It’s Week 8 of the fantasy football season. If you are looking for an unexpected roster replacement or an inexpensive starter for your daily fantasy lineup, here are players who could help.
These deep sleepers are players flying under the radar whose matchups suggest they could have a big game in Week 8. Just remember, they are risky fantasy plays given the other options likely available.
Fantasy rankings: How players stack up at each position in Week 8
QB Josh Rosen, Arizona Cardinals
Rosen has struggled as the Cardinals starter. However, three of his four starts have been against good defenses. This week, Rosen plays against a San Francisco 49ers defense giving up an average of 278 passing yards and 2 touchdowns per game. While Rosen struggled in his Week 5 start against them, he should play better this time around at home — with new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich calling the shots. A multiple touchdown outing should not surprise.
RB Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
With Royce Freeman battling an ankle sprain, Booker should see his biggest use as a change-of-pace back. With the Broncos struggling in the passing game, they should be feeding the football to Phillip Lindsay and Booker. Booker should see eight to 10 touches, which should translate to 60 to 80 all-purpose yards and a score.
WR Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets
The Jets have few options at wide receiver with Quincy Enunwa injured, Terrelle Pryor let go, and Rishard Matthews new to the team. In a game where the Jets running game should struggle, Kearse should be targeted heavily against a Chicago Bears team giving up 210 yards and one touchdown per game to wide receivers.
WR Chester Rogers, Indianapolis Colts
Rogers plays against an Oakland Raiders team whose pass defense has struggled, allowing 188 yards and one touchdown per game to wide receivers. There should be plenty of production from all the Colts playmakers in this game. Rogers makes for a DFS play and a solid flex option in PPR leagues.
TE Nick Boyle, Baltimore Ravens
Boyle has emerged as the Ravens No. 1 tight end by leading in the number of snaps and targets. But he hasn’t scored a touchdown yet. That should change this week with the Carolina Panthers struggling to defend the position.
In the past two weeks, the Panthers have allowed an average of 141 yards and one touchdown per game to tight ends. Boyle has been targeted in the red zone in every game but two, including last week. This week, he should be good for 40 to 60 yards and a score.
Kansas City Chiefs defense/special teams
Overshadowed by the offense, the Chiefs defense has held its own in two of the last three games, holding opponents to 14 points or fewer while totaling seven sacks, five interceptions, one defensive fumble recovery, and two defensive touchdowns.
One month ago, the Chiefs sacked Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum at Mile High stadium four times and intercepted him once. The Broncos are struggling in the passing game, making the Chiefs a solid play for a top-10 finish.
Jim Saranteas, aka "The Fantasy Greek," is a contributing writer for Ourlads.com, part of the USA TODAY Network.
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