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The Danario Scenario

Tuesday, October 19, 2010




Tight Ends

Owen Daniels, Texans - If your biggest need is a bye-week or injury fill-in, skip Daniels as the Texans are on bye. If you're looking for a long-haul solution, though, Daniels is easily the best bet. After he and coach Gary Kubiak both deemed him back to pre-injury form last week, he posted his best performance (5-79) of the season. Even more telling, Matt Schaub looked for him in crunch time. Daniels is still owned in less than 50 percent of CBSSports.com leagues. Pick him up as a TE1 the rest of the way.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

Ben Watson, Browns - I've been advising a wait-and-see approach with Watson due to the Browns' QB woes, but it's time to add him in a down week for tight end options. With Joshua Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi both concussed, the Browns tight ends will be counted on to pick up the slack at New Orleans. Watson's 6-88, 1 TD line with Colt McCoy was the top fantasy tight end performance in the league in Week 6. Pick him and plug him right into your starting lineup.

Recommendation: Should be owned as a matchup play

Fred Davis, Redskins - Chris Cooley performed well on his baseline tests Monday, but his three college concussions suggest the Redskins will treat him extra cautiously this week. If he ends up sitting out, Davis is an immediate TE1 in a week without Jermichael Finley, Dallas Clark, Dustin Keller, Owen Daniels, the Detroit tight ends, and possibly Antonio Gates.

Recommendation: Worth a look as an injury fill-in

Todd Heap, Ravens - Heap was lit up by Pats safety Brandon Meriweather on a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit, so make sure he's on track to play this week before adding him to your roster. If he does play, the matchup couldn't be better against a Bills defense allowing the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals - Gresham is 17th in fantasy points per week, and the Falcons are 19th in fantasy points surrendered to opposing tight ends. In other words, you know exactly what you're getting with Gresham: a textbook TE2 play.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Hold Off: Evan Moore

Defense/Special Teams

Seahawks - After six sacks against Jay Cutler last week, the Seahawks defense is now No. 1 in fantasy points per game and a surprising sixth in the league in sacks. Perhaps no team has a more drastic home/road split, and Seattle welcomes new Cardinals QB Max Hall and a shaky offensive line to town this week.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

Redskins - This defense has been a major disappointment this year, but they've also played against a murderer's row of QBs in Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Schaub, and Tony Romo. They travel to Chicago this week for a matchup against Jay Cutler, who has been sacked 15 times(!) in his last two games.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play

Chiefs - The upcoming schedule is a breeze with the Chiefs playing host to the Jaguars and Bills before traveling to Oakland in Week 9. With Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster also threatening to break a return each week, the Chiefs are a nice pickup for the next month.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

49ers - A matchup with Jimmy Clausen would have been ideal, but Matt Moore will suffice. The Panthers offense has been a nightmare this year.

Recommendation: Worth a look 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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