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Week 8 QB Sleepers and Landmines

by , and • October 24, 2018

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.


Mitchell Trubisky $5,800

At this price, there’s no reason not to keep going back to the Mitchell Trubisky well. The Bears QB has finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback in each of his past three games, throwing for at least 316 yards in each. He’s also been running the ball, averaging over 60 yards per game over the past three contests. The Bears face the Jets this week. Over the past three weeks, the Jets have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing signal callers at over 26 fantasy points a pop.  – Ryan McDowell

Sam Darnold $5,200

You wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts!” We’re looking for sleepers here, this isn’t for the faint of heart. Over Darnold last three games he has three TD passes, two TD passes and one each rushing and passing. It’s not always pretty but he’s been getting the job done. The Bears come in having allowed back to back three touchdown games. Yes one was to Tom Brady but the other? Brock Osweiler, who added 380 yards passing. The Bears have not looked like the same defense they were before the week five bye. – Sal Leto

Derek Carr $5,400

Everyone has given up on Oakland. Most have given up on Derek Carr. I am included, but a Sunday dalliance with Carr is not as painful as it may appear. The Colts season-long totals against the pass look fairly respectable, though when you get to face an off-the-street Derek Anderson and the Buffalo Bills, your numbers are bound to be inflated. It is no stretch to say the Indianapolis pass defense was handed gifts all afternoon, elevating their season-long totals. Before the Buffalo game, the Colts gave up a season-best game to Sam Darnold and were picked apart by both Deshaun Watson and Tom Brady. At home, off a bye, there may be hope for Derek Carr. At this point, there is really nothing left to lose, which may lead to a productive fantasy day for Carr. – Rob Willette


Deshaun Watson $6,400

While his price has dropped, the name value of Texans second-year QB Deshaun Watson is still appealing to fantasy players. As he battles his much-publicized lung injury, Watson simply hasn’t been a strong fantasy option in recent weeks. Over the past two weeks, Watson has been the QB29 and QB22 and will also be without WR Keke Coutee as he faces the Dolphins on short rest. With one of the lowest over/unders of the week, this is expected to be a slow-paced, low-scoring game favoring RB Lamar Miller. I’m staying away from the allure of Watson this week. – Ryan McDowell

Matt Stafford $6,200

While this incarnation of the Seahawks pass defense doesn’t evoke comparisons to the “Legion of Boom” it has been good and comes in as a top three defense facing quarterbacks. Having allowed only eight passing touchdowns to nine interceptions. A look through Stafford’s career will shock no one that he commonly passes for 40 plus attempts per game. Over the last four weeks, 36, 30, 26 and 22 as the run game has started to take shape and create a more balanced offense. As the passes have come down the wins have gone up. The Lions were 0-2 to start the season with 46 and 53 attempts and 3-1 the last four. I expect the balance to continue. – Sal Leto

Carson Wentz $6,900

Jacksonville’s season has quickly become a tire fire, but it is no fault of their pass defense. The Jaguars allow the fourth fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks, including a league low 6 touchdown passes. Carson Wentz has shown little rust coming off his ACL injury, but this is a brutal matchup against a desperate team. Wentz has done a remarkable job of avoiding duds over the past two seasons – elevating his floor – but it is hard to see fireworks against a Jacksonville team allowing just over 15 points per game at home in 2018. – Rob Willette


Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.