SPOILER ALERT: My pick for this week's sleeper for your fantasy football team will probably break a trend. In the three weeks we've been doing this, my picks have gotten progressively better. In the first week, I gave you Vikings' tight end Kyle Rudolph, who pretty much gave you nothing. I followed that up with Raiders' wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who turned in a decent game. Last week, the pick was Cowboys' running back DeMarco Murray, who didn't do much outside of setting a Cowboys' team record with 253 rushing yards, including a 91-yard touchdown run.
So, since that would be a little tough to top, it looks like the pattern I've established of my picks getting better every week is going to come to an end in this one. But, we're going to give it a try here anyway, and this week's sleeper is a super deep one.
The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of a performance where they allowed 62 points to the New Orleans Saints, including five touchdown passes to Drew Brees. They're not good. Some people think they might not even be trying any more. So, it's natural that we look to the Colts' opponents this week for a selection, and that opponent is the Tennessee Titans. The Titans just came off of a thrashing of their own, but they should still put up some significant points and yardage against the Colts.
The Titans don't have a real number 1 receiver, and are dividing their passes up quite a bit. This week, I think the recipient of that just might be wide receiver LaVelle Hawkins. He's had seven receptions in the last two games, and against the Colts porous secondary, someone is going to get the football from Matt Hasselbeck, and Hawkins has been getting better over the past couple of weeks.
According to the Yahoo! Fantasy Football database, Hawkins is owned in approximately. . .0% of their leagues. Whatever platform you're playing fantasy football on, there's a pretty good chance that he's available. He might put up some decent numbers this week, and if you have a big name guy on a bye in Week 8, he could be a pretty decent option.