Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 12

by Tim Heaney on November 23, 2011 @ 20:00:24 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 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Oakland Raiders TE Kevin Boss
Boss finally paying out

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

Fantasy value: Flex

  • With Hines Ward being fazed out of the passing game and Ben Roethlisberger getting more accustomed to throwing short routes, Miller has seen 20 targets over his last three games. He has snared a solid 15 of them.
  • The Chiefs were trampled by Rob Gronkowski on Monday night. Miller probably won't do that much damage, but including that romping, KC has allowed 4.0 catches, 65.5 yards and 1.0 touchdowns per game to the position. Their matchups with the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, who don't use the TE position frequently, skewed their stats; they surrendered four catches and 73 yards to Antonio Gates in Week 9.

Kevin Boss, Oakland Raiders vs. Chicago Bears

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Boss was targeted six times and caught five of them in Week 11; it was his highest total since his five in Week 3. Carson Palmer appears to be developing chemistry with him, per reports; with Palmer directing the O, any increased involvement from Boss would push him toward being more frequently playable.
  • Chicago is a great opponent against which Boss can start a little statistical run. The Bears, whose safety play has been erratic all year, have allowed 6.67 catches, 68.7 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game to the position. The Raiders might be without Jacoby Ford (foot) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (neck) in Week 12, too, so Boss could be more involved by default.
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