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 1, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Tamme leaves Peyton in good hands
Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Gresham's season debut wasn't impressive by any stretch of the imagination. His 3-30-0 line barely registers in the stats sheet. In his defense, he was playing against a stout Baltimore Ravens D in his first game action since spraining his knee.
- Welcome the Browns to the party and a fantasy bash should be in store. Cleveland allowed seven receptions, 81 yards and a touchdown to the Philadelphia Eagles' tight ends. The Browns will be without cornerback Joe Haden and will have to pay extra attention to A.J. Green on the outside, which should leave Gresham a lot of room to roam down the seam.
Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Peyton Manning relied on a familiar face in his first game as a Bronco by connecting on five passes for 43 yards and an important score with Tamme. The fifth-year tight end fits Denver's offense well and didn't seem to lose any of Manning's trust after a critical preseason drop.
- The Falcons lost starting cornerback Brent Grimes (Achilles') for the season after last week's contest, and they'll have to keep a close eye on Demaryius Thomas. Eric Decker is no slouch, either, and Tamme could carve away at the interior of the defense as a result. Atlanta surrendered five receptions for 73 yards and a score against the Kansas City Chiefs' ragtag crew of tight ends.
NEW - Fred Davis, Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Davis was targeted four times, catching two balls for 38 yards. He will have his ups and downs in 2012, but the way Robert Griffin III commanded the offense offers hope.
- Another reason to be optimistic: St. Louis gave up 12 receptions and 126 yards but no touchdowns. The big-play Davis has a change to become well-rounded this week, perhaps even valuable for those in PPR leagues.
- The injury to Pierre Garcon (foot) could limit his reps this week and force Davis to be more involved in the passing game.
NEW - Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench
- Buffalo's favorite red zone target could prove serviceable against the Chiefs this week. Chandler began his 2012 season in a similar way, scoring once on four receptions. He could see more work this week as the offense finds its way without David Nelson (knee-IR).
- The Chiefs' all-time leading receiver, Tony Gonzalez, found paydirt against his former team in Week 1. Atlanta's tight end position caught five passes for 53 yards.
- Chandler is a true all-or-nothing flier play in Week 2.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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