Week 8 WR Sleepers and Landmines
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.
Jermaine Kearse $3,900
Yes, I know many got burned last week when Jets WR Jermaine Kearse threw up a goose egg in a prime spot but that’s all the more reason to go back to him this week. We all know the Jets are hurting at the receiver position and now could be without WR Robby Anderson this week as well. It is never exciting to send out offensive players against the Bears defense but in a game in which QB Sam Darnold and the Jets could be in catch up mode, we could see another 10 target type game for Kearse. – Ryan McDowell
Martavis Bryant $3,100
Cooper is gone, Seth Roberts is back and Martavis is listed as wide receiver three in the offense. A position that has seen success this year facing the Colts. Number three wide receivers who have found the end zone against the Colts this year, John Ross, Cordarelle Patterson and Terrelle Pryor. Keke Coutee put up 11-109 as well. Bryant has never been the PPR type of wide receiver but there’s room for points and I can see Jon Gruden going up top a few times to try and save face after moving Cooper. – Sal Leto
Anthony Miller $3,600
Despite limited production, Anthony Miller has drawn 11 targets over the past two weeks despite coming off an injury. The preseason star appears to be growing quickly in an offense which is quickly maturing itself, and a gimpy Allen Robinson opens up looks for the Bears secondary options. The Jets have talented corners on the perimeter but have still been beat up by receivers, with a lot of production coming inside the numbers. Miller has the skill-set to eviscerate the Jets and Matt Nagy has shown he is wise enough to get the ball in the hands of his best playmakers. Miller qualifies, and he could start somewhat of a breakout party on Sunday afternoon.– Rob Willette
Tyler Lockett $6,600
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett has had a solid season so far, currently ranking as the WR28. The concern moving forward is that much of his production has come via touchdowns. Lockett has five scores on the season on only 23 total receptions. He’s averaging only 60 yards per game so once that touchdown hot streak ends, Lockett will be a burden to fantasy lineups. The Lions have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so far this season. – Ryan McDowell
Marvin Jones $6,500
Not sure I need to tell you this but some people have a hard time letting go. Jones is not even a top 50 PPR wide receiver this year. While he’s listed as the number two he’s clearly been out played by Golladay. The Seattle defense has been really good against the pass overall this year and specifically against teams number two wide receivers allowing -4.86 below team average to the position over the last five weeks. In turn, they have been more generous to team number three’s so it should be more of the same this week for Detroit. – Sal Leto
Emmanuel Sanders $7,500
I can’t recommend a full fade of Sanders, as he has been one of the league’s best players, thriving in what is possibly his last year in Denver. The Chiefs scream great matchup given the total yardage they have allowed and the fact they’ll pile up points at will. Look under the hood, however, and there are concerns. While an exploitable unit, the Chiefs are at least halfway decent (a description utilized for many of my fantasy teams) against receivers. Sanders has the toughest matchup on the interior against Kendall Fuller. The Chiefs are also a different team at Arrowhead, fresh off erasing Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati passing game outside of A.J Green. Sanders will surely get his given his talent and role, but a WR2 or WR3 performance is more likely than the WR1 he has been performing as. – 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.