Week 7: Sleepers of the Week

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Week 7: Sleepers of the Week

These lesser-known players deserve to start this week due to matchup or other circumstances. This week's picks include Jeff Garcia, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Schaub, Chris Johnson, and Thomas Jones.

If one of your normal starters is injured or facing a tough match-up, here are some players you might consider starting in their place. With bye weeks now upon us, it has become more necessary to start players who are normally bench or waiver wire players. While these players may not be every week starters, they are good bets to perform well this week.

Jeff Garcia and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the struggling Seattle Seahawks at home in week seven. Garcia regained his starting quarterback job in week six and had a decent game against the Carolina Panthers, completing 75 percent of his passes for 173 yards and one touchdown with no turnovers. Garcia should have a better game this week against the Seahawks who have allowed nine passing touchdowns on the season. Garcia should benefit from his team controlling the ball for a large majority of the game as Seneca Wallace will not be able to move the ball effectively against the Buccaneers' defense. Fantasy owners who have an injured starter, starter on a bye, or quarterback facing a tough match-up can start Garcia and expect more than 200 passing yards and one touchdown from the Buccaneers' starting quarterback.

Coming off a week six road win against the Seattle Seahawks, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers return home to face the Indianapolis Colts in week seven. Rodgers has been excellent for the Packers this season, throwing for close to 1500 yards and 14 total touchdowns in six games. Rodgers should be in for another good game this week against the Colts. The Colts defense held the Ravens to three points in week six, but face a much tougher test against Rodgers, Greg Jennings, and the Green Bay Packers this week. Rodgers got off to a slow start in week six, but rebounded in the second half when he began looking towards Greg Jennings more often. Jennings is an explosive wide receiver who makes plays whenever he gets the ball in his hands. Look for Rodgers and Jennings to hook up frequently this week. Fantasy owners can start Aaron Rodgers and expect close to 200 yards passing and at least one touchdown from him this week.

Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans face the Detroit Lions at home in week seven. Schaub has been improving as the season has moved along, throwing for 686 yards and five total touchdowns over the past two games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. Schaub has another good match-up this week against a porous Detroit Lions secondary. Schaub broke out with his main wide receiver Andre Johnson in week six, completing ten passes to Johnson alone. Schaub and Johnson should continue to connect this week against the Lions' secondary. Fantasy owners should put Schaub into their lineups and can expect more than 200 yards passing and two touchdowns from the Texans' starting quarterback.

Chris Johnson and the undefeated Tennessee Titans travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in week seven. Johnson had his worst game of the season in his last game against the Baltimore Ravens, totaling only 48 total yards and zero touchdowns. Despite his off game, there are positive signs that Johnson will bounce back this week. Even though he was only able to total 48 yards, Johnson did touch the ball 20 times. If he touches the ball 20 times again this week, he will eclipse one hundred total yards and should find the endzone against the Chiefs. Fantasy owners should expect a bounce back game from Chris Johnson this week making a good bet for close to 100 total yards and one touchdown in Kansas City.

Thomas Jones and the New York Jets travel to Oakland to face the Raiders in week seven. Following a mediocre start to the season, Jones finally broke out against the Cincinnati Bengals in week six, rushing for 65 yards and two touchdowns, also catching three passes for 13 yards and another touchdown. While fantasy owners probably will not see another three touchdown game from Jones this season, they can expect him to be a solid RB2 or flex option for the remainder of the season. Jones should have another good game this week as the Jets travel to Oakland. The Jets are going to look to get the running game going early this week and Jones should get close to 20 rushing attempts. Fantasy owners should start Thomas Jones this week and can expect 85 total yards and one touchdown from the Jets' running back.