Week 8 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.
Chris Herndon $3,600
Rookie TE Chris Herndon has founf the end zone in two straight games and I’m willing to chase that production as the Jets are set to face the Bears. Chicago has allowed the second-most touchdowns to tight ends in the league as well as the ninth-most fantasy points. While Herndon’s snap count and routes run have been a bit of a concern all season, the Jets simply don’t have many options in the passing game. WRs Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa are expected to be out and the team already cut WR Terrelle Pryor simply because he was injured. Herndon, TE Eric Tomlinson, RB Isaiah Crowell and WR Jermaine Kearse are the only healthy Jets with more than five receptions on the season. – Ryan McDowell
Ben Watson $4,200
At 37 Watson is still plugging along and while the touchdowns haven’t been there (manly because he dropped a wide open one ams was also missed on a wide open one earlier in the season) he has had decent target and yardage numbers weekly. Before the bye week he pulled in all six of his targets for 43 yards and his first touchdown of the season. The Vikings have been vulnerable to the position all season having given up five double digit point totals in seven games. In one of the other games Jason Croom caught a touchdown and miss double digits by .4. It’s a clear area of attack for their opponents and we should see another TE1 performance this week. – Sal Leto
Vance McDonald $4,600
Vance McDonald has rather quietly become an active part of the Pittsburgh passing game. He’s recorded 20 receptions in five games since debuting in Week 2, showcasing his RAC skills on a Monday Night against the Bucs and becoming an efficient option over the middle of the field for Ben Roethlisberger. James Washington has yet to carve out a major role in the offense behind Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster, leaving McDonald plenty of opportunities to harken back to the days of Heath Miller. The Browns have done a good job against opposing passing games, but have proven an unimposing matchup for Tight Ends and are dealing with a littany of injuries on defense. While the bar is awfully low, McDonald has established himself as a weekly TE1. – Rob Willette
Eric Ebron $5,900
Last week, in WR TY Hilton’s first game back in several weeks, Colts TE Eric Ebron saw a major down tick in usage and production. Ebron caught only three passes, tied for his lowest number this year, and managed just 31 scoreless yards. This week against the Raiders, Ebron faces an even tougher task. First, veteran TE Jack Doyle is due back after missing multiple games with a hip injury, which will further eat into Ebron’s playing time. Also, the Raiders have only allowed one TE1 performance this season and only give up the seventh-fewest fantasy points to the position. – Ryan McDowell
Kyle Rudolph $4,900
Rudolph had a nice three week run weeks two through four but over the last three he is tight end 17 overall and has a total of 94 yards receiving. That’s ugly. The Saints march in as the second best defense facing tight ends. OJ Howard put up 54 yards in week one, no player has gotten out of the twenties since. Where New Orleans is susceptible is the wide receiver position and that has been the bread and butter of the Vikings attack this year. Rudolph has fallen into the group somewhere after the top three or four that can be sat if a better match up is on your bench. – Sal Leto
Evan Engram $4,800
It has been a bust of a sophomore campaign for Engram. Returning from a multi-week injury against the Falcons, Engram was a distant fourth in passing game hierarchy, earning only four targets as Odell Beckham Jr., Sherling Shepard, and Saquon Barkley did the heavy lifting in the passing game. Being the fourth option in the passing game is seldom fruitful for fantasy purposes, and even less so when you’re catching passes from a quarterback about two elections past his prime. Engram is long on talent, and will have some blowup spots, but it is hard to be bullish on his rest of season outlook, especially in Week 8 against a Washington defense which has been one of the league’s best 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.