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Week 13 TE Sleepers and Landmines

by , and • December 1, 2018

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. This week, Ryan is out, but you still get two guys to put in your lineup and two guys to avoid! 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

Logan Thomas $3,000

This ain’t pretty I get it. Charles Clay has been in and out of the lineup this season, the Bills tight ends in total have one stinking touchdown reception. So how, why would I say Thomas? Because if you don’t have one of the few elite reliable tight ends you need to take chances. The Dolphins have given up eight tight end touchdowns on the season with three of those coming last week. There’s also the two games with two touchdowns given up to random tight ends Michael Roberts and Jordan Thomas. Hey look another tight end named Thomas scored two touchdowns. What does that mean? I’m shrugging my shoulders and saying this is a desperation play but one to consider if you’ve been struggling at the position. – Sal Leto

Matt LaCosse $4,000

Late season attrition via injury can create some unheralded fantasy mainstays. Matt LaCosse stepped in for the injured Jeff Heuerman last week and earned 4 targets, finding paydirt as the Broncos upset the Steelers. Heuerman had carved out a sliver of value in the Denver offense, and it is not far-fetched to think LaCosse can have streaming value down the stretch given Denver is thin with pass-catching options. The Bengals may hold the crown as worst defense in the league at the moment, giving everyone with a reasonable role in the Denver offense value this week. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Jonnu Smith $4,000

It took Smith a little bit of time to get going in Delanie Walkers absence but he’s been cooking for those that have been brave enough to start him over the last four games. Coming in at tight end nine overall in that four game window he’s been a pleasant surprise. I can understand wanting to roll him out and see if he stays hot. The match up is not that enticing as tight end is one spot the Jets have done a good job defending. In the last three games these are the reception totals to opposing tight ends four receptions 57 yards one touchdown, 3-56-1 of that was Rob Gronkowski meaning in the two previous games they gave up a total of one catch for one yard. – Sal Leto

Greg Olsen $5,500

There’s been a changing of the guard in Carolina. While the transition is not complete, we’re seeing more opportunities for explosive young players like D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. While injuries have played a role, the two have played so well it would behoove Carolina to keep feeding them. Said opportunites will eliminate looks for the old guard, and while Olsen still has a respectable 14 targets over the past three weeks, the upside is being capped. He’s a tough fade against a Tampa Bay team who cannot defend anyone, but he’s no longer a focal point of the Panther offense. – 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.