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Tight end sleepers are key cogs in a common draft strategy now. Plenty of Fantasy Owners (including myself) wait until the late rounds to secure their starting tight end.

When subscribing to this strategy, you miss out on the guaranteed production that Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olsen provide.

Finding a late round “sleeper” who is really just undervalued is essential to rounding out your roster.

They give you the high-level production from a low-cost resource similar to how Steph Curry's cheap contract has helped build a super-team.

As I have pointed out, spotting these sleepers is best done by finding the profiles of previous sleepers. With the tight end position, the most common sleepers are the Under-Rated Veterans and the Tight End Breakouts.

2016 Fantasy Football Tight End Sleepers

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Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots

Marty B seems to have completely fallen off of most people’s Fantasy radar. The question you need to answer with Bennett: is the second tight end in the Patriots’ offense a better Fantasy Value than half of the starting tight ends in the league?

At Bennett’s price as the 16th tight end off of the board, I say the answer is obvious. The new Patriot’s ADP is 153 and as low as 199.

Beside the fact that he is the second tight end option on his own team, the Tom Brady suspension is also scaring owners away. I think Jimmy Garoppolo will rely heavily on his two tight ends. Belichick and McDaniels will keep the two tight ends on the field to protect the young signal-caller. There will be opportunities galore with Gronk as a decoy, staying in to pass protect.

When Brady gets back then the tight ends will feast like Joey Chestnut on 4th of July. The last time an above-average second tight end played in a Brady-led offense was 2011. Gronkowski put up a 90-1,327-17 stat line and Aaron Hernandez produced 79 catches, 910 yards and 7 touchdowns himself. The offense still had Wes Welker catch 122 passes for more than 1,500 yards. Hernandez’ numbers would have slotted him as the 6th highest scoring tight end last season.

There will be production to be had as the second tight end in New England. Let us not forget that Gronk has missed 16 games over the past four seasons. If the big fella misses time, Bennett shoots up from one of the sleepers to a Top-3 option. All of this for a guy getting taken after kickers? I’m in.

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Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots

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