Qualifying as a “sleeper” in daily fantasy football is a bit different than in season-long fantasy. In order to be a sleeper in daily fantasy football, it’s all about your cost, so regardless of the situation, and how obvious it may seem to play someone, these five names below are indeed sleepers in Week 8. Let’s roll right into them with the name who’s already on everyone’s mind.
Devontae Booker, running back, Denver Broncos
If not for his price on daily fantasy football sites, he wouldn’t even qualify as a sleeper. With C.J. Anderson being ruled out for the entire remainder of the season more than likely, it’s going to be Booker’s show, and there was no better time for it to happen. After a show start to the 2016 season, Booker has averaged 9.2 and 4.9 yards per carry over the past two games. His Week 7 performance against the Houston Texans was possibly the most impressive, as he saw a season-high 17 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Ty Montgomery, running back/wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
Montgomery is now a split between running back and wide receiver, and using him at wide receiver is actually more appealing this week. This week, the Packers draw a great matchup that should be high scoring with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have allowed 28.4 points per game, ranking them No. 27 in the league, while also giving up an average of 386.1 yards per game. Montgomery is going to see plenty of targets and more than enough touches to be worth playing once again this weekend.
Matt Asiata, running back, Minnesota Vikings
As pointed out by CBS Sports, via RotoWire, running back Jerick McKinnon was in a walking boot on Thursday. That’s a pretty quick turnaround to get out of a walking boot and return to play in a football game just a few days later. With Adrian Peterson already out and McKinnon likely to be sidelined, the Vikings are left with no one other than Asiata. Best of all, we saw in Week 7 that Asiata is capable of catching passes as well, bringing in six for 25 yards during the 21-10 loss. If he’s the Vikings’ only running back, expect at least a touchdown, maybe two in Week 8.
Chris Thompson, running back, Washington Redskins
Obviously, this one is pending starter Matt Jones being sidelined. Jones missed practice on Thursday, and even if Rob Kelley steps up and receives some extra carries, Thompson is going to be a point-per-reception monster, while also seeing a bump in carries as well. It’s hard to not like his upside in this spot, and many people may jump onto the Kelley bandwagon, leaving Thompson with lower ownership. It’s hard to beat that situation in the early-morning NFL game on Sunday.
Michael Thomas, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints
It’s officially time to go ahead and hop on the Michael Thomas bandwagon. The rookie from Ohio State has caught 36 passes this year, and is fresh off his best performance of the year. Against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, Thomas caught 10-of-13 passes for 130 yards. He had also caught a touchdown in three-straight games before last week. Expect to see Thomas involved in a big way, especially with the swarming Seattle Seahawks defense locking down on Brandin Cooks.