Week 7 Fantasy Sleepers: Biggest Surprises from Sunday’s Action

Week 7 of the NFL season provided some big days from star players, but there were also some fantasy sleepers who had big-time performances.

There were the usual suspects that had big games this week.  Calvin Johnson had 155 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches, putting up 27 points.  Matt Forte was huge as well, grabbing 28 fantasy points thanks to 91 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Below are just a few players who really surprised in Week 7, along with a breakdown of their future fantasy value for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Note: All information regarding points scored is based off of ESPN’s standard scoring leagues.

Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins

Alfred Morris usually gets most of the love for the Washington Redskins, but it was all about Roy Helu this week.

In the big 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears, Helu simply went off.  He only had 41 yards rushing on 11 carries, but he also had three touchdowns, putting up 22 points.

After putting up just four points in his first three games, Helu is starting to become a valuable fantasy player.  He’s put up 43 points in the last three games, and the Redskins seem confident in giving him more opportunities.

It appears that Helu is the go-to option in the red zone for Washington, and that means more opportunities for touchdowns this season, much like Joique Bell for the Detroit Lions.  After a big game like this, Helu is certainly worth picking up and using as a flex player for the rest of the year.

Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons

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Matt Ryan had to throw to someone with Julio Jones and Roddy White out, and that just so happened to be Harry Douglas.

If you had to pick one, which of these sleepers would you pick up?

If you had to pick one, which of these sleepers would you pick up?

  • Roy Helu

  • Harry Douglas

  • Jordan Reed

Before the game on Sunday, Douglas had not been a very productive player.  He had just 219 yards and zero touchdowns through five games, along with a fumble in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins.

As the team’s top receiver on the depth chart against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this was Douglas’ time to shine, and he made the most of his opportunity.  He had seven receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown.  With 20 points, he was one of the top fantasy receivers this week.

We won’t be seeing any more of Jones this year, and White is still hobbled with hamstring and ankle issues.  While White could come back next week, Ryan and Douglas seem to have a legitimate connection, and he is now worth a WR3 or flex spot for the remainder of the year. 

Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins

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Fred Davis used to be the big-time fantasy tight end for the Redskins, but his spot has officially been taken over by Jordan Reed this season. 

With a healthy and confident Robert Griffin III, Reed was able to make plenty of plays in the passing game.  He was big all day, grabbing nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.  After scoring 20 points to start the year, Reed essentially doubled his fantasy production in just one game.

As a rookie, Reed continues to be more and more involved in the offense.  The third-round draft pick out of Florida was known for making big plays in the passing game in college, which is precisely why the Redskins drafted him.

A big game like this is great news for Reed, as he will will likely be even more involved in the offense.  Still, there are a lot of talented tight ends in the league, so unless your current TE has been a disappointment, it might not be in your best interest to pick Reed up.

Two Redskins players made this list, and they were both spectacular.  Just don’t pick up their defense.

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