With the bye-heavy week 9 upon us, sleepers will be more crucial than ever as all you fantasy owners look for waiver wire replacements for your benched starters. Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Tennessee are all getting the week off, so that leaves a lot of roster spots to fill. These sleepers should be available in just about every league, so if you need a replacement, taking a chance on one of these guys won’t be the worst decision you’ll make this week.
Michael Vick, QB, New York Jets
Vick has been absolutely terrible both times he’s replaced Geno Smith this season. But he makes the sleepers list in spite of that because you can never discount the mobile quarterback in fantasy football. Someone with as much speed as Vick always has the potential to go off. With a full week of first-team reps in practice and and the need to prove the Jets made the right call, the 3%-owned Vick might be worth of shot.
Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rainey could be the starter against the Browns this week while Doug Martin deals with a knee injury. Even if he is able to play, Martin has been pretty terrible for a long enough time that the Bucs may simply hand the keys over to Rainey anyways. The Browns run defense has been terrible, having already surrendered 1,000 rushing yards and giving up the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing backfields this season. Rainey should be able to capitalize.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts
The rookie Moncrief led all Colts players with 12 targets in week 8 with Reggie Wayne out. He dominated, catching seven of those targets for 113 yards and a score. While Wayne will likely be back on the field Monday night in the Meadowlands, Moncrief is a physical freak who has already showed he’s more valuable than the physical glass figuring, Hakeem Nicks, so he should still see a good share of looks from Luck.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bryant out-targeted Markus Wheaton again last week, seeing two more looks from Ben Ben. He was also the recipient of two of Roethlisberger’s six touchdowns in the Steelers’ shootout with Indianapolis last week. In his first two NFL games, Bryant has three TDs, a trend that could continue this week against the Ravens who are allowing close to 30 points to WRs this season.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
I had Kelce on the week 7 sleepers list as well, but he only ended up with four catches for 33 yards. I’ll rolling the Kelce dice again though as his week 9 matchup against the Jets is another favorable one. In three of the last four weeks, the Jets have allowed two touchdowns to opposing TEs. Kelce is an athletic player who could join the burning this week.
Tim Wright, TE, New England Patriots
If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a big fan of Tim Wright, so I’m going to keep putting him in these columns until you knuckleheads see the Wright Light too. Martellus Bennett or Delanie Walker are both on byes this week, so take a chance on Wright who has caught a TD in three of his last four games.