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5 Tight End Sleepers For 2017 That Are Better Than Porn

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Is it me or does tight end sleepers sound like a low-quality amateur porn movie?

Not that I would know of course….

But any production you get out of a late round tight end sleeper is a bonus. It’s similar to any satisfaction you get out of that porn movie you found for a buck at the bottom of the crate at a yard sale. Or so I’ve heard.

The point is after the first four or five tight ends, like porn, they’re all pretty interchangeable. Also, when you find a great one, it makes you feel all warm inside.

Thus, if you don’t spend early on a tight end, don’t go reaching for one in the seventh round. There are a plethora of tight end sleepers even starting in the 130 ADP Range

Here are five…

5 Tight End Sleepers for 2017

Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (ADP 134)

So Ebron had only one more touchdown than I did last season. And that’s the second time he failed to score a pair of touchdowns in a season. But his lack of previous touchdowns is why his price is so cheap. He was targeted 85 times last year and that was with Anquan Boldin on the team.

Boldin is now gone, making Ebron the best red zone target. Look at the ratio of targets and touchdowns across the league. Even if Ebron sees fewer targets, say 75, his touchdowns should still certainly rise.

Furthermore, he was still the 14th best TE last year and that was with just the one score. Had he just had two more touchdowns last year, he would have been a TE1. He is pretty consistent as well. Ebron had over five Fantasy points in all but one game.

And lest you forget, Ebron just turned 24 and has progressed nicely seeing both his receptions and yardage increase about 50% every year. Don’t be surprised if Ebron matches his career TD total this year while continuing his steady pace of receptions and yards.

Of course, there’s at least one tight sleeper who is far older than Ebron.

Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (ADP 159)

 

From the youth of Ebron, we move to the experience of Witten. Witten was last year’s 11th best tight end and he can be had in the 14th round for crying out loud! Yes, this Cowboy might be getting long in the saddle (that sounds like a porn movie too, doesn’t it?). But even after 14 years, he still has some giddyup. Last year he had the lowest amount of yards since his rookie year, but Witten still had 69 catches for 673 yards. Save a horse, ride em, Cowboy.

But wait, we’re not done with the Western theme. Because one Texas Wrangler on the way out means there’s an opportunity for another outlaw.

Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers (ADP 230)

That’s right, with the release of Ladarius Green, there’s a new outlaw on the loose. And Jesse James should be and will be a wanted man indeed. Pittsburgh fans already love the 6’7 261 bruiser out of Penn State, who reminds a lot of people of former fan favorite Heath Miller. James saw 62 targets last year and like

James saw 62 targets last year and like Miller, he should be good moving forward for 60-plus catches a year. The outlaw Jesse James will be putting a lot of secondaries on the ground and his upside is Miller’s 71-catch, eight TD season. I’d gladly take that from the 230th pick this season.

Adam Shaheen, Chicago Bears (ADP Undrafted)

 

Earlier this year I discussed the prospects of drafting a rookie TE. While many of the rookie tight ends are seeing a rising ADP eat into their value, Adam Shaheen remains a steal at his lower than Kmart price. He might be my favorite tight end sleeper.

Here’s what I wrote about Shaheen back in May:

Quick, name the Bears top TE.

The answer is a 33-year old coming off his best season yet of 47 receptions for 486 receiving yards. And for the record, Zach Miller suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot, which happens to be the second time in three years. No wonder the Bears took Shaheen! His 6’6 height and 33.5 wingspan helped explain why he had 16 TDs. He’ll be impossible to cover with smaller backs, but he’s extremely fast for his size as well.

The knock on Shaheen is that he does not block as well. However, I have yet to see a Fantasy league that rewards tight ends for blocking prowess. Shaheen is a very sneaky pick in a dynasty league and someone I would keep on my radar once the season starts.

Very little has changed since I wrote that. The one change is that you consider drafting him before the season starts. But if you are looking to draft this year’s Jack Doyle, look no further than our next sleeper…

Stephen Anderson, Houston Texans (ADP Undrafted)

No question, I’m doing really deep with this one (that’s what she said!).

Remember how no one had Jack Doyle on the radar last year? How many people do you think actually have Stephen Anderson on their radar or even know who he is? But if you are looking for a true tight end sleeper, Anderson is it.

My love for Anderson is that I have absolutely no affinity for C.J. Fiedorowicz. Nor do I believe Houston does, and Houston will let him walk when he becomes a free agent in 2018. Anderson, meanwhile, is off the Fantasy radar after an injury plagued rookie season. But he earned All-PAC 12 honorable mention as a senior and notched an 80th-percentile SPARQ score when he ran a 4.64 with a 38-inch vertical leap.

He profiles as a catch-first tight end apt at causing matchup problems in the middle of the field, which could be very useful for the inexperienced Tom Savage or DeShaun Watson when that time comes. And like a good porn movie, the excitement will build and … oh, never mind. You know where I’m going. Anderson is just one of a few tight end sleepers that should make you very happy.

 

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Looking for some other worthy tight ends? Check out the DraftWizard at FantasyPros.

 

 

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Mark Strausberg

Mark Strausberg

Mark Strausberg remembers making Jerry Rice his first round selection as well as taking a flyer on a young pitcher named Doug Drabek. His Fantasy analysis has spanned multiple sports including football, baseball, basketball, and even golf. A FSWA finalist, his fantasy analysis has been featured in various outlets including but not limited to SI.com, USA Today national magazines, Yahoo! and RotoExperts.
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