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Week 15 TE Sleepers and Landmines

by , and • December 16, 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. 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

Anthony Firkser $4,000

The Titans second-year TE Anthony Firkser was already starting to eat into starter Jonnu Smith’s role before the latter suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. Firkser still has the streak going as he’s caught all 16 passes thrown his way this season. Over the past four games, Firkser has produced three games as the TE18 or better, and that was with Smith on the field. After shutting down opposing TEs early in the season, the Giants have struggled as of late, allowing the tenth-most fantasy points to the position over the past five weeks. – Ryan McDowell

Kyle Rudolph $4,300

Yes he is a Sleeper because if you have been starting him every week you just plain haven’t paid attention. Rudolph is the 14th overall tight end in full PPR which ranks him outside of a weekly starter. He hasn’t scored touchdown since week two, and let’s face it outside of the top few guys it’s a TD or bust position these days. Well that’s fortunate for those that have him this week because the Dolphins have given up the most touchdowns (9) to tight ends this year and four of those in the last three weeks. Insert Christmas joke referring to a red nosed character and leading to victory. – Sal Leto

Blake Jarwin $3,000

Jarwin emerged from the wreckage of the tight end position to post 7 receptions for 56 yards. Granted, this was in a game in which Dallas ran an absurd number of plays in an overtime win, but the matchup is right for Jarwin to post another strong game. The Colts have allowed the third-most receiving yards to the tight end position, and their defensive style keeps things in front of them, limiting the big play. Jarwin sets up as another safety-valve for Dak Prescott, and the ascension of the Cowboys offense is a case of a rising tide lifting all boats. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Austin Hooper $5,500

Falcons TE Austin Hooper has enjoyed a breakout season but the odds are against him this week. He left week’s game with an injury and is in danger of not even playing against the Cardinals this week. If he does suit up, the matchup against Arizona is not an easy one. The Cardinals have allowed only three touchdowns to tight ends all season and surrender fewer than ten fantasy points per game to the position. Hooper is also on a bit of a cold streak with just one game inside the top 15 fantasyc scorers in the past month. – Ryan McDowell

Trey Burton $4,500

It has not been the windfall people were expecting when snagging Burton this season he barley makes it in as the number 10 tight end on the season but he hasn’t scored a touchdown in five weeks and hasn’t had more than 40 yards receiving in over seven weeks. In fact a look at the weekly stats shows one 80+, one 126 performance and then pedestrian receiving yardage the rest of the way. The Packers over the last five weeks have given up 19 receptions 180 yards and one touchdown (the only one the have given to the position all season), sounds like a single game performance from George Kittle. – Sal Leto

Jimmy Graham $4,900

It has been a trying first season for Jimmy Graham in Green Bay. Describing his numbers as something which “suck”, Graham actually failed to acknowledge his receptions and yardage is up compared to last year in Seattle. However, after operating as the de facto goal-line back for the Seahawks in 2017, Graham has only 8 redzone targets in 2018, including a mere 4 within the 10 yard line. He’s just not getting money looks, and even with Aaron Rodgers struggling to find reliable targets behind Davante Adams, Graham is just not demanding looks. As they are across the board, the Bears are strong against tight ends, and a December game outdoors in Chicago is not an ideal time for passing fireworks. Graham’s merely name value at this point, offering little upside at a fairly high cost. – 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.