This week I will be writing about a couple of tight ends I was high on in the off-season. These guys have under-performed, but not for a lack of talent. My Week 13 tight end sleepers might not be the best redraft options, but both have favorable matchups and are cheap options for DFS.
With the tight end landscape being such a disaster – start these guys in a bind to give you the touchdown upside that we look for in the position.
Week 13 Tight End Sleepers
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
Everett has been used more in the Rams offense as of late. While he is not on the field as much as fellow tight end Tyler Higbee, he is getting quality targets in a high-powered offense. Week 11’s two touchdowns was the product of an inflation of points in a historical contest. But, it was his 23 snaps on the field (tied for a season-high) that gave him the opportunity for the huge game. Everett’s three receptions for 49 yards last week with two scores was his second straight game with a touchdown.
I believe the talented second-year tight end is worth picking up this week for Fantasy players that lost Jack Doyle for the season or have not had a reliable option all season. Now that Cooper Kupp is out for the Rams with a torn ACL, the Rams have a need for a red zone threat. The 6’3″, 240-pound fits that bill and should be a factor against the Lions.
Nick Vannett, Seattle Seahawks
Nick Vannett is appropriately nicknamed “Baby Gronk”. It is one of my favorite nicknames in the NFL. I ranked Vannett as a mid-tier TE2 in the offseason as the presumed starter for the Seahawks.
Unfortunately, Vannett lost playing time to Will Dissly and continues to share reps with Ed Dickson. But, he will be playing the 49ers this week. The 49ers have allowed a touchdown or at least five receptions to tight ends in eight of 11 games. They also just allowed a touchdown to Cameron Brate who is a similar type of player to Vannett, which tells me that the 49ers have trouble in the end zone with big tight ends.
Vannett is a sneaky DFS play as he will be dirt cheap. Fade him in redraft as there are likely better options.
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