Sep. 01, 2016
NFL Fantasy: TE Sleepers
The tight end position for teams can be of immense value offensively, or they can be used essentially as another lineman who will catch the occasional ball. Saying that, there are only a handful of stud tight ends in the league, so finding a sleeper at this position could be huge. Once the big dogs are off the board, finding a sleeper out of that position could be difficult, here are three I believe could could give you some top end production.
Ladarius Green, TE, Steelers - Ben Roethlisberger's lost his security blanket this off-season with Heath Miller announcing his retirement. The Steelers made a great choice by signing Green in the hopes he can show his true potential now that he's out of the shadow Antonio Gates cast. The only thing that has kept the hype down is the fact that he is still recovering from his ankle injury, some also say it's lingering affects from a concussion. Whatever it may be, upon his return Green will be yet another weapon at Ben Roethlisberger's disposal. Any Steelers fan knows how much he relied on Miller, but with all do respect to Heath, Green is a much quicker and more skilled tight end. So keep an eye on his health and draft him late or snatch him off the waiver wire if your looking for a decent TE2 with the potential to be a TE1.
Zach Miller, TE, Bears - Miller's first year in Chicago was fairly productive, he hauled in 34 passes that amounted to 439 YDS and 5 TD's. In saying that, with a years worth up trust built up between Miller and Cutler coupled with the departure of Martellus Bennett, don't be surprised to see those numbers increase. Miller will see his fare share of targets now that he's the number one TE, expescially in the red zone with oft-injured Alshon Jeffery really the only other option to go to. Miller will be available for you to pick with your last few picks if you choose, or he'll most likely be available on the waiver wire.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Bucs - In limited action last season, Seferian-Jenkins was able to accumulate 21 REC, 338 YDS, and 4 TD'S. Over the course of a season those numbers a pretty attractive to fantasy owners. His training camp got off to a rocky start as he was bumped down the depth chart, but since that demotion he has worked his tail off to get back to earning first team reps. I think that demotion lit a fire under him and he will look to take a stranglehold on the number one TE position for the Bucs. Quarterbacks like tight ends as their security blankets, so long as he stays healthy I think Seferian-Jenkins is in for a big season.
Until next time,