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
Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers
Take advantage of this matchup
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Winslow hasn't logged fewer than five targets in a game all season and has registered at least four catches in seven of his nine contests. He's more of a PPR commodity given the limitations in his movements and the offense's explosiveness through the air.
- The Pack haven't discriminated when it comes to tight ends: The position has averaged 5.67 catches, 71.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per contest against Green Bay's suspect pass resistance.
Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Another one that's friendlier in PPRs, Watson had five looks in Week 10, his most since an eight-target Week 6. He hasn't snared more than three passes in any of his last five games. This Browns offense has been erratic under the direction of Colt McCoy. Evan Moore still steals looks here and there.
- Jimmy Graham and Owen Daniels are among those on a bye, so if your options are thinning, Watson at least has a decent matchup. Jacksonville's D is underrated but has struggled to contain enemy tight ends, yielding 6.33 catches, 63.3 yards and 0.33 touchdowns per game to them. Their pass D also lost cornerback Rashean Mathis (knee) for the season, and his absence should have a trickle-down effect on the secondary's depth and open things up a bit more for opponents.
- Count Watson as a pickup for those in need of a one-week filler for the last week of NFL vacations.
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