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Week 7 QB Sleepers and Landmines

by , and • October 17, 2018

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.

SLEEPERS

Mitchell Trubisky $5,800

When the Bears and QB Mitchell Trubisky lit up the flimsy Bucs defense in Week Five, everyone called it a situational fluke. After a Week Five bye, Trusbisky was back and again ranked as a top-five fantasy QB for the week. He threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns against the Dolphins and now puts himself in place as a potential QB streamer moving forward. It is also encouraging that Trubs has been running the ball more, now ranking fifth among QBs in rushing yards with 164 on the season, with 100 of those coming in his past two games. The Bears face the Pats in what should be a New England controlled game. This should lead to a heavy pass volume for Trubisky, not to mention the Patriots have allowed QB6 games or better in three of their games this season.  – Ryan McDowell

Joe Flacco $6,400

After a hotter than usual start, Flacco is back to his below 13 point average ways the last two games. A good cure for those ills is a team that has already given up four and five touchdown passing performances this season. The Saints have been better the last two weeks but still rank in the bottom five defending passers. Marshon Lattimore is still in the league concussion protocol which if he misses opens up the passing game that much more. Also looks like Crabtree may have cured his case of the drops with his best game a week ago.– Sal Leto

Baker Mayfield $5,900

It is almost too easy to plug and play a quarterback facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But here we are in Week 7, and the Bucs have simply been eviscerated by all comers on offense. Whether at home or on the road, their shortcomings in the secondary have proven too much to overcome. This sets up as a breakout spot for Baker Mayfield, whose inauspicious start has been far from a fantasy disaster. Mayfield has aired it out over 40 times in each of his first three starts (albeit two have gone to overtime) and game script figures to be in his favor given Tampa Bay can pile up points in a hurry on offense. Neither Mayfield nor his receivers have clicked thus far, but this is a get right spot and makes Mayfield an appealing streamer with immense upside. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Jameis Winston $6,900

After his QB1 finish in Week Six, his first start of the season, it seems that everyone is back in QB Jameis Winston’s corner as a valuable fantasy asset. In general, I agree, though this week might be a good time to find another option. The Browns have only allowed one top 12 QB performance this season, the fluky game from Raiders QB Derek Carr. The Browns have held QBs Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Philip Rivers to QB14 or worse finishes in their previous matchups this season. – Ryan McDowell

Alex Smith $6,200

Is there anything less exciting than having Smith as your fantasy quarterback? There he is back amongst the below average starters in the mid 20’s. If you drafted him as your starter then I’m here to slap you and say look elsewhere. With only six pass touchdowns on the season and 1200 yards, it’s just blah. The Cowboys have actually been surprisingly good on defense and in the last two have only given up two total touchdown passes. They held the Jags (who had over 800 yards passing in the previous two games) to under 150 a week ago. I don’t expect big numbers from Alex in this rivalry matchup.– Sal Leto

Drew Brees $7,000

Matchups do not matter for Drew Brees in the Superdome. They do outside on grass, where Brees has been merely mortal over the course of his career and matches up with a Ravens defense which has been downright nasty in 2018. Baltimore is yielding a measly 270.8 yards per game and only 188 through the air, second-best in the NFL. Their only hiccup has been on a short week on the road in Cincinnati. This is the worst possible matchup for Brees and figures to be a sluggish day from a fantasy perspective. While Brees and the Saints offense are likely good enough to move the ball better than most against the Ravens, a patented Saints shootout is unlikely to be in the cards.– Rob Willette

 

Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.