Let’s break down 10 wide receiver sleepers to target for fantasy football Week 8.
Week 8 of the NFL season is officially underway.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers are on their respective bye weeks. Therefore, impactful fantasy wide receivers such as Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Mecole Hardman will be unavailable. If you are looking for a fantasy football wide receiver sleeper, here are 10 options.
10. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry are both listed as questionable. Neither player participated in Thursday’s practice.
Last week, Smith had five receptions for 59 yards on six targets in their absence. Smith has quietly recorded double-digit fantasy points in three out of his five games this season. If Thomas and Landry are ruled out, he is an excellent option in deeper leagues.
9. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Ray-Ray McCloud III, San Francisco 49ers
Deebo Samuel is dealing with a hamstring injury. He did not participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday. If Samuel does not play on Sunday, McCloud should see an increased workload. He is coming off his best performance of the season; he had four receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.
In addition, he will have a favorable matchup this week against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams are allowing the 10th-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season.
8. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Kalif Raymond, Detroit Lions
Last Sunday, Raymond led the Lions in receptions (5), receiving yards (75), and targets (6). After suffering a concussion, Amon-Ra St. Brown was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday. DJ Chark and Jameson Williams remain out, while Josh Reynolds is listed as questionable with a knee injury.
Raymond is not guaranteed to serve as the lead wideout again this Sunday, but due to the influx of injuries, he is worth a flier.
7. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns
Peoples-Jones has been surprisingly consistent. He has recorded 4+ receptions and 50+ receiving yards in four consecutive games.
His upside has been limited by his lack of red zone production, though. This season, he has not scored a touchdown, and he has zero receptions inside the 10.
Other wide receivers on this list have higher ceilings, but Peoples-Jones projects to be a safe, high-floor option. He is a solid FLEX play.
6. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts
Over the past two weeks, Campbell has been thriving in the Colts’ offense. He had 17 receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 23 targets. His 23 targets were the fifth-most in the NFL during that span trailing only Austin Ekeler, Tyreek Hill, Chris Godwin, and Michael Pittman Jr. Campbell was quickly becoming an appealing fantasy option. However, the Colts decided to bench Matt Ryan on Monday. Sam Ehlinger will take over as the starting quarterback.
With Ehlinger at quarterback, the board is reset. Will he have strong chemistry with Campbell? The Colts are third in the NFL in passing attempts. Will they continue to throw the football that frequently?
Campbell is a high-risk, high-reward FLEX play.
5. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Marquise Goodwin, Seattle Seahawks
DK Metcalf exited last Sunday’s game with a knee injury. He did not participate in Thursday’s practice.
Last week, Goodwin had four receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns. If Metcalf is out, Goodwin should continue to serve as the Seahawks’ second wide receiver. He has streaming upside.
4. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Mack Hollins, Las Vegas Raiders
In Week 3, Hollins erupted for 29.96 fantasy points against the Tennessee Titans. He had eight receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. Since then, Hollins has cooled off posting 18.7 total fantasy points over his last three games.
However, Davante Adams is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints due to an illness. Adams did not participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Fantasy owners should monitor Adams’s status. If he does not play, Hollins has plenty of upside as the top receiver against the Saints, who are giving up the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers.
3. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Wan’Dale Robinson, New York Giants
Since returning to the lineup in Week 6, Robinson has been the number one wide receiver for the Giants. In Week 6, he had three receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. Last week, he built on that momentum with six receptions for 50 yards on a team-high eight targets.
The second-round pick should continue to play a significant role in the Giants’ offense moving forward.
2. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers
For the past three weeks, Doubs appeared to be an ideal fantasy sleeper. Yet, he keeps underwhelming. Well, I am talking myself into Doubs, once again. Is that wise? Maybe not, but hear me out.
Allen Lazard is listed as a doubtful. Randall Cobb is on the IR. Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson are listed as questionable. Despite the disappointing production, Doubs has still been targeted 17 total times over the last three games, which is third on the team trailing only Lazard and Robert Tonyan.
On paper, everything is lined up for Doubs to have a big game this Sunday.
1. Fantasy football wide receiver sleepers for Week 8: Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Ja’Marr Chase is expected to miss four to six weeks due to a hip injury.
With Chase sidelined, Boyd has immense fantasy value. Boyd was a 1,000-yard receiver in both 2018 and 2019. Chase is currently second in the NFL in targets (74), so Boyd, Tee Higgins, and the rest of the Bengals’ receivers should see a significant increase in usage.
Boyd is coming off his best performance of the season. Last week, he had eight receptions for a season-high 155 yards and a touchdown. If Boyd is still available in your league, pick him up immediately. He is a must-start option, while Chase is out.