Do you need a TE sleeper to fill a Aaron Hernandez sized hole in your heart and/or fantasy lineup? Brandon Myers could be just the ticket.
Through the first two weeks of the fantasy football season, Brandon Myers has been targeted 11 times by Carson Palmer, and he has caught all 11 passes for a total of 151 yards (or 15.10 standard fantasy points) While that may not sound like much, here is a quick list of the tight ends that have more receptions through the first two weeks of the season
Jimmy Graham – 13
Dennis Pitta – 13
Brent Celek – 12
Tony Gonzalez – 12
Rob Gronkowski – 12
That is it, 5 tight ends have more receptions that Brandon Myers, and all five of them are more than likely rostered in most leagues. Dennis Pitta hit the fantasy radar this past week as Joe Flacco consistently looks his way, and before looking for Myers on waivers, I would suggest Pitta as a better option. The good news is that Brandon is on no one’s fantasy radar at this time, and is rostered in just 1% of fantasy leagues. The time to go after a sleeper on waivers is before the rest of fantasy football becomes aware of him, so if you have room on your bench heading into week 3, or need to fill a spot in the starting lineup then you should make the move now.
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A little history about Myers and how he arrived in Oakland. He was drafted in 2009 in the 6th round by the Raiders out of Iowa. Coming into the 2012 season, he had just 37 receptions for 315 yards, and most of that production came in a backup role.
Now in 2012, Myers is being given the opportunity to produce as the starting tight end for the Raiders, and with a competent QB in Palmer delivering him the ball, he is an immediate option in deep formats looking for a sleeper TE. While he may not find the end zone on a regular basis like Gronk or Graham, he should consistently put up between 50-75 yards per week, and if you need an injury fill in, you could do a lot worse.
Some underachieving TE’s like Dustin Keller and Fred Davis are also likely replacements as they try to get back into a groove this season. If you have Davis, you can bench him for a week and plug in Myers, seeing as Davis has 3 targets through the first 2 weeks it isn’t really that big of a gamble.