Fantasy Football Sleepers and Busts

Fantasy football sleepers, busts, dark horses and other player analysis.

Week 7 Sleepers


Landry Jones, PIT (vs. NE): With Ben Roethlisberger on the shelf, Jones gets the start for the Steelers but he has a tough matchup against the Patriots. But with New England expected to come out firing early and often, Jones may be forced to throw a lot.

Marcus Mariota, TEN (vs. IND): The Colts have troubles defending the pass and Mariota seems to be doing better with a full complement of weapons.

Alex Smith, KC (vs. NO): The Saints have the second-worst pass defense in the league and the Chiefs will look to capitalize off the extra room.

Running Backs

Jacquizz Rodgers, TB (at SF): With Doug Martin suffering a setback to his hamstring injury, Rodgers will get the start in his place against the worst run defense in the NFL.

Mike Gillislee, BUF (at MIA): If LeSean McCoy cannot go, Gillislee is likely to get the bulk of the workload for the Bills.

Mike Davis, SF (vs. TB): If Carlos Hyde is unable to go, the 49ers likely will use a committee approach, but Davis could be the best of the bunch.

Wide Receivers

Jamison Crowder, WAS (at DET): Crowder has been a fringe WR2/WR3 player all season but if starter DeSean Jackson does not go this week, Crowder can jump into the WR1 talks.

Tyrell Williams, SD (at ATL): The Falcons do not defend the pass well and the Chargers like to sling the ball around. This could create plenty of opportunities for Williams.

Sterling Shepard, NYG (at LA): After a hot start to the season, the rookie has cooled off a little but faces a Rams secondary that is banged up and bad. Odell Beckham is also battling a hip injury and even if he plays that could still create opportunities for Shepard.

Tight Ends

Vernon Davis, WAS (at DET): With Jordan Reed failing to practice Thursday and questionable for Sunday, Davis can have another big game if he gets the start against the Lions.

Julius Thomas, JAC (vs. OAK): Thomas just can’t seem to stay healthy, so pay close attention to game day reports, but if he plays, he has a very favorable matchup against the Raiders.

Dennis Pitta, BAL (at NYJ): The Jets can’t seem to defend the pass and are battling internal strife at the moment. Pitta could have a good day here.


Robbie Gould, NYG (at LA): With Josh Brown facing trouble, the Giants signed kicker Robbie Gould, one of the all-time most accurate kickers in NFL history.

Jason Myers, JAC (vs. OAK): There could be lots of points scored in this one as neither defense is particular effective at keeping opponents off the scoreboard. Both are in the bottom third of the league.

Roberto Aguayo, TB (at SF): The Niners have the second-worst scoring defense in the NFL, allowing 30.8 points per game.


Baltimore Ravens, BAL (at NYJ): The Jets are the lowest-scoring offense in the league, averaging 15.8 points per game. And they're starting Geno Smith at quarterback.

New York Giants, NYG (at LA): The Rams are averaging just 18.3 points per game, fifth-worst in the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB (at SF): 49ers running back Carlos Hyde is unlikely to play against the Bucs and Colin Kaepernick is at quarterback. It could be a nice day for the Bucs’ defense.

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