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 5 to Week 8, unless otherwise stated.
Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins
Make sure to play Davis
Fantasy value: Midrange No. 1
- Davis' right arm injury doesn't appear serious, but his eight grabs and 73 yards over his last three games have left his owners seriously disappointed; he sometimes stays in to block against notable pass rushers. The Redskins have OLBs Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan that might require extra protection.
- Still, Washington has been friendly to the tight end position, allowing 3.67 catches, 37.7 yards and one touchdown per contest. This includes a two-touchdown performance from Scott Chandler and their allowance of Brent Celek to hit paydirt. Davis' workload might not be huge, but a red zone trip looks like a solid bet.
Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears
Fantasy value: Flex
- Celek has been more involved of late, chiefly as a way to keep Michael Vick healthy and standing. For those with bye week needs, Celek ranks as an attractive short-term waiver wire rental with a modicum of potential for multiple productive weeks of employment.
- The Bears give up plenty of big plays, thanks to their shoddy safety play. Tight ends have tagged them for 6.67 catches, 53.3 yards and 0.67 touchdowns per game. Celek is more than capable as long as he receives targets, which shouldn't be a problem with Philly's new offensive M.O.
NEW - Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets
Fantasy value: Flex or bench
- Chandler has been targeted four times in his last three games, catching every pass. Of his receptions, 50 percent have gone into the end zone, which makes his value dependent on scoring. He has averaged 12.0 receiving yards per game.
- The Jets have given up 6.00 receptions for 66.3 yards and 0.33 scores per game to the tight end position. They have allowed the ninth most average fantasy points (8.0) per matchup.
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