Raheem Mostert, Tre'Quan Smith and other fantasy NFL sleepers for Week 8

Jay Asser 00:19 28/10/2018
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Here are five players worth picking off your bench or waiver wire and inserting into your starting lineup.

RAHEEM MOSTERT

A golden opportunity awaits the San Francisco 49ers’ unheralded running back if starter Matt Breida is sidelined with an ankle injury this week against the Arizona Cardinals.

Mostert has really come on in the past two weeks, totaling 146 rushing yards on 19 carries, along with 19 receiving yards on four catches.

It appears the 49ers would be more likely to ride him, and not Alfred Morris, if Breida can’t go against a Cardinals defence that is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

TRE’QUAN SMITH

If you want to take the kind of deep shot that would make Drew Brees proud, roll with the guy who’s quickly becoming his number two wideout.

Smith has seemingly surpassed Cameron Meredith in the New Orleans Saints offence and could be leaned on this week with top target Michael Thomas potentially having his hands full against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

There are a lot of mouths to feed in New Orleans, but also plenty of opportunities.

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BAKER MAYFIELD

You could do a lot worse than Mayfield as a streamer at quarterback this week, with the Cleveland Browns rookie coming off his best fantasy performance of the season.

Facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are surrendering the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, Mayfield should have the benefit of a positive game script as the Browns are expected to be chasing points.

Plus, there’s always the chance Mayfield adds points with his legs, like he did last week with 43 rushing yards.

JALEN RICHARD

Despite barely any chances to run the ball, Richard continues to hold value in PPR leagues thanks to what he can do as a receiver.

The Oakland Raiders scat-back has at least six catches in three of the past four weeks, and with Marshawn Lynch now on the injured reserve, Richard should see the field even more.

Doug Martin is expected to lead the backfield on early downs, but if Oakland are trailing and need to throw, that will favour Richard.

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VANCE MCDONALD

The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end hits that sweet spot of players who’ve produced fairly well this season, yet are still available in many leagues.

McDonald isn’t just worth streaming this week – he’s probably worth a roster spot on your team considering how volatile the tight end position has been this year and bye weeks.

As for right now, McDonald could thrive against the Cleveland Browns, who have given up four touchdowns to tight ends so far.

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