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 Weeks 2 through 5, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans
One big target
Fantasy value: High-end No. 1
- One of the NFL's leading red zone targets, Miller has thrived in Todd Haley's offense. The vet has recorded at least five looks and four catches in three off Pittsburgh's four contests, and he's hauled in 19 of his 25 targets on the year for a stellar 76.0 percent conversion rate. He's hit the end zone four times.
- Tennessee welcomes opposing passing games, and a tight end has scored on them in every game this year. The position has tormented them to the tune of 6.5 receptions, 58.8 yards and 1.25 touchdowns per contest. The secondary members are great IDP commodities, but not very good in the coverage department.
Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- The Cards' running game is battered and stuck with depth options as the main members of a committee. Their tight ends have mostly been used in blocking situations in the past few years, and Todd Heap (knee) has been hurt. Housler, however, has seen his play count increase in the last three weeks. The bigger Aaron Hernandez clone, Housler (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) is a good fit in Arizona's frequently no-huddle offense.
- Buffalo has surrendered 5.75 receptions, 82.5 yards and 0.25 touchdowns per contest to the position. Heap might be returning soon, but Housler should benefit as he frequently substitutes for a running game on the receiving end of short dump-off passes.
NEW - DJ Williams, Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Pay attention to Jermichael Finley's health as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. It appears as though he stands a chance to play. Finley has steadily received 5.0 targets per game since being on the end of 11 Aaron Rodgers throws. Some of that love will go to the athletic Williams.
- If Houston's defense has a weak area it would have to be against tight ends. That could become even worse with the loss of linebacker Brian Cushing (knee). On average, the position has sported a big-play line of 3.25 catches, 45.5 yards and 0.75 scores.
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