As we begin our ride toward the 2013 fantasy football playoffs, sleepers each week grow in importance.
Now wins become exponentially crucial, as do losses, which enhances the need for victory. That said, with time running our drastic times may call for drastic measures.
Sure it’s a cliche, but options continue to wear thin because of injuries, tough matchups, lack of production and limited talent on one’s fantasy team. Regardless of what combination of desperate decisions you face, the following Week 8 sleepers will help.
Leonard Hankerson: WR, Washington Redskins (at Denver Broncos)
Despite a lack of dazzling stats, Leonard Hankerson has more appeal than at first glance this week. For one, Washington plays Denver, the league’s worst pass defense. Secondly, we’re in the middle of the season which makes bye weeks a factor. Therefore, whether it’s at the second/third receiver spot or flex backup, Hankerson isn’t the worst of starts.
Additionally, Robert Griffin III’s mobility will buy time to extend plays. Even though his campaign has not been comparable to that of 2012, RG3 showed promise last week against another team with weak coverage. Denver does feature a sound pass rush, but it hasn’t been the same dominant front seven from a season ago.
Michael Floyd: WR, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Atlanta Falcons)
For the Cardinals to present any sort of aerial assault, Michael Floyd needs more targets. With 31 receptions on 51 looks, Floyd has accounted for 403 yards thus far. Each of those are second on Arizona to Larry Fitzgerald as well, but more targets for Floyd will expand the field of vision for Carson Palmer.
The Cardinals are also hosting the Atlanta Falcons this week. So far in 2013, Atlanta has not been it’s typical self, as evidenced by 14 passing scores allowed to just three interceptions recorded.
Oakland Raiders Defense (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)
The Raiders may not field much of an offense but Oakland’s defense is certainly worth a look. Ranking No. 10 against the run and No. 16 against the pass, the Silver and Black also give up just 3.8 yards per rush. The interceptions and completion percentage allowed aren’t sexy, but with 16 recorded sacks the Raiders have appeal at home against Pittsburgh.
Although the Steelers ride a two-game winning streak, much more needs to unfold for Ben Roethlisberger and co. to remain on track. Ranking 27th in rushing offense, the Steelers get a mere 3.5 per attempt and have just one run over 20 yards. As for the passing game, Big Ben has been sacked 21 times already and has tossed just seven passing touchdowns to five interceptions.
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