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 5 through 8, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Chandler to the rescue
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Since a 6-89-1 Week 4, Olsen has combined for only nine catches and 91 yards while being sought just 13 times in his last three outings. Going for Olsen, however, is that he's caught 65.9 percent of his 44 targets on the year, good for eighth among tight ends with 40-plus looks.
- With Washington's league-high 13.5 standard-scoring points allowed per contest to the position (7.75 catches, 79.8 yards and 1.0 touchdown), it's a great time to click Olsen's name for activation. The Redskins' secondary is a mess.
NEW - Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Gresham hasn't caught more than five passes in a game all year and doesn't do all that much with them when he does. But at least he hasn't been targeted fewer than five instances in a 2012 contest, with a respectable 65.1 conversion percentage, so at least he's allowing for statistical opportunities.
- The Broncs should help to convert those chances more than most teams. They've allowed per-game rates of 5.0 catches, 57.4 yards and 0.86 scores to the position. They can thank Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham for those beatings. Gresham is hardly on their level, but there's enough of a spark for the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder to take advantage of mismatches in a similar fashion.
Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Here's another cure for the latest bye week blues. Though he's only been looked to seven times in his last two games and hasn't found a six-pointer since his pair in Week 4, the 6-foot-7, 260-pounder can be a matchup problem for suspect pass resistances.
- Houston's defense is one of the more capable units in the league, but without Brian Cushing (knee), they're shakier in coverage, especially over the middle in areas where tight ends make a living. In fact, Houston has allowed 4.0 catches, 54.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per contest to this position.
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