Week 8 Fantasy Sleepers Reactions

BYE: Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego, Tennesee

Panthers vs Buccaneers: Panthers D/ST; You were hoping for a better week than 8 points. If you own Vincent Jackson, I hope you sold him last week now that everyone understands Mike Glennon’s progressions (“Jackson or death.”).

Bills vs Saints: Marques Colston; Drew Brees threw five touchdowns and not one of them went Colston’s way, who finished with 3 catches for 18 yards. He’s found himself in similar territory as Dwayne Bowe, and may be droppable as well; the same goes for Darren Sproles, whose production is too inconsistent to rely on beyond deep PPR leagues.

Browns vs Chiefs: Anthony Fasano; Just don’t pay any attention to the KC TEs. Outside of Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith in two-QB leagues, you’re simply not paying attention to any other Chiefs. Willis McGahee, who’s now losing touches to Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker, is droppable, and as long as Jason Campbell’s able to be an above-average QB, then Josh Gordon’s stock is back on the rise.

49ers vs Jaguars: Colin Kaepernick; Because Jacksonville invokes the read-option as well. You hope that as games become closer and more competitive that Kaepernick will attempt more than 16 passes a game, but given the current state of QB1s, he’s still a top 10 play ROS.

Dolphins vs Patriots: Lamar Miller; The RB timeshare continues to be a worry even though Miller produced fantasy worth numbers (18 rushes, 89 yards; 3 catches, 23 yards). Still, the production was greatly due in part to the Patriots’ lack of run defense and both Miller and Daniel Thomas remain match-up dependent low-end RB2/FLEX options. With all the concern surrounding Peyton Manning’s age, why is the same argument not being made for Tom Brady, who’s making Terrelle Pryor and the red-hot Andy Dalton look like fantasy studs by comparison?

Giants vs Eagles: Rueben Randle; Whoops. I want to call Randle’s big zero a fluke, but choosing anyone on the Giants is like playing with fire these days. Both teams are a mess right now.

Jets vs Bengals: Geno Smith; Double whoops. I’m playing a guy with the Bengals D/ST and this could be the second time Smith has screwed me by rewarding opposing defenses (the first was Week 2 @NE). I’d say “Good Geno” returns after the bye, but the Saints D/ST is no joke this year.

Steelers vs Raiders: Terrelle Pryor; A 93-yard TD run gave him 15 fantasy points off the opening play…and he ended the day with 15 fantasy points. It was a tough match-up for Pryor, who is a match-up dependent QB2 and a bye week fill-in with upside. The state of Pittsburgh’s offensive line is simply ridiculous, and it makes Le’Veon Bell’s value highly questionable ROS.

Redskins vs Broncos: Jordan Reed; Reed’s value is on the rise after finishing with 8 catches for 90 yards. I’m curious to see if his production continues going forward and if Reed could become a sleeper TE1 pick for next year. Otherwise, Washington’s defense will continue to fail the offense and, vice versa

Falcons vs Cardinals: Michael Floyd; Sporting a nifty 3|30|1TD line isn’t ground-breaking, but inconsistency is the name of the game in Arizona, although their soft upcoming schedule does bode well for their passing game; Andre Ellington showed Bruce Arians he deserves to be the starting Cardinals RB and becomes a low-end RB2/FLEX play. Atlanta? Matt Ryan came down to earth and hopes a fully-healthy Roddy White and Steven Jackson (both doubtful, in my opinion) help spread out coverage. Otherwise, I’m sticking to my Week 4 call of abandoning ship on all Falcons.

Packers vs Vikings: Jarrett Boykin; One would hope for a touchdown to go with his five catches for 89 yards, but you’re not encouraged with his continued production if James Jones returns next week. If not, Boykin remains a WR3/FLEX. For those of you discouraged with taking Adrian Peterson number one overall, you had to know he wouldn’t match last year’s numbers. Also, take a look at the state of RBs and feel fortunate that you’ve dodged that bullet.

Seahawks vs Rams: Zac Stacy; 134 yards off 26 carries? Kind of sounds like the night Marshawn Lynch should have had against the Rams. I liked his chances in the preseason, but honestly could not have expected this kind of production from him. He looked good running, but you’re concerned about the lack of TDs from his stat lines. Before all you Sam Bradford boo-birds come out and say how much better the offense is without him, understand that consistency has been an issue for the team and that Bradford probably could’ve put up more points than Kellen Clemens.

On a side note, the same guy with the Bengals D/ST had Golden Tate, Sidney Rice, and Bobby Wagner to my Lynch to close the week. With a 13 point lead going into tonight, guess who wins? Color me confused by Seattle’s play-calling on Tate’s first TD, infuriated by Tate’s continued lack of class, and frustrated after losing to my league nemesis (and current division leader) again after what was projected to be a winning week. An absolutely soul-crushing fantasy week for me.

Always remember: Start your studs, play the match-ups, and don’t be afraid to make the trade!