Tight End Sleepers. The last desperate hope for people anxiously attempting to find a player who can score a touchdown. If you’re here, you’re not proud. Or maybe you are a proud tight end streamer. Or maybe you’re a Jared Cook owner. Either way, welcome to the week fifteen tight end streamers. For a player to qualify for as one of the weekly tight end sleepers, Yahoo! owners must deem them unrosterable in over 50% of leagues. For deep leagues, one of the wide receiver sleepers who is out there in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues. As always, check Waleed’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet first.
Noah Fant at Kansas City (29% Owned)
I don’t think that the Broncos will go into Arrowhead and blow the doors off the collective hinges of the Kansas City Chiefs defense, or offense. I do expect this one to end up somewhat one-sided. However, I also saw with my own two eyes, a great connection between Noah Fant and Drew Lock last week. Fant left early with an injury, but Vic Fangio’s “optimistic” that Fant suits up. The Chiefs are a good matchup for Fant, as they allow the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends. It’s a match made in streaming heaven.
Mike Gesicki at N.Y. Giants (29% Owned)
I know he had a bad game last week, and I know that he was never a superstar in this league. I know th—hey wait, where are you going? Come back. Get back here. Okay, thank you! I know that Gesicki doesn’t have a long track record of success in the NFL, so that makes it hard to get back on his wagon. I’m telling you to get back on his wagon. Untimely penalties and mistimed deep balls kept Gesicki from a huge game, not opportunity. While he didn’t get six targets, he did get five. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but five targets a game over sixteen games would have put him eleventh at TE targets last year.
Here’s a fun set of facts. The Giants allow the fifteenth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Here’s another fact: only four tight ends have at least five targets against them. Those four tight ends average 11.8 fantasy points per game against the Giants this season. Go back to Mike Gesicki, he won’t… make you sicky.
Ian Thomas versus Seattle (3% Owned)
There’s the question of Greg Olsen’s concussion. He still hasn’t cleared protocol, so that’s something to keep an eye on. If he clears, Ian Thomas won’t be an advisable start. If he doesn’t clear, then rock and/or roll with Thomas as your starting TE.
I’ve been banging the table for Ian Thomas since the preseason. He played well when given the opportunity last year, and did it again last week. Thomas turned ten targets into five catches, 57 yards, and a touchdown. He did that against the Atlanta Falcons, who are generally a neutral matchup for tight ends. This week, he gets a Seahawks team that thanks their lucky stars the Cardinals exist, or else they would be the #1 matchup for tight ends by over half a point per game. Seattle allowed at least 13 points to a tight end in each of the last three games (since their bye). It’s a streaming matchup made in heaven… if Greg Olsen is out.
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