NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 8 – Teddy Bridgewater and More
Nobody has ever turned their nose up at some quality NFL DFS sleepers. That is, unless they didn’t think of it first, or have a time machine and know for a fact you’re an idiot.
Truth be told, people get slammed all the time for their hot takes in fantasy football. However, especially when it comes to NFL DFS, nailing 1-2 sleepers can be the difference between cashing and winning it all.
You still have to do the rest of the work. Part of that is using my week 8 NFL DFS picks, as well as incorporating your own research. But hopefully my favorite week eight fantasy football sleepers can help your NFL DFS lineups.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Broncos ($5.4k)
Bridgewater isn’t the guy I think of when I need a big performance at a cheap price. He is cheap, however, and he gets a Washington defense that has been abused through the air.
The Football Team comes into week eight ranking dead last in points allowed to fantasy passers. I doubt that changes here, especially with Bridgewater set to get some help with the return of Jerry Jeudy.
That should give Bridgewater a full arsenal of weapons in a game that may be overlooked by the masses.
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles ($5k)
One NFL DFS sleeper everyone will have their eyes on is Gainwell. He’s already made Nick Sterling’s week 8 fantasy football guide as a key waiver wire addition, thanks to the Miles Sanders injury.
Eagles Injury Report: Miles Sanders, DeVonta Smith among 7 players who missed practice https://t.co/OF8jBC8sNb
— Bleeding Green Nation (@BleedingGreen) October 27, 2021
Assuming Sanders is down for the count, the Philadelphia backfield would at the very worst be split between Gainwell and Boston Scott.
Scott did see seven carries last week, but I won’t really lose sleep over this one. The reality is Gainwell is the more exciting player, and he deserves a shot at a bad Lions defense.
Detroit ranks 29th against fantasy running backs in 2021, and Gainwell is simply too cheap in this spot.
Gabriel Davis, WR, Bills ($3.3k)
I have been hunting for that Gabriel Davis breakout game all year long. It hasn’t happened, as free agent acquisition Emmanuel Sanders has been awesome, and tight endf Dawson Knox has been amazing.
Sadly, Knox is injured.
NFL INJURY ALERT: Bills TE Dawson Knox (hand) has been ruled out for Week 8 vs. the Dolphins, per Sean McDermott. pic.twitter.com/i3irRVl1gD
— DK Nation (@dklive) October 27, 2021
The absence of Knox just might open the door for Davis, unless the Bills have a ton of confidence in the guy behind Knox (more on that in a bit). Considering they don’t play the same position, it’s pretty likely most people overlook the potentially expanded role for Davis.
As you may recall, he was a bit of a dynamo as a rookie last year.
- 35 receptions
- 599 receiving yards
- 17.1 YPC
- 7 TDs
It seems that’s the kind of guy you’d get more involved. The reality is Davis simply hasn’t been needed, though.
Until now. In week eight, he gets a beautiful matchup with Miami, who rank 30th against wide receivers on the season. If you’re with me and still holding out hope for Davis, this may be the week to take the plunge.
Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Colts ($3.2k)
Tight end is a catch-22 position. There are no sure-fire studs that can’t miss, and the would-be NFL DFS sleepers all come with inherent risk.
He’d be a much more fun play if the Colts gave him more work, but at least the guy is efficient. His matchup with the Titans stinks by the numbers, but at the rate he’s scoring (4 TDs in his last 4 games), I can’t ignore his price tag.
Indianapolis Colts Defense ($2.6k)
Let’s stick with Indy for the best value defense, too. The Colts feel like a fine NFL DFS sleeper, seeing as they’re a sound defensive unit.
I know, going up against Derrick Henry is asking for trouble, and it’s not like the Titans can’t throw the ball, either. However, the Colts do own a solid rushing defense, and they’ve been rather active.
If they can hold the Titans relatively in check, they’re paying their salary off. If they can score a defensive touchdown, they might play a hand in breaking the slate.
Other NFL DFS Sleepers for Week 8
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars ($5.5k)
- Elijah Mitchell, RB, 49ers ($5.4k)
- Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers ($4.2k)
- Tommy Sweeney, TE, Bills ($2.9k)
- Washington Football Team Defense ($2.1k)
If you aren’t falling in love with my top NFL DFS sleepers for week eight, try this second batch on for size.
Trevor Lawrence is riskier, but offers a friendlier ceiling than Bridgewater. He’s in a plenty fine spot against a Seahawks defense that has given up the fourth most passing yards on the year.
I don’t love the 49ers these days, but they always want to run the ball, and Elijah Mitchell has gotten it done more often than not. Chicago has allowed the 6th most rushing yards to running backs, too.
Lastly, the Football Team could always just wreck Bridgewater and the Broncos. They’ve been much more active in recent weeks, and it’s not like Denver is known for their explosive offense.
Hopefully my week eight fantasy football sleepers help your NFL DFS lineups. If you want more skin in the game, head over to the top NFL betting sites and place some bets.