Finders Sleepers Week 8
By: Dan Turner
Change is inevitable, especially in the NFL. This past week saw a flurry of trades and trade rumors heating up as we approach the trade deadline. That means that there could be new players in new locations and old players in familiar locations seeing an increase in playing time. Make sure to pay attention to not only where a new player goes, but also the team he leaves behind.In addition, several prominent players are dealing with injuries. Someone has to pick up the workload, and this is where you can find players that can help you out down the home stretch in fantasy. Let’s take a look and see how the landscape has affected our sleepers for this week.
RB Kenjon Barner – Patriots
Sony Michel was really heating up when he suffered an injury in his week seven game. That leaves the Patriots paper thin at RB, with only two on the roster currently. Barner is capable of taking some of the work that Michel is leaving behind, and serving as a nice compliment back to James White. If you are thin at RB or hit hard by the bye week, look to add Kenjon as he could have a decent week, especially in PPR.
WR Tyrell Williams – Chargers
Yes, Tyrell is on a bye this week. No, I am not crazy. Many people are going to leave Williams on waivers, and that should be your chance to scoot him up. He has been red hot in the past couple weeks, albeit with very little in the way of targets. Tyrell has made seven catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games alone. If he continues putting up stellar numbers, the targets should increase, as LA could use a reliable target opposite Keenan Allen. Stash him for next week.
RB Raheem Mostert – 49ers
In a case of who’s left standing, Mostert seems to be winning in San Francisco. Jerick Mckinnon is already on IR and Matt Breida has been banged up for weeks, leaving a role to be carved out in the 49ers offense. Mostert got 11 total touches last week, and should be in line for more work if Brieda continues dealing with his nagging injuries. Raheem would make a good flex play this week, so pick him up if he’s available.
RB Kapri Bibbs – Redskins
Bibbs is basically in the same boat as Mostert is, as he has taken over the work for the injured Chris Thompson in the Washington backfiled alongside Adrian Peterson. Bibbs has been good in the pass catching role, hauling in four catches for 43 yards and a touchdown last week. Bibbs should continue seeing a decent target share this week if Thompson cannot go, and is a worthy pickup on PPR leagues.
WR Danny Amendola – Dolphins
Amendola came to the Dolphins from the Patriots as a reliable pass catcher who could serve as a security blanket. He was quickly lost in the shuffle and fell behind the depth chart to Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, on an offense that wasn’t exactly a fantasy powerhouse. Now, Wilson and Stills are injured, and Devante Parker continues to be absolutely worthless, which leaves Danny as the defacto WR1 for the dolphins heading into week 8. Brock Osweiler is set to make the start again this week, and that should be a boon for Amendola, as he caught 6 balls for 84 yards and a touchdown last week from Osweiler. He could put up low end WR2 this week, so add him if you have the room.
WR Martavis Bryant – Raiders
Bryant had some fantasy success when he was with Pittsburgh, but then got himself into some trouble and got suspended. He signed with Oakland and was expected to contribute but has gotten of to a slow start to the season. The trade of Amari Cooper to Dallas has opened the door for Bryant to take the starting spot opposite Jordy Nelson, which should help put him back on the fantasy radar. Pick him up if you need a upside play in a larger league, as he may flash the talent that he showed with the Steelers.