Fantasy Football Week 7 Sleepers: Emergency Wide Receivers to Start

Sep 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas (83) runs after a catch against the New England Patriots during the second half at Georgia Dome. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Wide Receiver is always a position in transition with injuries and rotation adjustments. That means fantasy owners need to stay active at the position to make sure the right players are in their lineups. If you’re scrambling to set your week 7 starting lineup or looking to shake your lineup up a bit, here are five options that are on the upswing that can help you pull in some points even though they haven’t been starters on a weekly basis to this point in the season.

Keenan Allen-San Diego Chargers

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs off the field after a win against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Allen has been huge for the Chargers the last two weeks going over 100 yards in each game and finding the end zone in each. He was targeted 12 times on Monday Night Football and caught the only touchdown in the game. No other wide receiver was targeted more than four times, so Allen is clearly emerging as the top receiver for Philip Rivers and the pass-heavey San Diego offense. Against the Jaguars this week, he should be in for another big game.

Harry Douglas-Atlanta Falcons

Douglas is all of the sudden the top receiver for the Falcons with Julio Jones out for the year and Roddy White also sidelined this week due to injury. He has shown in the past that he can produce when given the opportunity, and he’ll have a huge one this week. If you can get Douglas, he’s a solid WR3 or flex option for week 7 against Tampa.

Jarrett Boykin-Green Bay Packers

Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (11) dives for a pass in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M

Boykin is another receiver getting a huge opportunity due to injury. He’ll start as the second WR for Green Bay this week with James Jones and Randall Cobb out injured. Boykin hadn’t had a single pass thrown his way this season until last week when he was targeted on six of Aaron Rodgers passes one of which he caught and took for 43 yards. The way Rodgers spreads the ball around, Boykin should be in for a solid game against Cleveland so play him as a WR3 or flex as well.

Riley Cooper-Philadelphia Eagles

Cooper had been silent for the whole season until last week when a change at QB gave him a huge game against the Bucs. With Nick Foles throwing the ball, he had four catches for 120 yards and a score. Foles will be back under center this week for the Eagles against the Cowboys beatable secondary making Cooper a flier pick if you need help at WR for this week and the above options are off the table.

Jerome Simpson-Minnesota Vikings

Simpson is a wildcard pick for this week with the Vikings again changing quarterbacks again. He’s had some very good games finishing twice with over 120 yards and has been fairly consistent target-wise throughout the season. Josh Freeman takes over this week and could rely on the veteran Simpson heavily against a very beatable Giants secondary on Monday Night. There’s definitely risk involved, but he’s sitting on most leagues waiver wires so take the gamble if your patching your lineup together at the last minute.

If you have any questions about who I’d start/sit for week 7, you can find me on twitter @ZT_Sports or drop the question in the comments at the bottom of the page. For information on other positions, starter rankings, waiver wire pickups, and plenty of fantasy football goodness, check out our Fansided fantasy football page.

Topics: Atlanta Falcons, Fantasy Football, Fantasy Football Slepers, Fantasy Football WR, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, NFL Week 7, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers

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  • Tyler Graim

    I have Amendola who’s out. Jordy Nelson, Anquan Bold in and was only able To pick up Jarret Boykin. Can I play boykin and Nelson?

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