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Week 8: Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers

Who will be this week's rising phoenix?

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Every week brings us new players who have a significant contribution to fantasy football, yet are not used by many fantasy managers. Who will be those players this week?


Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams (SF)

I know we've been burned by Foles once before (against Pittsburgh Week 3), but he may make up for his sins this week. Todd Gurley has rightfully taken the spotlight for the Rams. His dominance has meant less responsibility for Foles, leading to some putrid fantasy lines over the last two weeks. But three weeks ago he was able to toss three touchdowns against a tough Cardinals defense. With Gurley drawing plenty of attention from opposing defenses, and a great matchup against a very burnable 49ers secondary, the process may play out for Foles this week.

Fanduel: $6,200

Draftkings: $5,100

Running Backs

Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (SD)

Buck Allen has been operating mainly as Justin Forsett's backup, only coming in when Forsett needs a breather or take a few plays off due to injury. That said, this game could dictate more touches than usual for Allen due to the matchup. The Chargers give up the most fantasy points to running backs. They have gotten gashed on the ground every single week, and there is no reason to believe that will change against the Ravens. Baltimore should run it all day and Allen could benefit from some extra touches and do damage with them.

Fanduel: $5,000

Draftkings: $3,500

Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders (NYJ)

This will probably be the only time I suggest a fullback as a deep sleeper, but Reece has proven to be more than a traditional fullback. He continues to get a good amount of pass game targets and has three receiving touchdowns on the year. The Jets run defense has been stifling, with their pass defense a bit less dominant. The way to attack their defense from the running back position is passes to the flats and down the middle against their linebackers. Reece can be a mismatch in this game.

Fanduel: $4,800

Draftkings: $3,000

Wide Receivers

Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals (@CLE)

A fantasy breakout candidate last year, Floyd massively failed to live up the hype. He went a little under the radar this year with John Brown looking to become the budding star of their receiving corps. Six games through the year and that was the truth, but Floyd has carved out a more important role in the offense over the last two weeks, going for over 50 yards and scoring in both. Brown looks iffy for this week with two ailing hamstrings, so Floyd may be in line for an even bigger workload. Look for him to continue his current productive streak.

Fanduel: $4,900

Draftkings: $3,500

Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers (@BAL)

Inman's usage took a bit of a hit with Stevie Johnson coming back, but he was still somewhat involved. With Antonio Gates sidelined, though, there's a role for him to play. The Chargers have no run game, forcing them to move the ball through the air. That means plenty of targets for anyone who catches the ball. Going up against a terrible Ravens secondary, The Chargers will have to continue attacking through the air, leading to pass catching opportunities for everyone.

Fanduel: $5,100


Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets (@OAK)

No Chris Owusu, no Quincy Enunwa, no Devin Smith. Someone has to catch passes for the Jets aside from Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Decker is banged up a little as well, so this may be a week where Kerley sees a lot of targets. The Raiders run defense is very underrated, while their pass defense is much more vulnerable. Ryan Fitzpatrick will want to attack that weakness. Kerley has shown to be a capable receiver when he's called upon, and this should be the week where we see that.

Fanduel: $5,200

Draftkings: $3,000

Tight End

Brandon Myers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ATL)

This pick is mostly assuming that Austin Seferian-Jenkins will miss another week, but it doesn't exactly rely on it. Louis Murphy is now out for the year and Vincent Jackson is expected to miss this week's games. If ASJ sits out again, Myers will get plenty of looks as the starting tight end. If ASJ suits up, Myers will still play a significant role with ASJ split out wide plenty.

Fanduel: $4,500

Draftkings: $2,500


New Orleans Saints (NYG)

The Saints defense has quietly racked up 29 combined fantasy points over the last two weeks. This week they get a mightily struggling Giants offense in the Superdome. It's a recipe for success, especially with Odell Beckham not looking fully healthy and the Giants run game in a state of mysteriousness.

Fanduel: $4,200

Draftkings: $2,000