Fantasy football owners are infinitely more savvy about sleeper tight ends this season. Guys aren’t languishing on the waiver wire for weeks, allowing me low-hanging fruit for the weekly tight end sleepers piece. Nevertheless, I pushed through with some truly ghastly options. 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 out Waleed Ismail’s Week Four Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet to see if any of those guys slipped through. If they didn’t, check out the week four tight end sleepers below.
Week Four TE Sleeper:
Vernon Davis at N.Y. Giants (31% Owned)
No, I don’t know the definition of insanity, why do you ask? Despite turning in fewer than five fantasy football points in each of the last two weeks, I still believe in Old Man Davis. His week one touchdown showed that he still has all the athleticism he needs to perform (though his week three “hurdle” leaves something to be desired). While he has only popped in one game on the season, his splits without Jordan Reed tell another story. Since Davis joined Washington, he produces as a top-ten TE in all formats when Jordan Reed doesn’t play.
This week, he gets a Giants squad that allows the tenth-most fantasy points to tight ends, including two touchdowns week one and a get-right game last week for O.J. Howard. Expect another one of those get-right performances this week out of Vernon Davis. Terry McLaurin was a late-week injury addition, so there should be plenty of targets available for VD.
Week Four TE Sleeper:
Tyler Higbee versus Tampa Bay (3% Owned)
Higbee bruised his lung halfway through week two but had eight targets in six quarters of action in the first couple of games. He caught six of them, one of them for a score. It’s been a long back-and-forth, with fantasy football owners hoping that one of Higbee or Gerald Everett would emerge as a viable fantasy option. Higbee is expected to return from his injury this week. He seems to be the Rams favorite TE, as his turn as the TE1 provided for more targets (and production). It’s a deep, desperation play, but the matchup makes it enticing.
The Buccaneers allow the second-most fantasy points to tight ends, with both Greg Olsen and Evan Engram topping 100 yards against them in each of the last two games. They’ve faced a murderer’s row, with Olsen, Engram, and George Kittle in their first three weeks. That might inflate their numbers, but the proof is in the pudding. The Rams kicked up their passing game last week, and hope to keep that ball rolling against the Buccos this weekend.
Week Four TE Sleeper
Mike Gesicki versus L.A. Chargers (2% Owned)
I was a huge Mike Gesicki fan going into the season. The presence of Preston Williams siphoned the meager available targets away from Gesicki, which is very rude, to be honest. Unfortunately, the tight end options all suck this week. I could not live with my own failure, and it led me back to Gesicki this week. The Dolphins offense is a mess, as they haven’t scored for ten whole quarters, and the suck seems terminal. However, the Chargers allow the third-most fantasy football points to tight ends so far this season. Even bad tight ends do great against them, as Jordan Akins and Darren Fells lit them up last week. Crazier things have happened.
Check out all our week 4 sleepers:
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