Week Seven WR Sleepers – What Can Brown Do For You?

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 wide receivers 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 wide receiver options for you!

Week Eight Fantasy Football Sleeper WR:
Kenny Stills versus Oakland (48% Owned)

Every year, there are certain changes in player situations that don’t come with a corresponding change in ownership. This marks the death of many fantasy football teams, as they’ve completely given up. Kenny Stills and his paltry 48% ownership represent one of those changes. He was injured in weeks five and six, but in two of his last three games, he has at least five targets, four catches, and 89 yards. Last week, he topped 100 yards for the first time as a Texan. Now, Will Fuller is out for an extended period of time, and Stills is ready to take ahold of the deep threat in an offense that averages the eighth-highest depth of target (9.7 yards/attempt) and the fourth-most passes of 20+ yards downfield. This week, Stills gets a Raiders team that’s allowed the most 20+ yard pass completions (and the third-most 40+ yard pass completions). Seems pretty straightforward, to me!

Week Eight Fantasy Football Sleeper WR:
A.J. Brown versus Tampa Bay (21% Owned)

The Titans turned to Tannehill last week, and Tannehill turned to A.J. Brown. Brown topped five targets for the first time last week against the Chargers and was one of the main reasons why Tanny looked good. Throw in that Corey Davis is sick, and might miss Sunday’s game, and we have a fantasy football sleeper wide receiver recipe. The atrocious Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense certainly doesn’t hurt the equation. There are a ton of ways to chop up exactly how bad TB’s pass defense is, but I’ll just put it this way: since week two, they’ve allowed at least 9.7 fantasy points to two wide receivers in every single game.

Week Eight Fantasy Football Sleeper WR:
DaeSean Hamilton at Indianapolis (7% Owned)

The Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders because he had the gall to tell John Elway that Ben Roethlisberger was a better leader than Joe Flacco. That clears out space for DaeSean Hamilton to feast, just like he did last year when an Achilles injury cleared out Emmanuel Sanders from the Broncos. Last year, without Emmanuel Sanders, Hamilton averaged 6.4 receptions for 45.5 yards per game, and he scored two touchdowns in those games. While the yardage total isn’t exciting, the reception floor makes for a good play in PPR or HPPR leagues. Over the course of the season, the Colts don’t appear to be a good matchup for Hamilton, but over their last three games, they’ve allowed double-digit days to six wide receivers, including luminaries like Byron Pringle and Trevor Davis. This could be a guy that you can spend $0 on FAAB on now or $20 on FAAB on next week. He’s worth a stash, at least.

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