The byepocalypse is over, and really, the only must-start wide receiver we are missing this week is Marquise Brown. In 3WR PPR leagues, we’re also missing Hunter Renfrow. But, other than that, it isn’t a big week for needing to stream a wide receiver. That is unless you relied on guys like Antonio Brown or Terry McLaurin, whose Sunday availabilities are in doubt. Don’t worry, we have you handled with some sleeper wide receivers available in at least 50% of leagues. For you deeper league players, we have a guy available in at least 90% of leagues.
Week 8 Sleeper Wide Receivers
Tim Patrick versus Washington (33% rostered)
Thursday Night Football games are weird, which is why I’m willing to give Tim Patrick the benefit of the doubt for his (very bad) Thursday Night Football performance. He caught two-of-five passes for 16 yards, which isn’t what you want out of a streamer. But, in the six games prior to that point, he averaged 4 catches for 57 yards, scoring three touchdowns in six games. He’s a big and beefy boy and has turned into one of Teddy Bridgewater’s go-to targets. Now, the Jerry Jeudy return could cause some problems, but I’m willing to believe that Patrick will get the nod over Jeudy in his first game back.
The Washington Football Team is one of the worst pass defenses in the entire NFL, allowing the eighth-highest net yards per attempt. That means QBs are passing on them and they aren’t getting home on sack attempts. This also leads to their #8 rank in yards per play. They’re bad, folks and Tim Patrick can take advantage of that; they allow the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers on the year.
Darius Slayton at Kansas City (13% rostered)
With Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and Sterling Shepard likely still on the shelf for week eight, we are looking at a return of the Darius Slayton Show. Slayton has started and finished three games this year, and he has 22 targets in those three games. He’s actually performed astonishingly well given his low roster rate, averaging 61 yards on 3.7 catches per game when he’s played. The lack of options around him will help bolster those numbers, and he should be a priority end zone target for Daniel Jones.
This week he gets the Chiefs, who allow the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, but just the fifteenth-most points to wide receivers. I am going to side with a deluge catching Darius Slayton up in the wash, given their proclivity for forgetting receivers exist.
Zach Pascal versus Tennessee (6% rostered)
Zach Pascal had just one target two weeks ago due to an injury on that one target. Outside of that game, he has at least five targets in every game this year, including a team-leading six targets last week. Pascal doesn’t have a lot of air yards behind his targets, and he doesn’t have a lot of touchdowns (none since week two), so he isn’t on a lot of radars, especially since Michael Pittman Jr’s. breakout. But, he’s their slot receiver and has the most slot snaps in the NFL (239).
The Cowboys’ slot corner, Jourdan Lewis, boasts some mighty impressive numbers. He allows just 2.3 catches on 4.3 targets per game, allowing about 27 yards per game. Unfortunately, he’s done it against some questionable opponents. It’s not that difficult to shut down Jalen Guyton (one catch, six yards) or Terrace Marshall (3 catches, 23 yards). Two receivers have 5+ targets on Jourdan Lewis, and they averaged 15 yards per reception on him, on 3.5 catches. One was Chris Godwin, but the other was… Quez Watkins. If you target Lewis, you can get some fantasy production.