Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 9

by Tim Heaney on November 4, 2010 @ 14:53:00 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 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 stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Though Gresham has just 11 catches and 67 yards over his last three games, he has been targeted 20 times in that stretch and no fewer than five times in any contest in his rookie seasons.
  • While being generally stout otherwise, the Steelers have allowed 6.67 catches, 88.7 receiving yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to this position. Pittsburgh brings a lot of pressure against quarterbacks, and Gresham should serve as a safety valve for Carson Palmer, who has been inconsistent this year.
  • Gresham's matchup makes him a one-week play for waiver wire trollers that need Week 9 help. He is available in around 53 percent of leagues polled.

Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • Tamme busted out in place of Dallas Clark (wrist) in Week 8, grabbing six passes for 64 yards and a score. His nine-target performance reflects his potential weekly output with Clark done for the year and Austin Collie (thumb) out for at least a few weeks.
  • This week presents another chance for Tamme to shine. The Iggles have allowed 4.00 catches, 43.7 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game to this position. They were burned by the Atlanta Falcons' Tony Gonzalez for two red zone touchdowns in Week 6 and the San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis for 5-104-1 in Week 5. Tamme catching Peyton Manning passes makes a similar tight end output possible.
  • Tamme showed his weekly potential in Week 8 and warrants a pickup in all leagues. He's available in roughly 53 percent of leagues polled.

NEW - Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham
A valuable safety valve?

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Olsen caught three passes for 43 yards in Week 7, breaking a two-week shutout. He was targeted six times in Week 7 after just six in the previous two weeks combined. Chicago was off in Week 8.
  • The Bills have given up 5.00 receptions (tied for eighth most in the league) for 67.0 receiving yards (sixth most) and 1.33 receiving touchdowns (most) per game.
  • Guard Roberto Garza (knee) should return following Chicago's bye week. The Bears also had the week off to work on their protection issues. That extra time should free up Olsen, who was called on to block more given the Bears' sack problems.
  • Olsen is a one-week play against Buffalo and is available in around 46 percent of leagues polled.

NEW - Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns

Fantasy value: No. 1 or bench

  • Gronkowski has caught four passes in the last month (three games) for 39 yards and one score. He had three targets last week, though, which was as many as Aaron Hernandez. Gronkowski is the better red zone target of the two.
  • Cleveland is giving up 6.00 receptions for 72.7 receiving yards and 0.67 receiving touchdowns per game. The yardage average is fourth most in the league in that stretch; the receptions are the third most.
  • Utilize Gronkowski as a one-week play. He is available in 83 percent of leagues polled.
  • The Pats might have trouble punching the ball in against Cleveland's solid run defense. This could force them to resort to Gronkowski if they're close to the end zone.
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