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    NFL sleepers can be anyone outside the top 12 in their position. Who are the Week 8 Fantasy Football sleepers?

    NFL sleepers are very rewarding when they're in your lineup and win the matchup. Everyone wants the big, sexy names that are a certain lock to give managers their projected points and some. Here are some Week 6 fantasy football sleepers!

    With me, sleepers are what separates you from league-mates. These sleepers can end up being week winners on a weekly basis and even league winners. With fantasy, everyone is always wrong, so there is no better way than risking it for the biscuit in a game we play where nothing is certain but the anxiety we all get hoping our players perform up to par.

    These Week 8 fantasy football sleepers will be based on the IDPguys.org weekly rankings. A player is considered a sleeper if they are outside the top 12 in their positions. These are players that will turn heads and have guys sending trade offers in fear of missing out.

    Week 8 Fantasy Football Sleepers

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    Andy Dalton - QB27

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    Andy Dalton, aka The Red Rifle, has not won much on the New Orleans Saints, but he just put up a QB2 performance in Week 7. With another set of byes for Quarterbacks such as Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes, Dalton is worth looking at in Week 8.

    The Saints face the Raiders, who just allowed Davis Mills to finish as the QB7 with two TDs, one interception, and 302 passing yards. Dalton is coming off a TNF game where he threw for four TDs, three interceptions, and 361 passing yards.

    There is no better matchup for Dalton to have a second straight QB1 performance than the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders are dead last in terms of ppg allowed to QBs overall and in the red zone.

    New Orleans is also seventh in pace of play, which sets them up to receive a ton of offensive possessions. In turn, this leads to more opportunities for Dalton to put up points. Both teams allow over 25ppg. Expect Dalton to crush his QB27 ranking on the IDPGuys weekly rankings in what should be a high-scoring game on both sides.

    Daniel Jones - QB21

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    I once put Daniel Jones as my sleeper and said that it would be the only time I do it. Furthermore, a few weeks pass and Daniel Jones has landed on my Week 8 Fantasy Football sleepers list.

    Listen, there was talk that head coach Brian Daboll could fix Jones and the Giants, but a 6-1 record? No one saw this coming. Daniel Jones just finished as the QB3 and the New York Giants won another game.

    In the past two seasons, the Giants won a combined ten games. At six wins after seven weeks, it is more than likely the Giants surpass 10 plus wins. Jones did his best Lamar Jackson impression with 300 total yards, BUT 107 of those yards came from his legs. This offense is working because Brian Daboll is making it as easy as he can for Jones with short passes, and Saquon Barkley.

    Jones is ranked 30th in YPA at 6.5. Yet, it means nothing. Jones is QB9 in terms of ppg and total points this season. He is also an elite rusher being top five in six of the seven categories on playerprofiler.com. The categories are rushing TDs, carries, carries per game, red zone carries, rushing yards, and rushing yards per game. Jones is sixth in red zone carries per game.

    Jones also averages .58 fantasy points per dropback ranking him eighth overall. Facing a Seattle Seahawks team who allows the eighth most rushing yards per game to QBs and the 11th most ppg to QBs, Jones is a sneaky streamer to earn a roster spot and have his THIRD QB1 finish this season.

    Jimmy Garoppolo - QB17

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    Jimmy Garoppolo has had three straight weeks as a QB1. Three straight weeks as the QB9. Can he make it four? Garoppolo will have his hands full with a division game vs. the Los Angeles Rams, but he now has Christian McCaffrey to rely upon. Even with Deebo Samuel nursing a hamstring injury, George Kittle, alongside Brandon Aiyuk, has stepped their play up.

    The Rams also have given up the 11th most ppg to WRs. Although wins aren't a fantasy stat, Garoppolo is 7-0 vs the Rams during the regular season. This is strictly going with my gut and my gut is telling me that CMC will have a big day in the passing department, leading to a nice amount of points for Garoppolo.

    Expect Jimmy Garoppolo to have one of his surprise games and crush his QB17 ranking in Week 8.


