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 6 through 9, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Dustin Keller, New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks
Returns to a strong matchup
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
Coming off his bye, Keller might still be available in many leagues. Grab him immediately if so. In his last two games, he's totaled 14 catches, 160 yards and one score on 18 targets to remind us how much Mark Sanchez
enjoys throwing to him.
Seattle has some talented members of the secondary, but they've let tight ends beat them frequently to the tune of 6.5 receptions, 67.8 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per contest. Expect a similar game pace, allowing Mark Sanchez
to settle for his safety blanket over the middle.
Myers is rapidly losing his qualification for this list. In two of his last three games, he has 10-plus looks to his name (23 looks, 15 catches) and has snared a ridonkulous 78 percent of the tosses destined for him this year. He's Oakland's No. 2 receiver.
Baltimore's defense ain't what it used to be thanks to injuries and aging commodities. Tight ends have discovered this by dissecting them for 7.0 catches, 76.0 yards and 0.33 scores per contest. Myers should remain a PPR attraction this weekend.
Olsen's nine-target, five-reception Week 9 was, unfortunately, his best game since his big Week 4. He's involved but seldom comes through at this level. He's gaining more defensive attention.
have allowed the most standard-scoring points to tight ends (14.0 per game), which is manifested in their averages of 6.67 catches, 87.7 yards and 1.0 scores.
Maybe the release of his recently born son from the hospital will ease his mind a bit. It wouldn't be surprising if the heart birth defect that prolonged his son's care was on his mind a little last week.
NEW - Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Chandler hasn't logged more than four receptions in a game this season, though he's reached that level three times. He hasn't found the end zone since Week 4.
- Buffalo may be without or with a hobbled Stevie Johnson (hamstring), though, and it'd be a good chance to lean on Chandler. The Pats' secondary remains the vulnerable unit it was last year, and tight ends have gotten to them of late for 6.0 catches, 66.3 yards and 0.33 scores per game.
- Chandler is a matchup problem if he can find space in the red zone, and Ryan Fitzpatrick's success and volume against New England in recent years will contribute to Chandler's opportunities. You know that last time he scored? He accounted for two scores versus this very team.
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