Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham had one catch for 13 yards and suffered a serious thumb injury against the Seattle Seahawks Nov. 15. Tight ends have been a minefield all year. Let's see if we can help out this week ... on to the sleepers.
1. Ricky Seals-Jones, Tight End, Arizona Cardinals
Seals-Jones had nine targets Nov. 11, which was Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich's second game calling the plays. Plus, he gets to play in Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders, who have given up the third-most points to opposing tight ends during the last three weeks, including four touchdowns.
2. Jeff Heuerman, Tight End, Denver Broncos
Heuerman had 10 catches on 11 targets during the Broncos' first game without receiver Demaryius Thomas. Everyone was focused on receiver Courtland Sutton being the winner in Thomas' trade to Houston, but at least for last week it was Heuerman. The Los Angeles Chargers -- the Broncos' Week 11 opponent -- have given up an average of five catches for 52 yards to tight ends the past two weeks, so maybe another big week could be had.
3. James O'Shaughnessy, Tight End, Jacksonville Jaguars
O'Shaughnessy has averaged five targets during his last three games and faces a Pittsburgh Steelers team that has allowed the seventh-most points to opposing tight ends throughout the season. Jacksonville will have to score a bunch to beat the Steelers, so the game script could work in his favor.
4. Tyler Higbee, Tight End, Los Angeles Rams
I know Gerald Everett is the tight end to own for the Rams and Josh Reynolds is the receiver who will play in place of Cooper Kupp, but Higbee caught three balls for 15 yards and a touchdown once Kupp left the game Nov. 11. He is more of the “move” tight end than Everett, who is the better red-zone target. In a game that could see 80 points scored, he is at least worth a look for desperate teams.
5. Michael Roberts And Luke Wilson, Tight Ends, Detroit Lions
NO ONE is more charitable to opposing tight ends than the Carolina Panthers. They have given up a touchdown to an opposing tight end during each of their last five games, and opposing tight ends scored twice the past two games. With receiver Golden Tate gone, the middle of the field needs to be used against the Panthers. Now which one of these tight ends should you use? I lean Wilson, but both should get some targets this week.
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