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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Sleepers

Week 8 Sleepers: Who to Target in Fantasy Football

October 25, 2013

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It’s Friday; time once again for our weekly look at the potential sleeper targets in the fantasy football world. We’ve got a pretty diverse selection as usual, which is nice in Week 8 due to all the players out on byes (not to mention injuries). That said, let’s take a closer look at the waiver-wire level candidates who could come up with big games this weekend.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: Normally we wouldn’t touch Manning with a 10-foot fantasy pole, but he’s got some value as a sleeper prospect this week against Philly. He should be more than motivated to prove himself (and take care of the ball) after tossing three picks in their last meeting, and he probably won’t be putting so much pressure on himself now that the Giants’ running game is looking better. Even if Brandon Jacobs sits out, Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox should be able to give Manning enough support.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Sleepers

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Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins: Sure, you should temper your expectations on Helu, who rushed for three touchdowns in Week 7. That said, you shouldn’t temper them as much as you may think, because he should have a good game this weekend. The ‘Skins are taking on the Broncos, and we all know what that means: pass, pass, pass and pass some more. Helu has some pretty good hands, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him heavily involved in the air attack.

Jarrett Boykin, WR, Green Bay Packers: Boykin is one of this week’s trendy waiver wire adds at WR, and we’re on the bandwagon there. He’s coming off an eight-catch, 103 yard effort that saw his first touchdown of the year in Week 7, and there should be more on the way. The Packers’ receiving corps has been decimated by injury, so QB Aaron Rodgers should be looking Boykin’s way in a bigger role. They’ll take on the wimpy Vikings on Sunday.

Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins: Clay hasn’t earned the high fantasy praise of some of his contemporaries this year because he doesn’t post a lot of yards. That’s okay, though, because the guy can score. He’s got a touchdown in each of the last three games, and he’ll be featured as the primary red-zone weapon once again this weekend against the Patriots. As a bye-week replacement, Clay is one of the better backup candidates out there.

Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: First things first: Jones is an injury risk this week, as he’s dealing with a shoulder issue that’s kept him out of practice for the past couple of days. That said, if he’s healthy enough to take the field against the Jets, we like him as a low-end WR or flex. Over the past two weeks, Jones has seven catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He’s emerging as a viable option behind A.J. Green, who will earn most of the Jets secondary’s attention on Sunday.

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