    Running Backs

    D'Onta Foreman - RB36

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    Fantasy Football is such a weird thing that after Christian McCaffrey got traded, the back RBs for the Panthers proceeded to torch the Buccaneers with over 150 rushing yards and a TD. Now, the Panthers face a lighter test, but still a stifling defense in terms of stopping the run, the Atlanta Falcons.

    It personally does not worry me after Foreman just finished as the RB17 with 118 rushing yards and added two catches for 27 yards. Foreman filled in nicely for Derrick Henry last season with one RB1 finish and two RB2 finishes. Now, he will look to do the same, but for the duration of the rest of the season.

    Chuba Hubbard is also reported to have missed practice Thursday with the same injury that forced him out in Week 7. Foreman is the RB36 on the IDPGuys weekly rankings, and I expect him to fully crush that and post a top-20 finish in Week 8.

    Tony Pollard - RB34

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    Ezekiel Elliot's knee/thigh demise has set up Week 8 to be Tony Pollard szn. Pollard is undoubtedly one of, if not the best, handcuff in the entire NFL. With Elliot set to miss Week 8, Pollard should immediately be inserted into lineups in every league. Being the RB34 on the weekly IDPGuys rankings, the thought of Pollard being in the backfield by himself is such a beautiful image in my head.

    Pollard's season-high snap percentage came in Week 7 at 59.6% where he finished as the RB23. In Week 2, having JUST a 39.7% snap share, Pollard still managed to finish as the RB3. Now, close your eyes and imagine a world where Tony Pollard sees a 75-plus snap share percentage. It looks beautiful, right?

    In Week 8, Pollard faces the Chicago Bears, who allow the seventh most ppg to RBs at 22.8 and the fourth most red zone ppg to RBs. Pollard is my favorite sleeper in my Week 8 Fantasy Football Sleepers piece and will smash this week.

    Devin Singletary - RB35

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    It does not matter who is in the backfield, the Green Bay Packers cannot defend the run even if humanity was on the line. The Packers allow the ninth most ppg to RBs at 21.5; in Week 8, the Bills face off against the Packers. What the Buffalo Bills are about to do to my Green Bay Packers on Sunday should not be televised.

    What Devin Singletary is going to do is win numerous people around the world their Week 8 matchup. He is not your typical workhorse back, but he is LETHAL in the passing game. Singletary is 10th in receiving yards amongst RBs, 12th in receptions, and fifth in routes ran.

    In a game that should be in favor of the Bills, Singletary will not only see passing work but with a lead, he should see plenty of carries and scoring opportunities against a weak Packers rush defense. AT RB35, I expect Singletary to finish closer to his RB24 spot and beyond in Week 8.


    Wide Receivers

    Tyler Boyd - WR24

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    Tyler Boyd is averaging the most ppg in his career since his third year. As it stands now, Joe Burrow is supporting not two but THREE WRs inside the top 24. The Bengals' offense is finally clicking, and the rewards that they will put out on a weekly basis are going to be a lovely thing.

    As of now, Boyd is the WR25 on a ppg basis and the WR17 overall. With Burrow having a hot hand, Boyd should be considered a top 15 play every week until things cool down.

    Winter is not coming for the Bengals as of now. It already passed. Boyd is coming off a game where he was the WR2 (8 catches, 155 yards, 1 TD) in Week 7, right behind his teammate, Ja'Marr Chase. In Week 8, Boyd faces a Cleveland Browns team allowing over 30ppg to WRs. The Browns are in the top half of points allowed to WRs, but there is one thing we must remember.

    Tyler Boyd is WR3 on his team. The type of coverage and who is covering him is BBQ chicken for someone as talented as Boyd. Boyd being a WR3 has more points than some teams' WR1 (DJ Moore, Courtland Sutton, DK Metcalf). With the Bengals' offense on FIRE, Boyd being WR24 on the IDPGuys weekly rankings is just too low for me. Lock him in as a top 15 play alongside Tee Higgins.

