Fantasy Football Draft 2014: Tight End Sleepers
Taking a Look at the Top TE Sleepers in the 2014 Draft
August 14, 2014
It’s fantasy football draft season, and for the past week or two we’ve been kicking things off by taking in-depth looks at each position. Today it’s time to check out some of the sleeper candidates at tight end, and these guys could have a bigger impact on your roster than you may realize.
TE is a pretty dicey position once you get past the first handful of standouts, but there’s some real talent to be had a little further down the list. Let’s check out a few names who could vastly outperform their respective draft positions.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: We’ll start things out with Rudolph, as he’s managed to make most people’s top 10 lists at the TE position. Even so, he’s in line for a real breakout year that could put him among the top three or four names at the position by the time Week 17 rolls around.
Rudolph is working under Norv Turner, a noted TE guru whose guys always seem to put up big numbers. That’s great news for Rudolph owners, who should get lots of scoring and participation on a weekly basis.
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Delanie Walker, TE, Tennessee Titans: The arrow is heading up on Walker, and on the Titans as a whole. The coaching staff in Tennessee seems to be genuinely impressed with Walker, and that will likely end up with him having a big role in the offense.
We don’t think 70 catches and eight touchdowns is out of the question for Walker, especially if Jake Locker can stay healthy and repeat some of his pre-injury 2013 promise. We like him as a backup option who could potentially end up as your starter.
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz is another reasonably popular sleeper candidate, as he’s coming off a pretty promising run of games in the latter part of 2013. We’re not all that impressed with the Eagles receiving corps, especially now that DeSean Jackson has skipped town, and that offers another opportunity.
If Ertz can establish himself as a go-to option over the first couple of games, it should be smooth sailing from then on out. He can hit the 700-yard mark if things fall into place.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Look up the word “dependable” in the dictionary and you’ll find a smiling picture of the Steelers’ Heath Miller. He missed a little time in 2013 while recovering from his knee injury, but still returned to play well as a reliable outlet for Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Miller will be a familiar face in a receiving corps that needs them. His week-to-week stats won’t blow anyone’s mind, but he should put up consistent stats during every game.
Scott Chandler, TE, Buffalo Bills: There’s reason to be optimistic in Buffalo this year. The team will have a solid running game, their second-year QB should show significant improvement, and they’ve got a nice young group of receivers. Mixed in that grouping is Chandler, who posted 655 yards receiving last year and should be able to get near that once again.
Chandler will provide a reliable safety valve for E.J. Manuel, and with opposing defenses worried about deep strikes from rookie phenomenon Sammy Watkins, he should be able to find some room underneath.
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