In this article KFFL breaks down the fantasy football sleepers of the week. We will avoid marquee names because players of that caliber are rarely benched, regardless of their matchup. Instead, we will focus on the players that make your fantasy lineup decisions stressful each week. Read on to learn which midrange to low-end players you wouldn’t necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Note: All statistics are from Week 13 to Week 16, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Bo Scaife is being pushed out of the picture. Cook, on the other hand, has taken the reins, snagging eight throws for 138 yards and a touchdown in his last two contests, highlighted by a 5-96-1 outing on nine Week 16 looks.
- This week, Cook lines up against the Indianapolis Colts, who've yielded 8.00 catches, 62.0 yards and 1.25 touchdown catches to this position. In Week 14, Indy faced ... you guessed it, the Titans, and all three of Kerry Collins' scoring passes went to tight ends Scaife (two) and Craig Stevens.
- Collins relying on a comfortable position and Indy's weakness against tight ends make Cook a waiver wire addition for Super Bowl teams looking for an exclamation point.
Dustin Keller, New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
Keller seeing extra looks
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Keller has regained the good graces of Mark Sanchez (shoulder), being targeted at least nine times in two of the last three weeks: 12 in Week 14 and nine this past Sunday. He only snagged three passes in Week 14 but hauled in seven against the Chicago Bears' Cover 2 defense. There's a chance The Sanchize sits this week; Mark Brunell would probably rely on Keller often, too, given how little he has played this season.
- The Bills haven't allowed much in receptions (3.25) and receiving yards (32.5) per game but have allowed 0.75 scores per contest against this position, mainly by Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots) last week. But Buffalo faced teams with spotty use of the position other than Week 16 (Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins). Keller's increased involvement at least speaks to him taking advantage of an overall weak defense.
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