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
Take the Marcedes out for a spin
- 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
- 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
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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