Fantasy Football Sleepers: TE - Week 8 (with video)

by Tim Heaney on October 24, 2012 @ 16:53:09 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 Weeks 4 through 7, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen, Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints

St. Louis Rams TE Lance Kendricks
More attention for Kendricks

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1; No. 1 or flex

  • These two step on each other's statistical toes often. Tamme has 38 targets this year compared to Dreessen's 23, so the former is typically the better PPR option, but Dreessen is the better red zone threat, which gives him a slight advantage in standard formats.
  • The Saints have allowed 5.0 catches, 63.0 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to this position. They're on the road, and their pass defense overall has been atrocious. Either of these options would be fine. Coming off a bye, Peyton Manning should be slinging it around often.

Lance Kendricks, St. Louis Rams vs. New England Patriots

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • The wide receiver page mentioned Brandon Gibson's newfound attention from Sam Bradford. To a lesser degree, Kendricks is seeing more attention, as well, with eight looks over his last two games. He's converted six, which reflects his 69.6 catch percentage on the year, which isn't bad for a Rams receiving target not named Danny Amendola (shoulder).
  • The Pats have allowed the second most standard-league points to the position per game (12.3), thanks to averages of 6.25 catches, 67.5 yards and 1.0 touchdown. All four teams who played New England in this month use the position at least mildly and, more importantly, hit the end zone with their employee.

NEW - Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • The Titans have given up five receptions, 46.8 yards and 0.5 TDs on average to the position in the highlighted period. This season, thanks in part to a dose of the New England Patriots' potent pair at the position in Week 1, Tennessee has surrendered the most fantasy points per game to tight ends this year.
  • Indy's duo - Allen and fellow rookie Coby Fleener - isn't quite that of the Pats, but it's a talented pair. Allen has been a convenient red zone option, having scored twice this year. The Clemson product has notched 3.67 looks, 2.33 catches and 26.7 yards a game in the stated stretch.
  • Neither team's defense is very good. The Colts have given up 26.3 points per game, and the Titans have yielded a league-worst 34 points a contest, so this could be quite a shootout. Allen would be an interesting gamble in such an affair, for those looking to fill out their lineups because of byes or injuries.
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