Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 2

by Tim Heaney on September 15, 2011 @ 12:35:34 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.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
Repeat performance ahead?

Fred Davis, Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Davis was more involved in the offense than Chris Cooley in Week 1. There's a possibility Cooley can become more involved as his knee issues improve, but Davis isn't as solid a blocker, which will continue to free him up for receiving chances in two-tight end sets.
  • The Cards, whose secondary was torched by the Carolina Panthers last week, allowed opposing tight ends to grab seven passes for 129 yards in Week 1. Washington keeps the position involved on a similar level. 'Zona needs to refine their secondary, and Davis is athletic enough to take advantage of D-backfield confusion.
  • Davis is a free-agent target for the TE-needy; he has the upside to be a starter in deep leagues for most of the season, especially with Rex Grossman's continuing maturity in an offense that makes him comfortable.

Lance Kendricks, St. Louis Rams at New York Giants

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • The rookie dropped a key pass in Week 1, and the Rams didn't go his way often after that. He should still be a key part of this offense, though, especially with slot machine wideout Danny Amendola (elbow) likely out for at least a few weeks. Kendricks should be in line for more midrange targets, which makes him an intriguing PPR depth piece.
  • The Giants let the Redskins' tight ends rumble over them last week, especially Fred Davis, a somewhat similar tight end in terms of use and pre-snap lineup. Kendricks often lines up like a wideout, and the Giants' injury-riddled D made Rex Grossman look like Tom Brady.
  • Kendricks is worth a pickup if your league values carrying two at the position.
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