Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sleepers of the Week column, which takes a look at lesser-known players that could deserve a start due to a favorable matchup, injury, or other circumstances. Let’s take a look at some sneaky plays for Week 7. If you have any fantasy football roster questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Josh Freeman MIN VS. NYG

While Freeman won’t start this week on anyone’s team, he’s someone to evaluate from Monday night’s game. Will a new scene invigorate the veteran who has never lived up to the hype? The Giants have been a nightmare and Freeman has a big arm, if anything, who can make plays down the field. We will see, but if the O-line can open holes for Peterson and protect Freeman then there’s potential for some beyond average points from Josh.

Ryan Tannehill MIA VS. BUF

Coming off a bye-week against a beat-up Bills team could be what the Tannehill ordered for this Dolphins team. The Bills were beat by AJ Green and they could have problems with Wallace and Tannehill does have a propensity to fill the stat sheet with long tosses. There are likely points galore in this contest in a match-up of what I consider two fairly even teams. Tannehill could be a spot start for those bye-week QBs.

Wide Receivers

Keenan Allen SD VS. JAC

Allen appears to have locked down the #2 receiver role in San Diego after briefly watching Eddie Royal play a big factor. If Allen can stay healthy and build rapport with Rivers then these two could hook up for big plays against one of the NFL’s weaker defenses. Allen might be targeted on most team’s waiver wire this week, so if you get him then plan to use him immediately.

Brandon LaFell CAR VS. STL

LaFell used a big play to garner most of his points last week against the Vikings. This week it’s the Rams and I like the chances for another big play. The targets for LaFell are more prevalent in the red zone so he’s more likely to get a touchdown than put up 10 receptions so there is some caution. However, when desperate and looking for a boom performance he’s one to watch.

Running Backs

Zac Stacy STL VS. CAR

As the primary ball carrier now for the Rams it appears he’ll be good enough to go even though he’s a bit banged up this week. Richardson is an afterthought in fantasy terms and Stacy will carry the load, so immediately Stacy’s value rises. I don’t expect killer points, but Stacy has some sleeper potential even against a stingy Carolina run defense.

Mike Tolbert CAR VS. STL

The human bowling ball that is Tolbert should see some goal line carries this weekend. He’s not going to get the ball much, but he does when it counts for fantasy points. Double digit points is not out of the question and if Cam Newton can move the football there should be some Tolbert TD celebrations as a result. Tolbert for the fantasy win on Sunday, I’ll put him down for a strike and 10 big points.

Tight Ends

Heath Miller PIT VS. BAL

Miller is Big Ben’s safety valve. I expect the Ravens to know this already, but I don’t expect they’ll be able to stop it. With the pressure Baltimore is likely to bring I see Ben having eyes on Miller most of Sunday. Where Miller excels in the middle of the field is where Baltimore sometimes struggles with its new personnel. Miller has TD potential this week against their bitter rivals.

Jermichael Finley GB VS. CLE

Finley has been under the radar this season. Rodgers loves to toss the ball around to his open targets and I suspect the Browns will have to cede a little bit down the seam so that Rodgers doesn’t have a field day. Finley has been more explosive from yards after the catch perspective and should they check him with a smaller guy there’s great reason to believe Finley could put up some video game number. 75 yards and a TD are in store for this Packer tight end.


New York Giants NYG VS. MIN

In desperate need of a defense for the week? Why would you take the NY Giants or even consider this team? Well for one, the defense has not been the problem, it’s been the errors and turnovers from the offense. Secondly, the Vikings are starting a quarterback who is new to the playbook and not played a game in a few weeks. These are recipes for fantasy success. If the Giants are ever going to play inspired football it should be on Monday night at home. They don’t want to be booed off their home field.