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.
Note: All statistics are from Week 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise noted.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Kevin Boss, New York Giants vs. San Diego Chargers
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
Martellus Bennett, Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Boss is solid play against SD
- Boss (ankle) re-injured his ankle last week, but he is still expected to
play this Sunday. Against the Philadelphia Eagles
in Week 8, Boss hauled in three passes for 70 yards and one score. Philly
has been among the worst against this position all year.
- Mario Manningham (shoulder) didn't play
last week and likely won't this week, either. Coincidentally, Boss saw his
targets spike (season-high nine) against the Eagles.
- This week Boss has another attractive matchup; San Diego is allowing 4.33
receptions, 53.3 receiving yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to this position
over the last four weeks (three games).
- He's a one-week play that should be available in 62 percent of leagues.
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Bennett has just five receptions for 50 yards over the last four weeks (three games). He has just seven targets in that time.
- Well, the Eagles have been all but ignoring this position over the last four weeks. They are allowing 8.00 receptions, 107.8 receiving yards and 1.25 receiving touchdowns per game to this position over the last month – each of those is the most per game in the league in that time.
- You can find Bennett available in almost all leagues. He is worth acquiring as a one-week play, especially with six teams on bye this week.
NEW - John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Carlson hasn't converted on his looks but retains a heavy involvement in this offense. He has 13 targets in his last two games and has posted at least six in six of his seven games this year.
- The Lions have been friendly to every skill position. Tight ends have smacked them with 11.67 catches, 165.0 yards and 1.00 touchdowns. These beatdowns came from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams. Only one of those teams boasts a near-elite fantasy tight end.
- The issue with Carlson: He has been asked to stay in often and help with pass blocking; the Seahawks' offensive line is in shambles. Though the Lions boast a competent pass rush, it's safe to say Carlson will probably have less trouble contributing when he CAN leave the line in this game.
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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