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Daily Fantasy Football Sleepers Week 8

Quarterback

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins – Tannehill’s offense now is incorporating the spread option and you should take advantage. In the last three weeks, he’s averaged 266 passing yards and 44 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns with just three interceptions. Those three game totals were against the Bears, Packers, and Raiders. He gets another good matchup against the Jaguars on Sunday. He’s an incredibly good matchup at his price in most daily fantasy football leagues.

Running Back

Bryce Brown, Buffalo Bills – Brown is a big, shifty back in the mold of Arian Foster whose claim to fame is back-to-back 178 and 169 yard games as a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 as LeSean McCoy’s backup.   Two years later after being trade to the Bills, he finds himself with a great opportunity with both C.J Spiller and Fred Jackson hurt this week. Only this standing in his way is Anthony Dixon, a bigger more plodding type of back, and the Jets run defense this week.   Brown has all the talent in the world (5 carries of more than 32 yards as a two-year backup) and Dixon was average with the 49ers before coming to Buffalo.  He may not do a lot against the Jets, but he has far more talent than Anthony Dixon, and is a better bet to make big plays.

Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams – Agile, strong and explosive rookie who is decisive in his cuts. Although Jeff Fisher is saying his running back snap counts are a week-to-week thing, this is rookie Tre Mason’s job to lose.   He has a great RB pedigree (from Auburn) and rushed for 18-85 and a touchdown against the stout Seattle run defense last week. The Chiefs defense is stingy but this is a game the Rams should be able to hang around in. If Mason could get better in pass pro and catching the ball, he could really be the RB keeper/sleeper for 2015 as well.

Wide Receiver

Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars – The other Jacksonville Robinson on this week’s sleeper list has quietly put up decent number in his rookie season, averaging 5.5 receptions and 61.8 yards in his last six contests. The Dolphins secondary, while decent, had surrendered 60 fantasy points to opposing WRs before stopping the Bears receivers last week.

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks – Baldwin will be the main benefactor of the Percy Harvin trade in the Seattle offense. Baldwin has repeatedly shown throughout his career that he is highly trusted by quarterback Russell Wilson, who is really coming to his own this season. Baldwin was targeted 11 times and came away with 7 catches for 123 yards and a score in the first game without Harvin vs. the Rams last week. He gets another bad secondary on the road against the Panthers this week. Start him as a nice WR3/low-end flex.

Tight End

Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts – Allen isn’t really a sleeper as more of a player who could really benefit from the absence of Reggie Wayne, and to some extent Trent Richardson in the Colts passing attack. Allen already has been incredibly effective (21-305-5) despite sharing snaps with fellow TE Coby Fleener. This is why missing target-stealer Wayne makes him a great play against the Steelers.   Jordan Cameron, the last good tight end the Steelers played went over 100 yards and a touchdown. Allen projects as a TE1 this week, but still is touchdown-dependent.

Defense

Indianapolis Colts vs Pittsburgh – For as high scoring offense as the Colts offense has been so far this season, for them to rank as a top five in passing defense is pretty remarkable. They completely dismantled the Bengals last week, only surrendering 135 yards. WR Antonio Brown just like he shut down WR Steve Smith a few weeks ago. If the Steelers can’t run the ball effectively than they lack decent secondary WR options—the Colts could force Big Ben and company into mistakes.

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  • Steve

    Two FanDuel lineupS Im going with for Week 8 THESE ARE 50/50s… TEAM 1 QBA. Luck IND@PIT $9,900RBJ. McKinnon MIN@TB $5,800RBJ. Forsett BAL@CIN $6,700WRJ. Nelson GB@NO $8,800WRT. Hilton IND@PIT $7,900WRM. Floyd PHI@ARI $6,500TEZ. Ertz PHI@ARI $5,400KM. Prater DET@ATL $4,500DJets BUF@NYJ $4,500TEAM 2QBC. Palmer PHI@ARI $7,400RBM. Forte CHI@NE $9,500RBJ. McKinnon MIN@TB $5,800WRJ. Nelson GB@NO $8,800WRM. Floyd PHI@ARI $6,500WRG. Tate DET@ATL $7,500TEJ. Reed WAS@DAL $5,200KM. Prater DET@ATL $4,500DVikings MIN@TB $4,700

    • Ivan Y

      I think Ertz is good value, and I like Nelson, Tate and Forsett to have big games too. I will try your McKinnon in a GPP.

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