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
- 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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