If you’re reading this, welcome and congratulations to the fantasy football quarterfinals. It’s week fifteen, so ideally you don’t need to find a tight end sleeper. But, if you do, we have our weekly tight end sleeper article ready to rock and roll for you. To qualify as a tight end sleeper, a player must be available on the waiver wire in over 50% of Yahoo! leagues. For deep league players, we provide a tight end sleeper available in at least 90% of leagues.
Major congratulations to Logan Thomas, who graduated from this list last week as he surpassed 50% ownership after weeks on the list, returning fantasy value to managers.
Tight End Sleeper Option #1:
Jordan Reed at Dallas (22% rostered)
What’s the definition of insanity? Trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome? That’s why I’m recommending Jordan Reed against the Cowboys this week. You can call it rank homerism if you want, that’s fine, I won’t argue with you. But I think you should look toward Jordan Reed because the 49ers are a dumpster fire. Their top two offensive weapons will be Brandon Aiyuk and Jordan Reed, most likely. Reed has at least five targets in three-of-four games. Four tight ends have at least five targets against the Cowboys this season. Three of them scored, and the fourth went 5/61 (Greg Olsen).
Tight End Sleeper Option #2:
Irv Smith versus Chicago (11% rostered)
Irv Smith took full advantage of a Kyle Rudolph injury (that stretched into week fifteen), posting 63 yards and a touchdown last week against the Buccaneers. This makes three touchdowns in his last three games, and at least 55 yards or a score in his last four games with at least four targets. Irv is a shoo-in for at least four targets again this week, and the athletic sophomore tight end should do a lot with them. The Chicago Bears allow the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends, with three TE touchdowns allowed since their week eleven bye. And really, it should be four touchdowns, but Jordan Akins decided he didn’t want to score a touchdown last week.
Deep Tight End Sleeper Option:
Cole Kmet at Minnesota (8% rostered)
The Cole Kmet drumbeat has gotten louder over the last few weeks. The Rookie has at least 70% of snaps in four-straight weeks and has seven targets in back-to-back weeks. He scored in week thirteen and hit the vaunted 4/40 threshold for a streamable tight end. Jimmy Graham stole a touchdown from Kmet, who would have scored if the false and fraudulent touchdown tallies hadn’t been counted. Kmet is on the come up, and with Mitchell Trubisky likely to beat up on Minnesota this weekend (weird sentence), Kmet should feast. The Vikings are middle-of-the-road against TEs on paper. In reality, they haven’t seen a lot of TE targets. Seven tight ends had at least six targets against them, and all either reached the 4/40 threshold achieved tight end streaming nirvana with a touchdown. Don’t forget, this is the team that tricked us into thinking Mo Alie-Cox was good back in week two.