Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 13

by Tim Heaney on December 3, 2009 @ 10:43:52 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 that you wouldn't necessarily consider that you need to get into your lineup.

Note: All statistics are from Week 7 to Week 12, unless otherwise noted.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Dante Rosario, Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • The talented Rosario hadn't been a frequent part of the Panthers' passing game plan and has been forced to compete for looks with Jeff King and Gary Barnidge. Rosario, however, has tallied 15 looks in his past two games, by far outranking the other two options.
  • Though the Panthers will probably try to run all over the Bucs, Tampa Bay has also been friendly to tight ends; they have allowed 5.20 receptions, 56.0 yards and 0.60 touchdown snares per game. Not to say Rosario will have the same effect as Tony Gonzalez, but the latter torched the Bucs in Week 12, their return to the Tampa 2 system.
  • The tight end position may be in line for more work this coming week and possibly beyond. Quarterback Jake Delhomme (finger), in one way or another, probably won't play this week, and Matt Moore will in all likelihood take the reins. It'll be easier for Moore to check down to the tight ends for safety in the aerial game when wideout Steve Smith earns his typical defensive attention.

NEW - Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Though he isn't called upon often, Lewis has six catches for 110 yards over his last two games and has posted a solid 15.5 yards-per-catch average this year.
  • The Texans have allowed 7.80 receptions, 69.4 yards and 0.80 touchdown grabs to this position in the last six weeks. They have faced the San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis and the Indianapolis Colts' Dallas Clark (twice) in that time; Lewis doesn't have those big roles or talent, but the matchup makes him a desperation play.
  • Lewis should be rented if you're grasping for straws. He's available in about 76 percent of polled leagues.
NEW - Todd Heap, Baltimore Ravens at Green Bay Packers

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Heap has continued his erratic output this year, catching just seven passes in his last three games and three in his last two. He hasn't found paydirt since Week 2 and has only two games of more than four catches all season.
  • The Pack allows tight ends to beat them; Green Bay has allowed 5.17 receptions, 57.5 yards and 0.67 scoring catches per game to this position.
  • Despite Heap's inconsistency, the Ravens could take what the defense gives them this week. Expect shadow corner Charles Woodson to cover one of the Ravens wideouts, probably leaving Heap open for some dump-off grabs.
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