Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 1

by Tim Heaney on September 7, 2011 @ 23:48:13 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.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints
Don't expect Graham to crumble

Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers

Fantasy value: High-end No. 1

  • Though slightly overvalued in most fantasy football drafts, Graham has emerged, per preseason work, as one of Drew Brees' favorite targets. Graham's athleticism and physicality make him a desirable target in the red zone.
  • The Packers were a strong play for opposing tight ends for most of last season and are relying on several new starters on the defensive side. Though the Pack is a highly aggressive D, the Saints have ample offensive weapons to serve as safety valves for the heady Brees. The big-bodied Graham is one of those.

Kevin Boss, Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Boss' sprained knee MCL has him in doubt, but if he can go, this is a matchup to take advantage of.
  • Though Rahim Moore could help Denver's coverage against the position, tight ends took advantage of the Broncos last year. Additionally, Linebacker D.J. Williams (elbow) isn't likely to play. This defense also has to do some adjusting to its new scheme that didn't have much time to prepare in the offseason.
  • Jason Campbell leans on tight ends. Boss has enough physical gifts to become a big player in an offense desperate for an impact receiver.

Jared Cook, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Cook is primed for a breakout year in an offense that will be vanilla enough to rely on the TE frequently but still allow him to go downfield to make plays. Outside of Kenny Britt, the Titans' wideouts are hardly reliable. Heck, even Britt can be hit-or-miss with his production often.
  • The Jags' secondary was a consistent punching bag for most passing offenses last year, and that trend shows no signs of stopping, even with the acquisition of free safety Dawan Landry and linebackers Paul Posluszny and Clint Session.
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