Fantasy Football Sleepers: TE - Week 5 (with video)

by Tim Heaney on October 3, 2012 @ 18:20:11 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 1 and 4, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

NEW - Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings vs. Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Rudolph has averaged 3.75 receptions on 5.75 targets, 36.5 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game. The continued acclimation of Jerome Simpson should be helpful for the downfield passing game, which tends to open up the middle of the field for tight ends to roam. Tennessee is stronger on the outside at cornerback - likely a contributing factor to their inside struggles against the TE position.
  • Last week's miserable showing probably has you doubting Rudolph's fantasy worth and even this recommendation, but nothing gets a tight end back on track like facing the Tennessee defense. They have given up at least one touchdown to the tight end position in three of four games, including a trio of scores to Dante Rosario in Week 2 and a pair the week before to the New England Patriots' duo. In all, tight ends have averaged the most standard fantasy points (16.5) per game against this defense.

Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta
    Dennis Pitta da fool against KC
    Since a 5-43-1 opener, Tamme has tallied only 10 catches and 82 yards in his last three affairs on 20 looks. With his 25 targets, Tamme is tied for 12th among tight ends on the year. Peyton Manning's accuracy and arm strength have been sore points this year but re-emerged as reliable last week.
  • The matchup against the Oakland Raiders probably helped a bit, but the Broncos should have similar success against the Pats, even if they try to slow the game down to keep Tom Brady off the field. New England will probably focus on stopping Denver's wideouts while leaving the middle of the field to Tamme.
  • The numbers behind the attractive assignment: New England has allowed 5.50 catches, 63.8 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per contest to this position. They even let the typically dormant Arizona TEs rattle off 69 receiving yards in Week 2.

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Many might be rushing to drop Pitta after his two-target, zero-catch Week 4. This followed a fantastic three-game stretch of 18 catches, 188 yards and two scores on 31 looks, so you can't give up on him after one dud.
  • The Chiefs have been friendly to the position for fantasy purposes, what with their erratic pass coverage. They held Antonio Gates quiet on Sunday, but Tony Gonzalez, Scott Chandler and Jimmy Graham all found the end zone against KC.
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