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Week 4 TE Sleepers and Landmines

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.

SLEEPERS

Trey Burton $5,200

The Bears TE Trey Burton has had a disappointing start after Chicago gave him a big free agent contract and fantasy players followed suit. He has just one TE1 game through the first three weeks, but he’s trending in the right direction after leading the team in receiving last week. The loss of slot WR Anthony Miller should also boost Burton’s usage. The Buccaneers have also not defended the tight end or really any other position very well. Tampa Bay has allowed a top 12 tight end scorer in each of the first three weeks, including Ben Watson, Zach Ertz and Vance McDonald. Bruton should be next on tis list. – Ryan McDowell

Tyler Eifert $4,300

Before you dismiss him and say it’s a committee approach take a look at his targets. They have gone from 3 (week 1), 4 (week 2) to 8 (week 3) where he posted six receptions for 74 yards, good enough for fifth overall in full PPR scoring. There’s little doubt he’s the most talented TE on the Bengals roster and when healthy possibly top three in the NFL. If for some reason he’s still on league waivers add him and consider yourself lucky to add a TE1 for free. For now Eifert is a weekly starter for me again. – Sal Leto

Dallas Goedert $3,900

I feel as though I have gone back in time to my 13 year old fantasy self, the one who just chased points from the previous works as though they would portend the future. But I am encouraged by Goedert. Despite having Zach Ertz locked in, the Eagles invested a second round pick in Goedert, an indication of their faith in his talent. Alshon Jeffery is tentatively expected to return but is unlikely to play a full game’s worth of snaps. Philadelphia is awfully thin at receiver, with only Jeffery and Agholor serving as reliable options next to Ertz. There is a good chance they continue to utilize two tight ends as Goedert is simply one of their better weapons. The Titans have allowed the fewest fantasy points to tight ends but have only played the Dolphins, Texans, and Jaguars to-date, none of whom have a notable tight end. I expect Goedert’s role to stay significant and his production to be streamable. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Will Dissly $3,800

The Seahawks rookie TE Will Dissly became a popular fantasy choice after his two touchdown performance to begin the season. Since then, his usage has declined and he still has just three catches or less in all three games this year. The Seahawks are also expecting target hog WR Doug Baldwin back in the lineup, meaning less looks for all other members of the offense. Stay away from Dissly this week…and probably forever. – Ryan McDowell

George Kittle $5,700

Don’t say it. Don’t say that Kittle and Beathard played together in college. I get it. I’ll even dismiss that he only caught 10 of 20 targets from CJ in 2017, they were both rookies. This isn’t a take on Kittle so much as Beathard. It wasn’t pretty a year ago and with nothing to go off of since I can’t expect it to be very good in start one of 2018. Anyone remember the shut down of Kelce (1-6) in week one by this Chargers defense? In fact they have held all tight ends to just nine receptions for 87 yards and zero touchdowns through three weeks. That’s just an average of 5.9 full PPR points per team not per player. Doesn’t pop off as a spot I want a part of this week. – Sal Leto

Jimmy Graham $5,800

One of fantasy’s rare mainstays at the tight end position, Graham has had encouraging usage in Green Bay. His 19 targets place him 7th at Tight End and any target from Aaron Rodgers is worth more than the average look. However, the off-season buzz for Graham was built due to his presumed redzone usage. Through three weeks, Graham has only one Redzone target as Davante Adams has continued to be Aaron Rodgers’ toy near the white line. Buffalo’s a favorable matchup and the Green Bay offense can always produce a weekly star, making it hard to sit Graham given the fantasy hellscape which is the tight end position. Expectations, however, should be tempered. Graham simply does not possess the massive upside he did at his peak. – Rob Willette

 

Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.

Week 4 WR Sleepers and Landmines

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.

SLEEPERS

Randall Cobb $5,400

After a huge start to the season Packers slot WR Randall Cobb has had a pair of quiet games. That could change this weekend when Green Bay faces off against the porous defense of the Bills. Despite last week’s shocking win, expectations are still low for the Buffalo defense, especially on the road against the Packers. The Bills have been torched by slot receivers, where Cobb spends a good chunk of his time. – Ryan McDowell

Sterling Shepard $6,100

Shepard looked primed for a big year in the preseason but didn’t have much to show the first two weeks when the Giants had their full compliment of weapons. Then a week ago with the Evan Engram injury it was suddenly less crowded and Shepard hauled in 6-80-1. Much as I stated earlier in the week when selecting Eli as my Sleeper QB the Saints have stopped no one in the passing game this season. In full PPR the Saints are giving up over 62 points a game to wide receivers! They are nearly 14 points more generous than the Bucs in second. We saw second banana Calvin Ridley see a monster 146 and three touchdowns a week ago and with OBJ out there a similar could come from Shepard. – Sal Leto

Antonio Callaway $4,900

College football fans are likely familiar with Antonio Callaway. Anyone just welcoming him into their conscience, however, may not appreciate the type of talent he is. He was a 4th round pick only due to off-field issues. He is a legitimate Day 2 type of talent and we have already seen some of that in 2018. Callaway netted 10 targets in Week 3, and while his 4/20 line is thoroughly underwhelming, the Browns get a boost across the board due to the arrival of Baker Mayfield. The Raiders have zero pass rush and little talent in the secondary. The Browns passing game figures to start clicking and Callaway currently stands as their second best weapon. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Quincy Enunwa $5,700

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa has become a trendy early pick thanks to the volume he sees as the clear favorite target of rookie QB Sam Darnold. Not only do the Jets face the stingy Jaguars defense this week, but Darnold simply hasn’t been passing the ball enough to make Enunwa or any other pass catcher relevant. Even with a huge market share of targets, I’m avoiding Enunwa this week. – Ryan McDowell

Geronimo Allison $5,400

Hey I actually like this guy and touted him in the off-season. Allison has performed well and checks in at WR 29 on the season. With the help of two touchdowns he has nice numbers but a closer look shows a dwindling target percentage each week from 21.6 down to just 8.9 a week ago. The Bills don’t impress me or really do anything well but have managed to give just one WR touchdown through three weeks. I do believe the Packers will handle them and we could see a lot more from the running game this week where teams have had a lot of success with 448 total yards and three touchdowns. Note: Randall Cobb popped up on the injury report today – Sal Leto

Amari Cooper $7,300

If you care to trust Amari Cooper at this point, that is your business. After being featured against the Broncos, Cooper was shut down by Xavien Howard and the Dolphins. While the Browns have no such shutdown corners, Denzel Ward has been impressive as a rookie and Cleveland has done an excellent job of limiting Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees before completely erasing Sam Darnold. In an offense still finding its way and with what has proven to be an embarrassingly low floor, Cooper is more name brand value than every-week starter at this point. – Rob Willette

 

Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.