Week 8 Sleepers
With six teams on bye it becomes vital to identify value plays outside of the top fantasy starters. Here are some players that we think could outperform their current ranks and be the difference in your fantasy matchups for week 8. While we like these players, please refer to our weekly rankings to see where they fall.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been up and down, but he is facing Cleveland team who has given up the second most pts on average to Fantasy QBs. Other than Jacoby Brisset, no QB has scored less than 18 Pts. He still has Marshall who is due for a big game and with Forte, Enunwa and Powell all slated to contribute in the passing game, Fitzpatrick could be a good streaming option with top 10 upside.
Osweiler has played well in favorable matchups this year and has been terrible in unfavorable matchups. This week, Houston is back home and draws a bottom 10 pass D in Detroit, and to make things even better, as of Thursday it looks like Detroit will be without their best CB, Darius Slay. The Lions allow the most fantasy pts to QBs and have already allowed 18 passing TDs on the season. This could be the game Osweiler and the Texans need to get back on track. With 6 teams on bye, Osweiler could be a nice option this week with the upside to finish as a low-end QB1.
Washington looked very solid before getting injured against the Packers a few weeks back. With DET in desperate need of an inside running game and Dwayne Washington practicing without limitations this week, we may finally get to see if he is the answer the Lions are looking for regarding a between the tackles rushing attack. DET plays a HOU team this week that gives up the 4th most rushing yards per game and has surrendered 10 rushing TDs on the season thus far…only the Saints have given more (11). While Riddick will limit Washington’s upside but Washington will get a real chance to contribute this week. I view D Wash as a low-end RB2/high-end RB3 with upside to finish inside the top 20 this week, likely finishing 22-25 spots higher than he is being ranked. On a week where there are 6 teams on bye, Washington is a player that you should feel good about plugging into your lineup this week if you need RB help.
Coming off of a poor week 7 I expect Diggs and the entire Viking’s team to bounce back. Presumable one week healthier from the pesky groin injury and facing a Chicago defense which gives up more fantasy pts to wide receivers than any other team. He is currently ranked on Fantasy Pros at 26, but I feel that he will be in the High WR2 conversation, roughly 10-12 spots higher than his ranking might suggest.
Snead is finally 100% healthy, but draws a tough matchup with the Seahawks in week 8. However, the game is in New Orleans and Brees and the Saints are a MUCH better team (particularly passing the ball) at home. Over his last 8 home games, Brees has averaged 400 passing yards per game and has thrown 30 TDs, averaging about 3.8 TDs per game and hasn’t thrown less than 3 TDs at home in over a year. With SEA playing a predominantly zone defense, they will likely try and limit the big plays we see from Brandin Cooks in the Superdome and Brees will likely be looking to throw the ball inside and underneath the coverage…which is Willie Snead territory. Fantasy Pros has Snead ranked 31st, but I see Snead as a pretty safe WR2 play this week and believe he could be a high-end WR2 in PPR formats. No matter the format, I believe Snead finishes a good 12+ spots higher than his current ranking.
Over the past 3 weeks, Lafell is the number 8 WR and on the season he is the #30 overall wide receiver. While Washington is middle of the pack as it pertains to fantasy pts allowed to wide receivers, Josh norman is iffy for this game and even if he plays he is sure to lock onto AJ Green which may make Lafell even more enticing. With an implied total of 25 pts, I can definitely see Lafell getting into the endzone. He is currently ranked 36 on fantasy pros but could produce as a mid to high end WR2.
I am gonna go with Brate from the TE position. While he has seen only 3 targets each of the past 2 weeks, I don’t see game script dictating that low of a total playing against a very competent Oakland Raider defense. That Oakland Raider defense ranks 6th for Fantasy Pts allowed to Tight ends. Brate is currently ranked at 14 on Fantasy pros, but wouldn’t surprise if he produced as a top 8 tight end.