Week Eight QB Sleepers – The Return of Fitzmagic?

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It’s fantasy football week eight, which means we’re over halfway to the fantasy football playoffs, and halfway through the real fantasy football season. “What about week seventeen championships?” you might ask. To that, I say: join a real fantasy football league. As always, we’re here to help with some fantasy football sleeper quarterbacks to help plug holes in your lineup. These guys are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! leagues, with one player available in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues. The same caveats apply: see if the guy’s in Waleed’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet are available in your league. If they aren’t, then here are some fantasy football sleeper quarterback options for you!

Week Eight Fantasy Football Sleeper QB:
Teddy Bridgewater versus Arizona (37% Owned)

Don’t look now, but Teddy Two Gloves has seven passing touchdowns and 835 passing yards over his last three games, and he’s thrown just one interception in that timeframe. Over those three games, he’s the eighth-highest scoring quarterback, which has a lot to do with throwing just one interception in those games. In fact, his 1.0% interception rate on the season is phenomenal and speaks to Two Gloves’ unlikelihood of tanking your week if you stream him.

That’s doubly true against the Cardinals, who the Saints take on this week (in what might be Teddy’s last start). The Cardinals have yielded at least two touchdowns to quarterbacks in five-of-seven games this season. They have Patrick Peterson back, but took on Daniel Jones (Danny Dimes is shelved) last week, so who knows if he makes a difference? He’s the highest owned, but I’d rather use the guy below.

[UPDATE: The Saints announced on Saturdsy morning that Drew Brees would make his return from his thumb injury. Derek Carr at Houston (22% owned) makes for a decent pivot.]

Week Eight Fantasy Football Sleeper QB:
Ryan Tannehill versus Tampa Bay (15% Owned)

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not ready to Print the Shirts with regards to Ryan Tannehill, he showed, at least, through one game, that he works better for the Tennessee Titans than Marcus Mariota. That’s not exactly a high bar to cross, given that Tannehill already has as many 300-yard passing days as Mariota this season. He also sits just one game behind him in multiple touchdown games. This week should even that score and in short order.

Tannehill pulled off his 312 yards, two touchdowns (one pick, but we’ll ignore that) performance against the Chargers, who allow the eighth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. Ryan Tannehill joints Deshaun Watson as the only QBs to throw for multiple touchdowns and over 300 yards against the Chargers. This week, Tanny gets Tampa Bay, which is a much easier defense to face: they’ve yielded 12 QB touchdowns and 1,394 passing yards in their last four games. They’ve also been the only team to make Daniel Jones look like a competent NFL QB.

Deep Dive Week Eight Fantasy Football Sleeper QB:
Ryan Fitzpatrick at Pittsburgh  (3% Owned)

If there’s one thing you can definitely say about Ryan Fitzpatrick, it’s that you can take all fantasy football stats and expectations and throw them right out the window. Fitzmagic is a high-variance gunslinger who is equally likely to put up six touchdowns as he is six interceptions in a game. He made his third start of the season last week, and he put up 23/35 for 282 yards, a touchdown (and a rushing TD), a pick and two fumbles. That’s the kind of insane game line that you’re likely to get from Fitzmagic.

Even more insane, he did it on the road in Buffalo, a team that allowed Andy Dalton 18.10 fantasy points in week three, and no other QB more than 13 fantasy points this season. Tom Brady and Marcus Mariota combined for 13.32 fantasy points, and Ryan Fitzpatrick dropped 21.58 fantasy points on them. The Steelers are a neutral matchup, who might overwhelm Fitzpatrick in a Fitzpatrick Revenge Game. Wait, no, the other one. Minkah Fitzpatrick Revenge game. I don’t know, man. It doesn’t feel good to encourage people to start a Dolphin, but here we are.

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