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Week 8 Sleepers

Darren Sproles

Screw you Leon Washington! Talk about bad luck for me. I pick him last week to unload against Oakland and he goes ahead and ends his season by breaking his leg. Rookie Shonn Greene steps in and rushed for 144 yds and 2 TD. Those should have been Washington’s numbers!

Maybe this is a good sign. Maybe every week one of my picks will get injured. I guess I will just have to take a look at who is on my opponent’s team that week and recommend him in this article.

Devilish you say? No, not at all! I believe “genius” is the word you are looking for…*evil laugh*.

Week 8 Sleepers

Darren Sproles (RB), San Diego Chargers

Sproles has been utilized in San Diego’s offense as a rusher, receiver, and kick returner. He is a small, speedy running back who can be explosive if given the chance.

Well, say hello to your chance Darren Sproles! The Chargers will get a nice day at the park on Sunday as they oppose the Oakland Raiders. Oakland owns the third-worst rush defense in football with 169 rush yds allowed per game and they have given up a league-worst 11 rushing TD. They just let the Jets run all over them on Sunday to the tune of 316 rush yds, which included two different running backs rushing for over 120 yds each.

Sproles may only have two career 100-yd rushing games to his credit, but you have to like his odds of delivering big numbers against the Raiders.

Devery Henderson (WR), New Orleans Saints

Pretty much any receiver on the Saints is a good bet to do some damage. This week the damage will be dished out to the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed over 250 passing yds per game this season.

Henderson had a good game last Sunday against Miami when the Dolphins were busy double-covering Marques Colston. He came away with four catches for 71 yds.

I’d pick Henderson over teammate Lance Moore because Henderson has more targets, receptions, and yards than Moore over the last four games.

Marc Bulger/Kyle Boller (QB), St. Louis Rams

In the time of bye week fill-ins, sometimes we need to make a desperate decision. This time, it is starting a St. Louis QB.

Now, the matchup itself is a favorable one. The Detroit Lions have the third-worst pass defense in football with 259 pass yds allowed per game and they have given up 17 passing TD this season.

Those in leagues with more than one QB spot need to consider whoever starts for St. Louis this Sunday (most likely Bulger). At the very least, he will put up serviceable numbers for a guy you pick out of free agency for one week.

Tony Scheffler (TE), Denver Broncos

Scheffler had a breakout game in Week 6 when he caught six passes for 106 yds and a TD. His game against the Ravens looks like another chance to cash in.

Baltimore has lost three straight games and have allowed five passing TD and an average of 260 passing yds per game in those losses. The Ravens showed weakness against the TE position last week when they allowed Minnesota TE Visanthe Shiancoe to reach the endzone twice.

Torry Holt (WR), Jacksonville Jaguars

Although he is no longer part of “The Greatest Show on Turf”, Torry Holt has proven to be serviceable to your team. In fact, he has 12 catches for 196 yds in his last two games. Thanks to fellow receiver Mike Sims-Walker, the passing game has been rejuvenated in Jacksonville.

There is no better treat for a wide receiver than getting to face the Tennessee Titans. The Titans are the proud owners of the absolute worst pass defense in football with over 310 passing yds allowed per game and they have allowed a league-high 19 passing TD. The last time the Titans and Jaguars met (Week 4), David Garrard threw for 323 yds and 3 TD.

If Holt can’t score his first TD of the season in this game, then he won’t do it any time soon.

Super Shocker Sleeper Pick

Carolina Defense/Special Teams

In terms of the entire season, the Panthers have been great at stopping the pass (150 yds per game) and bad at stopping the run (133 yds per game).

However, they have been a shut down defense for the past three weeks. In that time, they have allowed just 119 pass yds per game and 87 rush yds per game. In addition to that, they have been heat-seeking missiles on opposing QB’s, accumulating 11 sacks in the last three games.

That being said, you may be reluctant to start them against the Arizona Cardinals. While it is true that Arizona has a potent passing attack (270 yds per game), they are once again at the bottom of the rushing ladder with a league-low 60 rush yds per game.

My guess is that Carolina won’t have to worry about Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells and will instead put more DB’s on the field in order to stop the pass. Given that Carolina has been putting a lot of pressure on opposing QB’s lately, don’t be surprised if they force Kurt Warner into some mistakes.

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  1. Week 8 Sleepers: Screw you Leon Washington! Talk about bad luck for me. I pick him last week to unload against .. http://bit.ly/15Ue88

    Posted by Sports of Boston | October 28, 2009, 2:43 pm

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