Fantasy Football Sleepers: TE - Week 13 (with video)

by Tim Heaney and Cory J. Bonini on November 28, 2012 @ 17:15:33 PDT


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 9 through 12, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders

Tennessee Titans TE Jared Cook
Something Cook-ing in Tennessee

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • A two-touchdown affair in Week 11 has defined Watson's production. He's otherwise been quite quiet this year; those end-zone trips were his first since Week 6, and those eight targets were his most in a game since Week 3. He hasn't been targeted more than five times in a contest since Week 4, other than in the aforementioned outlier.
  • Watson is a risky play, considering Jordan Cameron's involvement, but the vet is worth a scoop-up if you're looking for a waiver wire replacement in deep leagues. Oakland's pass defense has welcomed all forms of tight ends recently. The average of 9.8 standard scoring points the lot has scored on them is tied for the third-highest.

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Since Chad Henne took over under center, Lewis has become a more alluring part of this aerial game. He's caught seven of the 10 targets he's seen in the last two games (reflective of his highly effective 71.7 conversation rate of 33-for-46 on the year). He's an inside-the-20 threat who has big games in spurts; see his 3-40-2 Week 11 off the arm of Jacksonville's new top slinger.
  • Tight ends have posted 4.25 catches, 50.3 yards and 0.75 touchdowns on Buffalo's back end. Maybe Lewis will have to stay in to help block Mario Williams, but he should find enough opportunities to slip by, especially if they remember not to trust RB Rashad Jennings near the goal line.

Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • The Titans' changes in offensive philosophy should embrace more downfield efficiency. This will do wonders to take advantage of Houston's average allowances of 6.0 catches, 59.8 yards and 0.50 scores to this position.
  • Houston's defensive woes overall and Cook's newly formed upside make the athletic weapon a pickup for utility in Week 13 and potentially beyond.

NEW - Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Paying homage to KFFL's Herija Green's coined term, "The Touchdown Handler" has not lived up to his billing of late with only one score in his last eight games after starting the season with four in as many games. He has nine receptions during this time.
  • Jacksonville presents such a favorable enough matchup for Chandler to rebound into the realm of being playable again. They have given up a half-dozen receptions, 59.3 yards and 0.50 scores per game to the position.
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