The NFL has had its fair share of drama heading into Week 7. Some come from behind victories, last second field goals, and more overtime than you can count has dominated the landscape for the past six weeks. Fantasy Football has been mirroring reality as well, as just this week I saw some decimal point wins and Monday night heartbreakers. Let’s see if we can avoid having you reach for that bottle of antacid, and look at some sleepers that will help you win your week by a comfortable margin.
Finders Sleepers Week 7
By: Dan Turner
RB Jalen Richard- Oakland
Richard is a classic example of a good fantasy player on a bad NFL team. Oakland has been really bad this year, and its offense has usually failed to get off the ground. Richard has been the benefit, as his receiving numbers have been increasing each week. This past week, he caught 7 balls for 48 yards. Often trailing from behind, Oakland has to do a lot of passing, and that fits right into Jalen’s skill set. In a position that is never deep, look for him as an every week flex play in PPR.
WR Josh Reynolds- Los Angeles Rams
Reynolds is a talented wideout that has the unfortunate circumstance of playing behind three very talented receivers. When given the opportunity, he has proven that he can be a part of an explosive offense. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have been dealing with some nagging injuries this month, and if they were ever to miss any time, Reynolds could shine. If you have the bench space, see if you can take a shot on Reynolds.
QB CJ Beathard- San Francisco
Beathard was not expected to do much after taking over for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo a couple games into this season. An uninspiring rookie campaign left Beathard on the free agent wire in most leagues. Since taking over as starting QB, CJ has eclipsed 17 points in every game, making him about a consistent as option as you can find, albeit in a small sample size. The return to health of Marquise Goodwin should only provide more help for Beathard’s fantasy numbers, and he is approaching Starting potential in many leagues. Pick him up where available.
RB Ito Smith- Atlanta
The injury to Devonta Freeman spells great news for owners that managed to get their hands on Tevin Coleman. Coleman is expected to assume lead back duties for the duration of Freeman’s injury. Yet even before Freeman went out, Ito Smith has been able to carve himself out a little role, even scoring in three consecutive contests. Smith should see an increase in work coming up, and is more than worthy of a spot on your team, as he assumes the “ Tevin Coleman” role in the offense.
RB Peyton Barber- Tampa Bay
Barber was rumored to be losing carries coming out of the bye to rookie RB Ronald Jones. That was not the case however, as Barber ended up having a very good game with a majority of the work, rushing for 84 yards and chipping in 4 catches and a touchdown. Barber seems to have a stranglehold on the job going forward, and that should be enough to see him enter into low RB2 territory most weeks. If you are hurting at RB see if you can snag him for cheap.
TE OJ Howard- Tampa Bay
The return of quarterback Jameis Winston has been a huge boon for OJ Howard’s fantasy numbers. Hampered with a knee injury and held without a catch in recent weeks, Howard rebounded in a big way against Atlanta, catching all four of his targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. Howard seems to have established himself as the lead TE on an offense with several weapons. In a position that sees major fluctuation outside of Kelce and Ertz, Howard is the kind of TE that you can pick up and have help you for the rest of the season.