Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 3

by Tim Heaney on September 24, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Dustin Keller, New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

    Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets
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  • Keller has 12 targets through his first two games of '09 and remains an important part of the Gang Green's offense.
  • "Titans" sounds like "Tight ends." It's also music to the ears for the position so far this year; per game against them, Tennessee has allowed 8.50 receptions (tied for the most) and 83.5 receiving yards (fifth most).
  • Keller grabbed six passes for 42 yards against Tennessee last year.

Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams

Fantasy value: Weak No. 1 or bench

  • Finley was kept in on the O-line a bunch in the opener because the Packers needed to protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers. In the next contest, Rodgers was fortunate enough to have Finley as a target; the second-year option grabbed four throws for 56 yards.
  • The Rams have recorded just one sack this year; despite Rodgers' penchant for being brought down and Green Bay's offensive line struggles, it's hard to think the Pack will need Finley to stay in more than go out.
  • St. Louis ranks in the bottom five of the big three categories for tight end production with 7.0 receptions, 88.0 yards and 1.00 receiving touchdowns allowed per game to the position. 
  • You should look to acquire Finley if your league warrants a backup at the position.

NEW - Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings

Fantasy value: Weak No. 1 or bench

  • Davis hasn't been used extensively, but he has caught seven passes for 72 yards over the first two weeks. He has been looked at 13 times, with two of those looks coming in the red zone.
  • Minnesota is tied for the second most receptions (6.50) and the ninth most receiving yards (63.0) per game allowed to tight ends in the first two weeks.
  • Given the Vikings' stout run defense, San Fran might choose to throw the ball a bit more, or at least utilize the play-action pass more often to go away from Minny's solid D-line. This could give Davis a few more targets than usual.
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