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
Clark has a good matchup in KC
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Clark has hardly been the fantasy stud of the past with Peyton Manning (neck) sidelined. He has a mere 13-129-1 on the season and often has to stay in to block for the QB. Sadly, his 3-46-0 line in Week 4 was his best in 2011.
- Luckily, the Chiefs don't have as intimidating a pass rush as some of the other clubs Indy has faced, and Curtis Painter flashed competency Monday night, especially in the short-passing game. Maybe this could open up Clark a bit more versus a KC squad that has yielded 5.25 catches, 65.3 yards and 0.75 scoring grabs per contest to TEs.
NEW - Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Celek logged a seven-target Week 2 but hasn't surpassed four looks in any other game so far. The Iggles don't use the tight end much, but Michael Vick rolled out on a broken play in Week 4 to find backup Clay Harbor in the end zone. Brent Celek was nearby on the play and was probably an option, too. They don't lean on the position, but they don't ignore it if it's given to them.
- With byes shutting down tight ends like Jason Witten, Fred Davis and Benjamin Watson, you need to dig deeper. Any tight end playing the Bills can be a useful filler. Most of Buffalo's points allowed to the position came against the New England Patriots, but Celek could benefit from facing a team with the following per-game TE allowances: 4.25 catches, 58.5 yards, 0.75 receiving TDs.
- Besides their poor performance versus New England's position, Buffalo yielded a 4-70-1 Week 4 line to the Cincinnati Bengals' Jermaine Gresham, who's a consistent part of his offense. Celek isn't, but the chance is worth taking if you're scraping for an option.
Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals
Fantasy value: Flex
- Bye weeks are starting, and it's time to start digging for temporary fill-ins. Shiancoe was listed on KFFL's Waiver Wire section last week as a watch list candidate because despite Minny's slow offensive start, Donovan McNabb typically pays attention to his tight ends when he's in rhythm.
- Though rookie Kyle Rudolph's involvement has been slowly increasing, Shiancoe was targeted seven times in Week 2 and eight times in Week 4 while also hitting paydirt in an otherwise quiet Week 3. This past Sunday, he logged six receptions for 58 yards against a vulnerable Kansas City Chiefs secondary.
- The Cardinals' DBs have just as many issues in stopping the pass. They've yielded 4.50 catches, 64.3 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game to this position. That's enough for desperate deep-league owners to consider Shiancoe as an addition with at least some potential.
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