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Prospects Gone Wild

Tuesday, December 22, 2009




TIGHT ENDS

Bo Scaife, Titans – While he's no threat for a monster game, Scaife has been incredibly consistent since Vince Young took over for Kerry Collins. Scaife has at least four catches for 38+ yards in each of the past five weeks as the No. 12 fantasy option over that period. The Chargers, who surrendered an anomalous seven catches for 82 yards against John Paul Foschi last week, come to Tennessee in Week 16. The matchup is right.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

David Thomas, Saints – Check Jeremy Shockey's injury report later this week. Highlighted by last week's eight catches for 77 yards, Thomas has outproduced the veteran over the past six weeks. He's only a fantasy option, though, if Shockey is clearly hobbled this week. Dynasty leaguers take note: the speedy Thomas has higher upside than Shockey going forward.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues and Dynasty leagues

Todd Heap, Ravens – As Jermichael Finley showed last week, the Steelers can be exploited by tight ends. Heap will be a risky fantasy play, but it's worth noting that he's the No. 7 fantasy option over the past three weeks with five receptions and 50+ yards in Week 13 and Week 15. Use him only in desperation.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues

Keeper League Specials

Tony Scheffler, Broncos – Wasted in Josh McDaniels' offense, Scheffler is set to exit as a free agent this offseason.

Jared Cook, Titans – Scaife is due to hit free agency this offseason, possibly opening up the starting job for the freakishly athletic Cook.

Gary Barnidge, Panthers – I'm still trying to figure out his lack of playing time. A speedy tight end with soft hands, Barnidge has been the Panthers' second-best option in the receiving game all season. He must be a rotten blocker.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

49ers - An always attractive matchup against the Lions could be even juicier if Drew Stanton makes his first NFL start. Stanton's scrambling ability gives Detroit a shot in the arm after two weeks of a feckless Daunte Culpepper, but he's nowhere close to NFL caliber as a passer.

Recommendation: Worth picking up as a matchup play

Cardinals - Home teams are always better bets for fantasy points, and the Cardinals return to University of Phoenix Stadium to host Keith Null and the Rams.

Recommendation: Worth picking up as a matchup play

Falcons - As of press time, it appears that Brian Brohm has a chance to start for the Bills this week. If he's anything like the Brohm that showed up in preseason action for the Packers the past two seasons, even the spineless Falcons defense is an elite fantasy play.

Recommendation: Worth picking up as a matchup play

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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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