The FanTav Awards: Best Sleeper TE

BEST SLEEPERS: If there is one thing we all covet, it’s the deep sleeper. Standard fantasy leagues or dailies, these are the guys that have ballads written about them. We’re talking the quality guys that you selected in the 10th round or later. Or maybe you didn’t even select them at all and they were that waiver wire hero that saved your fantasy season. However you found these scene stealers, they may have put you over the top and helped you win your fantasy league. Lets review this year’s three finest deep sleepers in fantasy at the TE position.

The Nominees

Cameron Brate (TB): Did you make America Brate Again this season? If your team was experiencing a fantasy wall of disappointment at the TE position then perhaps you decided to Putin Brate in your lineup (I’ll stop with the Trump methaphors). If you picked up Brate then you got one of the most effective TEs in the league in the second half of the season. Brate actually scored more TDs than any other TE in the NFL this season with 8. He also had 660 yards on 57 catches which is pretty solid when you consider that he didn’t see many looks at the start of the season. Oh, and he was the 6th best at the position this season. That’s yuge!

Jimmy Graham (SEA): The consensus feeling around NFL fantasy heading into 2016 was that Jimmy Graham was a no fly zone when it came to picking him as early as you typically would consider taking him. Graham had suffered a pretty significant knee injury late in 2015 and his health status affected his offseason training and likelihood to go down with yet another injury.  Because of this, Graham was often ranked between 15th to 20th on draft boards. Well nobody would have guessed that Graham would play in all 16 games in 2016, but he did finishing the season as the 4th best TE in the NFL. 

Kyle Rudolph (MIN): For years the fantasy experts have over-ranked Rudolph as he’s a talented player on a team that typically doesn’t get him the ball often enough. However, this season when the Vikings traded for Sam Bradford this skyrocketed Rudolph’s overall value. Bradford is of course a notorious dumper that loves throwing short of the sticks, so Rudolph was the perfect safety valve option for the former Eagle. Rudolph ridiculously had over 130 targets this season and scored seven TDs. He was DFL gold for most of the season as an affordable option to own in an unreliable position. When it came to consistency this season, Rudolph was your man.

rudolphThe Winner

Kyle Rudolph: Considering Rudolph was arguably a top three TE in the league this season, Rudolph is the winner. Hopefully for his fantasy sake, Sam Bradford returns next season as the starter because that would make Rudolph a low end TE1. If Teddy returns to the starting role then Rudolph is worth nothing more then a late round flyer. Fortunately, Teddy seems to be a longshot to play next year at this point, so Rudolph has some deep sleeper potential yet again in 2017. 

Those are all awards for the Tight End position. Stay tuned for more awards.