Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 3

by Tim Heaney on September 23, 2010 @ 19:15:00 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.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1

    Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis
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  • After catching two touchdown passes in Week 1, Lewis was targeted nine times in Week 2 (five catches, 70 yards), and he had a red zone look for the second straight week. The Jags are following through on their plan to involve him more; David Garrard is finding more comfort with him.
  • The Eagles welcome opposing tight ends with open wings last year: 6.38 catches, 68.1 receiving yards and 0.56 touchdowns allowed to them per game. Though Philly held the Green Bay Packers' Jermichael Finley in check in Week 1, the Detroit Lions topped 100 receiving yards with their tight ends in Week 2. Philly was able to limit Finley partially because of double coverage. Lewis probably won't receive the same treatment.
  • Lewis can be picked up as a one-week play for Week 3, but his fantasy impact could become more valuable in deeper leagues that value carrying two tight ends. Monitor him.

NEW - John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Carlson's involvement in Seattle's offense was heavier last week; he received 10 targets after seeing only five in Week 1. Part of that was the situation; the 'Hawks were playing from behind against the Denver Broncos last week, and they were ahead against the San Francisco 49ers. They could easily fall behind again against a strong San Diego attack.
  • The Chargers have been burned by some average tight ends in the first two weeks. Week 1: The Kansas City Chiefs' Tony Moeaki cause three passes for 21 yards with one score. Last week, the Jacksonville Jaguars' Marcedes Lewis caught five balls for 70 yards.
  • The Chargers haven't been getting decent pressure on the opposing quarterback, meaning Carlson might not have to stay in and protect Matt Hasselbeck as much.

Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets

Fantasy value: Flex or bench

  • Fasano has been an erratic part of Miami's offense (just four utilizations this season), but Miami said they might be keener on using him; in their three-wide sets, he might often be matched up favorably with a linebacker.
  • The Jets have allowed 6.50 receptions and 93.5 receiving yards per game to this position so far this year, facing the Baltimore Ravens (erratic play from the position) and the New England Patriots (incorporating the position more often offensively).
  • Against Rex Ryan's defense, Fasano caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 last year. In Week 8, though, he caught just two for 16 yards.
  • He could be a desperation one-week play if your tight end pool is nearly empty, but Fasano is typically an all-or-nothing fantasy option.
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