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Week 17 TE Sleepers and Landmines

by , and • December 29, 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

Vance McDonald $5,100

Steelers TE Vance McDonald has shown flashes at times this season, including stiff-arming his way to a touchdown that became one of the plays of the year. He’s also been quiet at times but this is a must-win game for the Steelers and they get the chance to face off with a lame duck opponent in Cincinnati, who has struggled to defend opposing tight ends all season. Factoring in the suddenly iffy status of star WR Antonio Brown and McDonald could be in for a relatively big game. – Ryan McDowell

Mark Andrews $4,000

Receiving production in Baltimore has been incredibly unreliable since Lamar Jackson took over and the Ravens went to an incredibly run-heavy scheme. However, Mark Andrews has made splash plays all season and flashed his big play chops last week with a 68-yard touchdown. Of course, targets are still limited (6 in the past two weeks) and based on my recollection of Tight Ends, 68-yard touchdowns are not a weekly occurrence. But Andrews matches up against a Browns defense which has ceded the 2nd-most receptions and 5th-most fantasy points to the Tight End position. When Baltimore attacks via the pass, finding their Tight Ends is the most sensible method. It makes Andrews an appealing streamer on the docket. – Rob Willette

LANDMINES

Jared Cook $6,800

Raiders veteran TE Jared Cook has flashed some impressive ability this season and is pretty easily the best (only?) offensive playmaker on the Oakland roster. With that said, he’s been inconsistent and impossible to trust. This week, he faces the Chiefs, who must win to lock in their status as the top seed in the AFC. Cook has also struggled in road games, making this title in Kansas City one to avoid given Cook’s lofty price. – Ryan McDowell

Rob Gronkowski $6,000

Following an outburst in Miami, it looked like Rob Gronkowski was poised to reward fantasy owners who were waiting on the Gronk of old to return. In the next two games, however, Gronk disappeared; his donut in Week 16 proved to be the nadir of his 2018 season. No longer a weekly feature in the offense, he is hard to trust against a Jets defense allowing the 3rd-fewest points to Tight Ends. While always a threat to score, Gronk is simply not the locked-and-loaded starter here in 2018. – 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.