Week 6 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.
CJ Uzomah $4,500
First, the Bengals lost TE Tyler Eifert and then backup TE Tyler Kroft went down with a foot injury. He’s already been ruled out for Week Six. That leaves CJ Uzomah as the top and nearly the only tight end the Bengals will use against the Steelers. Pittsburgh has allowed more fantasy points to the TE spot than any other team in the league with Travis Kelce, Austin Hooper and the Bucs duo of OJ Howard and Cameron Brate each hitting them for a TE1 performance. – Ryan McDowell
Austin Hooper $5,000
Hooper gets his second lousy defense in a row. Last week he saw 12 targets and hauled in 9-77 against the Steelers. The Buccaneers check in tied for most points per game given up to tight ends with those same Steelers at 20.1. Hooper actually comes in at number 9 overall in 2018 ahead of Trey Burton, Jordan Reed and David Njoku. – Sal Leto
Niles Paul $3,900
Albeit in comeback mode, Niles Paul rolled up a 7-65 line on 9 targets in Week 5 against the Chiefs. It is nearly impossible to forecast which Jacksonville pass-catcher will pop in any given week, but their volume is always significantly higher when Leonard Fournette is on the shelf, aiding the entire group on Sunday. Paul has to split snaps with something called James O’Shaugnessy, but he the college receiver turned tight end has always had plus pass-catching chops. Dallas is a middling defense against tight ends and allowed Ryan Griffin to post a season-best statline in Week 5. Throw on your YOLO hat and hit submit with Paul in your lineup this weekend. – Rob Willette
Greg Olsen $4,900
Some might be tempted to play Panther veteran TE Greg Olsen in his first game back from a foot injury but that might not be a good idea. When he returned from the same injury a year ago, Olsen managed one catch for ten yards in his first two games back in action before returning to his usual form. Both of these teams are also in the bottom third of the league in pace of gameplay and this game has one of the lowest over/unders of the week. – Ryan McDowell
David Njoku $5,600
This has been my guy in 2018. I have touted him all off season and he hasn’t really splashed yet. We have seen a rise in play with Mayfield taking over and I like his potential going forward just not in this matchup with the Chargers. Chargers give up less than four receptions a game, under 47 yards and only one touchdown through five. They’ve been much more vulnerable to the big play wide receiver than the tight end. – Sal Leto
Trey Burton $5,700
A trendy summer pick after assuming a lead role in what was expected to be an ascending offense, Trey Burton has had a solid if unspectacular start in Chicago. He’s averaging less than five targets per game for a team which has struggled to move the ball outside of a date with the unceasingly forgiving Tampa Bay defense. Mitchell Trubisky has spread the football around when he has aired it out, limiting Burton’s ability to be a feature weapon on this offense. The Dolphins have yet to allow a score to a tight end, and their willingness to play football at a sloth-like pace limits the volume for all Bears players. Given Burton has failed to establish himself as a slam-dunk every week start, there are better streaming options. – 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.