Well, it’s finally here. The week sevenbyepocalypse 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 wide receivers, I hope you’ve been enjoying CeeDee Lamb, Stefon Diggs, Marvin Jones, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Justin Jefferson, and Diontae Johnson. While the lack of options made this week difficult, difficult is not impossible, so we still have three sleeper wide receivers available for you. To qualify, the sleeper wide receivers must be unrostered in at least 50% of leagues. For deep league players, there’s one sleeper wide receiver available in at least 90% of leagues.
Week 7 Wide Receiver Sleepers
Mecole Hardman at Tennessee (46% rostered)
I’m going against my better judgment here, since picking the right KC wide receiver usually garners something you don’t want to have on your fantasy football roster. But, Mecole Hardman is riding a bit of a hot streak. He’s notched double-digit half-PPR fantasy points in four of his last five games. While that isn’t the most inspiring thing to lay at his feet, he does have 17 targets and 13 catches for 138 yards over his last two games. That’s a much better split to hype up Hardman.
He also gets the Titans this week, who give up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, including double-digit days to all three Bills’ wide receivers last week on Monday Night Football… and three Jets’ wide receivers in week four. They’re bad, folks. And you could reap all the benefits.
Darnell Mooney at Tampa Bay (44% rostered)
To the moon(ey)? The Bears’ sophomore wide receiver ranks eleventh in wide receiver target share at a hair under 27% this season. He’s also made his way back from whatever doghouse he ended up in during weeks four and five (13 and 19 routes), going back above 20 routes for the fourth time this year last week. This all helps get him the necessary production, which has put him inside the top-24 at wide receiver in two out of the last three weeks.
Nico Collins at Arizona (1% rostered)
Remember Nico Collins? The hot fantasy football sleeper from this offseason is back, in “completely forgotten about” form. The rookie returned to action last week, notching four catches for 44 yards. That’s not the exciting part. The exciting part is that he had 6 targets in his return to action. The Texans clearly want to get him involved immediately now that he’s back, making him a second punch to the Texans’ offense’s only punch (Brandin Cooks).
The Cardinals have an exceptionally strong defense, but an even stronger offense. This leads to a lot of garbage time. They allow the eleventh-most fantasy points to WRs on the year, with Donovan Peoples-Jones going for 101 and two scores against them last week. That brought them up to ten wide receiver touchdowns on the year, and the tenth time a wide receiver notched at least ten half-PPR fantasy points against them this year.
Bonus: Rashod Bateman versus Cincinnati (27% rostered)
He’s an exceptional talent and he had six targets last week. He could be a nice PPR guy as we go along this season. He’s more of a pick-up-and-stash guy than someone I want to start this week before I see how the passing game shakes out. Regardless, if you see him on your waiver wire, snag him ahead of these other guys and potentially take some lumps this week to get a prime fantasy football commodity going forward.
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