Week 6 Tight End Sleepers: Brate, Hooper in a Fantasy Shootout
Last week I teased a tight end. This week he’s a full-blown member of my Week 6 tight end sleepers. This is a player who is a must add with a great matchup.
The tight end position is starting to become better than we thought. We have seen guys like Jared Cook and George Kittle carve out significant roles for their respective teams. Travis Kelce is putting up WR2 stats. Even my guy David Njoku is coming around.
There is one matchup, though, that I am looking forward to this week that should see two tight ends have a good Fantasy day. Let’s talk about those guys and get into the Week 6 tight end sleepers.
Week 6 Tight End Sleepers
Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There was a four-game stretch last year where Jamies Winston threw a touchdown pass to Cameron Brate in each game. Brate finished the year with six trips to the paydirt.
O.J. Howard is going to miss a couple games so Brate is worth a pickup and can be played even after Week 6. Week 6, however, is oh so tasty. The Buccaneers face the Falcons after coming off of a bye in Week 5. The Falcons have been solid against the tight end position all season long. But, they did give up a touchdown two weeks ago to Tyler Eifert who shares Brate’s physical traits.
There will be a lot of points scored in this game and being able to grab a piece of this offense off waivers (Brate is less than one percent owned in Fantasy leagues) cannot be passed up.
Start Brate with confidence as he was Winston’s second most targeted player last year after only Mike Evans.
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
Same game. Same opportunity. Hooper is coming off of a season-high nine catches for 77 yards on 12 targets.
The Falcons were forced to pass after falling behind early against the Steelers in Week 5. While I do not foresee them trailing to Buccaneers, it could very well happen. The Falcons are at the bottom of the league in most defensive categories against the pass.
Hooper’s volume will serve as an outlier, but his presence on the filed is consistent. Ironically, Hooper’s 76 percent of Falcon’s offensive snaps in Week 5 was his lowest all season.
We can expect Hooper to be on the field for over 80 percent of snaps in Week 6 against a Buccaneers team that has allowed 13 Fantasy points per game to tight ends.
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