Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 8
It has been an exciting week as there has been plenty of news surrounding the league between injuries, trades, replacements, and more. As we approach football on Sunday, I have selected six players who will have a significant impact on their team’s performance and are not on fantasy starting lineups every week. If you have not already, go ahead and pick these players up in free agency. Here are my recommendations for fantasy football sleepers week 8.
Colts @ Commanders | 4:25 pm EST Sunday
This is the chance that the young second-year quarterback out of Texas has been waiting for. Ehlinger stated “I’m a young quarterback with an exciting style of play” when asked how he felt when head coach Frank Reich named Ehlinger the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Honestly, I did not expect the Colts to name Ehlinger the starter especially since they just traded for veteran Matt Ryan during the offseason taking on the rest of his complicated 5-year contract that was originally established when he played for the Falcons in 2018. It was decided that after multiple weeks of bad play and his contract costing the franchise more money if he plays than if he sits, is traded, or retires, the Colts opted to bench him indefinitely and there is absolutely no chance of him ever starting again for the Colts. The Colts get a fresh beginning with the young quarterback who is looking to start his first game as the starting quarterback for the Colts against the Commanders defense who allows on average 21.9 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks ultimately giving Ehlinger a great opportunity to showcase his talent becoming a low-end QB2 at his floor and a high-end QB2 at his ceiling this week against Washington.
Patriots @ Jets | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
Breaking news occurred on Monday as former Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson was traded to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick in wake of rookie running back Breece Hall’s torn ACL injury that occurred last Sunday against Denver. Robinson is a consistent running back who posts double-digit numbers frequently and is an effective catcher in the passing game. Robinson joins a Jets offense that has been playing well this season leading them to a 5-2 start. I expect Robinson to perform well as the starting running back in New York this week in a highly anticipated matchup against AFC East division rival New England Patriots. The Patriots defense on average allows 13.3 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs, but that definitely does not deter me from starting him against a struggling defense that allowed the Chicago Bears offense to rush for a total of 243 yards and score 2 touchdowns in their week 7 loss. I fully expect the Jets to utilize Robinson’s speed, agility, and ability to catch the ball enabling him to become a solid RB2 and/or solid flex play in week 8 against New England.
Panthers @ Falcons | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
The resurrection of Foreman’s career has finally occurred in my opinion. A former third-round draft pick who never quite broke out finally took advantage of the opportunity given to him and made good on it when he carried the ball 15 times for 118 yards in the Panthers week 7 victory over the Buccaneers. When the Panthers travel to the Falcons to take them on in week 8, I fully expect Foreman to be the starting running back when the offense takes the field. I believe the Panthers will look to take advantage of Foreman’s big game last week and continue to feed him the ball giving him at least 12-15 carries again this week. In week 8 against a struggling Falcons defense that allowed Cincinnati to score 35 points against them in their week 7 loss, I expect Foreman to score double-digit fantasy points becoming a solid RB2 this week against Atlanta.
Bengals @ Browns | 8:15 pm EST Monday
News broke on Thursday afternoon that star receiver Jamaar Chase is sidelined for 4-6 weeks after suffering a hip injury in the Bengals 35-17 win over the Falcons in week 7. This puts Boyd in a position to become the WR3 on the Cincinnati offense where Burrow and Boyd have shown that they well play together and have had a few good connections this season. I’m looking forward to seeing how Boyd plays against the Browns defense who on average allows 19.6 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Please understand that Boyd is not a replacement for Chase but can be a reliable receiver in absence of the young star. Boyd will fill in nicely in a favorable matchup against Cleveland in an AFC North division game becoming a high-end WR3 at his floor and a low-end WR2 at his ceiling or flex play in week 8.
Broncos @ Jaguars | 9:30 am EST Sunday
The dreaded Broncos offense has been playing so atrociously this season that I honestly cannot even watch them play, but there is some positivity here as Jeudy had himself a good day last week recording 7 receptions for 96 receiving yards in a loss against the Jets. If the Broncos can start to clean up their act, Jeudy can become a consistent WR2 option for fantasy players this season as he is extremely talented. In week 8 against a poor Jaguars passing defense who on average allows 20.4 fantasy points per game to receivers, I’m in favor of slotting Jeudy in your WR2 or flex position in a favorable matchup.
Dolphins @ Lions | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
Gesicki has been seeing a good number of targets as of late and has become a staple in the Miami offense. Honestly, this is a great matchup for the veteran tight end whom I expect will be involved heavily as the Lions defense gives up an average of 9.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends resulting in Gesicki becoming a high-end TE2 at his floor and a low-end TE1 at his ceiling.
Lawrence is a fan of the Green Bay Packers. He is currently a graduate student at William Paterson University pursuing a master’s degree in Financial Planning. His hobbies include all things fantasy football, weightlifting, collecting Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards, and playing Madden. He specializes in dynasty fantasy football having won two championships in the past five years. He is also a college football fan who loves to watch his Buckeyes play on Saturdays while drinking pumpkin-flavored coffee. He is always looking to evolve his game as a fantasy football player and one of his goals is to help other players do the same.