    Jerry Jeudy - WR32

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    In the past two weeks, Jerry Jeudy has outplayed Courtland Sutton. Although Sutton sits as the WR31 on a ppg basis, Jeudy is creeping up and has matched Sutton with three games inside the top 20 after Week 7's matchup. Jeudy delivered a WR16 finish with 16.6pts on seven catches for 96 yards. Jeudy also led the Broncos with a 23% target share.

    In Week 8, the Broncos face the Jaguars, who have allowed the ninth most passing yards thus far this season. Against a struggling Jaguars team, losers of four straight, Jerry Jeudy and even Courtland Sutton, should see volume in a game where both teams are still searching for an identity.

    Also, the Jaguars allow over 33ppg to WRs. Even with a mediocre offense halfway through the season, a game vs a bad team can help the confidence of the skill players. With the talks of trades spirling around Jerry Jeudy, it is only right for him to continue performing well for a team to save him from what is BroncosCountry.

    Courtland Sutton — WR23

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    Two receivers as my Week 8 Fantasy Football sleepers that play for a team that averages the LOWEST ppg this season. Nonetheless, there is hope. I am a glass-is-half-full type of person, so there is positivity to look at with Courtland Sutton. He has put up just 8.7 PPR points in the past two weeks combined.

    With that being said, the Broncos, as I stated, play the Jacksonville Jaguars. I will not regurgitate the same information I wrote above with Jerry Jeudy. I will say that Sutton has played two games in his career vs the Jaguars. In those two games, he has posted 15 catches, two touchdowns, and 221yards. He also posted a combined 49.1 fantasy points between those two games.

    Sutton has not had the best of luck when it comes to coming down with the ball in 2022. Hope is not lost, as Sutton is top five in air yards and deep targets. He is also top ten in red zone targets, routes ran, and NUMBER ONE in route participation. Those deep balls will start to come down in favor of Sutton and when they do, enjoy the 20-plus points he puts up in Week 8.

    Tight End

    Mike Gesicki — TE16

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    Mike Gesicki has had two TE1 finishes, with one being the overall TE1. With back-to-back weeks of seven targets, it is only right to have high hopes in the Dolphins' Week 8 matchup vs the Detroit Lions. The Lions are allowing the fifth most ppg to TE's and the seventh most red zone ppg to TE's.

    This is telling you to insert Gesicki into your lineups. Yes, all you Travis Kelce managers, this one is for you. With Jaylen Waddle nursing a shoulder injury, Gesicki will be looked at quite a bit more.

    Lining up in the slot at 80%, good for eighth overall, 13th in routes ran, 12th in air yards, AND FOURTH in ADOT amongst TEs, Gesicki is one of the best vertical threats at the position. Be ready for another performance of Gesicki hitting the "Griddy" all over the endzone in Week 8.


    Tommy Tremble - TE31

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    Yes, that is a picture of Tommy Tremble. Yes, he has a total of 10 targets through seven games of football. He scored a TD last week, even if it came off one target for one catch. With no Christian McCaffrey, and no Robby Anderson, the Panthers are looking for other hands to throw it to besides those of DJ Moore.

    Tremble is young with another two TEs on the roster. Sometimes though, you need to get crazy, get spicy, and see if it pays off in the end. In a Week 8 matchup vs the Atlanta Falcons, allowing the third most ppg to the TE position, one of the Panthers TEs will catch a TD, and I am better on Tommy Tremble.

    Kyle Pitts manager with no real options left? Start Tremble, and it pays off. Just send me a Christmas card with my favorite chocolate, Minnie M&Ms. If it does not pay off, I will be here to give you air hugs.

    Let's CRUSH Week 8.


    Thank you for checking out my Week 8 Fantasy Football sleepers article! You can read all of my articles on my IDP Guys' author page. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @NBF_Clo and @IDPGuys (we have offense, too), and please consider becoming a subscriber!

    Brandon Blanco

    Fantasy footballer for over 10 years now. Writing is my passion along with enjoying Star Wars and anything with heroes and villains. In my spare time, I am creating crazy parlays, playing video games or reading. I hope for my writing to help people win their leagues but most importantly something that entertains them and brings them joy when reading my articles.
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