Fantasy owners are being forced to roll the dice with some sleepers in Week 8. Six teams (Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indy, San Diego and Tennessee) have bye weeks and injuries are plaguing the entire NFL.
With the horrible numbers running backs are putting up this year, it’s probably a good idea to test the wide receiver waters for a sleeper in Week 8. Luckily, there are a few sleepers out there that are putting up decent numbers and are ready to produce for your fantasy team.
Jeremy Kerley (WR – NYJ)
Jeremy Kerley caught eight passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Patriots. Kerley appears to be Geno Smith’s favorite target and could end up being a nice WR3 or Flex option in Week 8 considering the injury and bye week situations.
Kerley has a tough match-up as the Jets take on the Bengals, but if the Jets have a hard time getting things going on the ground, there will be more targets for Kerley in the air. The Bengals are dealing with some injuries in the secondary and Kerley seems be getting better each week. Given the Week 8 circumstances, Kerley is not a bad play coming off a 20-plus point performance.
Emmanuel Sanders (WR – PITT)
Emmanuel Sanders was quiet in Week 7 against the Ravens but could bounce back in Week 8 against the Raiders. Before Sanders’ dud performance in Week 7, he was averaging 60.2 yards yards from scrimmage in his previous five games.
Sanders has a great match-up against the Raiders and has reached or flirted with double-digit fantasy points every week this season besides Week 7. No owner will feel great starting Sanders week in and week out, but he’s not going to post a goose egg and is a quality receiver with a quality quarterback. Sanders is averaging 9.5 points a game in PPR formats and is a good bet to eclipse that mark this week.
Kris Durham (WR – DET)
Kris Durham has produced good fantasy numbers two of the last three weeks and is averaging 12.3 points per game over that stretch. He is the clear-cut number two wide receiver behind Calvin Johnson until Nate Burleson returns. With two or three defenders keying on Calvin Johnson, Durham gets single coverage all game long in a pass-happy offense.
While Durham only had five catches for 49 yards in Week 7, he did get eight targets which was second on the team. Detroit could easily find themselves in a shoot-out as they take on the Cowboys in Week 8 and if that turns out to be the case, Durham could have a nice day.