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Murray, Battle among fantasy's top sleepers in Week 7

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Demarco Murray could be in for a huge fantasy performance against the struggling Rams in Week 7.


Looking for a sleeper to fill out your starting lineup? These 10 under-the-radar players could be on the verge of solid stat lines based on the matchups. For more lineup help, check out Start 'Em & Sit 'Em and our player rankings.

Colt McCoy, QB, Browns: McCoy has averaged a respectable 15.3 fantasy points this season, and a matchup against the Seahawks makes him a legitimate starting option in most leagues. Seattle has given up an average of close to 17 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks in 2011, so don't overlook McCoy if you're in dire straits at the posiiton this week.

Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs: If you're in a deeper league and need a spot starter at quarterback, Cassel is worth a look off the waiver wire. The veteran had his best stat line of the year in Week 5, throwing for 257 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts. Now he goes up against the Raiders, who have surrendered the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing signal-callers.

Jackie Battle, RB, Chiefs: Battle rushed for 119 yards in his last game before Kansas City's bye, so he's earned himself a bigger role in the backfield moving forward. Now he goes up against the Raiders, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to backs. While Thomas Jones is also going to see some work this week, Battle is still worth a look as a potential flex starter.

Mark Ingram, RB, Saints: Ingram hasn't become a fantasy star to this point in his rookie campaign, but he has found the end zone in two consecutive contests. He also has a great matchup next on the schedule, facing a Colts defense that has surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing runners. Consider the Alabama product a borderline No. 2 or 3 option in Week 7.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys: The Cowboys have lost Felix Jones for the next several weeks to an injured ankle, so Murray is next in line to see carries in Week 7. Tashard Choice will also see his share of the work, but Murray has more upside and saw more touches once Jones went down. The Rams are awful against the run, so the rookie is worth a look as a flex starter.

Ryan Torain, RB, Redskins: It's almost impossible to know who will see the lion's share of the carries for coach Mike Shanahan in a given week, but I still like Torain against the Panthers. The Carolina defense has allowed more fantasy points to running backs than any other team in the league, so consider Torain a viable flex option if you're in need at the position.

Eric Decker, WR, Broncos: The trade that sent Brandon Lloyd to St. Louis made Decker the new No. 1 option in Denver, and he'll be a nice No. 3 option for fantasy owners against the Dolphins. Miami has allowed an average of 25.16 fantasy points per game to wideouts, so it wouldn't be a shock to see Decker post a nice stat line with Tim Tebow calling the offensive shots.

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The NFL Fantasy LIVE crew talks about Saints running back Mark Ingram and his potential value for Week 7. (Click image for further analysis.)

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders: Heyward-Bey is suddenly putting up some decent numbers, both on the field and in fantasy circles. Over the last three weeks, the Maryland product has put up a combined 35.7 fantasy points on NFL.com. This week he faces the Chiefs, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wideouts, and he'll do it with Carson Palmer under center.

Greg Little, WR, Browns: Little was promoted to the Browns starting lineup and saw 12 targets in last week's contest, so he's clearly being given every opportunity to produce between the white lines. Next on the schedule is a game against the Seahawks, who have allowed an average of close to 24 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Consider Little a viable No. 3 option.

Lance Moore, WR, Saints Marques Colston is clearly the top wideout in New Orleans from a fantasy perspective, but Moore is also a nice option when the matchup is favorable. That's the case this week, as he goes up against a Colts defense that has given up the sixth-most fantasy points to wideouts. If you're in need of a No. 3 option or flex start, Moore is well worth a look.

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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