If we are being completely honest, I didn’t think that we would make it to this point… and we almost didn’t. COVID-19 ravaged the league last week, with dozens of players hitting COVID-IR including an entire QB room. It was the Broncos’ QB room, though. So, we lost nothing of value. It’s time for us to gear up for the final week of the fantasy football regular season with some tight end sleeper picks. To qualify as a tight end sleeper, a player must be unrostered in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues. For deep league folks, I include one tight end sleeper available in at least 90% of Yahoo! leagues.
Tight End Sleeper Option #1:
Trey Burton at Houston (27% rostered)
We thought it might be Jack Doyle, or Big MAC (Mo Alie-Cox), but the answer to Indianapolis Colts Tight End is… Trey Burton? The erstwhile Eagle-via-the-Bears was once a valued fantasy football asset. He was Dallas Goedert before Dallas Goedert. Now, he’s with his third team and he’s finally contributing in fantasy football. He has five touchdowns in his last six games and has at least five opportunities in six-of-eight games this season. The Texans represent a neutral matchup, as they are seventeenth in fantasy points allowed to the position.
Tight End Sleeper Option #2:
Kyle Rudolph versus Jacksonville (15% rostered)
Kyle Rudolph topped five targets for the first time this season last week and turned in a 7/68 game. Yes, Adam Thielen will return from COVID-IR this week, so the eight targets probably aren’t in the cards. But, Irv Smith is likely to miss the game against the Jaguars, so that means that his 3.5 targets per game likely shift over the Rudolph. He’ll probably get five targets, with four catches and about 50 yards. He has a great shot at a touchdown against a terrible Jaguars team who have given up TE touchdowns in back-to-back games. And really, with 2020 tight ends, that’s all you can hope for.
Deep League Tight End Sleeper Option:
Jordan Akins versus Indianapolis (5% rostered)
A month ago, the Houston Texans had Will Fuller, Randall Cobb, and Kenny Stills to go with Brandin Cooks. Fuller ate a suspension, Cobb is on IR with a toe injury, and the Texans moved on from Stills. Now, their #2 target behind Brandin Cooks is some mix of Keke Coutee, Jordan Akins, Darren Fells and Isaiah Coulter. I’ll toss Jordan Akins in as a deep sleeper here with that target volume. Akins missed time with injuries but has the upside to cash in targets. He has two games over four targets this season, and he went 7/55 in one game, and 5/83 in the other. The Colts give up the third-fewest fantasy points to tight ends, but only three tight ends have over five targets against them. Austin Hooper went 5/57, T.J. Hockenson had a 7/65 game, and Jonnu Smith scored.
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