Fantasy Football Sleepers, Week 10: Two young tight ends ready to contribute

Fantasy Football Sleepers, Week 10: Two young tight ends ready to contribute

DeAndre Carter beat his receiving prop last week and Isaiah Likely scored a touchdown, but on just one strike. Otherwise, the fantasy sleepers page was mostly asleep last week, especially with the Colts, where Deon Jackson had an opportunity but didn’t make it.

There will be weeks like this. Let’s tackle week 10.

Sleeper, of course, is a nebulous term. Use whatever definition works for you. Likewise, this column is whatever you want it to be. Maybe it helps you make a go-out call this week or make a DFS decision. Perhaps you apply the information to a top/bottom accessory. Maybe you’ll add a player to your fantasy bench as depth, but not deploy him this week.

It’s as conditional as it gets, as we don’t yet know the status of Josh Allen and his elbow. But considering how the point spread has already dropped by a handful of points, it’s a decent sign that Allen might not be available. Keenum could therefore get the pilot’s chair for the Minnesota game.

Don’t be blinded by Minnesota’s 7-1 record, there are cracks in the infrastructure. The Vikings defense ranks just 19th in DVOA, and this team has allowed 400 or more yards on offense to three opponents. Keenum isn’t meant to be a long-term starter, but he’s a high-end replacement who will enjoy starting Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis. Heck, Keenum was QB14 for the Vikings just five years ago. He’s a professional quarterback.

You could be Lamar Jackson’s manager or Joe Burrow looking for a Week 10 miracle. Or maybe you’re Josh Allen’s manager and you don’t have a replacement at all. Keenum is capable of giving us 265 yards and a few touchdowns, and those numbers are playing in Fantasy Football 2022. The quarterback position is no longer the easiest thing to fill.

Case Keenum is a viable fantastic option if Josh Allen can't play this week.  (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Case Keenum is a viable fantastic option if Josh Allen can’t play this week. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

I wasn’t sure Kmet was a fair qualifier for this column until I noticed his industry rank was a mere TE17. We have to understand that a player who once left for Fantasy Dead is now producing.

Kmet has three touchdowns in two weeks, which is enough for fantasy feeders to start kissing strangers. This was never a problem with the snap share, as Kmet rarely leaves the field. But last week, the Bears finally prioritized Kmet as a receiver, giving him a season-high six targets. And those touchdowns can often be mere productions, thanks to the game design and defenses that sell to stop Justin Fields’ dynamic rushing ability.

And then there are the Lions, who are third most charitable when it comes to handing out close endpoints. You like when the calendar plays with it. Kmet is in everyone’s top 10 this week, a solid answer to fantasy’s toughest position.

One tight end I wouldn’t do Kmet on again is Freiermuth, who is coming off his own little frenzy. Freiermuth had 12 catches for 132 yards in his two games before the break after missing Week 6 with an ankle injury.

The Steelers aren’t hiding it, Chase Claypool’s trade frees up plenty of roads in which Freiermuth can excel. And while the Saints are a solid team when it comes to scoring the tight end, they’re not perfect — Isaiah Likely had them for a touchdown on Monday. I won’t be surprised if Freiermuth leads the Steelers in targets or receptions in Week 10.

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Rachaad White vs. Seattle

I get it if you don’t want any part of that Buccaneers offense, and White’s per-touch metrics are hard to watch. But Leonard Fournette has also been running in the mud lately, and White is coming off a season-high 11 touches in the Week 9 win over the Rams. At some point, the Bucs might start relying more on their freshman comeback. Maybe White doesn’t have front-line privileges in Tampa right now, but he’s starting to step into the Tom Brady Circle of Trust.

We already have too many tight ends in this week’s write-up, but Cade Otton deserves a quick mention. A 6-58-1 line is not to be overlooked, and he had the winning score against the Rams. Even though Cameron Brate returns for the game against Germany, Otton has earned the right to be the team’s star tight end.

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