Quarterback Sleepers Fantasy Football Week 8: Lock the Carr

Derek Carr Start or Sit Quarterback Sleepers

We’re halfway through the fantasy football season this week! Big congratulations to all of us! We’ve fought injuries, COVID-19, more injuries, SARS-CoV-2, even more injuries, the novel coronavirus, and of course, injuries! This week we take a look ahead at fantasy football week eight quarterback sleepers to help you get through this week. After all, quality QBs like Kyle Allen and Gardner Minshew are out this week! To qualify as one of the quarterback sleepers, fantasy managers must deem him unrosterable in at least half of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues. For deeper leagues, one of the quarterback sleepers is available in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues.

Quarterback Sleepers Option #1: Jimmy Garoppolo at Seattle (32% rostered)

He seems to have fully recovered from his ankle injury, throwing for 545 yards in the last couple of games. I say “throwing” extremely loosely. He dumped it off or did a little tap pass and let the YAC Bros (Deebo Samuel, George Kittle & Brandon Aiyuk) do the hard part. Still, yards are yards, and yards are points. Unfortunately, the 49ers absolutely turbo smashed the Patriots last week, so Garoppolo ended with zero touchdowns. However, he ended with three against the Rams. Now fully recovered from an ankle injury that cost him 2.5 games, he gets a great matchup this week in Seattle. The Seahawks, for their part, allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, and Kyler Murray literally laughed at their defense mid-play last week.

Quarterback Sleepers Option #2: Derek Carr at Cleveland (32% rostered)

Derek Carr averages 22.6 points over the last three weeks, which ranks him as the QB9 during this span. He’s also topped  20 fantasy points in four of his last five games while playing four teams in the bottom-half in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks and one game in the top-ten against the position. He’s thrown just two picks in his last five games while passing on a 4,758 yards, 38 touchdown pace in that span. This week, Carr gets an OL that isn’t dying of COVID-19 as well as the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, with four quarterbacks topping 24 fantasy points against them in Yahoo! scoring. Big Ben probably would have done it if the Pittsburgh defense hadn’t done the hard work in week six.

Quarterback Sleepers Deep Dive Option: Drew Lock versus L.A. Chargers (9% rostered)

Drew Lock hasn’t been playing well lately, but this Chargers matchup feels like one where a lot of things will start to hit for the sophomore signal-caller. He has a massive split between intended air yards per pass and completed air yards per pass, indicating that he keeps bombing it out downfield and said bombs don’t connect for anything. Well, those big bombs likely connect this weekend. The Chargers have allowed the seventh-most 40+ yard plays despite already having their bye week. It’s not a huge chance of hitting, but you could do a lot worse than Lock down here in the sub-10% roster tier. Nick Foles. I’m talking about Nick Foles being the worse you could do.

Additional Quarterback Sleepers Options:

Baker Mayfield versus Las Vegas (37% rostered), Tua Tagovailoa vs LAR (30%)

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