Conlin Postma @ConlinFF
We are just one week shy of the halfway point for the 2020 season and the landscape is not only shifting, but taking form. Multiple teams are putting themselves in either the contenders and pretenders categories. One of the problems that some of the “contender” teams have faced is bullying the “weaker” teams. Take for instance the Dallas Cowboys, who will feature a couple Week Seven Sleepers.
Their first few games were against the Giants (2-4), Redskins (1-5), and Dolphins (0-6). After facing those three teams, they then faced the Saints (5-1) and Packers (5-1). On Sunday, they suffered a shocking lost the New York Jets, who won their first game of the season.
This has quite an effect on the Fantasy Football world, too. It is hard to gauge a player’s upside or production when they play below-average teams. You could have a player such as Dak Prescott for example, who was QB3 between Weeks One and Three. Then from Weeks Four to Six he has been QB11.
The teams on their bye weeks are the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Some notable names out this week are Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore, Greg Olsen, Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and Jameis Winston.
Since Week Six has concluded, let’s look back at how last week’s sleepers finished
Our first Week Seven Sleeper is someone who is coming off a bye week and has possibly the easiest matchup of the week and can finish as the best QB.
Josh Allen, vs Miami Dolphins
The second-best dual-threat QB has a juicy matchup against the worst defense in the NFL. On the season, Allen has yet to have a game without a TD, either passing or rushing. He also has two scores in three of his five games, two of which he has both a rushing and passing TD. Miami has been QB friendly all season and before Sunday, they’ve surrendered 286 passing yards per game. Not only have they allowed over 285 yards, but 2.6 passing TD’s per game as well. Josh Allen is a serious contender to finish in the top 10 with 300 total yards and two to four TD’s.
Jared Goff, @ Atlanta Falcons
If this isn’t a redemption week for Goff then I don’t know what is. After having a season-low 78 passing yards and a 3.2 QBR, there is no way for Goff to play any worst, especially given his opponent. From Weeks Two to Six, Atlanta has allowed 311.6 passing yards and 2.8 TDs to QBs. Those stats are why Goff is a Week Seven Sleeper. In that time frame, QB’s have had the following finishes against Atlanta, QB10, QB11, QB7, QB1, and QB5. Jared will find success against this deplorable Atlanta defense and finish as QB12 or better.
Frank Gore, vs Miami Dolphins
Future Hall of Famer, Adrian Peterson, ran rough shot over the Dolphins and now it’s another future Hall of Famer’s turn. Gore’s matchup will allow him the chance to easily finish with over 100 rushing yards and reach the endzone a least once. On the season, Miami has allowed four different RB’s to rush over 100 yards and 157.6 rushing yards per game. Even with the possible return of rookie, Devin Singletary, he is no threat. The most carries Singletary has seen in a game is six and compared to Gore’s double-digit carries in every game and game-high 19 carries. Frank is a safe top 15 play, but with top-five upside.
Jamaal Williams, vs Oakland Raiders
A surprise to many is how well Jamaal Williams has played this season. He and Aaron Jones are week to week must starts as they are in a similar situation to Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara in New Orleans. In the last two games Williams has been active (excluding the Eagles game), he has outperformed and had more carries than Aaron Jones. Against Denver, Jamaal Williams had 12 rushes for 59 rushing yards to Jones’s 10 rushes for 19 yards, but he scored twice. On Monday against the Lions, Williams totaled 136 yards on 18 touches (14 carries, 4 catches) compared to Aaron Jones’s 15 touches for 60 total yards. Don’t be shocked if Jamaal out-produces his fellow back once again.
Michael Gallup, vs Philadelphia Eagles
A high ceiling and possibly moving into the number one WR role is why Gallup in on this list. Week after week, Philadelphia has been susceptible to the pass and that shouldn’t change this week. There have been six different wideouts who have over 100 yards and five of the six have reached the endzone, too. Even with being overshadowed by Amari Cooper, Gallup has been able to remain Fantasy relevant. In three of his four games, he has six or more receptions and in two of those games, he has surpassed 112 yards. If Cooper is inactive this week due to a quad injury, Gallup is not only a top 20 WR option but has a serious contender to finish inside the top 10.
Dede Westbrook, vs Cincinnati Bengals
Seeking his second score of the season, Dede has a high probability of finding the endzone this week. These last four weeks, he has averaged 8.5 targets and catching five of those for 61.7 receiving yards per game. Defenses will start to key on D.J. Chark as he is the go-to option for QB, Gardner Minshew, and that’ll free up targets for the former Oklahoma Sooner, Westbrook. Looking ahead to Week Seven, Cincinnati has allowed nine different players to have more than 65 receiving yards. Westbrook is a reliable and safe floor WR3, but given the Bengal’s poor defense, he could have a breakout week.
Jason Witten, vs Philadelphia Eagles
As stated above, I said there were going to be a couple Cowboys in this article and here is the second one. As of Monday, there is no report on the severity of Amari Cooper’s quad injury. After his early exit, Witten had his best game of the season. He had a season-high in catches (5), targets (7), and yards (57). An already slim TE position just got slimmer with the multiple teams on bye weeks and now Will Dissly lost to a torn Achilles. Witten is a must start now and if Cooper can’t go against Philadelphia then Witten’s ceiling is top five.
Evan Engram, vs Arizona Cardinals
I know this is an intriguing player to put on this list, but hear me out. Through the first six weeks of the season, Engram is the fourth-best TE. His production doesn’t lie, even with the return of WR, Golden Tate, this TE will continue to be a top-three option. When it comes to Week Seven, he is the best option. Look at all the past TE’s who have faced the Cardinals: T.J. Hockenson (TE2), Mark Andrews (TE1), Greg Olsen (TE1), Will Dissly (TE3), Tyler Eifert (TE34), and Austin Hooper (TE2). It is imperative that no matter what, you need to have Engram in every lineup you can.