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Week 3 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

Eric Ebron $5,100

It’s probably not even fair to call Ebron a sleeper at this point now that we know TE Jack Doyle will miss the Colts Week Three game with a hip injury. With that said, he is very cheap in daily fantasy and still sits on the waiver wire of most leagues. He’s scored in each of the Colts’ first two contests and will now see close to full-time work against the Eagles. – Ryan McDowell

Ian Thomas $3,500

Oh boy are we going real deep this week. But look at it this way, through two weeks Dissly, James and Cook are the names atop the TE leaders. So why not Ian Thomas? Big, strong and quick this rookie is built for the NFL game. Stepping in to a role that has long been a comfort zone for Cam Newton, Thomas will face a Bengals defense that gave up top 10 TE performance to two players in one game week one and rank worst against the position after two weeks. The Panthers will need more than dump offs to CMC to remain a relevant offense. – Sal Leto

Jonnu Smith $4,200

Jonnu Smith failed to see a target in Week 2. Relying on him in Week 3 is fool’s errand. However, many have called me a fool, and if you’re dumpster diving at tight end, you could do worse than Smith. “Could do worse” is how my fiance describes our engagment, and it applies here. Smith had an 18/157/2 on line on 30 targets as a rookie and is a plus athlete at the position. The Titans threw only 20 times in Week 2, leading to suppressed numbers across the board. In a game they figure to trail in, Smith’s prospects are grealy increased. The Jags shut down Rob Gronkowski in Week 2, but largely because he was the Pats best weapon. Attention this weekend figures to be paid to Corey Davis. Get into the deep abyss which is the last tiers of the tight end rankings, and Smith could provide the best bang for the buck. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Austin Hooper $4,700

Some fantasy players seem to be trusting Hooper again after he went over 50 yards for the first time in more than a calendar year and scored a touchdown in Week Two. I’m not buying it. He’s still the Falcons’ fourth option at best in the passing game and the Saints have always played him tough. He’s averaged just two catches for 14 yards in his career against New Orleans. – Ryan McDowell

Trey Burton $5,400

Raise your hand if you knew Trey Burton has been in the NFL since 2014, ok put it down you look like an idiot sitting in front of your computer with your hand raised. A quick look at his points from last week and you might feel confirmed in believing he was set for a big year. But look closer, only one reception in week one for 15 yards and four in week two for 20 yards. The glorified handoff that resulted in a receiving TD counts yes but doesn’t show the flash of big play ability you were expecting. Couple that with Trubisky being locked in on Allen Robinson and those security targets you thought would go to Burton don’t appear as such. Also note that Taylor Gabriel is seeing a lot of short targets at the line of scrimmage. – Sal Leto

OJ Howard $4,600

I love O.J. Howard the player. As a fantasy asset, however, I am still waiting for him to get more involved. While his 150 yards and a touchdown through two weeks qualifies as a hot start, he has posted such numbers on only six targets. Such efficiency is simply not sustainable. Even in a cozy matchup against a Steelers defense which was just flayed by Travis Kelce, I am lukewarm on Howard, who currently stands fourth in line for targets behind Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, and Chris Godwin. – 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.