Fantasy Football Deep Sleepers
Here are your fantasy football sleepers for week 8:
Jonnu Smith - TE - TEN vs. TB: Delanie Walker is likely out so that leaves Smith as the No. 1 tight end for Ryan Tannehill, a pick in last week’s sleeper column who is breaking out. Last week with Walker dealing with an ankle injury, he caught 3 passes for 60 yards (including one great 35-yard catch and run). Bucs are giving up the second-most points to TEs this year. He’s a tough, strong player that could be a frequent outlet for Tannehill.
Ty Johnson - RB - DET vs. NYG: With Kerryon Johnson out for eight games with an injury, his backups Ty Johnson or J.D. McKissic will need to step into the lead role. I agree with Bill on this one that Ty is the best pick out of the two. Johnson had more touches than McKissic once Kerryon got knocked out. And look what the Giants’ defense did last week. Cardinals rookie Chase Edmonds came out of nowhere last week with three touchdowns and 126 yards against the G-men. Johnson could be the next sleeper to breakout with this Giants team giving up 22 fantasy points to RBs, on average, this year.
He’s an unproven rookie but Johnson said this week the game’s starting to “slow down for him.”
Golden Tate - WR - NYG vs. DET: Nothing awakens sleepers better than a little revenge. Tate returns to his old team on Sunday and will be the main WR option with Sterling Shepard out. Not the deepest sleeper as he’s rostered in 76% of ESPN leagues, but only 35% are starting him. That should change this week. QB Daniel Jones has struggled since his big debut, but things could turn bright again for the rookie with Saquon Barkley getting his groove back and taking the pressure off him. Tate could be his go-to guy in the slot.