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 8 through 11, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
Mo' Moeaki vs. Denver?
- More people are starting to wake up on Finley following his 3-66-1 affair in Week 11. It was his first score since the opener and his first time with three snares since Week 5. He's not a priority anymore, given the emergences of James Jones and Randall Cobb, but in the right situation, those Saturday meetings with Aaron Rodgers can pay off.
- In Week 12, the Giants present an opportunity for a repeat. Jason Witten's 18-catch outburst in Week 8 dominates New York's 11.7 standard fantasy points allowed per game to the position per contest. But New York's secondary can be exposed, and the crops for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals put up a capable average line against them of 4.5 receptions, 44.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.
Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Clark logged his best game of 2012 with a 7-58-1 effort in Week 11. The 11 times Josh Freeman sought him out also marked a season high. Clark has been relatively reliable (27-for-41 on target conversions), but it's taken him a bit to get involved frequently. His only Week 10 catch, however, was a three-yard score, so it looks like they trust him in the red zone.
- The Falcons' 10.3 standard points per game coughed up to this position ranks as the fifth highest. Jimmy Graham abused them. Jason Witten was OK. Brent Celek was meh. Clark is likely to wind up somewhere between Witten and Celek in hoping to extract something from Atlanta's 4.25 catches, 57.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns per contest from opposing tight ends.
NEW - Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: Flex
- This play requires some attention to the status of Coby Fleener (shoulder), who is supposed to be available after returning to practice. Allen should still have some value if Fleener plays, however, and that worth goes up considerably (roughly a midrange No. 1) if his fellow rookie receiving mate doesn't dress.
- Allen has caught 18 passes in the last month, averaging 56.0 yards per matchup. He has not scored in that span, but his PPR value has been respectable in three of those for games.
- Buffalo has folded against the position of late by giving up 4.33 receptions, 53.7 yards and a touchdown per contest to tight ends.
Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- The Chiefs' offense is hard to trust. Moeaki, however, is becoming more involved with six looks in each of the last two games and eight in Week 8. At this point in the year, you'll take targets where you can get them in many formats. Dwayne Bowe's neck injury might force KC to involve others more frequently, too.
- The Broncos have been weak against this position for most of the year and in the pertinent statistical period have allowed 7.33 catches, 88.0 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game. The resulting average of 11.7 standard fantasy points ranks second.
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