Week 15 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Jermaine Gresham and More Sleeper TEs to Activate

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 18, 2011

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 20:  Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20,  2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 31-24. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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With the playoffs in full swing, it's time to look at some sleepers. With the exception of Rob Gronkowski, there are very few reliable tight ends on a weekly basis, at least as it relates to fantasy. 

Every one of these players is worth gambling on. They are all in strong matchups and likely to be featured heavily in their team's game plan. Give all of them a look.


Jermaine Gresham

Gresham is one of many Bengals that will benefit from not going against one of the league's best defenses, specifically secondaries. The Rams are on the opposite of that totem pole. 

Gresham has been a reliable target for Andy Dalton all season. His best value comes in PPR play, but his yardage and touchdown totals are certainly worthy of being played against St. Louis' defense, in a dome. 

Look for him to come in with around 50 yards and a score this week. Unless you have Rob Gronkowski, that's a fine play at the tight end position.


Evan Moore

Moore's performance against Pittsburgh is quite intriguing. Four catches for 55 yards tells me that with Benjamin Watson out, he'll be a frequent receiving target. 

Also note that the Browns have almost nothing else. They can't afford to neglect the tight end position. The running backs and receivers on the team aren't that good.

Arizona will be blitzing a lot, and the best way to beat a blitz is to run quick routes to the tight end. That's going to be a good strategy this week.


Visanthe Shiancoe

Much of the same logic that worked with Moore applies to Shiancoe here, only Shiancoe is a more reliable option. New Orleans brings a constant blitz, and a rookie quarterback will need to get rid of the ball quickly, to safe receivers. That's Shiancoe.

Adrian Peterson will be the focal point, but the Saints will be up early and often in this one. A pass will be highly necessary.