Fantasy Football sleepers: TE - Week 4

by Tim Heaney on September 29, 2011 @ 14:15:50 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

Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills
Chandler and the Bills riding high

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Olsen has shown flashes of excellence in Rob Chudzinski's TE-friendly system and a strong connection with rookie QB Cam Newton. He has averaged 6.7 targets per game and caught at least two-thirds of the passes thrown his way in two of Carolina's three games so far, including a seven-catch, 57-yard and one-touchdown Week 3.
  • In matchups with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers, the Bears have been thrashed by this position, allowing 6.33 catches, 79.0 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game. Olsen's familiarity with many of his old defensive teammates could serve him well in this reunion.

Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Since his outlandishly productive Week 1, Chandler has just four catches for 26 yards in two games. Luckily for him, two of those snares found paydirt. That's pretty much what he's good for - a random touchdown when you need a fill-in.
  • The Bengals have been tough on opposing wideouts; though Buffalo's passing game is probably the best they've faced so far, their performance against the outside could open up the inside, which would help Chandler. Cincy has coughed up 5.67 receptions, 72.3 yards and 0.67 TDs per game to this position so far.

Delanie Walker, San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Walker was looked to five times and hit the end zone in Week 2 while Vernon Davis was blocking DeMarcus Ware. It's hard to peg Walker as a play most weeks, but this could be a week when Davis is in blocking again, possibly having to help out with Trent Cole or Jason Babin.
  • Even if Davis doesn't have to help much, the Niners don't have much punch from their wideouts yet. The two tight ends might be their best receiving weapons. Not a bad team to lean on them: The Eagles have been a sieve versus the position over the last few years.
  • They've only yielded 4.00 catches, 46.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game in three weeks this year, but they benefited from facing the St. Louis Rams and New York Giants, two teams who don't really use the TE position offensively. Philly was dominated by Tony Gonzalez in an offense that utilizes the position often.

NEW - Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Shiancoe doesn't make this list on his merits but rather the matchup and the dearth of weapons around him in the passing game. He caught one pass for an 8-yard touchdown in Week 3 and only three for 28 yards in the prior two games combined.
  • The Chiefs are tied for the fourth most fantasy points per game (10.7) allowed to the tight end position this season. Three games in, they have allowed an average of 4.00 catches for 53.00 yards and 1.00 touchdown receptions per outing.
  • Shiancoe is a boom-or-bust choice this week. He isn't likely to catch a lot of passes and should be considered in leagues that allow you to play tight ends as flex starters.
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