Fantasy Football 2014: Week 8 Sleeper Picks
Taking a Look at the Week 8 Waiver Wire Trends
It’s Friday, and you know what that means. It’s time once again for our weekly sleeper picks in the world of fantasy football. This edition is for Week 8, and as usual there’s a handful of intriguing pickups out there on the wire and sneaky plays hiding in the depths of your bench stock. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and matchups to see if anyone’s worth starting this week.
Travaris Cadet, RB, New Orleans Saints: With Pierre Thomas out, Cadet is one of the rising fantasy stock options in the Saints backfield. He factored into the passing game in Week 7, catching six of his nine targets for 51 yards.
Even before the injury, Cadet was getting reps out of the backfield, so it seems he’s a big part of their short-passing plans. He should get some decent targets against Green Bay this week.
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Bryce Brown, RB, Buffalo Bills: Sharing the Bills’ RB reps this week alongside Anthony Dixon will be Bryce Brown, who has gained some fantasy intrigue over the past several days.
Although Dixon will likely get the No. 1 RB reps, Brown offers a nice option as a change-of-pace back, and many are expecting him to eventually supplant Dixon in that top spot. The upside is here, and even though the Jets run defense is usually good, he could find some holes.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals: Palmer looks pretty good this week, and there are at least a couple of reasons why. He’s coming off a 253-yard, two-touchdown performance in Oakland, which was his second 250-plus, two-score outing in the air.
Palmer and company will be hosting a permissive Philly pass defense, and the stage is set for some big numbers. As a sleeper option or QB streamer, he makes a lot of sense.
Brandon LaFell, WR, New England Patriots: After a four-catch, 97-yard, two-touchdown breakout against Buffalo, LaFell underachieved against the Jets, logging just four grabs for 55 yards.
That said, he’s got some nice matchups looming in the near future, starting with Sunday’s game against the Bears. They’re about in the middle of the pack when it comes to giving up fantasy points to wide receivers, but with LaFell’s steady contribution to the offense, we’re expecting good things.
Baltimore Ravens Defense: The Ravens have been pretty steady on defense recently, and they’re definitely worth a look this week. They’re coming off a season-high 13 points in the fantasy game, putting up five sacks and a fumble recovery against the Falcons.
The Ravens will face off against the Bengals this week, and they shouldn’t have too much trouble stuffing Giovani Bernard and company. They should be worth starting.
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