Well, it’s finally here. The week seven byepocalypse has hit us. We will be without the fantasy football options on the Buffalo Bills, the Dallas Cowboys, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Los Angeles Chargers, the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers. For those of you who came here looking for sleeper quarterbacks, I hope you’ve been enjoying Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, or Justin Herbert. While the lack of options made this week difficult, difficult is not impossible, so we still have three sleeper quarterbacks available for you. To qualify, the sleeper quarterbacks must be unrostered in at least 50% of leagues. For deep league players, there’s one sleeper quarterback available in at least 90% of leagues.
Week 7 Quarterback Sleepers
Tua Tagovailoa at Atlanta (43% rostered)
Kind of weird to think about, but the last time either of these teams played football, it was in a different country. The Londoneers square off this week in a battle of Two Very Bad Teams. Atlanta has been bad because they’re a bad team, but Miami getting Tua back should help them out this week. Tagovailoa has two full games this season, a 17 point effort in week one and a 22 point effort last week after he returned from his ribs injury. That’s an incredible baseline to work with, and one that Tua should build on this week.
The Atlanta Falcons defense is bad. Just putrid; truly godawful. They yield the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the year, and they’ve only played one good QB (Tom Brady). They helped trick us into thinking that Taylor Heinicke, Daniel Jones, and Jalen Hurts might be good at football. I’m including Hurts there because despite being top-ten, he did it almost entirely with his arm against Atlanta (zero rushing TD, 3 passing TD). This is likely to be a shootout, despite what Vegas says (47.5 O/U). Get a part of it.
Justin Fields at Tampa Bay (29% rostered)
Justin Fields has steadily looked better, and more confident, as the weeks progressed. I’m still not at the point where I’m comfortable with Fields, but the Bears let him open it up a bit last week, throwing 27 times compared to his prior four games, seven higher than his previous high. If he could get to 30, this could be a breakout game for him against one of the league’s worst pass defenses. The Buccaneers give up the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, with Mac Jones and Jacoby Brissett both able to top 16 fantasy points against them. This could be a get right game for the rookie first-round QB.
Jimmy Garoppolo versus Indianapolis (9% rostered)
Look, I’m not saying that Handsome James is good at football. But, the Indianapolis Colts’ secondary is banged up and they weren’t all that great at football, to begin with. The 49ers will seemingly be without Trey Lance this week as he recovers from a leg injury, putting Jimmy G right back out into the spotlight. Let’s be clear about Jimmy G, he hasn’t been a disaster in any full game yet (15, 16, and 20 fantasy points in his full three starts). He just hasn’t been good, either. So, he’s a decent desperation plug-in in two QB leagues this week, and that’s probably it.
The Colts will do their best to reward using Jimmy G, as they give up the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Davis Mills is the only QB this season to not pass for multiple touchdowns against them, and half the QBs to start against them have notched at least 23 fantasy points. It’s a plug-and-play one-week situation, but it could work.