Week 8 sleepers
By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - If you drafted a team that includes DeMarco Murray, Maurice Jones-Drew, Greg Jennings and Fred Davis or have some of the elite players on a bye this week -- Arian Foster, Ray Rice, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green and Buffalo's RB duo come to mind -- you could use some help.
If you absolutely, positively have no other options, here are some players who might be able to get you through these tough times.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams - New England's pass defense is bad. Like, really bad. The Patriots have allowed 290.0 passing yards per game, but it gets much worse than that. They've given up 16 passing scores and an NFL-worst 39 completions of 20-plus yards. Bradford and the Rams will face the Pats across the pond in London this Sunday. The third-year QB's completion percentage is up 6.3 percent and his yards-per-attempt has increased from 6.1 last season to 7.3.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee Titans - The Colts are statistically solid against the pass but horrific against the run. In order to prevent another Chris Johnson explosion Hasselbeck should see a lot of eight-men fronts. With room to throw, Hasselbeck has a good shot at duplicating the 264 yards and two touchdowns Brandon Weeden posted in Week 7.
Jamie Harper, RB, Tennessee Titans - The 233-pound Harper has looked like 2004 Jerome Bettis in the last two weeks, stealing touchdowns from Chris Johnson and doing nothing else. Johnson should find running room against the Colts regardless of what schemes they play to stop him and Harper will be there to vulture another score or two.
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots - We saw Vereen produce 59 yards on nine touches in Week 7 and then receive praise from Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Monday and Tuesday. Brandon Bolden won't play versus the Rams so Vereen should see another 10-12 touches behind Stevan Ridley as Belichick once again tries to prove he's smarter than everyone else.
Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins - Pierre Garcon still can't run at full speed and Fred Davis is done for the season so the veteran Moss should find himself heavily involved again. Moss has caught nine balls for 193 yards and three TDs over the last three games. Meanwhile, Joshua Morgan has failed to develop chemistry with Robert Griffin III and Aldrick Robinson hasn't seen much action since Week 2.
Chris Givens, WR, St. Louis Rams - Remember what I said about the Patriots and 20-yard pass plays? Well, Givens has a 50-yard reception in each of the last four games and also took a rush for 14 yards against the Packers in Week 7. The explosive rookie seems like the perfect weapon to take advantage of New England's generosity.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions - We expected a little more from Young this season but he's been underwhelming like the rest of Detroit's offense. In six games, Young has just 17 receptions for 204 yards, with 46 yards and his only TD this season coming on a fluke deflected Hail Mary in Week 2. But he should be more involved following Nate Burleson's season-ending leg injury. Calvin Johnson will draw a lot of attention from Seattle's strong secondary Sunday so Young should have some single coverage to work with.
Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets - Jeremy Kerley has been Mark Sanchez' No. 1 target in the last few weeks following Santonio Holmes' season-ending injury, but don't discount Hill. The rookie has seven catches for 78 yards and a touchdown in two games since returning from a hamstring injury and gets a lackluster Miami pass defense Sunday.
Joel Dreessen, TE, Denver Broncos - We assumed Jacob Tamme would have a big year since he played with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis but Dreessen has been a better fantasy play. The former Houston Texans tight end caught a touchdown in three straight games from Week 3-5 and then grabbed six balls for 57 yards in Week 6. Tamme only has 18 receptions for 159 yards and zero touchdowns since Week 1.
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