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 10 through 13, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
Pitta not stale after all
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Cook's increased involvement continued in Week 13 following Tennessee's new vertically friendly scheme. Though he's only caught 10 of his 20 targets in the last two weeks (including a 4-51-0 line last week), Cook should continue loving the new setup.
- His big-play ability has a chance to roll against the Colts, who've been stampeded by this position of late: 4.75 catches, 75.5 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game. Most of that came from the New England Patriots in Week 11, but the secondary and shaky linebacker coverage doesn't exclude someone like Cook, who's a load to bring down, from holding extra promise.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- An early-season favorite of Joe Flacco, Pitta has been relatively quiet recently. Outside of a nine-look, six-grab Week 12, he hadn't been seen more than five targets since Week 7. He's caught a respectable 63.4 percent of his 71 QB searches this year, though, so Flacco still trusts him, especially with the lack of thump behind Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin.
- The Redskins were tormented by Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett, and Brent Celek was serviceable. This trio combined to touch up Washington for 6.67 catches, 65.7 yards and 0.33 scores. Pitta should find plenty of soft spots in Washington's injury- and incompetence-riddled back four.
- He's a fitting one-week rental if you're still playing the rotational game this late in the season.
Moeaki hasn't caught more than four passes in a game, but he finally reached the end zone along with equaling that receptions total in Week 13. He's been a tad more involved in the offense lately, thanks to the questionable depth at wideout, and seems to have a rapport with Brady Quinn
have yielded 9.0 catches, 81.3 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to this position. A ridiculous day from Brandon Myers
, highlighted by a six-catch drive in garbage time, helped balloon these numbers a bit, but Heath Miller
and Jason Witten
posted competent lines in this window, too, so TE coverage remains a vulnerability.
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