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.
Note: All statistics are from Week 6 to Week 9, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Winslow remains a shaky play outside of point-per-reception setups; he has caught just four passes for 36 yards in his last two games, during which he has accounted for only seven targets. In Weeks 5 through 7, he totaled 29.
- Against Carolina, he has a chance to re-enter Josh Freeman's circle of trust. Tampa's divisional foe has yielded 6.00 receptions, 76.3 yards and 1.33 touchdowns per game to this position. Carolina was thumped by the San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis and abundant tight end options from the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints.
Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Matchup favors Winslow
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Moeaki had received either three or four targets in a game from Week 5 through Week 8 before being sought out nine times in Week 9, when he hauled in six throws for 63 yards. The rookie leads the Chiefs with 30 receptions.
- The Denver Broncos have been friendly to enemy tight ends, allowing 4.00 catches, 79.0 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to them. Even when free safety Brian Dawkins came back in Week 8, they gave up 97 yards on six catches to the position, most of them to the San Francisco 49ers' Delanie Walker in place of an injured Vernon Davis (ankle).
NEW - James Casey, Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Owen Daniels (hamstring) missed Sunday's action and was absent from Wednesday practice. Knowing his injury history, it's likely we'll at least see increased - if not exclusive - doses of Joel Dreessen and James Casey this coming Sunday.
- Last week, Dreessen (seven targets, five catches, 67 yards) and Casey (six looks, two red zone targets, four catches, 48 yards) answered the call. Casey's more promising offensive makeup and usage inside the 20 in his first targeted 2010 action make him the better one-week play if Daniels is sidelined.
- The Jags have been declawed by passing games in general. Tight ends have had their fun: 5.67 catches, 64.0 yards and 0.67 touchdowns averaged per contest versus Jacksonville.
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