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
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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