Jermichael Finley, Jared Cook, Zach Sudfeld highlight fantasy tight end sleepers

Jermichael-Finley-Tim-Tebow-CoverageThe tight end position is looking like it could be one of the most difficult to draft in fantasy football this season. Basically, you have New Orleans Saints stud Jimmy Graham at the top of the list. Underneath Graham, you have everyone else.

Rob Gronkowski is as much of a beast as Graham when healthy, but the timetable for his return remains unclear. He is worth drafting in the early rounds because of how dominant he will be when he plays, but the multiple surgeries he had over the offseason obviously make him a risk. Tony Gonzalez is also as close to a sure thing as you can get, though he won’t make the type of impact Graham or a healthy Gronk should.

But there are several other intriguing names out there, which is why we wanted to tell you about three of our favorite tight end sleepers: Jermichael Finley, Jared Cook and Zach Sudfeld.

A few years ago, Finley looked like a breakout candidate and a lock to become one of the top fantasy tight ends for years to come. It never worked out that way, and he has become more known for dropping passes than his game-changing ability. However, Finley has gotten past rumors that the Packers are looking to get rid of him and is entering a contract year. Not to mention, Green Bay’s coaches have been praising his work this offseason.

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Zach Sudfeld looking like top fantasy tight end sleeper

Zach SudfeldRemember the name Zach Sudfeld, because you might want to consider selecting him in your fantasy football draft this year.

The New England Patriots’ tight end issues have been thoroughly covered this offseason. Star tight end Rob Gronkowski is recovering from multiple offseason surgeries on his back and forearm and is currently on the active/PUP list. Aaron Hernandez was released by the team after being implicated (and later charged) in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Though the Pats have Daniel Fells, Michael Hoomanawanui, and Jake Ballard competing at tight end, it looks like Sudfeld is pulling away from the group.

Sudfeld, an undrafted free agent out of Nevada, caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Mallett in the second quarter of Friday’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He caught the pass in traffic and juggled the ball because there were two defenders around him. He also caught a 2-point conversion from Tom Brady to cap the offense’s dominant opening drive.

As if Sudfeld’s strong game on Friday wasn’t enough, reports have said he has been working mostly with the Patriots’ first-team offense in practice. The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin said it was hard not to write about Sudfeld every day because of what the tight end has been doing.

Sudfeld caught 45 passes for 698 yards and two touchdowns last season at Nevada. He was injured for most of his college career.

With Gronk looking like he might miss the beginning of the season, Sudfeld could be in for a lot of action and red-zone looks. If he continues to impress, he’ll likely stick and continue to see action a la Hernandez even when Gronk returns.

Photo: Twitter/Zach Sudfeld