Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 15

by Tim Heaney on December 16, 2010 @ 12:11:00 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 11 to Week 14, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Zach Miller, Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

    Oakland Raiders TE Zach Miller
    The Zach attack is back
  • When Miller is targeted five times like he was in Week 14, it's cause for celebration nowadays. He was looked at just once in Weeks 12 and 13 as he was making his way back through injuries. After combining for four catches in his previous three games, Miller struck back with four grabs for 68 yards.
  • The Broncs have been plagued by tight ends hitting paydirt. They have only allowed 3.00 catches and 39.0 receiving yards per game to them, but they've yielded a touchdown per game to this position. They've benefited from playing the Arizona Cardinals and an Antonio Gates-less San Diego Chargers - two favorable defensive situations against tight ends.
  • Their other two matchups in the last month? The St. Louis Rams, whose tight ends are widely used and scored three times on them, and the Kansas City Chiefs, who utilized Tony Moeaki seven times in that game. Kansas City's Leonard Pope also found the end zone against Denver. In the right offense, tight ends can get to Denver.
  • Though he caught just two passes for 17 yards against them in his only 2009 matchup, Miller caught three passes for 65 yards and a score against Denver in Week 7.

Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Gresham was active but had just one target in Week 14; he missed practice last week due to the death of his grandmother. It was another bump in an uninspiring fantasy campaign for the rookie, who has been targeted just 3.00 times per game.
  • The Browns have allowed 4.75 catches, 56.3 yards and 0.50 touchdown catches per game to tight ends, giving up scores against the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars' options at the position.
  • Gresham caught five passes for 35 yards in Week 4 against Cincy - not great, but not bad for hope in point-per-reception leagues, where Gresham is a better play.
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