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 7 through 10, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Dustin Keller, New York Jets at St. Louis Rams
No Vick = More for Celek?
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Since returning from the sidelines, Keller hasn't seen fewer than five targets in a game. In those three trips, he's compiled 23 looks and 17 catches for a whopping 73.9 conversion rate; he added a six-pointer in Week 7. Mark Sanchez enjoys throwing to him.
- Keller should have an easy time compiling points versus St. Louis, who's allowed 5.0 catches, 75.0 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game to the position. Rob Gronkowski did most of that damage, but the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers have had erratic TE use this year. Keller's involvement falls somewhere in between those two levels - enough to expect a useful effort.
Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Nick Foles will start for Michael Vick (concussion) this week, and he looked in Celek's direction four times (two official targets) after he replaced No. 7. Celek's involvement over the last three games - as it has all season - has fluctuated: five targets in Week 8, nine in Week 9, and three last week. If Jeremy Maclin (back) is hobbled or inactive, though, more work should open up for him.
- Washington's pass defense hasn't really been all that defensive all year. Tight ends have taken advantage in the last month to the tune of 5.33 catches, 62.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns.
Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Hardly a bastion for stability, Fasano has registered exactly one reception in each of the last three weeks. Luckily, one happened to land for a touchdown. He's had just nine looks in that stretch, too.
- Fasano has a decent chance to exceed expectations against Buffalo, who has allowed 5.0 receptions, 69.0 yards and one touchdown per contest to this position. Most of that came from Rob Gronkowski and Owen Daniels, but Fasano's presence as a sometimes-red-zone threat could cure the bye-week blues for some deep-league owners. Look for him if your waiver wire is pretty bare.
's return will take away some midrange opportunities for Kendricks, but the sophomore has caught at least three passes in three of his last four games; in all four, Sam Bradford
sought him out at least four times. Those aren't amazing totals, and he doesn't typically do much after his receptions, but he's caught 69.7 percent of his looks this year - solid - and in the right conditions, he can rack up point-per-reception value.
This week seems to present one of those desperation opportunities: Gang Green has yielded 11.0 standard fantasy points per game to this position from averages of 5.67 catches, 57.7 yards and 1.0 touchdown. Rob Gronkowski
carried these stats, but New York let Anthony Fasano
sneak into the end zone and Zach Miller
regain a modicum of relevance. Kendricks has just as a good a shot as those final two to do the same.
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