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 7 to Week 10, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
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Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers
Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1
- Heap's four receptions were his most in a game since Week 3 - much of his value since Week 5 has come from his four touchdowns in that time. However, Heap has averaged 15.4 yards per catch and one red zone look per game over his last three. He has been targeted five-plus times in two of his last three; even better, over his last six games, he has been targeted in the red zone nine times.
- The Panthers have been a sieve versus tight ends, allowing 6.75 catches, 86.5 yards and 1.25 touchdown catches per game to the position. They've allowed the position for the San Francisco 49ers (Vernon Davis), the St. Louis Rams (Daniel Fells), the New Orleans Saints (Jimmy Graham and Jeremy Shockey) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Kellen Winslow) to hit paydirt in each of the last four weeks.
Kevin Boss, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex
- Boss (back, tailbone) went for X-rays after being dinged this past weekend. Keep an eye on his injury status this week, but his matchup should be noted, especially since he played through injury in Week 10 and performed well.
- The Iggles have allowed 6.00 catches, 69.7 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to this position. In the last two weeks - against the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins, respectively - Philly's allowances climb to 7.50, 101.0, and 0.50.
- Boss' role grew last week to seven targets given the absence of wideout Steve E. Smith (pectoral), who's likely out until at least December. Boss could see a productive period for as long as Smith is inactive; he's typically a coverage-based option in the passing game, and he has performed often when needed.
NEW - Randy McMichael, San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Antonio Gates (foot) is expected to be a game-time decision Monday night. That's a fantasy predicament for his owners. If you have the space, why not handcuff McMichael to him? The backup showed he can contribute in Week 9, when Gates was also out; McMichael has two touchdown catches. Both were red zone looks.
- OK, so those were his only two catches in that game, but the Broncos should make either Chargers tight end a worthwhile play this week. Denver has allowed 4.00 receptions, 72.3 yards and 0.33 touchdown grabs per game to this position.
- Even if you don't own Gates, McMichael could help your team off the waiver wire this week if you're down to the scrap heap for tight end options.
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