Fantasy Football: Week 8 Deep Sleepers - "Just Play Tannehill!"

Heading into Week 8, Senior Fantasy Football Expert Adam Ronis delivers some valuable deep sleepers to consider in both season-long and NFL DFS contests.
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It's not an awful week with only the Cowboys and Ravens on bye. As usual, there are a lot of injuries and several game-time decisions. Some managers will need to find replacements. Here a few deep sleepers to consider for Week 8:

QB Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

Here we are in Week 8 and Tannehill is an upgrade for the Titans' offense. How quickly things change. Tannehill went 23 of 29 for 312 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against the Chargers last week in his first start of the season. The week before, he replaced Mariota in the second half and completed 13 of 16 passes for 144 yards with an interception. The Titans will play the Buccaneers, who have allowed an average of 318.5 passing yards per game and multiple touchdown passes in four straight games.

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RB J.D. McKissic, Detroit Lions

Based on last week, Ty Johnson will get the bulk of the touches in the absence of Kerryon Johnson. Johnson played 64.5 percent of the snaps, while McKissic played 25 percent. McKissic can still play a role in the passing game and has had success in the brief touches this season. He has 15 carries for 109 yards and seven receptions for 73 yards on 10 targets. The Giants have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs. 

RB Benny Snell Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers

Snell is the backup to James Conner with Jaylen Samuels still sidelined. Conner injured his quad in Week 6 before the bye week for the Steelers and is expected to play. This could be a similar game to Week 6 in which the Steelers opened a lead against the Chargers and ran the ball often.

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Benny Snell

The Steelers are 14.5-point favorites at home against the Dolphins. Snell had 17 carries for 75 yards and a 14-yard catch against the Chargers. The Dolphins allow the second most fantasy points to running backs.

WR Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers

One of the first things you do ahead of time is to see who is playing the Dolphins to set yourself up for the next week. While Johnson is coming off a game with only two receptions, the Steelers had a big lead against the Chargers in that game and Mason Rudolph was out with a concussion. He's expected to play Monday night and of the 94 pass attempts by Rudolph, 20 have been targeted for Johnson. In those four games, he has scored twice. Cole Beasley scored his first touchdown of the season last week and Terry McLaurin scored two in Week 6 against the Dolphins.


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WR AJ Brown, Tennessee Titans

Brown has flashed dominance at times this season. The problem has been a lack of consistency due to the lack of aggressiveness from Marcus Mariota. With Ryan Tannehill in at quarterback, it's an upgrade for Brown, who had season-highs with eight targets and six receptions against the Chargers and finished with 64 yards. Davis has two games of at least 94 yards receiving and is averaging 16.9 yards per catch. The Buccaneers have allowed 11 touchdown passes, including seven to wide receivers and have allowed the second most fantasy points to the position. 

WR DaeSean Hamilton, Denver Broncos

Hamilton will see a boost with the trade of Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers. He's going to see more snaps and targets on a team lacking depth at wide receiver. Courtland Sutton will be the top target, but Hamilton could catch five to six passes per game, making him more appealing in PPR formats. The Colts have allowed five 100-yard receivers in 2019.

TE Josh Hill, New Orleans Saints

Jared Cook was inactive in Week 7 due to an ankle injury and he's unlikely to play this week after sitting out practice on Wednesday and Thursday. If he's out, Hill is in play. Hill caught all three of his targets for 43 yards with a touchdown last week against the Bears and played 68 percent of the snaps. While the Cardinals allowed one catch to Giants tight end Evan Engram, their other tight end Rhett Ellison had two catches for 33 yards with a touchdown. The Cardinals have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends, including eight touchdowns. 


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