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 1 to Week 4, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- The inconsistent Lewis has caught just 12 passes this year but has three touchdowns and is a frequent guest in the red zone. He averaged 14.8 yards per catch in the first two weeks but has averaged just 8.0 per in the last two games.
- The Bills have allowed 5.25 catches, 73.0 yards and 0.75 receiving scores per game to this position. The Jags employ the position enough to take a decent advantage of a defense that has been abused by the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and New York Jets, whose tight ends are a notable part of their offense.
- Lewis was serviceable against the Bills last year, catching three passes for 70 yards. He has the physicality to provide a rough matchup for the Bills' defense.
NEW - Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Celek (wrist) practiced fully Wednesday and should be a go for Week 5 despite a wrist injury. He has been quiet for most of 2010 with Michael Vick at quarterback. Vick (rib), however, is expected to miss at least Week 5. When Kevin Kolb took over at quarterback during Week 4 action, Celek saw seven targets and all of his three catches for 27 yards. He found the end zone, too, something he hadn't done all year until that point.
- The Niners have allowed 5.25 receptions, 44.8 yards and 0.50 touchdowns per game to the position, facing the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons. All of those teams use the tight end at least moderately in their game plan.
- San Fran rookie safety Taylor Mays recently replaced Michael Lewis and made a big play for a touchdown last week, but he still has issues in coverage. Celek should be able to take advantage whenever that matchup presents itself.
- Celek snared four passes for 73 yards in Week 15 versus the Niners last season.
Kevin Boss, New York Giants at Houston Texans
Looking to Boss around the D
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- After returning from a concussion in Week 3, Boss has been targeted 12 times in the last two weeks, but he has only caught four of those looks for 99 yards.
- The Texans have allowed 8.25 catches, 96.0 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game to opposing tight ends. Their passing defense in general is porous, and the Giants often settle for targeting Boss based on matchups. Eli Manning should be throwing often, especially with Houston's tough run defense.
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