If there was ever a week where you need trophy winning sleepers, Week 7 would be it. Bye week hell is upon us, and competing teams are scrambling for replacements.
If there was ever a week where you need trophy winning sleepers, Week 7 would be it. Bye week hell is upon us, and competing teams are scrambling for replacements. With most waiver wires as empty as the toilet paper section of the supermarkets last year, this creates some opportunities to seize hidden fantasy points.
Fear not, my friends; we are going dumpster diving for Josh Allen and Cooper Kupp replacements. As per usual, these are guys your leaguemates will never see coming. But first, let’s recap Week 7 to discuss the hits and misses from a crazy time when everything seemed upside down from the start.
While our one-for-four performance on Top 12 plays has been par for the course, the lineup advice hit at 81-percent as we had three clean sweeps. So, once again, we give you actionable advice you need in desperate times. Here’s how it all broke down to give you an idea of how we got it done.
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Quarterback Was Perfection
No one was excited about Jimmy Garoppolo. Hell, no one is ever excited about him. But this was a clear Jimmy G week, and he did not disappoint. The consensus QB20 finished at QB10 and beat every quarterback mentioned in the column. That is five hits in six weeks for quarterbacks; clearly our sweet spot this year.
The Running Back Pivot and Wide Receiver Call Both Worked Out
With Cam Akers out for personal reasons, we quickly pivoted to Darrell Henderson. It was a simple swap, as the call was more about the matchup than the player. Akers ranked as the RB29, and Henderson crushed that with an RB16 finish and swept the big-name running backs we told you to fade. While not a top 12 finish as we shoot for, Henderson still far exceeded expectations and gave you a solid start on the week.
DeVonta Smith finished with 15.4 PPR points - good enough for WR22 - taking out all four players we told you to fade. Another solid week for the WR2 in Philly. The only callout here is we had numerous sleepers finish higher such as Brandon Aiyuk. It could have been a better call, but you are likely still in striking distance of the Title Belt if you played Smith.
Weekly Tight End Sleepers Suck Again!
For two weeks in a row, I embarrassingly called the wrong teammate. Noah Fant, not Will Dissly, took advantage of the cakewalk matchup. Huge miss as I went for the bolder call. Getting cute is the type of BS you get on Twitter and shouldn’t get here. Lesson learned, and hope it didn’t hurt your team too much. I apologize to anyone who listened to that overreach.
So where does this leave us after six weeks?
Trophy Winning Sleepers Record Going Into Week 7:
Top 12 Finishes - 8-16
Lineup Advice - 68-32
It is getting fragile out there as we fall deeper into the season. There is so much trophy winning talent on bye for Week 7 in particular, so we had to dig deep and get creative for these Week 7 sleepers.
First Ever Back-to-Back Trophy Winning Sleepers for Week 7
That’s right, kids; we’re making history today and making a back-to-back pick at quarterback. There are no other options for sleepers in Week 7: it’s Jimmy G’s dumpster, and we’re just swimming in it. Why Garoppolo again? He gets the Chiefs, who are as bad at stopping opposing quarterbacks as I am at spelling Garoppolo (I had to look it up four times, and it still doesn’t look right, but that’s why we have editors).
The consensus QB18 should smash for the second straight week with all of his weapons getting involved in what could be a shootout.
Fire Garappolo up over Trevor Lawrence, Daniel Jones, Jared Goff, and (let’s go bold here) Kyler Murray.
A Backup Running Back?
Why the hell not when it’s against the Lions, and the starter is looking rough? Tony Pollard is a home run waiting to happen, and the Lions are a defensive lapse waiting to happen. A pairing more perfect than Tom Brady and Gise… wait, make that Russell Wilson and Ciara. The consensus RB24 should have a big day against the second-worst defense in the NFL versus opposing running backs.
I love Pollard as one of my Week 7 sleepers over David Montgomery, Jeff Wilson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Travis Etienne.
Why Is He This Low?
Allen Lazard comes in at WR23 despite having a touchdown in four of his five games played with no less than eight targets in any game this month. In a bye week crippled season, that is gold. With a putrid Washington secondary, Lazard should be an auto-start in most lineups.
Lazard should easily outscore fellow wideouts Tyler Lockett, Amari Cooper, Mike Williams, and Brandin Cooks.
Breaking Promising Rookie Sleepers in Week 7
Every tight end I recently picked turns to trash quick, so I’m sorry to all of you Greg Dulcich fans. The TE24 came off the IR with a bang in Week 6, pulling in two of his three targets for 44 yards and a touchdown. If that’s not enough, my man Coop says the underlying numbers are gold, too.
Greg Dulcich's behind-the-scenes usage was just as impressive as his production in his 1st game:— Andrew Cooper (@CoopAFiasco) October 18, 2022
🔸Ran 81% of routes
🔸Lined up at WR for 61% of snaps
🔸Didn't pass block once
🔸Robust 12 yard aDot
All good things.
So let’s smash Dulcich in our lineups over Evan Engram, Hayden Hurst, Logan Thomas, and Tyler Conklin, regardless of Wilson’s status. I mean, how much worse could Rypien be?