Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 14

by Tim Heaney on December 9, 2010 @ 12:08:00 PDT


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 10 to Week 13, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

Anthony Fasano, TE, Miami Dolphins
Worth the risk

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Warning: He's erratic. In Week 10 and Week 13, he had at least six utilizations and combined to go 9-151-2 in those contests. In the two sandwiched games, he had just four total targets and three catches for 26 yards.
  • Matchup play: Tight ends have averaged 4.50 catches, 78.5 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game against the Jets, whose vulnerable nickel and dime backs and safeties often leave the middle of the field open. Safety Jim Leonhard (leg) is done for the year and that knocks their pass D down a bit overall.
  • Fasano had just two catches for 14 yards in Week 3 against the Jets and combined for six catches and 54 yards in two games versus them last year, but he reached the end zone once both last year and this season.

Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Bo Scaife is still in the mix, and wideout Kenny Britt (leg) is expected to return for Week 14, but Cook, who in Week 13 grabbed four passes for the second straight week, is earning more playing time and is talented enough to take advantage of a matchup.
  • Cook has garnered 16 targets over the last two weeks, and Kerry Collins being behind center at least gives some hope for the passing game despite its poor overall showing in Week 13.
  • ndy has allowed a tight end to score a touchdown in three of the last four weeks; in that time, they've given up an average of 6.50 catches, 62.8 yards and 0.75 touchdown catches. 
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