Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 17

by Tim Heaney on December 29, 2011 @ 12:45:23 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 13 to Week 16, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

Kellen Winslow, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Safe play with a great matchup

Fantasy value: Flex

  • Winslow's fantasy value always receives a boost in point-per-reception formats. He has averaged four receptions and 44.75 receiving yards per game. Those aren't outstanding numbers in standard scoring leagues; plus, he hasn't found the end zone since Week 9.
  • You can't question Winslow's involvement, though; he hasn't seen fewer than five targets in a game all season. The Falcons have also been kind to this position, which has registered 4.0 catches, 48.5 yards and one touchdown per game against them. Tight ends have hit the end zone against them in three of those four contests.

Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy value: Flex

  • Anquan Boldin (knee) is slated to sit out Week 17. Dickson had five targets in Baltimore's first sans-Boldin contest; he caught just two passes but hit the end zone for the second consecutive game. Though not overwhelming, those five looks were his most since Week 10 and should be that at minimum with Boldin on the bench.
  • Dickson should have an easier time this weekend against a Bengals secondary that hasn't been the same without cornerback Leon Hall (Achilles', Injured Reserve). Cincy has allowed 5.0 catches, 52.3 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game to this position.
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