Tight End Sleepers Fantasy Football Week 16: Good Buc!

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It’s the fantasy football finals, and that means that it’s our last round of tight end sleepers for the season! To qualify for this article, the tight end sleepers must be available in at least 50% of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues. As always, see if the recommended pickups from Waleed’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet are available. If not, enjoy these tight end sleepers and they’ll be back in nine long, cold months, in September 2020!

O.J. Howard versus Houston (43% Owned)

What happens when you take Bruce Arians, whose offense shies away from passing to tight ends, and then you remove everyone but the tight ends? You get the Buccaneers offense this weekend against the Texans. Losing Mike Evans and Chris Godwin kneecaps their receiving corps but provides O.J. Howard with upside, and it’s upside he’s snagged. Howard has at least five targets in each of his last three games and has turned in 11.1, 11.3, and 8.6 fantasy points (half-PPR) in those contests. Over the last three weeks, he’s TE11. Now, he gets a Houston squad that can’t stop tight ends to save their lives, giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to the position, including 39 fantasy points to Noah Fant and Jonnu Smith in the last two weeks.

Mike Gesicki versus Cincinnati (28% Owned)

I am going to die this season as I lived: ceaselessly hyping Mike Gesicki in the face of overwhelming evidence that it’s probably not a great idea. Full disclosure, this was originally going to be Noah Fant, but his injuries leave me spooked that he will do a lot against Detroit. Gesicki, however, is fully healthy and ready to take advantage of a matchup with the Bengals. Gesicki has at least six targets in six of his last seven games. The game he didn’t get six targets? He got five. That kind of reliable volume is what we need out of a tight end sleeper. That should help him find the end zone. On paper, the Bengals do not present a good matchup (eighth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends). However, only eight tight ends have at least six targets against them. Of those eight, five have at least 8.4 fantasy points against the Bengals. Those 117.6 fantasy points over the course of the season thus far would rank as TE7 on the year.

Cameron Brate versus Houston (5% Owned)

You know all the death and decimation I talked about in the O.J. Howard part up top? And the good matchup? That all applies to Brate, as well. He had seven targets last week without Godwin and Evans around and is as good a bet as O.J. Howard to soak up targets this weekend in a good matchup.

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