Sneaky Fantasy Football Players to Start in Week 7

Jason Schandl
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We're six games into the fantasy football season, and with the heavy dose of change the NFL seems to bring us every week, most fantasy teams have been shaken up significantly since draft season. Injuries, duds and bye weeks have all been wreaking havoc, leaving holes in plenty of starting lineups.

Whatever the case, here are three sneaky players to start in fantasy football in Week 7, all of whom are owned in fewer than 25 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football Leagues.

3. Dante Pettis, WR, San Francisco 49ers (18% Owned)

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Dante Pettis looked well on his way to being a fantasy bust before the San Francisco 49ers' bye week, but things have been picking up since then. He set new season highs in snap rate in each of the last two weeks (63 percent then 72 percent), and his six targets in Week 6 were also his most of the season. He brings that expanded workload into a good matchup this week against the Washington Redskins, who have allowed the fifth-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.

2. Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins (18% Owned)

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Mark Walton has already overtaken Kalen Ballage as the Miami Dolphins' No. 2 RB, and with trade talks swirling around RB1 Kenyan Drake, his role could be set to expand further. Even if Drake isn't moved before Sunday, his potential as a trade piece means the tanking Dolphins aren't likely to risk an injury by leaning on him with a huge workload. A matchup with the Buffalo Bills is a tough one, but RB is not deep on the waiver wire this week, and if you're hurting for a starting option, Walton is a reasonable choice thanks to that potential for volume.

1. Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (22% Owned)

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On the other side of that game, a matchup with the Dolphins makes the Bills' offense one of the week's most exciting for fantasy purposes. Miami has allowed opponents both the most yards and points per game on the year, and opposing WRs have notched top-10 fantasy numbers. Cole Beasley has quietly played a big role in the Bills' offense, seeing at least nine targets in three of his five games (averaging 7.8 per), and that should give him plenty of chances to do damage against the pitiful Miami defense.

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