Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 15

by Tim Heaney on December 17, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Week 9 to Week 14, unless otherwise noted.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Fred Davis, Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Davis saw just four looks in Week 14 but ended up with three catches, 50 yards and two scores. The second-year catcher tallied nine looks in each of his previous two games and is becoming a favorite target of quarterback Jason Campbell.
  • With a banged up secondary and linebacker corps, the Gints have been one of the worst versus tight ends all year. Recently, they've allowed 8.80 catches, 102.0 yards and 0.60 touchdowns.
  • Davis should be added everywhere if you haven't found a tight end that works for you. He's still available in about 56 percent of polled leagues.

Evan Moore, Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Moore has 17 targets in his first two games as starting tight end. Quarterback Brady Quinn enjoys throwing to him, given his penchant for midrange passes.
  • The Chiefs welcome all positions to take advantage of them. Tight ends have torched them for 4.17 receptions, 52.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game.
  • Moore plays best as an option in deep leagues that value carrying a second tight end. He faces the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars after this week and is available in nearly all leagues if you need to take a chance.

NEW - Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Miller had five catches for 59 yards after totaling just two grabs for 29 yards in his previous two games. He remains one of the Steelers' featured red zone options.
  • The Pack's defense has been strong this year but remain vulnerable to the big catchers. Despite allowing just 0.33 touchdowns per game to tight ends, Green Bay has yielded 5.50 receptions and 60.8 yards per outing, as well.
  • Wideout Hines Ward (hamstring) expects to play this weekend but may not be 100 percent. Receiver Santonio Holmes will probably be covered by Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. There are ample opportunities for Miller to fill offensive voids.
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