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Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Week 7 Sleepers

Jordan Reed (realredskins.com/Rich Tandler)

We’ve passed the mythical midpoint of the 13-week fantasy regular season and if you’ve avoided major injuries consider yourself fortunate.  Injury to one means opportunity for another.  Nick Foles, Joseph Randle, and Keenan Allen are examples of those stepping in for the wounded with a chance to shine in Week 7.  This week puts New Orleans and Oakland on the bye and gives us the most anticipated matchup to this point of the season when Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis to face Andrew Luck on Sunday Night Football.

LAST WEEK

Brandon Weeden was decent posting 296 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs.  Weeden threw 43 passes last week and Cleveland’s offense looks more and more pass-happy with Gordon and Cameron the primary targets.  This could be Josh Freeman’s week even though the starters in Minnesota seem happy with Matt Cassel.  Brandon Jacobs was indeed a blast from the past on Thursday night scoring twice and looking like a flat-out monster against the Bears.  David Wilson’s timetable for return is uncertain and Jacobs looks to be in line for starter carries presuming his hamstring is ready to go Monday Night.  Zac Stacy was decent again rushing for 79 yards and has posted a 4.6 YPC during his two starts.  Marcel Reece was a bust recording 1 catch on 3 targets for 9 yards.  Keenan Allen was excellent last night at Philip Rivers’ top target and almost snagged a second touchdown at the end of the first half while Austin Pettis was hardly involved in the St. Louis win.  Starting a Rams receiver is playing with fire right now.  Brent Celek was a bust and Jeff Cumberland was a bright spot in a bad day for the Jets with 59 yards.

QUARTERBACKS

Nick Foles (DAL @ PHI)  Foles is likely to start again for the Eagles against a Dallas defense with a decimated defensive line.  Foles was excellent in Tampa Bay last week showing a strong rapport with DeSean Jackson and even making Riley Cooper relevant.  The Eagles are likely to ride Foles until Michael Vick is 100% healthy.

Mike Glennon (TB @ ATL)  Glennon looks to build on his 2 TD performance against Philadelphia when he faces a porous Falcon secondary in the Georgia Dome.  Glennon may have even more weapons at his disposal if Mike Williams is able to go.

RUNNING BACKS

Joseph Randle (DAL @ PHI)  Randle is DeMarco Murray’s injury replacement in a potent Dallas offense against a poor Eagles run defense.  The rookie from Oklahoma State only posted 17 yards last week, but he did score and the opportunity alone makes him a good gamble on this week’s wire.

PPR Special

Chris Ogbonnaya (CLE @ GB)  Obgonnaya looks to be the best fantasy option in a mangled Cleveland backfield due to his pass-catching skills.  He tallied 7 grabs for 61 yards last week and the Browns are likely t be playing catch-up at Lambeau.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Jarrett Boykin (CLE @ GB)  Top Cleveland corner is Joe Haden is likely to be locked on Jordy Nelson with Randall Cobb out. If James Jones is also unable to go, Boykin becomes a legitimate risk to take.  He has a great opportunity in the Packers offense to excel if he’s the No. 2 wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers against the Browns.

Harry Douglas (TB @ ATL)  Neither Roddy White nor Steven Jackson practiced Wednesday, and Douglas may be worth a 3rd WR/Flex start as the second option for Matt Ryan.  Julio Jones’ season ending injury skyrockets the value of Tony Gonzalez.  Douglas is no longer returning punts.  Atlanta is still going to throw because they have both Matt Ryan and a bad defense.

TIGHT ENDS

Tim Wright (TB @ ATL)  Wright had 7 grabs for 91 yards in Week 6 against the Eagles and is a viable Jimmy Graham bye week replacement.  He is a converted wideout out of Rutgers and unfortunately for Bill Belichick, Greg Schiano got to this Scarlet Knight first.

Jordan Reed (CHI @ WAS)  Reed is clearly the tight end to own in Washington and he could be even better if RGIII regains his accuracy.  Reed has put up over 100 yards combined in his last two games and saw 6 targets last week against Dallas.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

MIAMI (BUF @ MIA)  The Dolphins have had two weeks to prepare for Thad Lewis and the Bills and are playing at home.  I also like the Panthers as a sleeper defense this week since they have been playing better recently and get the Rams at home.

About Kevin O'Keefe - @KevinOKeefe14

I am an attorney practicing in New Hampshire.  Previously I practiced in Florida, and have a Massachusetts license I have never used.  I am contributing with fantasy football pieces now and hope to expand my contributions in the future.   I attended college at the University of New Hampshire and was captain of the tennis team.  I graduated law school in 2007.    I love to surf, hike, and travel all over especially to Central America. I started playing fantasy sports in 8th grade when my friend and I would mail in our newspaper fantasy baseball salary cap league.  I play fantasy football, hockey, baseball and NASCAR.  I am happy to expand my current audience of fantasy advice recipients beyond my friends and family.  If you have lineup or draft questions, find me on Twitter @KevinOKeefe14.

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