Fantasy Football Week 8: 7 Wide Receiver Sleepers Who Could Wake Up Your Roster
Who's sleeping on your fantasy roster? Is it Reggie Wayne? How about Brandon Marshall?
If you need a boost, then you've come to the right place.
I'm not promoting the idea of replacing your fantasy stars with the following, but rather giving you some food for thought should you be struggling with injury, bye or lack of production.
Here are seven guys who should help you out in the coming weeks.
Damaryius Thomas, Denver
The man they call Opitimus Prime, Damaryius Thomas, is a second-year receiver out of Georgia Tech that has spent much of his NFL career on injured reserve.
He's finally healthy and presents a new page for new quarterback Tim Tebow. With Brandon Lloyd out of Denver, look for Thomas to be the Broncos' new deep threat, as well as the Broncos' biggest weapon through the air in the red zone.
He found the end zone in Week 7, and I think the same will apply in the coming weeks.
Look out for this young stud; he's only owned in 7.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
Antonio Brown broke out for a career game against the Cardinals in Week 7, and this week he draws the worst pass defense in the league in the New England Patriots.
Mike Wallace is clearly the home run hitter for Ben Roethlisberger, but with an aging Hines Ward as his mentor, Brown is becoming a nice possession receiver for the Steelers.
The Steelers offense is coming around after a slow start, and to me, that is a big positive when analyzing sleepers.
Brown is only owned 9.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
Greg Little, Cleveland
Since Greg Little became a starter, it's been clear who is Colt McCoy's favorite weapon.
Don't believe me? Just look at the targets Little has seen in recent weeks—seven, 12 and eight in his last three games.
He's a fantastic third option and holds more value in PPR leagues.
Little is still only owned in 8.2 percent of ESPN leagues. He's on my roster; he should be on yours, too.
Jabar Gaffney, Washington
With Santana Moss out with a broken hand, Jabar Gaffney has been bumped up to the No. 1 wide receiver on the depth chart and should produce immediately.
He's had some decent games this season but has only managed to found the end zone once.
I'm personally a fan of John Beck, so to me, the quarterback situation isn't a negative one and I think that Gaffney can put up some serviceable numbers for you in a low wide receiver/flex position play for a bye week.
His stock is rising, and he's now owned in 31.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
Michael Jenkins, Minnesota
The best help to a young, rookie quarterback is an experienced, veteran wide receiver.
That is exactly what Michael Jenkins is to new Vikings man Christian Ponder.
Judging from the Vikings' last game against Green Bay, Ponder seems to really gravitate towards Jenkins' ability, and while he only caught three passes, he was targeted eight times and did find the end zone.
I think Ponder hurts Percy Harvin's value, but surprisingly, I think he helps Jenkins'.
Jenkins is available in over 75 percent of ESPN leagues, so if you need a bye-week replacement then Jenkins might be your guy.
Steve Breaston, Kansas City
I like Breaston for a very specific reason.
That reason being that the Kansas City offense is finally coming into form. Quarterback Matt Cassel has been very good as of late and seems to be having an easier time finding his receivers.
This only benefits Breaston.
With Dwayne Bowe catching a lot of double-coverage, Breaston will find open spaces in the secondary.
He's more than capable of finding the end zone, too, so look out for Breaston's production in the coming weeks.
Breaston is owned in only 29 percent of ESPN leagues, but his stock is rising so grab him quickly.
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco
I understand I might catch some flak for this.
I don't care. I like the guy.
It goes without saying that the entire NFL has been anticipating the arrival of Michael Crabtree to the NFL, and personally, I think the time is upon us.
He had a monster game against Detroit in which he saw a league-high 15 targets and now coming off a bye week, he's had ample time to get fully healthy.
He won't be the No. 1, game-breaking wide receiver we saw him as when he was drafted, but he's a long-term sleeper who is finally coming around.
Crabtree could be a steal for you if he's available in your league—he's currently still available in 45 percent of ESPN leagues.
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