Alright, last week was a good one with recommendations. I recommended Tyler Boyd, Baker Mayfield, and Cole Beasley. We’ll leave out the busts that I suggested *COUGH CAM NEWTON COUGH*
Anyway, lets get on to it with NFL Week 8. Here are my Sleepers and Value Picks at each position for the weather weekend that is coming up!
I’m only going to suggest 1 Sleeper at QB this weekend because I don’t love very many of the matchups at all.
Sleeper: Kirk Cousins
However, Kirk Cousins at $7,100 seems like an “okay” play.
Lambeau Field isn’t allowing fans and the weather appears to be in the 30’s, but dry. So, the bail may not travel well which makes this a scary play.
Cousins, though, played well in week 1 against the Packers throwing for 259 yards, 2 touchdowns and rushing for 34 yards for a total of 22.76 fantasy points.
I expect the Vikings to trail early and often in this one forcing Cousins to push the ball downfield while playing catchup. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are both playing well and indications are that Dalvin Cook should be here, too. Cousins will have 3 weapons at his disposal and could be a decent play for a small amount of your cap this weekend.
Okay, so lets just call this position what it is – difficult. This is a really, really difficult position to pick daily fantasy for this year. The top producers are consistently great and demand a lot of your salary cap, but they are totally worth it. However, there are a host of players that could be overlooked this weekend.
Lets start with the first Sleeper I like a lot although he’s not exactly sleeper price, he’s being overlooked.
Sleeper: Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor takes up $7,300 of your cap space which sounds like a lot, but that is unreal $2,200 less than Derrick Henry and keeps you out of the $8,000 price range for a premium back. He has had a great start to the year getting 10 or more carries in all but 1 game and seeing a few targets in the passing game each week.
Currently, Taylor averages 13.2 points per game, but he’s facing a Detroit Lions defense that allowed Todd Gurley to score twice last week. You’d have to think that there is a really strong chance Taylor will continue to produce yardage and likely get into the endzone this week.
Giovani Bernard is getting another nod from me. Last week, the man made me proud giving you 18.1 points in the $5,000 range. He is, yet again, in that range at just $5,900 and Joe Mixon appears likely to miss this week as he was out of practice on Thursday.
Last week he saw 13 rushing attempts and 5 targets in the passing game. He is a thread to run or catch passes out of the backfield. Yes, he’s playing a tough defense in the Tennessee Titans, but the Bengals have shown they are committed to trying to score early, often and never stop working the offense with Burrow who has been awesome.
Play Bernard this week, save some money up for a big time player.
Value Pick: JaMycal Hasty
Sic ‘Em, Hasty! The Baylor product looks to get a decent amount of work this week as the 49ers continue to see their players just get decimated by injury bug that seems to be running through the Bay Area.
He has seen 9 rushing attempts in back to back games and a target in each game in a limited role. That role is set to potentially expand this week unless Jerod Mckinnon sees a large chunk of production again this week.
This position has been a lot more fun to watch this year as any host of players seems to be a decent play at a low salary every week. Lets get into a few sleepers and value picks.
Sleeper: Tee Higgins
Higgins isn’t going to be priced like a sleeper or considered one at all much longer if he continues this production.
Higgins has seen 5 or more targets every game this season and has had over 50 yards receiving in 4 straight games. He has score 10 or more fantasy points in 4 out of 6 games this season.
Again, this could be a tough matchup against the Titans, but we saw the Steelers and Texans move the ball easily against the Titans in consecutive weeks. If the Texans can move the ball around while in complete disarray, Tee Higgins can continue catching balls from fearless Joe Burrows.
Sleeper: Brandon Aiyuk
Again, the 49ers are a team that is like 90% IR right now. Somebody has to be healthy enough to play this weekend. Enter Brandon Aiyuk.
Aiyuk has seen 5 or more targets in 4 out of 6 games this season although he has scored in just 1 game and has only had 50 or more yards in 2 of those 6 games. However, he is probably the main target this weekend with Deebo Samuel out.
Aiyuk was able to record 115 receiving yards on 6 receptions. He is likely to continue to see his targets increase especially against a really bad pass defense in the Seattle Seahawks. This is an excellent matchup for Aiyuk and one that should and could be exploited for a highly productive fantasy weekend.
Value: Henry Ruggs III
Ruggs is $5,700 this weekend and he’s facing a horrendous Cleveland Browns secondary.
While Ruggs hasn’t seen many targets this season and his only highly productive game was against the Chiefs with 2 receptions, 118 yards and 1 touchdown, this matchup could be one that sees big time yardage and at least 1 score for the rookie receiver.
If you’re wanting to load up on high-cost players, Ruggs might be a nice flex that saves you cap space.
Value: Rashard Higgins
Rashard Higgins is going to see increased production as Odell Beckham Jr is out for the season. After OBJ’s exit, Higgins recorded 110 yards on 6 receptions.
At just $5,550, Higgins might be another player to consider taking a risk on to save up for a big time player while potentially getting a kaboom in fantasy production. The Raiders are the 23rd best defense against the pass this season, so its feasible Higgins could see high yardage and maybe a score this weekend. His stats from last week in an increased role is certainly promising.
I only have on suggestion for this position because there is only one real sleeper here for me.
Mike Gesicki is going to see increased production with a rookie quarterback out there for the Dolphins.
Seriously, what does a rookie QB love more than a Tight End? The ultimate security blanket for young QBs, you often see them target this position on short, underneath routes that help out the quarterback when facing a ton of pressure from blitzes that are unusual to the first year player.
Gesicki is just $5,500 and Tua is going to need him as they face a Rams team that can pressure the heck out of the QB. Tua will be looking his way early and often.
And that is all I have for this week’s sleepers and value picks. This is a tough week to play as weather is expected in a lot of these areas.
Be wary of the weather in those games before locking in any of your lineups this weekend!
*All salary cap values come from Fan Duel. Values may vary depending on Daily Fantasy Football service you use*
Check out Tom and I breaking down the top 5 at every position, more information on some sleepers for this weekend and our lineup picks in the video below or listen on audio!