Fantasy Football Week 7 WR Sleepers
After this week, everyone will be at least halfway done with the fantasy football regular season. This is also the fourth bye week that will leave us without some solid fantasy football starters. If your starter is missing, benched or injured, we are here with some WR sleepers to help you out. These WR sleepers are available in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues. For you guys who like to pump your chest out and exclaim “that guy’s available? How can I be in your league?” there is a player available in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues. Ownership figures are as of Friday afternoon.
WR Sleeper: Chris Godwin versus Cleveland (49% owned)
Chris Godwin has nine or more targets in two of his last three games and has touchdowns in four-of-five games this season. It literally makes zero sense that he is owned in fewer than 50% of leagues, given his amazing talent and the offense around him. He produced with Ryan Fitzpatrick, the whole team vomited all over themselves against Chicago, and then he produced again against Atlanta. This is baffling. His opponent, the Browns, allow the ninth-most fantasy points on the season. With focus (and Denzel Ward) on Mike Evans, expect Godwin to continue to feast this weekend.
WR Sleeper: Antonio Callaway at Tampa Bay (20% owned)
There’s a lot to like here if you cover up Antonio Callaway’s actual production in 2018. He has eight targets a game over the last four contests. In that timeframe, he leads Cleveland wide receivers in air yards by a country mile (well, more technically, 8.24% of an air mile). His 508 air yards is 145 more than Jarvis Landry, and ranks as fifth in the NFL in that time frame. He’s had a ton of drops, and is one of the least efficient in converting air yards into regular yards. That conversion should be easier this week, as he gets a sieve Tampa Bay defense that allows the most passing yards per game and the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. In six games, eleven different wide receivers have scored a touchdown or registered a 100+ yard day against them. Oh, and the linebackers coach is now the OC in Tampa Bay. With regards to their defense against wide recieivers, TB stands for Totally Bleak.
DEEP WR SLEEPER: Jermaine Kearse versus Minnesota (10% owned)
Now, this isn’t to say Minnesota is a great matchup for Kearse. Just the opposite; the Vikings allow the eleventh-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season. However, this is a great PPR or 0.5 PPR play with a young quarterback under center. Quincy Enunwa is gone for the time being, which thrusts Jermaine Kearse into the slot role. Last year, he was tasked with that release valve role and turned in a respectable 65 catches for 810 yards and five scores. That saw him getting a usable nine fantasy points a contest in half PPR. However, let’s assume he gets the targets Enunwa saw in the first four weeks of the season before he got hurt. That’s 9.25 targets a contest. Assuming he hauls in catches at the same rate he did last year, that’s 5.89 catches for 73.4 yards. With Quincy Enunwa and Isaiah Crowell likely not playing, and Robby Anderson being ineffective, those numbers seem like a decent start for Kearse. He’s a WR3 in PPR this week, and a definite deep WR sleeper.
If you found these QB sleepers helpful, you’ll probably want to check out the remainder of our sleeper pieces this week:
A Darnold, A Baker, An Elite QB Faker (QB Sleepers)
Parental Advisory – Gore (RB Sleepers)
Use Uzomah (TE Sleepers)
Baddest of the Bad (D/ST Sleepers)