Fantasy Football 2015: Week 8 Sleeper Picks
Taking a Look at the Week 8 Value Pickups and Waiver Wire Trends
October 30, 2015
It’s Friday, and around here that means it’s time once again to check out some of the notable waiver wire additions and sleepers trending in the fantasy football world. We’ve got several interesting names for you to peruse today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and matchups to see who might make a solid play in daily or seasonal fantasy leagues.
Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Those fantasy owners in need of some bye-week or streamer magic can trust Cutler again. He bagged 353 yards against the Lions, even though he only tossed for one touchdown.
Now that he’s got a healthy Alshon Jeffery beside him, we should see a new level of confidence in Cutler. The matchup (Vikings) is just “meh,” but we should still see some solid numbers.
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Chris Polk, RB, Houston Texans: In the aftermath of Arian Foster’s season-ending injury, Alfred Blue shot to the top of the waiver wire rankings. Overlooked in all that chaos is Polk, who may be getting more carries than you think.
Most indications point to a committee approach at RB for the Texans, who will need a solid run game to support their QB. We could see a relatively even split in touches for Blue and Polk.
Dexter McCluster, RB, Tennessee Titans: It’s hard finding a quality running back this week, especially further down the line. McCluster factors in here as a sleeper/desperation play, thanks to his dual threat capabilities.
McCluster probably won’t get goal-line work, but does factor in as a low-end fantasy play, especially in PPR leagues. The Texans defense probably won’t do much to slow him down.
Stevie Johnson, WR, San Diego Chargers: Johnson has always had a ton of talent, but has lacked consistency during his career thanks to injury. He had an up-and-down game coming off his latest ailment, with four grabs for 50 yards.
There’s good news in Week 8 for Johnson. With the Ravens on the slate, he shouldn’t have too much trouble getting open. This may be a breakout week for him and he looks nice as a sleeper add.
Crockett Gillmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Those owners stuck for a tight end this week should look no further than Gillmore. He was targeted seven times against the Cardinals in Week 7, grabbing five for 53 yards.
The matchup against San Diego this week looks a little bit better, so Gillmore may be able to get some looks around the end zone, especially if the Ravens are trailing (which they probably will be).
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