Week Four TE Sleepers
If there’s a guiding philosophy for Football Absurdity, it’s that all tight ends are bad. Some will temporarily trick us, or will sometimes be good (the exception to the rule). That means finding weekly fantasy football tight end sleeper candidates to get you production weekly. Here, we give you three fantasy football tight end sleeper players who could, and should, pop for you this week. Tight end has been as bleak as anticipated this year, so even if you did not intend to stream this year, it might end up in the cards for you. Two of these tight end sleeper players are available in over 50% of Yahoo! leagues, and the third guy is available in 90% or more for all you, “oh this guy is available in your league? Must be nice” guys.
Austin Hooper versus Cincinnati (37% owned)
Call it a hunch that Calvin Ridley won’t get his monstrous tight end count again this week. Hooper has his high-volume flash weeks throughout his career with Matt Ryan (for example, his five catch, 59 yards, one touchdown game in week two). This should be one of those weeks, as the Bengals allow tight ends to run free against them. While Ian Thomas was unable to produce against them last week, they allowed 17.55 fantasy points to tight ends in the first two weeks of the season. Vontaze Burfict doesn’t return until week four, so that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
Vance McDonald versus Baltimore (40% owned)
On paper, the matchup is not the best, as the Ravens allow just the fourth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends on the season. That’s on paper. In reality, they are yet to play a passing game that does a halfway decent job of featuring the tight end. It’s easy to look difficult when you’ve been tasked with stopping Jake Butt, a halfway broken Tyler Eifert, and Logan Thomas. It was a question as to whether it would be Jesse James or Vance McDonald catching passes, but a fully-healthy McDonald out-targeted James five-to-one last week.
Mark Andrews at Pittsburgh (2% owned)
It’s not looking like Hayden Hurst will make his debut yet, but that’s okay. The Ravens already have a rookie tight end sleeper this week in Andrews. He has just seven targets in the last two weeks, but he has a touchdown, a thirty-yard catch and a twenty-yard catch in there. That type of big-play potential and touchdown ability will serve him well this week. The Steelers allow the most fantasy points to tight ends, with three tight ends getting double-digit days in half-PPR in the last two weeks.