Oh, man! Injuries! Coronavirus! More injuries! And Rob Gronkowski looking like burnt toast! At least one of these things was unexpected, but in a more real sense, you could see all of these things coming from a mile away. So, you have to turn to some tight end sleepers this week. Given that some guys who qualify for the tight end sleepers article have some real bad matchups… This isn’t a great week! To qualify as one of the tight end sleepers, a player must be available in 50% or more of Yahoo! leagues, with one player available in over 90% of leagues for the deep divers.
Tight End Sleepers Option #1: Dalton Schultz versus Cleveland (35% rostered)
There was a flow chart that happened this offseason: no Jason Witten means lots of targets for Blake Jarwin. That drove Blake Jarwin’s fantasy football value. Somehow, that flow chart stopped at Blake Jarwin. There was no “now that Blake Jarwin is out, those targets go to Dalton Schultz” part of the flowchart, but there should have been. Jarwin left week one with his knee injury, so let’s throw that game out. Over the last two weeks, only Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, and Zach Ertz have more targets than Schultz, and only Kelce & Waller have more receptions. He also ranks fifth in TE yardage. He’s the next step in the flowchart that nobody reached.
This week, he gets the Cleveland Browns. You may remember the Browns from such hits as “forgetting to guard Mark Andrews” and “getting crushed by C.J. Uzomah and Drew Sample, of all people.” They allow the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends.
Tight End Sleepers Option #2: Mo Alie-Cox at Chicago (23% rostered)
Mo Alie-Cox has 161 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks, on eight catches. That’s probably all you need to know about his fantasy football potential for this week at Chicago. The Colts are extremely banged up and needed to turn to the massive fantasy football option out of desperation in week two. So far, they’re two-for-two leaning into MACtion. He didn’t see too much action last week because the Colts were already running away with the game before the offense even stepped on the field. Philip Rivers has always loved his tight ends, and Mo Alie-Cox seems to be the next man up in that lineage.
Deep League Tight End Sleepers Option: Robert Tonyan versus Atlanta (4% rostered)
Robert Tonyan isn’t really a household name, but that makes sense. Every single household name is already rostered in your fantasy football leagues. No, Tonyan isn’t the flashiest name, but he is a great example of just following the production and matchups. Tonyan has touchdowns in two-straight games (both his starts since Josiah Deguara went down with injury). Should Deguara remained sidelined, he could go for the hat trick on Monday Night Football against Atlanta. The Falcons present a great matchup, as they’ve given up the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. They even tricked everyone into thinking Jimmy Graham wasn’t cooked anymore, letting him go for 60 yards and two scores last week. Massive 2020 fantasy football superstars Greg Olsen and Dalton Schultz have also scored on them this season.
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