October 19, 2023, 10:43 am
In fantasy football, there are oftentimes players that go overlooked heading into a week of games. Sleepers are left on benches every single week, but sometimes that “big game from out of nowhere” could have been easily predicted and utilized in starting lineups. In this piece, I’ll be tiering and listing some of the sleepers I’ve identified ahead of Week 7 of the 2023 fantasy football season. If they’re on your bench, feel comfortable playing them over a starter with a worse outlook for Week 7. There’s also a chance they could be on the waiver wire, so snatch them up if you’re in need of their services.
I’ll be looking at players rostered in at least 50% of ESPN leagues and tier them in descending order of their percentage started on fantasy teams. In other words: the further down the list, the deeper the sleeper for Week 7’s matchups. If you’re looking for this week’s top waiver wire adds, check out this essential piece from Shane by clicking the link below!
Tier One: Started in 20-50% of fantasy leagues
QB Brock Purdy – San Francisco 49ers (83.8% rostered / 44.7% started)
In Week 6, Brock Purdy had arguably his worst game as a pro, completing just 12-of-27 pass attempts for 125 yards, a touchdown and his first interception of the season vs. the Browns’ stalwart defense. The Browns handed the 49ers their first loss of the season, and further banged up their already-marred offense. While the status of RB Christian McCaffrey is up in the air for San Francisco’s Week 7 matchup with the Vikings, the team may look to throw the ball a bit more if their superstar back is unavailable. Either way, Purdy is surrounded by a ton of talent in this offense, and they get a cake matchup with Minnesota next week, who allow the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs on the season. Purdy has a great chance to submit a top-12 fantasy QB finish in Week 7, and should be played as such.
WR Drake London – Atlanta Falcons (85.3% rostered / 33.3% started)
The Atlanta Falcons’ offense has undergone an identity shift as the 2023 season has progressed. QB Desmond Ridder threw the ball 47 (!!!) times in Week 6, and has thrown at least 31 passes in every game since Week 2, and he only eclipsed that mark once in his four starts last season. In that same five-game stretch from Weeks 2-6, WR Drake London has seen an average of 8.4 targets and 14.5 PPR fantasy points per game. London is coming off a career-high performance in receptions and receiving yards in Week 6, where he logged nine catches for 125 yards vs. the Commanders. In Week 7, London and the Falcons draw a division matchup with the Buccaneers, who have allowed the eight-most fantasy points to opposing WRs so far this year. London can be in store for another big game as he continues to shine in the Falcons’ transformed offense.
RB Javonte Williams – Denver Broncos (82.4% rostered / 28.7% started)
Javonte Williams returned swiftly from a quad injury suffered in Week 4 that held him out of Week 5. He came back in time for Week 6’s Thursday night matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, where Williams showed a lot of juice despite splitting the workload with developing rookie RB Jaleel McLaughlin. McLaughlin looked good in Williams’s absence, and perhaps that served as motivation, because the latter RB recorded his season-high in yards per carry, as he logged 52 yards on 10 carries on Thursday Night Football. With an extended rest after the TNF Week 6 game, Williams gets a matchup with the Green Bay Packers, which he should be closer to full health for. The Packers allow the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season, and Williams could see a bigger slice of the workload in Week 7 making him a candidate for a big game.
Tier Two: Started in 10-20% of fantasy leagues
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