Week7: Super Sleepers
This week I feature one QB who is looking to continue his progression towards keeping the starting gig, two running backs who could put up solid numbers this week, two wideouts who are receiving increased workload due to injuries and two tight ends that could help push your fantasy agenda.
Chad Henne has been named the Week 7 starter for Jacksonville. This week he faces a San Diego defense that has allowed the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Henne is by no means your QB savior, but could be a QB2 this week given his match-up. The downside to Henne is his propensity to throw interceptions, but on the upside, he has the likes of Cecil Shorts and the emerging Justin Blackmon as targets. The wide outs in Jacksonville are play-makers and this could boost Henne's value if he maintains the starting gig. Henne's Week 7 is locked and loaded, but he must perform well to keep his job as Blaine Gabbert is waiting for a return to action if called upon. Shorts and Blackmon are ailing from minor injuries, but should both be cleared for Week 7. I expect Henne to work his receivers this week and find a way to put up better numbers than last week.
Just as Mike Goodson appeared to be working his way back into the New York running committee, he suffered a season-ending knee injury. This puts Chris Ivory back on the fantasy radar as an option in the rushing attack. Bilal Powell is banged up with a shoulder injury, but still carrying the bulk of the workload. Ivory looks to be healed from his hamstring injury and ready to go making him a prime candidate to see increased work. He has not seen much in terms of snaps over the past two games, though moving forward he is likely to see 10-15 carries per game and red zone work. Ivory is a guy to watch as he will get the goal line work and could capitalize on a weekly basis.
Roy Helu has been a sleeper pick since fantasy drafts. He is definitely seated behind Alfred Morris on the running back bus, but has huge potential in a potent rushing attack. In Week 6 Helu posted six carries for 42 yards against the Dallas defense. Helu not only provides rushing potency, but also an outlet in the passing game. He is one of the Washington offensive players that the Shanahan's want to see more involved. The drawback with Helu is that the Washington coaching staff will not boost Helu's playing time and diminish that of Morris. Helu should be on the bench in every fantasy league and maybe make a roster spot in deep leagues or during bye weeks. This week's match-up against Chicago is not great, but Helu will see his opportunities and I bet he capitalizes.
Jarrett Boykin has been tossed into the mix full force in Green Bay with Randall Cobb and James Jones sidelined. Cobb has been placed on IR/recall and Jones will likely be limited or out this week with a leg injury. Last week Boykin saw six targets and was only able to snag one reception for 43 yards. This week he will be taking first team reps with Aaron Rodgers and the offense and working to prepare for the Week 7 match-up against Cleveland. With Jones and Cobb out, Boykin becomes a solid No. 2 wide out in Green Bay's schemes and this means increased targets. He just needs to catch the ball. Boykin should have been grabbed on the waiver wire in most larger leagues this week. If he has not been picked up, grab him if you can. Boykin is likely the best super sleeper pick this week.
Riley Cooper might not be worth a look in ten or twelve team formats, but on the other hand he might be worth a flyer in deeper leagues. Cooper grabbed four passes for 120 yards and a score last week against Tampa Bay and many say this was an anomaly. However, Nick Foles has filled in quite well for Michael Vick (who is still not close to 100%) and this week Foles and Cooper might find some more opportunities to connect in an offensive shootout scheduled with Dallas. With Foles starting, Cooper is worth consideration, but remember that he is down the radar and should only be one of your last options at this stage. The risk here outweighs the reward, but in a jam Cooper could make a shortlist of guys who could surprise.