Fantasy Football Sleepers: TE - Week 16 (with video)

by Tim Heaney on December 19, 2012 @ 16:27:17 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 12 through 15, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans

Cleveland Browns TE Benjamin Watson
Watson's light bulb is on

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • One of the most maddening fantasy options at his position this year, Rudolph has combined for just three catches and 22 yards in his last two games; all of them came this past Sunday. In the three outings before that, though, he totaled 18 catches and 170 yards while scoring in each contest.
  • At least trusting him in your fantasy title game will be done facing down one of the best passing matchups in the game. Houston's awful throwing resistance has allowed the most standard points per game to this group (12.0), produced by 8.0 receptions, 83.5 yards and 0.75 goal-line crossings. Aaron Hernandez did the most damage, but Dwayne Allen, Jared Cook and the Brandon Pettigrew-Tony Scheffler pair each had a statistical say.

Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Tight ends have tortured Denver in recent weeks. They've allowed the fourth most combination points (9.3) per game. That comprises 3.75 receptions, 53.0 yards and 0.75 scores. Wesley Woodyard's return to action may solidify it a bit, but it's been a weak spot for much of the year.
  • Jordan Cameron will steal a few looks, but Watson remains the No. 1 option at the position with 18 looks and 11 hauled-in passes over the last three weeks. Brandon Weeden doesn't shy away from throwing, and playing against one of the AFC juggernauts will probably mean he'll have to test the secondary frequently in a comeback effort.
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