Fantasy Football: NFL Tight End Sleepers

Whether you are in a weekly fantasy football league, or a season-long one, you want to make sure you have a great tight end for your team. Here are some great fantasy football tight end sleeper picks for you:

Dustin Keller, New York Jets

Dustin Keller appeared to be on the upswing in 2011. A first-round pick in 2008 out of Purdue, Keller reached career highs in receptions (65) and receiving yards (815) that season and tied his career high in touchdowns with 5. But Keller disappointed in the first half of 2012. After nine weeks, Keller had just 16 catches for 173 yards and one touchdown.

Keller’s overall numbers, however, were misleading because he missed four games with a hamstring injury and only had one catch for six yards in his first game back after the injury.

In his last two games before the Jets’ bye in Week 9, Keller had 14 catches (seven in each game) for a total of 160 yards and one touchdown.

In weeks 14-16, the Jets play Jacksonville, Tennessee and San Diego, all of which could provide good matchups for the Jets’ passing game, particularly Jacksonville and Tennessee, which had two of the lowest-ranked pass defenses after Week 9.

With Santonio Holmes out for the season and Plaxico Burress no longer on the team, Keller is the only receiver left on the Jets from 2011 who had more than one touchdown catch that season.  Going into Week 10, no Jet had more than three touchdown catches, suggesting that Keller is as likely as any other Jet to catch touchdowns going forward.

Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills

Another good fantasy football pick is Chandler. After scoring four touchdowns in his first four games in 2012, Chandler was held out of the end zone in his next four games. He gained 175 yards in the first four games but only 110 yards in the next four games.

Chandler’s decline in production occurred after he suffered a head injury late in the fourth game. He did not miss any time and was even off the injury report by Week 5. But over the next three games, Chandler gained just 59 total yards on seven catches.

In his eighth game, however, Chandler gained 51 yards on three catches. Buffalo may be regaining confidence in Chandler as well. His targets went from 3 in the sixth game to 4 in the seventh game to 5 in the eighth game.

Buffalo’s schedule in games five through eight probably had something to do with Chandler’s slump. During that stretch, the Bills faced San Francisco, Arizona and Houston, who were ranked second, third and fourth, respectively, in passing yards allowed per game after Week 9. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had no touchdown passes in any of the games against these opponents after throwing 12 touchdowns in the Bills’ first four games.

In the second half, Buffalo faces low-ranked passing defenses New England, Jacksonville and they face Miami twice. It could be time to give Chandler another look.

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