Calvin Johnson showed again why he is the best WR in football, Marvin Jones decided that 1 or 2 TDs weren’t enough by scoring 4 TDs in one game, Kenny Still caught 3 passes and 2 of them were for TDs and Jordy Nelson caught 7 passes for 129 yards and 2 TDs. Week 8 was the week of WRs for sure as 4 finished in the top 10, including #1 and #2 overall. Another big bye week this week with 6 teams off, today I am here to give you some sleepers that you can plug and play while some of your stars are off for the week. Before I do that, let’s take a look and see how my sleepers for week 9 performed.
Sleepers that made me look good
Stevan Ridley – After a slow start, Ridley found the endzone for the 3 straight games.
Jarrett Boykins – 5 catches for 86 yards in a 2nd straight good performance out of Boykins.
Jordan Reed – Followed up last week’s great game with another dandy, he caught 8 passes for 90 yards.
Pittsburgh Steelers D – They gave up 21 points but held the Raiders to 186 yards after the 93 yard TD run by Pryor. They also sacked him 2 times and forced 3 turnovers as well.
Sleepers that made me look bad
Ryan Tannehill – Oh he started off so good with 2 1st half TD passes and then he turned over the ball 3 times to finish off another rough performance.
Roy Helu Jr. – 25 total yards and just failed to produce after a 3 TD performance in week 7.
Marques Colston – 3 catches for 18 yards. Seriously, I am just done with this guy completely .
Week 9 Fantasy Football Sleepers (Bye Week: Broncos, Lions, Giants, Cardinals, 49ers, Jaguars)
Jake Locker vs. St. Louis Rams
Locker has been pretty consistent when he is actually on the football field. When you have the likes of the Manning Brothers, Matthew Stafford and Colin Kaepernick on a bye this week, finding an alternative option on the waiver wire can be tricky. But this week Locker is one the safest bets out there. He has 66 Fantasy points in his last 3 starts, 6 touchdowns and only 1 INT as well. The Rams have been solid against QBs this year only giving up 15 PPG game. But Locker fresh off a bye will take care of business this week.
Josh McCown vs. Green Bay Packers
McCown looked really good in mop-up time against the Redskins when Cutler went down. They also are coming off their bye which gave McCown plenty of opportunity to get more familiar with the Bears O. The Packers have given up 12 TDs and only have 3 INT in 7 games, equates to 18 PPG to Fantasy QBs. While I don’t think he will have a monster game, he will be a solid bye-week replacement.
Ryan Matthews vs. Washington Redskins
Matthews has been pretty good for Fantasy owners that took a risk and drafted him this year. He has scored double-digit Fantasy points in 3 out of his last 4 games. He has a great matchup this week against the Redskins who have given up 6 rushing TDs in the last 3 weeks. He does have to share the work load with Woodhead (who is a nice sleeper play as well) but should get enough looks to be a solid sleeper.
Zac Stacy vs. Tennessee Titans
Hopefully Stacy doesn’t end up injured during tonight’s MNF game against the Seahawks. The Titans are giving up over 17 PPG to Fantasy RBs as well as back to back games in which they gave up multiply rushing TDs. The key for me that makes Stacy a solid sleeper is that the Titans have given up 40 catches to RBs this season; Stacy has shown he is capable of being able to catch out of the backfield and will end up as a security blanket for Clemens as well.
Dexter McCluster vs. Buffalo Bills
McCluster is coming off one of the biggest games of his career; he caught 7 balls for 67 yards and a TD. He has seen 5 or more targets over the last 3 weeks. There is a lot of stud WRs on a bye this week and McCluster has a great matchup against the Bills, who have given up multiple TDs WRs in 6 out of 8 games this season.
Emmanuel Sanders vs. New England Patriots
Sanders broke out with a huge game against the Oakland Raiders, catches 7 balls on 11 targets and finding the endzone for the 2nd time in 3 games. He is a favorite target of Big Ben and this week they face a Patriots team that has given up TDs to WRs in 3 straight games as well. If Talib comes back this week he will be glued to Brown and that will free up Sanders to take advantage of the Pats D.
Timothy Wright vs. Seattle Seahawks
Wright found the endzone for the 1st time in his young career. News also came out today that Mike Williams was placed on the Injured Reserve and that is great news for Wright. The Seahawks have been really good against TEs this year but I expect Wright to see a ton of targets as the Bucs will be playing from behind the entire game.
Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles failed to score an offensive TD against a pretty bad New York Giants D. With Michael Vick injured again and Nick Foles still recovering from a concussion, the Eagles may have to turn to rookie Matt Barkley at QB. The Raiders are a very big sleeper that will either hit or really miss this week.
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