Good fantasy managers are always looking for ways to improve their teams. Below are four tight ends who played well in Week Three, despite being owned in fewer than 5% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
1. Joel Dreessen, Denver Broncos
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has proven in the past that he can use two tight ends. While Dreessen will not have as much value as teammate Jacob Tamme this season, he will have some games like he did in Week Three, when he caught two passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. In deeper leagues, owners affected by injuries or bye weeks might want to use Dreessen as a replacement depending on his matchups. However, you should not expect consistent production from him. Dreessen is owned in 4% of leagues.
2. Craig Stevens, Tennessee Titans
Stevens had a big game in Week Three with five catches and 63 yards. The Titans had a nice offensive day, and Stevens benefited. While the Titans have struggled offensively at times, quarterback Jake Locker will continue to develop and things will improve in Tennessee. Teammate Jared Cook should get most of the targets at tight end, but there is always a chance that Stevens could develop a connection with the new quarterback. Stevens could be worth adding in keeper formats, but you may want to wait to see if he is targeted like this again in upcoming weeks. He is owned in fewer than 1% of leagues.
3. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders
Myers caught four passes for 55 yards in Week Three and has had a decent start to the year. I expect quarterback Carson Palmer to continue targeting Myers a few times each game. Unfortunately, Myers will not be worth starting until he receives redzone targets, even in deeper leagues. But if Oakland's offense continues to improve, Myers could be worth a shot as a bye week replacement. Even with a good week though, he was not even a top 15 tight end when all teams were playing. Myers is owned in 4% of leagues.
4. Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins
Fasano continued to get targets in Week Three, catching five passes for 47 yards. He is another tight end who could benefit as his young quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, continues to develop. We have seen veteran tight ends provide great safety outlets for young quarterbacks, and I think Fasano will put up decent fantasy numbers this year. He is owned in only 2% of leagues, but he is worth a roster spot in deep leagues and especially leagues using two active tight ends.
Mike Patton is a co-host on the Deep Sleeper Fantasy Football Podcast. He has been a fantasy enthusiast since 1997 and has won championships in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and pick 'em leagues.