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There are many fantasy QBs, and Lions players primed for a big game this Sunday. While the loss of Kerryon Johnson is a significant blow to the Detroit Lions, it opens the door for two of his teammates to see chances for increased opportunity. Below are my sleeper candidates to help you get an edge over your opponents in week eight.
Opponent: Arizona Cardinals
Bridgewater is coming off an impressive performance in which he threw for 281 yards and 2 TDs against a strong Bears defensive that allows the 5th least fantasy points to opposing QBs. Bridgewater has a passer rating of 102 over the past four games, which is the 6th most amongst NFL QBs. He heads into this contest against a Cardinals defense that has failed to hold a QB under 18 fantasy points in two of the last three weeks and has failed to hold an opponent under 20 points this season. If either RB Alvin Kamara and TE Jared Cook return for week eight, Bridgewater will likely decimate this Cards secondary.
Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
John Brown will have his most favorable matchup of the season when the Philadelphia Eagles fly in to take on the Buffalo Bills. Brown is a quality deep-threat, who ranks in the top ten amongst WRs with 79.5 yards from scrimmage/game this season. Even though his targets have decreased from 8.5/game from weeks 1-4, to 5.5/game since week five, Brown has made the most of his limited targets. He has recorded at least five receptions and 69 receiving yards in all but one of his games this year against stingy defenses like the Bengals, Patriots, and Titans. Philly’s secondary has been torched, allowing 100+ yards to Amari Cooper, Stefon Diggs, Davante Adams, Marvin Jones, Julio Jones, and Terry McLaurin, in all but one game this year, and they’re destined to let Brown go off on Sunday.
Opponent: New York Giants
Matthew Stafford threw for 364 yards and 4 TDs in an epic performance against the Green Bay Packers’ daunting defense. The Lions’ signal-caller, Matthew Stafford is only owned by 85% of Yahoo Fantasy Football owners, despite throwing for 265+ yards in his last three games. During this stretch, Stafford has also tossed seven touchdowns and one interception with two 20+ point games. With running back, Kerryon Johnson, on the injured reserve list, you can expect Lions’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to be more aggressive in the passing game, especially in the red zone.
Opponent: New York Giants
With Lions RB, Kerryon Johnson on the injured reserve list, his teammate, Ty Johnson, has the opportunity to assert himself as the Lions’ true bell-cow RB. When K. Johnson went down, T. Johnson immediately saw the Lions’ share of carries, especially in goal-line situations. During the pre-season, Ty Johnson flashed his receiving ability, which is a bonus for prospective fantasy owners. The Giants are coming off an abysmal week in which they allowed a back up running back to run for over 120+ yards and reach the end-zone three times, without the assistance of a quality offensive line. Except Ty Johnson to put up similar production against the Giants on Sunday.
Opponent: Miami Dolphins
If you are searching the waiver wire, looking for a QB to insert into your lineup, Mason Rudolph is a wonderful option. In the two full games that Rudolph has played, he has played well, scoring 15+ fantasy points against a tough 49ers defense, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Rudolph plays the miserable Miami Dolphins on Monday, who have been utterly incapable of holding a team below 30+ points in all but one of their games this season. The lone game they held below 30 points, were the Washington Redskins, who have also been a colossal failure this year. Mason Rudolph likely won’t break any records this week, but he is likely to get approximately 20 points this week.
Opponent: Indianapolis Colts
With Emmanuel Sanders being traded to the San Francisco 49ers, WR DaeSean Hamilton has a new chance to flourish in Denver. Prior to being traded, Sanders was enjoying 27% of the Broncos target share, while TE Noah Fant enjoyed 16% (https://www.fantasysp.com/target-touch-leaders/DEN/all). With Fant questionable, that leaves a large window of opportunity for Hamilton to step in and see a dramatic increase in targets. Due to the presence of teammate WR1 Courtland Sutton and Joe Flacco’s conservative playing style, Hamilton does have a low floor. Nevertheless, if you need a flex option or are looking for a fantasy gem to store on your bench for the future, Hamilton’s high ceiling would make him an excellent addition to your team.
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