Late-round sleeper selections during your fantasy football league draft can take your fantasy football team to the next level during the season.
The following tight ends should be on your team’s radar after the 12th round of your draft. Each has little downside at that point, while each could add the spark you’re looking for if their opportunity shakes out.
Sleeper Fantasy Football Targets
Dwayne Allen, New England Patriots – The former Indianapolis Colt was a trade acquisition for New England this offseason. The team, which has a ridiculous amount of weapons for QB Tom Brady, loves to utilize double tight-end sets, which should allow Allen to see a decent amount of snaps per week. More importantly, he sits behind TE Rob Gronkowski, who is no stranger to injury problems or missed games.
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts – It wouldn’t take much convincing to snag this guy even a little earlier than the 12th round. Entering his fifth season, he had a breakout year last season with a 59-584-5 line while sharing time with the aforementioned Allen. While he’ll still split some duties this year, he should see the lion’s share of the looks at the position.
Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins – Two lame seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and more missed playing time made him easy for the Phins to acquire. Now in Adam Gase’s tight-end friendly system with QB Jay Cutler at the helm, Thomas has a great chance to rebound and could return to double-digit touchdown territory. His 6-foot-5 frame makes him one fine target; now Thomas just needs to stay healthy.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys – While long in the tooth at 35 years of age, Witten still posted a 69-673-3 stat line last season. He’s never been a big touchdown guy, but that could change this year as second-year QB Dak Prescott relies on his steady hands in the red zone. Look for another top-10 fantasy showing at a low investment.
Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins – His situation needs some help because his path to more playing time requires Jordan Reed to miss time. That’s not a tall ask considering Reed is already banged up. QB Kirk Cousins loves to work in his tight ends and with many familiar faces at receiver gone, Davis and Cousins have shown a solid rapport. He had six games of at least 50 yards receiving last year and there is still enough gas left in the tank for another solid showing – playing time permitting.