Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 15

by Tim Heaney on December 15, 2011 @ 09:30:03 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 Week 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley
Finley: Decoy no longer

Jake Ballard, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

  • Ballard has logged at least five targets in seven of his last eight games, including each of his last four. He's averaging 16.0 yards per catch this year and remains a frequent contributor in a pass-heavy offense.
  • Washington was victimized by Rob Gronkowski in Week 14 and Jason Witten in Week 11, which accounts for much of their average allowances of 6.00 catches, 100.3 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per contest to this position. Redskins safety LaRon Landry (groin) has missed the last two weeks; his absence has hurt the secondary's ability to contain opposing passing games.

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • With Greg Jennings (knee) likely out for the rest of the regular season, some Packers targets are opening up. Finley and his big-play ability stand to benefit; he only had one target last week, but had 16 in the two games before that (11 in Week 13) along with eight receptions, 125 yards and a touchdown.

  • The Chiefs have allowed 4.00 catches, 59.0 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per contest to the position, headlined by a Rob Gronkowski thrashing in Week 11. Their matchups with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, who don't use the tight end much, thinned out the stats. Finley should create matchup problems similar, albeit on a smaller scale, to what Gronk can do.
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