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 11, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Fred Davis, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
Tony Scheffler, Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants
- With Chris Cooley (ankle) needing at least until next week to see if he'll return this year, Davis continues starting duties for the 'Skins. Davis has only been targeted 13 times since his Week 7 outburst.
- The Eagles, one of the best matchups for tight ends all season, have yielded 7.17 catches, 83.2 yards and 0.67 touchdown grabs per game to this position.
- Davis, available in about 60 percent of polled leagues, should be added as a one-week play for those looking. He may also be a starting fantasy option if it's ruled that Cooley will be out for a longer period. Davis squares off against the New York Giants in Week 15, and a full-time workload in that game would likely make him eligible for use then, too.
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Scheffler doesn't record many receptions, and the Broncos don't use him frequently; he has surpassed 45 receiving yards only once and only has been targeted 11 times in the last four weeks.
- The Giants might allow the Broncos' offense to take what is given to them - in this case, it could be tight end production. The Giants have allowed 5.80 receptions, 64.6 yards and 0.80 touchdown grabs. They've had injury issues in their linebacker corps and secondary for most of the season.
- If you're desperate, Scheffler's prime matchup makes him a one-week rental. He's available in about 60 percent of polled leagues.
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