2013 Fantasy Football: NFL Week 8 Sleepers

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 24, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals tackles Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 22, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 31-7.   (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here is a list of the Lester's Legends under-the-radar players who could possibly pull out a win for you this week.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

After being involved in one of the ugliest games in recent memory, Eli Manning isn't endearing himself to fantasy football players. He only managed 200 yards and a touchdown against a terrible Minnesota Vikings secondary.

For the first time this year, he did not throw an interception, but that's because Marcus Sherels dropped an easy pick-six. Eli hasn't looked good this year, but now that he has a win under his belt, maybe he gets back on track. He certainly has the weapons in place.

This week the New York Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles offense should put up points, which means the Giants will have to rely on the passing game more than last week. Plus, the Eagles have struggled to defend the pass. They have allowed 311.6 yards and two touchdowns per game.

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints

Pierre Thomas is averaging 63.8 total yards and 0.3 touchdowns per game. If Jimmy Graham is out or limited, Thomas will see additional looks in the passing game. On the ground is where he should do his damage against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have allowed 123.6 rushing yards per game.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Emmanuel Sanders caught just one pass for seven yards in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. In the previous five games, he averaged 60.2 yards. Look for Sanders to get back on track against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have allowed 241 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.

Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins

Charles Clay has scored a touchdown in three straight games. He should see plenty of looks against the New England Patriots. He's averaging 50.8 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. The Pats have allowed 56.4 yards per game to opposing tight ends.

Green Bay Packers Defense

The Green Bay Packers rank 15th in total defense with 345.8 yards per game allowed and 12th in scoring defense with 21.2 points per game allowed. They catch the Minnesota Vikings at their worst. The quarterback play is a mess regardless of who is under center.

The Vikings' offensive line is awful in both run-blocking and pass protection. They have just one garbage time offensive touchdown in the past two games. Green Bay’s offense will likely take Adrian Peterson out of the game. It’s ugly in Minnesota right now.

Ryan Succop, K, Kansas City Chiefs

Ryan Succop has 55 points on 12 field goals and 19 extra points. I expect another strong game against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have allowed 10 field goals and 18 extra points.

Also check out Lester's Legends Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings.