NFL Rumors: Austin Seferian-Jenkins Fantasy Start Option With Return Week 7? Benjamin Watson, Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas Tight End Sleepers

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Oct 20, 2015 11:42 AM EDT
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Jameis Winston #3 talks with Austin Seferian-Jenkins #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston #3 talks with Austin Seferian-Jenkins #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 20, 2015 in New Orleans Louisiana. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 26-19."

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have Austin Seferian-Jenkins back for Week 7 of the season and fantasy owners should check out the tight end as a sleeper free agent option. The position has some solid names for owners to use in Week 7, including Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron, Benjamin Watson, Charles Clay, Ladarius Green and Crockett Gillmore.

Seferian-Jenkins has been out for the Buccaneers since Week 2 after dealing with a shoulder injury, but the second year pro could be ready to come back. According to the Tampa Tribune, Roy Cummings reports that Seferian-Jenkins could return in Week 7 following the Bucs bye and that he thinks it will happen this week. Lovie Smith and the Bucs are "optimistic" that Seferian-Jenkins will be ready and adding him back would be big for rookie Jameis Winston as he gets to the middle part of the season schedule.

Seferian-Jenkins has not practiced with the team and he was initially given a four to six week timetable to rerun after being injured. Seferian-Jenkins had a solid start to the season with seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in two games and now he could be back for Week 7. Last year Seferian-Jenkins had 21 catches for 221 yards in nine games and if he can get back on the field and stay healthy, he likely will surpass those numbers soon. Seferian-Jenkins did not practice with the team on Wednesday of last week and the Bucs will likely update his status in practice this week.

Julius Thomas just came back from an injury for the Jaguars and fantasy owners should check to see if Thomas remains available in some leagues after the tight end missed four games with a hand injury. Thomas signed in the offseason as one of the big free agent acquisitions on the market and after a slow start in his first game back, Thomas went for seen catches and 78 yards with a touchdown on Sunday against the Texans. Expect Thomas to remain a strong redzone target for Blake Bortles.

Benjamin Watson got off to a slow start this season, but last week he had a big game for the Saints and that could be a sign of things to come for the rest of the year. Watson had 10 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown in the game and Drew Brees praised the tight end after the win against the Falcons. The 12 targets that Watson had are a promising number and moving forward he is a better start option for fantasy owners over Josh Hill.

Jordan Cameron is a solid TE2 option this season and he comes in after scoring his first touchdown of the year against the Titans. Cameron had three catches on eight targets last week and this season he has 15 catches for 200 yards in five games. Green will likely continue to take a hit with Antonio Gates back for the Chargers, but he found his way into the endzone and with the way San Diego passes the ball, he could be a solid TE2 or FLEX pick moving forward.

Check here for more on Jenkins and fantasy options for Week 7.

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