Bye weeks are fascinating to me. There can be four teams on bye and have almost no impact on the fantasy landscape; there are also times like Week 8 where you need trophy winning sleepers with only two teams on bye.
Bye weeks are fascinating to me. There can be four teams on bye and have almost no impact on the fantasy landscape; there are also times like Week 8 sleepers. The Chiefs and Chargers have the week off, and half of my teams are in shambles. It’s not likely we replace the production of Travis Kelce, Austin Ekeler. or Patrick Mahomes. However, let’s see if we can’t find a few players who can help you limp to a win while those guys get some well-deserved rest.
Before we do, let’s recap the week that was and talk about what went right and what went wrong.
So Close, Yet So Far Away
And we’re going to start by venting, which I never do here, so indulge me for a second.
We didn’t need Jimmy Garoppolo to complete another pass in garbage time to go 3-1 in our lineup calls; just hold onto the damn ball. That’s it! Just don’t give it away. And he couldn’t even do that. A strip sack dropped him below Trevor Lawrence and Kyler Murray, dropping him to 1-3 on the week.
Jimmy G broke my heart like he has so many others during his time as an amazingly attractive man. However, after two Top 12 weeks in a row, I’ll come running back to that chiseled jawline at least once more in 2022.
For those scoring at home, that’s six out of seven Top 12 finishes on the season at quarterback (Oh, how I hate you, Matt Ryan).
Go To Your Home!
Tony Pollard led the Cowboys running backs in snaps and almost doubled his counterpart in yards from scrimmage. Yet, he still wasn’t the guy who ended up in the top 12 as Ezekiel Elliot punched in both rushing touchdowns during Week 7. Pollard delivered a double-digit PPR week and beat three of the four running backs in our lineup advice, so it wasn’t all bad, but it was oh-so-close to being a gem.
Hopefully This Doesn't Happen To Our Week 8 Sleepers
Allen Lazard was steady as always, with 11.5 PPR points despite leaving with a shoulder injury. Unfortunately, the injury opened the door for Tyler Lockett to sneak in with the same point total, dropping our lineup advice to 2-1-1 on the week. While Lazard certainly didn’t hurt your team, I would’ve loved to see just a few more catches.
It was a good week to bet on heartthrobs because the beautiful tight end from the Broncos delivered our second Top 12 finish of the week! Greg Dulcich was a target monster, just as we predicted. He hauled in six of nine targets en route to a TE7 finish and a perfect 4-0 in lineup advice. The clean sweep for the sexy beast from Mile High finishes our recap off on a high note.
So, where do we stand heading into Week 8? Let’s have a look.
Trophy Winning Sleepers Record Going Into Week 8:
Top 12 Finishes - 10-18
Lineup Advice - 78-37-1
With 36% of our sleepers finishing Top 12 and 67% of our lineup advice hitting for the season, we hit the jackpot on dumpster-diving goodness.
But enough of that, as we are only as good as our last column, so which trophy winning sleepers are bringing home the Championship Belt for us in Week 8?
Leading the Commanders and My Week 8 Sleepers
Coming off a big Week 7 win, the Commanders are rallying around fan favorite Taylor Heinicke, and I am all on board. The consensus QB16 faces a weak Indy secondary and a team that is just a hot mess overall. So I like Washington to strike early, as Heinicke does damage through the air and on the ground.
Heinicke should be in your lineups over Dak Prescott, Jared Goff, Tom Brady, and Derek Carr.
Trophy Winning Week 8 Breakout
James Conner’s season, like most running backs this year, has been a huge disappointment, and now he’s coming back from yet another injury. However, times are tough out here, and the cupboards are pretty bare.
Luckily, the consensus RB24 gets Minnesota this week, who started the season mediocre against the run. Conner should return with fresh legs to a high scoring matchup and far exceed his current ranking. Run him out there and hope he shows signs of last year’s greatness.
Play Conner over higher-rated backs Devin Singletary, Michael Carter, Aaron Jones, and Najee Harris.
**Editor's Note: With Conner out this week, we once again have to pivot at RB. This time, instead of just pivoting to a teammate, we are going with D’Onta Foreman who plays at Atlanta. Foreman gets the Falcons who are 8th against opposing RBs but gave up a TD in 4 of 7 games.
Week 8 Sleepers Connection is Real
Heinicke and Terry McLaurin looked like Joey Fatone and Justin Timberlake out there in Week 7. McLaurin was average with Carson Wentz, but the quarterback change should translate to fantasy gold. Heinicke has shown a willingness to take shots down the field and a reckless abandonment for keeping his receivers safe.
I’m running out the consensus WR28 over Michael Pittman Jr, DJ Moore, Jakobi Meyers, and Diontae Johnson.
Hands Up for Harrison
The Browns and Bengals game should be a bonanza of fantasy points, with the red-hot Bengals offense expected to jump out on the Browns quickly. A negative game script will favor waiver wire darling, Harrison Bryant.
Overshadowed by Chief Njoku all year, an injury has allowed Bryant to take over the TE1 duties for this week. At TE18 in a week with Kelce and Gerald Everett out, the bargain is too good to pass up.
Give me Bryant over Robert Tonyan, Dalton Schultz, Dawson Knox, and Darren Waller.
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