Fantasy football sleepers: TE - Week 12

by Tim Heaney on November 23, 2010 @ 18:35:00 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.

Note: All statistics are from Week 8 to Week 11, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Benjamin Watson, Cleveland Browns vs. Carolina Panthers

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

    Cleveland Browns TE Benjamin Watson
    Watson should bounce back this week
  • Watson was targeted just once in Week 11. He dinged his ankle but returned to action and looks to be OK for Week 12.
  • He should turn it loose against the Panthers this week. Against Carolina, tight ends have compiled 7.00 receptions, 85.3 yards and 1.00 touchdowns per game. The St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens all use the tight end enough to back up this positive matchup for Watson.
  • Though you should keep an eye on his status, Watson has been the most consistent part of the passing game, even though his targets have been erratic. It isn't like Carolina has a big pass rush enough to have Watson stay in often to block.

Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Jeremy Shockey (ribs) is unsure for Week 12. Even if he plays, the Saints use the tight end position liberally enough that Graham can be involved. He was targeted eight times in Week 11 (five catches, 72 yards) and has the frame (6-foot-7, 260 pounds) to continue to see red zone looks. He has at least four catches in each of his last two games.
  • The Cowboys offer an opportunity for him to contribute again. Dallas has allowed 5.75 catches, 68.5 yards and 1.00 touchdowns. The Green Bay Packers haven't used the position often, but the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and Detroit Lions are at least competent in employing tight ends.
  • Graham deserves ownership in deep leagues; the Saints have expressed their desire to increase his use in the regular offense. He has the upside to be at least a flex play the rest of the way.
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