Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 8

by Tim Heaney on October 27, 2011 @ 11:38:21 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.

Note: All statistics are from Week 4 to Week 7, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Just a reminder that Gresham is coming off a bye and might be available in some leagues. He's a top-12 fantasy tight end overall and worth an addition to your roster. The sophomore has seen no fewer than five targets in a game this year and has compiled 13 catches and two touchdowns over his last three contests.
  • The Seahawks' secondary has typically been happy to help receiving options to succeed. Tight ends have averaged 6.0 receptions, 66.7 yards and 0.67 end zone trips per game against Seattle.

Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Shiancoe coming to life

Fantasy value: Flex

  • With Christian Ponder under center, the Vikes' passing game showed more life than it did in the hands of Donovan McNabb. Sure, there were rookie mistakes, but there was also the rookie tendency of leaning on the tight end; Shiancoe was looked to eight times (four catches, including a TD), continuing the momentum he showed with the Florida State alum in Week 6.
  • This relationship should continue blossoming against the Panthers, who've yielded 5.25 catches, 75.3 yards and 0.25 touchdowns to this position per game.
  • Shiancoe could help deep leaguers desperate for a TE2; check your waiver wire.

Ed Dickson, Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy value: Flex

  • The Ravens are coming off an embarrassing Monday night loss in which their offense's wings were clipped. Dickson mustered four catches and 23 yards on five targets. Still, Dickson remains involved - he has only garnered fewer than five looks in one of his six games so far.
  • Arizona's per-game stats allowed to the position - 2.67 receptions, 37.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns - don't indicate a terribly strong matchup. But this secondary has been awful against passing attacks all season, and Dickson is adept at beating linebackers in coverage. 
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