Week 7 Early Sleeper Pickups
Now six weeks into the season, you are either battling for a top spot in your league, or shuffling your team around like a texas holdem poker game hoping to sneak into the playoffs. In either case, you’ll definitely benefit by grabbing one of these sleepers, and adding more depth to your roster for the second half of the fantasy season.
Giants WR Mario Manningham – After a hot start to the 2010 season, many fantasy owners gave up on Mario Manningham after two games without a catch. But Manningham bounced back with a solid game after catching 4 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. In an offense where you don’t know who is going to get the ball, Manningham is a nice third wide receiver or flex player option.
Redskins TE Fred Davis – Davis isn’t a long-term option, but he could be a great pickup for next week. After Chris Cooley’s concussion, Davis filled in with 3 receptions for 23 yards. And while these numbers aren’t going to get him into the Pro Bowl, it’s clear that Davis is going to get some catches in Cooley’s absence. One more encouraging thing is that the Redskins play Chicago next week, which is likely to turn into a pass-fest.
Seahawks WR Mike Williams – Williams was supposed to be a fantasy sleeper several weeks ago when T.J. Houshmandzadeh was promptly cut. But Williams’ sleeper status plummeted after catching just 11 balls over the first four games. However, his breakout performance finally came against the Bears last week when he caught 10 passes for 123 yards. With the Seahawks at home against Arizona next week, Hasselbeck should continue to look Williams’ way.
Seattle RB Justin Forsett – Seattle is just full of sleepers with Justin Forsett also making the list. Many thought that Forsett would move into a third-down back role with the acquisition of Marshawn Lynch. However, Forsett got just one less carry (16 carries) than Lynch, and turned those carries into 67 yards and one touchdown. He also added a nine-yard reception.
Broncos WR Jabar Gaffney – With fellow wide receivers Eddie Royal and Brandon Lloyd garnering so much attention in the midst of Kyle Orton’s breakout season, Jabar Gaffney has slipped under the radar. And his inconsistent performances are a big reason why. But with 15 catches, 168 yards, and a touchdown in the last two games, it’s clear that Gaffney’s stock is on the rise.