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 4 to Week 7, unless otherwise specified.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
Kellen Winslow, meet Mr. End Zone
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Though he hasn't found the end zone this year (close last week), Winslow has seen fewer than six targets in a game just once and has 9 or 10 looks - along with at least five receptions - in each of his last three contests. Josh Freeman trusts him.
- Tight ends have tallied 3.67 catches, 59.0 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game against the Cardinals. Arizona faced the San Diego Chargers' Antonio Gates, who thrashed them for a 7-144-2 line. The New Orleans Saints' Jeremy Shockey found the end zone, but the Seattle Seahawks' John Carlson was a nonfactor. Winslow's offensive involvement more closely resembles the first two tight ends'.
Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Moeaki has been targeted just 10 times in the last three games but hasn't received a red zone look since Week 3; the Chiefs' offense as a whole has shown more punch around Moeaki, so the wealth is being spread.
- Luckily, the Bills present an opportunity for Moeaki to make more noise. They've allowed 5.0 receptions, 57.0 yards and 2.00 touchdowns per game to this position.
- Given the six teams on bye this week and the recent Injured Reserve placement of the Indianapolis Colts' Dallas Clark (wrist), Moeaki becomes a better weekly option on the positional scale, starting with this promising matchup.
NEW - Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans Saints vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Shockey is averaging 3.25 receptions for 34.8 yards and 0.25 touchdowns per game. He has received 5.50 targets and 1.00 red zone targets per game.
- Pittsburgh is surrendering 5.33 receptions, 85.3 receiving yards and 0.33 receiving touchdowns per game to this position. They're giving up 16.0 yards per reception, which is the third highest in the league over the last month.
- The Steelers' defense took a hit last week, losing end Aaron Smith (triceps) possibly for the season. New Orleans might find a bit more room to run on them because of it. When they can move the ball on the ground, it has opened things up for their offense.
About Tim Heaney
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