Week 8 Deep Sleepers: Injuries Pave Way For NFC West RB
QB Case Keenum @KC
It's not a good week to dig deep at quarterback. Keenum only had 21 pass attempts last week since the Broncos were ahead from the beginning against the Cardinals in a blowout. Keenum passed for 377 yards with two touchdowns in Week 5 and 322 yards with two touchdowns in Week 6 against the Rams. Keenum threw for 245 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in Week 4 at home against the Chiefs, who allowed eight passing touchdowns in the first three games and three in four games since. The Broncos will have to pass often to keep up with the Chiefs offense.
RB Devontae Booker @KC
Royce Freeman has been ruled out with a high-ankle sprain. Phillip Lindsay will be the lead back, but Booker will see an increase in snaps. Booker is often used in passing downs, and the Broncos should be playing from behind. Lindsay is the better play and someone to consider in DFS, but with injuries and byes, Booker can be started this week. Booker only played six snaps last week, but that was because the Broncos hammered the Cardinals. Booker has two games with five receptions this season, and he's got a good shot to do it again.
RB Raheem Mostert @ARI
Mostert is a better play if Matt Breida is out. Breida aggravated an ankle injury on his first touch of the game last week and only played five snaps. So many injuries to the 49ers backfield have opened things up for this NFC West RB. Mostert had seven carries for 59 yards and caught four passes for 19 yards. The week before Mostert had 12 carries for 87 yards. After playing one snap in Week 6, Alfred Morris had nine carries for 25 yards. Mostert is the better player, and even if Breida is fine for next week, Mostert has earned more touches, and the Cardinals have allowed the most Fantasy points to running backs, including ten rushing touchdowns.
WR Anthony Miller vs. NYJ
Allen Robinson is listed as questionable with a groin injury. He returned to practice Friday, but will go through warm-ups Sunday before deciding his status. Robinson had five targets last week, catching one pass for four yards. Miller will get more targets if Robinson sits and even if he plays since Robinson could be limited. Miller had seven targets last week against the Patriots and caught two passes for 35 yards, but gets a better matchup this week against the Jets, who have allowed 117 receptions, 1,403 yards and nine touchdowns to wide receivers.
WR Martavis Bryant vs. IND
The trade of Amari Cooper opens up more playing time and targets for Bryant. He has been inconsistent and made mistakes, but he's capable of making a big play at any time. Before the Week 7 bye, Bryant played a season-high 43 snaps. He has two games of at least 51 receiving yards in his last three games. The Colts have allowed five touchdowns to wide receivers in the last four games.
TE Chris Herndon @CHI
Injuries at wide receiver decimate the Jets. Quincy Enunwa has been ruled out, and Robby Anderson is doubtful. The Jets had Charone Peake, Andrew Roberts, and Deontay Burnett at wide receiver last week with Jermaine Kearse. They just signed Rishard Matthews this week. Herndon scored for the second straight game last week. He was rotating with other tight ends and is playing less than 40 percent of the snaps, but he's often on the field in passing situations. Herndon had seven targets last week, catching four passes for 42 yards with a touchdown.