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Tuesday, September 08, 2009




TIGHT ENDS

Brent Celek, Eagles – I've done my best to hype Celek since the offseason began, but he's still owned in just half of all leagues. Are you looking for consistency? L.J. Smith is out of the picture, hot-shot rookie Cornelius Ingram is out for the season, and No. 2 receiver Kevin Curtis is gimpy. Celek will be a favorite target of Donovan McNabb early and often. Are you looking for upside? In a Week 8 spot-start for Smith last season, Celek reeled in six catches for an Eagles record 131 yards. In the NFC championship game he caught 10 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. If you want TE1 production at the low, low cost of a waiver pickup, grab Celek.

Recommendation: Should be owned 12-team leagues

Vernon Davis, 49ers – With the exit of Mike Martz comes Jimmy Raye's tight-end friendly system and constant Rotoworld reminders to put last season's stats out of your mind. Davis, still unowned in over half of all leagues, is primed for a career year and has an outside chance to lead the 49ers in receptions. The early-season absences of Michael Crabtree and Brandon Jones will only lead to more looks for the tight end. Expect borderline TE1 production out of Davis this year.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Anthony Fasano, Dolphins – Fasano was an inconsistent, low-end TE2 for much of last season while splitting production with David Martin. The two combined for 65 receptions, 904 yards, and 10 touchdowns. With Martin out of the picture, Fasano will add more receptions and yardage while remaining a red zone threat. A season total of 45/600/8 is easily within reach.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Tony Scheffler, Broncos – We've recommended staying away from Schefter at his current ADP due to his uncertain role in Josh McDaniels' offense. The truth is nobody knows just how involved Scheffler will be. There have been enough reports about McDaniels' plans to feature him that he's worth the price of a waiver pickup. Schefter is too talented to be pushed aside, and the Broncos have too many question marks at wide receiver right now. He's a TE2 with TE1 upside.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

Jermichael Finley, Packers – This offense is firing on all cylinders, and Finley has emerged as a major weapon. While his upside is limited by the presence of Donald Lee, Finley is kind of promising young talent that smart owners stash in hopes of an early-season breakout.

Recommendation: Should be owned in deep leagues

Watch List - Martellus Bennett, Todd Heap, Randy McMichael, Chris Baker

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Bengals - Their impressive finish down the stretch last season has been well documented. To that unit they've added last year's first-rounder Keith Rivers, veterans Tank Johnson and Roy Williams, plus rookies Rey Maualuga and Michael Johnson. Better still, they get to face Kyle Orton's mangled finger in Week 1. Orton has been throwing interceptions at an alarming rate this preseason, and the finger injury only makes his life more difficult.

Recommendation: Worth picking up as a matchup play

Seahawks - Another team facing a quarterback with an injury to his throwing hand, the Seahawks get Marc Bulger and the Rams this week. The return of Patrick Kerney and the additions of Aaron Curry and Cory Redding will bolster the pass rush. Opening in the always-imposing Qwest Field, the Seahawks are a nice Week 1 matchup play.

Recommendation: Worth picking up as a matchup play

Saints - Greg Williams' new defense has been impressive in preseason action, and they open against a rookie quarterback making his first start. Though Matthew Stafford has played better than his numbers indicate, he did turn the ball over far too easily.

Recommendation: Worth picking up as a matchup play


Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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