Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 3

by Tim Heaney on September 22, 2011 @ 14:05:11 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.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Cleveland Browns TE Benjamin Watson
Elementary, Watson ... and Moore

Evan Moore and Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Moore and Watson are being used in tandem, which could make their fantasy output frustrating, but the Browns' wideouts aren't up to speed just yet, so TE involvement should remain high. Moore has a good feel for this red zone offense, and Watson is the more frequent option between the 20s.
  • The Dolphins rolled over against this position in their matchup with the New England Patriots and let Owen Daniels find the end zone last week. This secondary as a whole has proven to be a weak spot. It might not be a solid week for Browns tailback Peyton Hillis, so the air might be a more frequent destination for Colt McCoy.
  • Both are worth a waiver wire stab if you're searching for flex utility. Moore is the better option for standard scoring because of his nose for the end zone, and Watson should be your first choice in PPR setups.

Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • It's hard to have confidence in a tight end this shaky offense hasn't typically used so far this season (six targets, three catches) and a QB that looks like a deer in headlights. Though this could be a sloppy overall game for Seattle, Arizona's secondary remains vulnerable and could provide some points for what ought to be a safety-valve position for the Seahawks.
  • Arizona has yielded 13 catches for 215 yards (16.5 average) and a touchdown to Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins tight ends so far this year. The Seahawks have to figure out a way to spark their offense; though Miller might have to stay in and block often because of their O-line woes, maybe he'll finally get in on the action against a spotty defensive backfield. Desperate deep-league owners could take a shot here.
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