB2 this week.