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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.
Note: All statistics are from Week 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Heap is only averaging 3.00 utilizations per game in his last three but has tallied three catches on each of his last three Sundays. Not saying that's a huge fantasy impact, but he has an acceptable success rate.
- The Browns offer you some comfort if you have to play Heap this week. They've given up 4.67 grabs, 78.0 receiving yards and 0.67 scores per contest to tight ends. Cleveland's 16.7 yards per snag allowed to them stands as the league's second highest figure.
- Heap should have an easier time working over the middle of the field against a dinged up Cleveland Browns linebacker corps. D'Qwell Jackson (shoulder) and Eric Barton (neck) are both out for the year.
Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- The rook posted the best game of his young career last week, netting 70 yards on seven grabs while also finding the end zone. He was targeted eight times in Week 9, giving him 15 in his last three games.
- Pettigrew had mild production in Week 2 against the Vikes (four catches, 40 yards), yet Minny has allowed 5.00 receptions, 43.7 yards and 0.67 touchdown catches per contest to tight ends in the past month.
- The Lions have some concerns with their receiving corps, meaning Pettigrew could see looks totals similar to Week 9 in the near future. Pettigrew is available for pickup in about 90 percent of polled leagues.
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