Fantasy Football 2019: Week Three Tight End Sleepers

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Zombies have had a cultural moment recently. The modern concept of zombies stems from the voodoo practiced by West African slaves in Haiti. While they are not the only undead creature in popular culture, they are the only ones whose main feature is coming back from the dead to become an unstoppable force that you can’t escape. Related, I have my week three fantasy football tight end sleepers below.  Below you’ll find two tight ends available in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues, and a third tight end available in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues. As always, check and see if the guys in Waleed Ismail’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet slipped through the cracks. If they didn’t, check out the week three tight end sleepers below.

Week Three Tight End Sleeper:
Jason Witten versus Miami (43% Owned)

Man, this season sure is going better than Jason Witten’s 2018 on Monday Night Football, isn’t it? Well, to be fair, Jason Witten could be a literal zombie and his year would be going better than his disastrous 2018. He has eight targets in two games, and he’s caught seven of them for 40 yards. While that’s not a notable feature, his two touchdowns certainly look nice. Witten will get you a nice floor, and he’s scored in two close games. The Cowboys don’t have a great red zone wide receiver, so Jason Witten gets the touchdown passes.

As for his opponent? Well if you know literally one thing about the NFL outside your favorite team and your fantasy football players, it’s that the Miami Dolphins are having an extremely successful season. They’re trying to be the worst team of all-time, and you have to hand it to them, they’re pulling it off. The Patriots didn’t do much with tight ends last week, but the Ravens and Mark Andrews crushed them in week one.

Week Three Tight End Sleeper:
Vernon Davis versus Chicago (20% Owned)

The Chicago Bears defense is one of the best in the NFL, but through the first two games, the way to beat them through the air is targeting the tight end. With Washington’s wide receivers looking like Terry McLaurin, and miscellaneous, it’s likely Washington turns toward Vernon Davis in this one.

The Bears yielded a touchdown to Jimmy Graham in week one, and if the nine targets split between Noah Fant and Jef Heuerman went to one guy, it would have been eight receptions for 54 yards, a great PPR day for a tight end. Take a look at what Washington has on offense outside of Vernon Davis and Terry McLaurin, and try to tell me he isn’t in for a big workload.

Week Three Tight End Sleeper:
Tyler Eifert at Buffalo (10% Owned)

I can’t believe I am doing this, but have you seen sub-10% owned tight ends? They’re absolutely bleak. Let me squint really quick and find you a reason why it should be Tyler Eifert. Tyler Eifert has resumed his goal-line role in the Bengals offense, which is doubly important to his value given Joe Mixon’s injury and ineffectiveness thus far this season. Eifert has consistent opportunity with the Bengals—he’s one of nine TEs with at least five targets in both games this season—and you just have to believe if you’re this deep.

On paper, the Buffalo Bills are a tough fantasy football tight end defense. In practice, they faced Ryan Griffin in week one and the death throes of Eli Manning’s career in week two. Evan Engram still turned in six catches for 48 yards as he witnessed the death of an era in week two. That’s a respectable floor. It’s not going to be pretty, but I’m going to bet on the targets over chasing a touchdown if I’m going this deep unless I’m exceptionally desperate.

Check out all our Week Three sleepers:

Week Three Quarterback Sleepers

Week Three Running Back Sleepers

Week Three Wide Receiver Sleepers

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