Week thirteen is here and that means that it’s time to hunker down for the last couple weeks of the fantasy football regular season. Like every other week this year, we have three fantasy football sleeper tight ends for you. To make the list, the tight ends must be unrostered in at least half of leagues. For you deep league players, one of these three fantasy football sleeper tight ends is available in at least 90% of leagues.
Gerald Everett versus San Francisco (28% rostered)
The 49ers are a terrible tight end matchup on paper, but most of that has to do with supreme coverage linebacker Fred Warner. Warner is likely to miss this game (and at least one more) thanks to an injury suffered in the Minnesota Vikings’ game last week. Dre Greenlaw is also banged up, and is a “longshot to play” per Ian Rapoport, which leaves Azeez Al-Shaair as the lone starting-quality linebacker for the 49ers this weekend. He’s better than you think, but he probably won’t stymie Everett. Everett has eight or more targets in two of his last three games, and the Seahawks are spiraling the drain (losers of three-straight with Russell Wilson) so they’ll work extra hard to get that offense going, which will include Everett. Everett has 14.3, 6.7 and 14.7 PPR points in the last three weeks while scoring just one touchdown in that span.
C.J. Uzomah versus L.A. Chargers (16% rostered)
Uzomah has blow up games when the Bengals allow him to do so. I should say, when the Bengals’ opponents allow him to do so. Burrow has stopped dangerously forcing the ball where it shouldn’t go and instead goes where the defense gives him. That should be Uzomah this week. The Chargers rank third in fantasy points allowed to tight ends on the year, having given up five TE touchdowns in their last three games. They also stymie opposing wide receivers, allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to the position this year. It’s a (mis)match made in heaven for Uzomah to smash this week.
Conditional Sleeper: Foster Moreau versus Washington (14%)
ONLY worth an add if there is no Darren Waller, which is still up in the air.
James O’Shaughnessy at L.A. Rams (1% rostered)
I don’t really care who JOS plays this week, but the Rams are an above-average matchup. This is about going “next man up” with your Dan Arnolds. For all his faults, Urban Meyer has developed fantasy football relevance out of his tight ends, and Arnold is out for the year. O’Shaughnessy had 8 targets in week one, then went on short-term IR. After the Jags acquired Dan Arnold, he averaged over seven targets a game (before getting blanked by the 49ers and injured for the year against Atlanta). All we want to do here is chase targets, and it’s hard to find more targets to chase than about seven targets per game for James O’Shaughnessy.