It’s Week 8 of fantasy football. With six teams on a bye and an abundance of injuries, you’re going to need to start these sleepers to maximize your team.
This week’s fantasy football options are scarce. We have six teams on a Week 8 bye; Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, and Tennessee. We also have a London game.
There have been detrimental injuries, that have already ruined players entire starting roster. For many fantasy football owners, they’ve had to adjust their quarterback situations at such a crucial time.
It’s not shocking to see some having to resort to weekly quarterback rentals in order to stay on top of their fantasy leagues but at the end of the day, it’s all about the best matchups. Especially which sleepers are able to get the job done, even ones you wouldn’t expect to be able to.
Without further ado, here are the top five sleepers you should consider starting in Week 8 fantasy football.
Next: 5. This Bear will dominate
5. Zach Miller, TE Chicago Bears
I know this doesn’t sound ideal to fantasy football owners, but this week is a whole new ball game. The Chicago Bears take on the New Orleans Saints who rank 22nd against the position.
We can assume this game is going to be a shootout. Trubisky will be forced to sling balls, to keep up with the Saints. In their last six games, the Saints surrendered three touchdowns to the position. With that said, we assume Miller will be heavily involved in the passing game.
He’s only owned in about 25 percent of fantasy leagues. If you’re looking for a bye week filler, Miller is the way to go in Week 8.
Next: 4. You can finally rely on this receiver
4. Brandon LaFell, WR Cincinnati Bengals
If you own Brandon LaFell, I feel your struggle. You’re also probably reading this, and laughing at the fact that I am telling everyone to throw him in your Week 8 starting lineup.
Last week, was the first week he earned double-digit fantasy points, and that was only if your league’s points system is generous. But, this week’s matchup makes it hard to not want to start LaFell.
The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Indianapolis Colts, who have given the most yards and fifth most points to wide receivers. If that isn’t good enough odds, the Colts are also without cornerback Rashaan Melvin, due to concussion protocols.
LaFell also ranks sixth for the most targets this season. If there was ever a week to go all in on LaFell it’s Week 8!
Next: 3. This quarterback has been killing it
3. Josh McCown, QB New York Jets
I hope you all listened to me when I mentioned Josh McCown a couple of weeks ago. If you didn’t, pay close attention to these crazy statistics.
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McCown currently ranks second in the league in completion percentage. His passer rating is a little over 95 percent.
In his last two games, he’s earned over 50 fantasy football points combined. In the last three weeks, he’s earned at least 18 fantasy points.
The New York Jets are taking on the Atlanta Falcons, who have held all but two quarterbacks to less than 20 fantasy points per game. However, with six teams on a bye, and a few banged-up quarterbacks, McCown is a QB2 option in Week 8.
Next: 2. This receivers matchup will be a walk in the park
2. Devin Funchess, WR Carolina Panthers
Devin Funchess hasn’t been the player fantasy football owners were hoping for this season. Having earned double-digit points in only two of his last seven matchups doesn’t go over well with owners.
In his last two games, he’s only completed 7-of-17 passes for a little under 80 yards. The only upside to his fantasy value is that his playtime stays consistent. But, this could be the week we see Funchess explode.
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The Carolina Panthers are facing off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers secondary is banged up; two of their starting corners are out! They are also surrendering more than 300 passing yards per game.
This week’s matchup is a gift for fantasy owners. Funchess is a must-start in Week 8.
Next: 1. This running back has true sleeper value
1. Theo Riddick, RB Detroit Lions
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a love-hate relationship with Theo Riddick. He has the potential, but we’re still waiting for him to have his wow factor.
Riddick has only earned double-digit fantasy football points once this season. This is also due to Ameer Abdullah’s production. However, this week’s matchup makes Riddick an ideal running back worth starting.
The Pittsburgh Steelers matchup may lend itself to be more beneficial to owners than anticipated. The Steelers haven’t been able to block receiving running backs; pretty ironic when Le’Veon Bell is one of the best receiving backs in the league.
In all but two of his games this season, Riddick has completed at least four passes and has totaled nine in the last two weeks. Not to mention, the Steelers have given up at least three catches per game to seven running backs this season.
Riddick may not scream RB2, but he is a great flex or RB3 play this week.