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 9 to Week 12, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Joel Dreessen, Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Owen Daniels (hamstring) didn't practice Monday or Tuesday. He's considered 50-50 for Thursday's game but can't be relied on to play. Dreessen (knee), meanwhile, has been limited in practice but doesn't appear to be in danger of missing action. Keep an eye on his status.
- Dreessen has 19 targets over his last four games, filling in Daniels' gap. He has seven catches and two touchdowns over his last two contests.
- The Eagles have allowed opposing tight ends to approach 100 receiving yards or score a touchdown - one occurrence of both - in each of the last four weeks. The position has averaged 4.75 catches, 58.8 yards and 0.75 touchdown catches per game against Philly.
Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Houston Texans
Two weeks in a row?
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Celek was rediscovered by his team Sunday, catching three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown while also seeing seven targets (two in the red zone). He has mainly been used as an extra blocker for quarterback Michael Vick, but it's encouraging that Celek was allowed to roam free.
- Though it might not be a frequent occurrence, Celek faces a Texans' pass defense that welcomes receiving options to post numbers. Houston has yielded 4.50 catches, 53.0 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game to this position.
- If you're hurting at the position and Celek was dropped, why not try him out off your waiver wire and see if he can keep up this momentum? He was a dangerous weapon last year, and his red zone prowess might convince Philly to involve him more.
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