Fantasy Football Sleepers: Take advantage of these matchups in Week 8

by Cory J. Bonini on October 24, 2013 @ 11:02:58 PDT


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Wide receiver

Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions

Miles Austin just can't get right after straining his hammy a few weeks ago, and Dallas may opt to rest him this week after he failed to register a catch back-to-back weeks. The rookie has stepped up admirably in Austin's absence, and this week should result in a continuance of the trend.

Detroit has permitted receivers to walk all over them after a strong start to the year. In the past month, wideouts have averaged 32.5 non-PPR points, 12.5 receptions, 209.8 yards, 1.50 touchdowns and a healthy 16.8 yards per catch against the Lions.

Rueben Randle, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

How good has Randle been for this otherwise miserable offense?!?! He has hauled in 23 balls on the year, and four of them have gone to the house -- that's one more than all of last season. Randle has scored in three straight matchups, and it's almost unfair to suggest he could be a sleeper at this point. Expect him to keep up his torrid pace this week.

No defense has been throttled worse by receivers than the Eagles'. The position has gone for weekly averages of 19.00 receptions, 232.5 yards and 2.25 touchdowns. Each figure is a league high.

Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons

Floyd has hauled in five passes in four straight games and found the end zone in Week 6 for the first time all year. He is seeing a lot of attention from Carson Palmer while Larry Fitzgerald is doubled and dealing with injuries.

The Falcons have given up 14.33 receptions, 194.3 yards and 1.33 touchdowns, on average, to the receiver position.

Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints

The rookie has tailed off a tad in the last two weeks and should be considered a somewhat risky play this week. Six bye weeks and a reasonable matchup should help, and Woods has had a few weeks to form some chemistry with quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.

Rob Ryan's group has allowed averages of 15.33 catches, 200.3 yards and a trip to paydirt per outing to the wide receiver position.

Tight end

Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals vs. New York Jets

Eifert has averaged 3.25 receptions on 4.75 targets per game. That has translated to 37.5 yards, on average, and a single touchdown in the last four weeks. He is becoming more comfortable each week and should only continue to improve around the stripe.

The rookie could find the end zone back-to-back weeks against a Jets defense that has been susceptible to the position. Tight ends have posted per-game figures of 10.5 non-PPR points, 7.25 receptions, 81.0 yards and 0.50 scores.

Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys

Fauria is always a risky play but has considerable upside, especially after the release of tight end Tony Scheffler (concussion). Detroit likes to take advantage of Fauria's size in the red zone, as evidenced by a recent three-touchdown outing.

Only the Arizona Cardinals have given up more points to tight ends in standard scoring over the last month. The position has averaged 12.8 points, 7.00 grabs, 91.3 yards and 0.75 scores in this time.

PKs and DTs come next

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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