Fantasy Football Sleepers: TE - Week 15 (with video)

by Tim Heaney and Cory J. Bonini on December 12, 2012 @ 15:15:10 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 Weeks 11 through 14, unless otherwise stated.

Fantasy football sleepers: Tight ends

Tony Scheffler, Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals

Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki
Go with Mo against Oaktown

Fantasy value: Low-end No. 1

  • With Ryan Broyles (knee) and Titus Young (knee) on Injured Reserve, Lions targets have opened up. Kris Durham has seen increased looks, but Scheffler has been more involved of late: 11 catches, 132 yards and one touchdown over his last three games.
  • Expect that to continue even if Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) can suit up this weekend; the two-tight-end formation will remain en vogue. Good news with the Cardinals on the docket: Arizona has allowed, along with one other team, the fourth most standard-scoring points (10.0) per game to TEs. That's come on the back of 3.50 catches, 65.3 yards and 0.75 scores per outing.

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Fleener typically has to contend with Dwayne Allen for reps and attention in this high-powered passing game. Fleener has only seen six targets - and only caught two - in his first two games back after returning from a shoulder injury.
  • Much like Aaron Hernandez torched Houston on Monday night, however, Fleener's athleticism should present a difficult matchup for this secondary, who's been a statistical bottom-feeder of late. This lot has abused them for 7.0 catches, 70.0 yards and one touchdown per game. Hernandez' performance bodes well for the sneaky Fleener this week.

Tony Moeaki, Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Dwayne Bowe's season-ending ribs injury opens up time for targets to audition for future involvement. Moeaki has had some fleeting acclaim within the organization and, after an injury-erased 2011, has at least reminded us of his presence. He's registered 54-plus receiving yards in three of his last six games - not exciting but at least a relative floor on which he could build with new opportunities.
  • The Raiders have been beaten up by this position to the tune of 7.0 catches, 62.3 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game. Jimmy Graham did damage, but so did the likes of Jermaine Gresham, Benjamin Watson and the Jacob Tamme-Joel Dreessen pair, which gives Moeaki even more hope.

NEW - Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers

Fantasy value: No. 1 or flex

  • Have you been looking for an excuse to justify playing Gates this year? Chances are you have wised up and stashed him on your bench after he has tormented you all year. If you don't have a better matchup from another option, Gates' Week 15 prospects are reasonably bright considering where he has been this season. He has averaged a 3.25-27.5-0 line of late.
  • Carolina's opponents at tight end have caught three touchdowns in their last four weeks against them, averaging 52.5 yards and a half-dozen catches per contest. The Panthers may have to shade coverage to Danario Alexander, which could free up Gates in the middle.
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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

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