Sunday Sleepers: Week 8

Looking for a sleeper option who may be available on your waiver wire who could make a major impact this week?  Let’s take a look at a few options (for consideration on this listing from week-to-week, a player must be owned in less then 50% of both Yahoo and ESPN leagues):

Running Back
LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona

Is there a changing of the guard going on in Tampa Bay?  You have to think so after seeing the breakdown in carries in Week 7, though fantasy owners have seemingly not yet come to believe it.

Blount had 11 carries for 72 yards, while Carnell Williams got just four carries for 12 yards.  On the season Williams is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry, a pretty pathetic number for any running back.  In limited touches (21 carries), Blount has averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

Considering the difference in production and the way the carries were distributed last week, it would be a surprise to see Blount not enjoy lead back duties in Week 8.  With the Cardinals currently performing as the fourth worst rushing defense in the league (141.3 rushing yards per game), it seems like this week could be Blount’s coming out party.  Take notice now and stash him away, because next week it may already be too late.

Blount is currently owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues and 10.3% of ESPN leagues

Another potential running back sleeper:

  • Mike Hart – Indianapolis Colts – 8% of Yahoo leagues and 4.0% of ESPN leagues (with Joseph Addai & Donald Brown both hurting, Hart may get his chance to be the lead back)

Wide Receiver
Anthony Gonzalez – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston

There has been a lot of drama around Gonzalez this week, when a report came out that he had aggravated his ankle injury.  With the debate settled as Gonzalez has returned to practice, he has emerged as a viable sleeper in all formats.  Of course, it’s nearly impossible to play him, as he has just one catch in Week 1, his only catch since the end of the 2008 season due to injuries.

However, with Austin Collie and Dallas Clark out, the coast is clear for Gonzalez to step back into the #3 receiver role.  Considering the show that Peyton Manning put on in Week 1 against the Texans (433 yards and 3 TD) and how bad Houston has been in general against the pass (allowing a league worst 306.2 passing yards per game), there are plenty of reasons to think he will produce immediately.

It’s a huge risk, but there could be plenty of reward.

Gonzalez is currently owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues and 3.4% of ESPN leagues

Other potential wide receiver sleepers:

  • Anthony Armstrong – Washington Redskins – 9% of Yahoo leagues and 2.3% of ESPN leagues (facing against the Lions could certainly bring a strong game for the Redskins #2 receiver)
  • Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – 8% of Yahoo leagues and 27.7% of ESPN leagues (has 10 receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games and should benefit from the return of Stafford)

Quarterback
Matt Moore – Carolina Panthers – at St. Louis

He retook the starting quarterback spot over Jimmy Claussen in Week 7 and showed a great rapport with both young wide receivers, Brandon LaFell and David Gettis.  He went 28-41 for 308 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the San Francisco 49ers, and that was with Steve Smith picking up just four catches for 50 yards in his first game since Week 4.

With a fully healthy Smith added to the two youngsters Moore should have ample ammunition to produce once again.  Throw in DeAngelo Williams’ injury concerns and the inability for Jonathan Stewart and things are looking like they are skewed towards a passing attack for the second straight week.

The Rams are in the middle of the pack, allowing 221.9 passing yards per game (though they are better then the 49ers, who are still allowing just 215.7 passing yards per game even after Week 7).  They do little to get interceptions (five on the season) and have been beaten often in the 20+ yard range (tied for ninth with 22).

While he may not reach 300 yards again, I would not be surprised to see him eclipse 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Moore is currently owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues and 1.7% of ESPN leagues

Other potential quarterback sleepers:

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – 46% of Yahoo leagues and 22.6% of ESPN leagues (however, is it really a sleeper if he has thrown 11 TDs in his last four games)
  • Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – 40% of Yahoo leagues and 26.3% of ESPN leagues (in his first game since Week 1, he’s a big-time risk)

What are your thoughts of these players?  Would you use any of them in Week 8?  Have any other sleepers you’d suggest?

Make sure to check out our Week 8 Rankings:

One comment

  1. I’m not ballsy enough to roll with Anthony Gonzalez. If I were taking a chance on a Colts WR, I’d go with Blair White. Great suggestions this week.

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