Thursday, October 21, 2010

Writer's Sleeper Challenge Week 7

Writer's Sleeper Challenge is heading into week 7 with Ryan still leading DeadheadBill and I by a few points. As always these picks are being scored week to week and over the season cumulatively over the NFL season. We are trying not to repeat any of each other's selections so this is getting tougher by the week. As always the criteria is players owned in under 50% of yahoo leagues. We try to stay away from the 50% guideline because some players will increase in ownership as the week goes on. Last week we all pretty much stunk it up....but again coming up with new sleepers each week when 6 players are off the list teach week, isn't easy. Each writer will write a blurb about why they think their pick is a winner this week. To the picks!

Ryan's Picks

Brandon Tate - WR - 42% Owned - The pats are gonna throw against the Chargers and Tate is now Brady's #1 deep threat.

Anthony Armstrong - WR - 8% Owned - With a healthy D. McNabb throwing the ball, Armstrong has found himself as the #2 WR behind Santana Moss, surpassing Joey Galloway. Look for McNabb to find holes in the Chicago secondary and Armstrong to benefit from having Cooley and Moss getting the majority of the defensive worry.

Show's Picks

Danario Alexander - The rookie WR out of Missouri has been toiling away on the Rams practice squad since the beginning of the season. Finally healed up from his 4th major knee surgery the kid is ready to come off the PS and help the rams after devastating injuries to Donnie Avery and Mark Clayton. Last week he debuted catching a TD from Sam Bradford and opening the eyes of fantasy owners. I am not sure most managers are ready to grab and start this guy yet after one game along with no proof that he can stay healhy, but after some research I found this guy had a pro day at Missouri that was jaw-dropping. One scout was quoted as saying that "he has a Calvin Johnson skill set". Shortly after that performance is when he suffered his knee injury and did not get to go to the combine which explains the lack of buzz about this kid. He is the full definition of a sleeper....I am rolling him out this week in this challenge and in a few FFB leagues not knowing what the heck I am going to get. Facing the Yucs, I could do worse, Sam has to throw to someone other than Amendola.

Micheal Jenkins WR - theATL - another WR coming off an injury (shoulder) is Micheal Jenkins. Last week, lost in a miserable team performance vs the Eagles Jenkins came back and played his 1st game of the season. Jenkins was quick, showed good hands and looked game ready. With Roddy White on the other side MJ is not going to see double coverage or safeties slanted his way anytime soon...even the Linebackers of opposing teams will be distracted with Tony Gonzalez. Jenkins is a sweet pickup right now for anyone in dire need of WR help. This week I like him to get his first score of the year and a handful of catches totaling 89 yds. Go to your wire right now and get this guy if he is available, because after the next week or two...he won't be.

DeadHeadBill's Picks
Dexter McCluster(37% owned)

I really feel this could be the week McCluster makes his owners smile--playing Jacksonville in KC McCluster could gobble up some home cooking to the tune of 60+ all purpose yards and a score. Those in leagues that count return yards(unlike our little contest here)might get to take advantage of his big play ability on special teams......

Jason Avant(owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues)

As one of the legions of owners counting on Desean Jackson to carry my wide receiving corp, I'm far from thrilled at this development--but in Desean's absence there will be a whole to fill at starting WR and I believe Avant should step up nicely. I dont think he'll have a huge game vs Tenn(if any WR does it would most likely be Jeremy Maclin), but I do see him going for around 60 yards and a score which should make him a more then servicable WR3 of FLEX play.

Think you can beat us?...give it your best shot...post your sleeps in the comments section. Bill will post our scores at the end of each fantasy week.

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