Fantasy Football Draft 2016: Tight End (TE) Sleeper Picks
TE Sleepers for the 2016 Fantasy Football Draft
August 18, 2016
All week long, we’ve been celebrating the return of fantasy football 2016 with a position-by-position look at some of the notable sleeper options out there in this year’s draft. Today it’s time for the tight end slot, and there are several notable plays to make in the late round at TE. Let’s visit a few trending names out there and see what might be available for you when you’re on the clock.
Coby Fleener, New Orleans Saints: We’ll start things out today with Fleener, who is coming off a few promising flashes to begin his career with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. Serving in the TE tandem with Dwayne Allen didn’t really help matters, but Fleener still managed to show some promise in his early seasons.
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Now Fleener will head down to the Big Easy and hook up with Drew Brees. That’s an immediate offense upgrade, and with some reliable hands early on Fleener can endear himself and make a solid impact in 2016.
Clive Walford, Oakland Raiders: There’s a lot to like in the offense out in Oakland. QB Derek Carr is a popular sleeper prospect this season, and the team is expected to take another step forward in a positive direction.
Enter Walford, who is coming into his second year after showcasing a little bit of his stuff as a rookie. Another year in the system with the same personnel should help him immensely and he’s a definite breakout candidate at TE this year.
Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions: How do you fill the void left by Calvin Johnson? That’s the question left to the Detroit offense this season, and by and large the response has been lukewarm. That creates a buy-low market for guys like Ebron, who will enter in and suck up some of the targets left by Johnson’s absence.
We’re seeing Ebron as more of a red-zone threat than anything, so if you’re down deep looking for that TE2 he’s a nice pickup as a scoring threat in an offense with some legitimate weapons.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears: The Bears offense doesn’t look too familiar these days, so it’s tough to know what to make of the Monsters of the Midway in 2016. That said, Miller does have the TE spot all sewn up to himself this year, and Chicago will really need his presence if they’re going to do anything on offense.
Miller put up a career-high 34 passes with five scores last year, and with any luck he’ll have another big-target campaign and get closer to that 50-catch boundary.
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