Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Sleeper Picks Who Will Guide You to Victory
Week 8 in the NFL is all about the juicy quarterback matchups—you know, Robert Griffin III against Ben Roethlisberger, Michael Vick against Matt Ryan, Tony Romo against Eli Manning and Drew Brees against Peyton Manning—but this article is here to provide the sneakiest sleeper starts for your fantasy football team.
With guys like Ray Rice, Arian Foster, Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, C.J. Spiller and A.J. Green on the bye, chances are that you need that under-the-radar start to get you a win at the midway point of the season.
Here, I will give my bravest sleeper picks—guys who'll guide you to victory.
Now, I understand the massive amount of fantasy information out there, so I understand if some of these "sleepers" aren't exactly revelations for you—they're simply suggestions.
No. 5: Jamie Harper
Why is this guy recommending a running back who averages 1.2 yards per rush and has been given 10 carries this season?
A reasonable question to ask yourself right now.
But hear me out.
At 5'11'' and 233 pounds, the second-year pro out of Clemson is the clear-cut goal-line back for the Titans.
He had seven carries for eight yards and two touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills in Week 7, and although Chris Johnson looks to be on his way back to old form, Harper is the bulldozer who'll be featured when Tennessee nears the end zone.
Sure, you have to be super desperate to consider Harper. But hey, all it'll take is one or two carries and the Titans backup running back will have a respectable fantasy afternoon.
No. 4: Santana Moss
I'll admit, this suggestion for Moss started as more of a gut feeling than anything else.
However, check the wily veteran's stat line this season, and you'll see that he's been the most reliable big-play target for the Washington Redskins.
We all love Robert Griffin III, right?
Well, Moss isn't as prominently featured as he once was, but he has averaged 64 yards receiving in the last three games, and he averages over 15 yards per catch on the year.
He won't get you a 20-point game today against a good Pittsburgh Steelers secondary, but RG3 is an amazing improviser and playmaker, and Troy Polamalu is out...again.
Moss, a sleeper for the WR No. 3 spot
No. 3: Martellus Bennett
Bennett was a hot waiver-wire pick to start the season after he had 15 catches with three touchdowns on 23 targets in the New York Giants' first three games.
Then, the former Dallas Cowboy cooled off, catching only 10 passes and no scores on 16 targets in the team's last four outings.
But he did have five grabs for 79 yards against the Washington Redskins in Week 7, and he did have a touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 1.
You need a sleeper tight end?
Bennett's the guy.
No. 2: Vick Ballard
Vick Ballard stepped in for Donald Brown last week and received 20 carries for 84 yards, along with one reception for 19 yards.
There's a chance Brown goes this week, but in all likelihood, coming off knee surgery, he won't be given a ton of touches during his first game back.
Right now, the rookie Ballard is the Colts' feature back, and he faces a Titans defense that's given up the second-most points to fantasy running backs this season.
For a guy who could near 25 touches, Ballard's a nice sleeper option for Week 8.
No. 1: Chris Givens
If you're looking for a solid PPR option, Chris Givens isn't your guy. But if you're looking for a sleeper who can accumulate a respectable amount of points with just a few plays, Givens the option for you.
He has four receptions of 50-plus yards—the most in the NFL. The rookie has also seen 12 targets over the last two weeks, and he is used on screen plays and the deep go-routes.
The St. Louis Rams offensive line isn't sound, but the New England Patriots secondary is extremely susceptible, as opposing quarterbacks average 290 yards through the air against it in 2012.
Givens wont see double-digit targets, but he is a legitimate downfield option who only needs one or two plays to piece together a big afternoon in London.