Tight End Sleepers Week 14: The Vance McDonald Conundrum

week 14 tight end sleepers

Welcome to the fantasy football playoffs! Things are always changing, so the tight end sleepers article will always be here to help you with your tight end streaming decisions. We help you out with three tight end sleepers who are available in at least 50% of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues. I know, that guy is owned in your league. “Wow, I want to play in that league!” you say. Okay, one of these TE sleepers has sub-10% ownership. There, that should quiet you down.

As always, check and see if someone from Waleed’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet slipped through the cracks. If none of those guys are available, go ahead and check out the week fourteen tight end sleepers.

Week 14 Tight End Sleeper:
Vance McDonald at Arizona (49% Owned)

There are two flowcharts at play here.

Flow chart one says:
Is a tight end playing against Arizona?
Play them

Flow chart two says:
Is a tight end Vance McDonald?
Don’t fall for his tricks

It really is dueling banjos in my head, with side one telling me “Tyler Higbee went for 107 yards and a touchdown last week. Tyler Higbee. They’ve given up 13 tight end touchdowns in twelve games. That’s literally more than one per game. Ross Dwelley did it the game before Tyler Higbee. Ross Dwelley. That’s two backup tight ends in two weeks.”

The other side tells me: “you’ve literally spent years warning against Vance McDonald’s Siren Song. How are you falling for it now? How weak-willed are you right now?” Mostly, it just berates me and asks if I want to “catch hands.”

That having been said, I am trusting flowchart one, and that of course, means that it will be Nick Vannett who is the smart play against the Cardinals this week. Because of course.

Week 14 Tight End Sleeper:
Mike Gesicki at N.Y. Jets (23% Owned)

Mike Gesicki’s last five games have a 100+ target pace, with Gesicki garnering at least six targets in each of the last five games. He’s rewarded fantasy owners with 10+ fantasy points in half-PPR in two straight games, and he’s finally a quality option. Praise be to Mike Gesicki, he’s finally busting out. The only thing that can stop him is the Jets and their fifth-best fantasy football tight end defense. To that, I remind everyone that the original Mike Gesicki game that had everyone hot under the collar?

Week Nine: six targets, six catches, 95 yards. Against… The New York Jets.

Deep Dive Week 14 Tight End Sleeper:
Ian Thomas at Atlanta (0% Owned)

As of writing this, Ian Thomas does not have ownership that tracks in Yahoo! As of writing this, Greg Olsen is a longshot to make it back for Carolina’s game on Sunday. The Panthers already fired Ron Rivera and sent Cam Newton out for surgery, so it’s highly unlikely they rush Greg Olsen back from a concussion in a lost season. That leaves the door wide open for Ian Thomas.  He was great down the stretch, but the Panthers passing out of 2-TE sets lower than almost anyone in the league tanked his 2019 value. Without Olsen, he should thrive.

Thomas gets a great chance to kick off his 2020 fantasy football sleeper bid by getting the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are middle-of-the-road against tight ends on the season, but that seems to stem from a lack of touchdowns against them. They’ve allowed just four TE touchdowns on the season, all in a three-week span. However, Jared Cook, Greg Olsen, and… Jared Cook, again, has turned in at least 8 half-PPR points against them. Given the target distribution to TEs in the Panthers offense, Thomas should provide a nice PPR floor.

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