Fantasy Football Week 8: Antonio Brown and More Sleepers with Great Matchups

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 25, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a first down during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Here's a look at three Week 8 fantasy football sleepers that will benefit from terrific matchups. 

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Brown exploded in Week 7 to the tune of seven catches for 102 yards. Part of that was because Hines Ward left in the second half due to an ankle injury, but Brown was producing even when Ward was in there. 

Brown is a PPR stud who will continue to get tons of looks, but if Ward misses any time, he'll become even more valuable. 

Still though, Brown is owned in just under six percent of ESPN leagues. He's a fantastic long-term option, but he will also have a lot of value for Week 8.

The Patriots, who are giving up over 320 passing yards per game, come to town and Brown should benefit. 

The Steelers are quickly becoming a passing team and opposing teams have thrown the ball an average of 39 times against New England. 

Expect Ben Roethlisberger to let loose and expect Brown to benefit.

Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23:  Antoine Bethea #41 of the Indianapolis Colts pursues Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints during a game being held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 23, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Col
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Thomas' value depends on the health of rookie Mark Ingram, who left Sunday's game in the second half, so pay attention throughout the week.

But if Thomas, who is starting to be dropped in leagues, gets Ingram's carries in this one, he'll likely have a big game. 

Thomas is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and 10.3 yards per catch on the season and faces a Rams rush defense that just got absolutely torn up by DeMarco Murray.

The "PT Cruiser" is in line for about 15 touches if Ingram is out, and with this matchup, that makes him an easy starting option in most leagues. 

Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

The Arizona Cardinals have given up the most fantasy points to receivers.

Remember what Mike Wallace did against them last week? That 95-yard touchdown?

Well, you know who else is very fast and runs similar streak routes?

That's right, Torrey Smith. The rookie out of Maryland has a fantastic matchup this week as everyone has been able to carve up Arizona through the air. He's an easy flex play in all leagues.