Fantasy Football Sleepers For Week 8

Teddy Bridgewater heads my Week 8 Sleepers

Fantasy Football Sleepers: Oh Fantasy Football how I love to hate you. Whether you are 7-0, middle of the road, or like me, 1-6, but with the most points against you, you keep us coming back.

I’ve compiled a list of a few players that could help turn your season around, fill in some bye weeks, or push you over the hump in to a better playoff position.

 

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. The three best words to describe the Tampa Bay Bucs against the pass. Over the past few weeks we’ve witnessed Joe Flacco completely obliterate them, leading to 5 TDs in the first half. The Buccaneers are giving up 295 passing yards per game, 15 passing touchdowns over the course of the season, and a 71.6 completion percentage. Seventy one point six. WOW.

Now no, Bridgewater won’t by any means move mountains, but add in his limited rushing ability (just over 3 carries per game), he offers great upside in not only fantasy leagues, but daily leagues too ($5400 on FanDuel). I even think Cordarrelle Patterson finds the end zone this week. Teddy Bridgewater will be a top 12-15 QB this week down in Tampa.

Projections: 267 passing yards, 2 TDs, 3 carries, 17 yards. 20 fantasy points in standard scoring.

 

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders

Hey what do you know! Another terrible defense! But this time, on the ground. The Cleveland Browns, like the Tampa Bay Bucs are not good against the run. They are surrendering 155.5 rushing yards per game, and have surrendered 7 touchdowns this season. Now I get it, it’s Run DMC, what the heck, Richard?! But believe me, he will shine bright like a diamond this week. He found pay-dirt last week, Maurice Jones-Drew is essentially non-existent, and Denard “Shoelace” Robinson destroyed the Browns. You know what else is perfect? Oakland may actually stay IN this game and may look to run a bit more than we’ve seen.

Since Week 2, McFadden has averaged close to 14 carries per game, 52.8 yards, and 2 TDs from Week 2 until now. Not to mention the pass catching ability: 3.2 receptions, 4.8 targets, 16.4 yards per game.

DARREN MCFADDEN WILL BE AN RB2!

Projections: 15 carries, 75 yards, 1 TD, 2 receptions, 21 yards. 15.6 fantasy points in standard scoring.

 

Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins

Give me a break, Richard! First McFadden now Hartline? HA!

Yes, digging deep here, and understandably so, but Hartline has sneaky WR3 upside this week in a week where you may be looking to replace Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr, or perhaps Michael Crabtree, Hartline could have a decent game.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have not been good at all this year against the pass, and Tannehill is playing well right now.

This season, Hartline is averaging 3.2 receptions, 5.2 targets, 33 yards per game. While I expect Mike Wallace to also have a great game, Hartline should see volume target-wise, which is why I think he offers sneaky WR3 upside.

Projections: 5 receptions, 65 yards, 0 TDs. 6.5 fantasy points in standard scoring

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills

Ah yes, Scott Chandler. He and the Bills play the Jets this week in what most are calling the Game of the Wee… Ha. Sorry, no way I could finish that remark. It will be a pretty boring game overall, but there is a bit of excitement! Percy Harvin debuting, Sammy Watkins, Scott Chandler finding the end-zone for the first time this season… Wait? What? Scott Chandler? Touchdown? YES!

The Jets, according to ESPN.com are 4th worst in terms of fantasy points to opposing tight ends and have surrendered 7 TDs to tight tends this season. Scott Chandler has eclipsed the century mark once this season so far, so this isn’t a complete sleeper pick, right?

On the season Chandler is average over seven targets per game and close to 40 yards.

Based on the Jets defense and Kyle Orton’s surprising consistency, Scott Chandler will be a top-10 TE this week! (fingers crossed)

Projections: 6 receptions, 80 yards, 1 TD. 14 fantasy points in standard scoring.

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