Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 6

by Tim Heaney on October 15, 2009 @ 00:00:00 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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens at Minnesota Vikings

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or flex

  • Still a solid contributor in Baltimore's Joe Flacco-directed attack, Heap has averaged 6.0 looks per game in the previous four games, which included 0.50 red zone targets per contest.
  • The Vikes have presented arguably the best fantasy matchup for Heap's position in the early going. Minny has allowed the most receptions (8.00) and receiving yards (98.5) while also ranking in the bottom five in touchdown catches (0.75) per game to tight ends in the last four weeks.

John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or flex

  • Carlson saw a season-low four targets in a wideout-dominant Week 5 but otherwise has been an ever-present member of Seattle's passing game. In the four weeks before that, he averaged 8.0 looks per game.
  • It's safe to think quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will eventually rekindle his Week 1 love affair with Carlson (6-95-2), and this week may be the time for that to happen. In the last four weeks the Cards fall inside the bottom 10 in per-game D against this position in receptions (6.33), receiving yards (74.0) and paydirt trips (0.67).
  • These aren't fluky numbers; the Cards have been pushed around by this position from the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans - all boast at least serviceable offensive tight ends.

NEW - Benjamin Watson and Chris Baker, New England Patriots vs. Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1 or flex

  • These two have been sharing targets for the Pats at this position. Since Week 1, neither has been targeted in a contest more than four times; more often, each receives two or three utilizations per game.
  • This is a risky proposition given how one option hasn't stood out in terms of workload. Nevertheless, the Titans present a top-five fantasy matchup for tight ends in terms of receptions (5.25), receiving yards (81.3) and touchdown grabs (0.75) allowed per game since Week 1.
  • Watson makes for a decent waiver wire add if you still have byes to account for; he has a favorable scheduled lined up in the three games surrounding his Week 8 bye. As long as you're playing matchups, looking for a suitable matchup or willing to gamble on the inconsistent vet - or all of the above - you can find Watson available in about 52 percent of polled leagues.
  • Baker is a riskier, less attractive consolation prize that's available in nearly every setup.
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