Two of the top tight ends in the league are on their bye this week as Jordan Cameron and Rob Gronkowski sit this week out. If you have one or both of those tight ends or find yourself looking for a sleeper option for other reaseons, here are five options that make good plays this week even though they aren’t locked in as every week starters in many leagues.
1. Martellus Bennett-Chicago Bears
Bennett’s production has slowed down lately, but part of that was due to Jay Cutler’s injury. With Cutler coming back this week, don’t be afraid to get Bennett in your lineup since he should return to some solid numbers as the Bears host the Lions in what should be a relatively high-scoring game. Detroit has allowed 70+ yards to opposing tight ends in four of their last six games although they’ve only allowed one TE touchdown this season.
2. Timothy Wright-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wright and the Bucs play Miami on Monday Night Football which is a great matchup for Wright since Miami allows the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing TE’s so far this season. Wright has been a solid option for Mike Glennon since the rookie took over for Tampa. The last two weeks he’s found the end zone, and he’s a solid low-end TE1 option this week if you need a bye-week fill-in.
3. Jared Cook-St. Louis Rams
Cook’s value had ticked up with Kellen Clemens under center since he’s being targeted more often then when Sam Bradford was under center. Cook still hasn’t had a monster game since week 1 but did find the end zone last week against Tennessee. This week, he faces Indianapolis in a game the Rams will need their offense to come to play against Andrew Luck.
4. Zach Ertz-Philadelphia Eagles
Whenever Nick Foles plays QB, Ertz becomes fantasy relevant. Last week, he caught five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown-the first of his NFL Career. In every Foles start, he’s been targeted at least five times. This week, the Eagles are in Green Bay as they take on the Packers who have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing TEs. Ertz is a deep-sleeper this week, but he’s available in almost every league and could pay off if he remains a Foles fave.
5. Tyler Eifert-Cincinnati Bengals
If you could merge Eifert and Jermaine Gresham (the other Bengals TE) the numbers would be impressive, but the timeshare limits Eifert’s upside and his reliability. Gresham is questionable for this week and hasn’t practiced this week, but coach Marvin Lewis expects him to play Sunday. If he doesn’t play or is limited, Eifert is a solid play against a Ravens team that has allowed opposing TE’s to find the end zone in three of their last four games.
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