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Tuesday, November 30, 2010




Tight Ends

Brent Celek, Eagles - Celek has arguably fantasy's biggest disappointment at tight end, but things are looking up for Week 13. His eight targets last week were his most since Week 5, and he came within two Michael Vick mis-throws of posting three touchdowns against the Bears. It feels like a breakout game is coming Thursday night, and the Texans bring to town the league's softest defense against opposing tight ends. Celek is a top-10 option this week.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues

Rob Gronkowski, Patriots - Becoming an every-down player the past few weeks, Gronk has been slowly weeding Aaron Hernandez out of the tight end picture in New England. Gronkowski has been targeted at least five times in three of the past four games, and he's now sitting at 11th in tight end fantasy points this season. Desperate owners can pick him up and hope for a short touchdown.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Joel Dreessen, Texans - Owen Daniels (hamstring) sat out practice again Monday, suggesting that Dreessen could get the starting nod for another week. Over the past four weeks, Dreessen has averaged 3.5 catches, 53 yards, and 0.5 TDs per game. He travels to Philly this Thursday night to face a defense that allows the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play

Kevin Boss, Giants - Boss' role was expected to grow with Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks out, and he hasn't disappointed. All three of Boss' TDs have come in the past four weeks, and he's averaging nearly 10 fantasy points per game over that time span. Pick him as a TE2 until Smith and Nicks return.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Tony Moeaki, Chiefs - Moeaki returned from his concussion to post just one catch for a short TD. With tight end options limited, the rookie is worth picking up to see if he can take advantage of upcoming matchups against the Broncos (third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends) and Chargers (sixth-most). The newly explosive Chiefs offense is averaging 30 points per over the past seven weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Hold Off: Billy Bajema

Bajema is a blocking specialist, playing second fiddle to the underwhelming Daniel Fells.

Cut Bait: Zach Miller, Michael Hoomanawanui

Miller revealed that he tore the plantar fascia in his foot in addition to a leg contusion so severe that it was originally believed his fibula was fractured. There's a good chance he won't be close to 100 percent again before the end of the season. … Illinois Mike came down with a high ankle sprain for the second time this season.

Quarterbacks

Kerry Collins, Titans - It's an ugly scene at quarterback on the waiver wire. All reliable QB2 options are already rostered in at least 55-60 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, leaving misfits and discards on the pile. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Collins is "in position" to return as the Week 13 starter against a burnable Jaguars secondary. He may be welcomed back with a parade in Nashville after Rusty Smith's performance in Houston. Collins has the home rematch against the Texans in Week 15, which could make him relevant during the fantasy playoffs.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks - Who knew that it would be Ben Obomanu breathing new life into Hasselbeck's fantasy season? Averaging 327 yards and 22 fantasy points over the past three weeks, Hasselbeck heads into a tougher than expected matchup against a Panthers defense that allows just the 26th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Keep mind, also, that while Hasselbeck's yardage numbers have been impressive of late, he's averaging just one touchdown per start -- in the bottom five among all quarterbacks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues

Chad Henne, Dolphins - Coming off a knee injury and a Week 10 benching, Henne posted arguably his finest performance of the season at Oakland. While he reclaimed the starting job with authority, let's not forget that he was barely a QB2 option before losing it in the first place. With Brandon Marshall likely to sit out once again versus the Browns, Henne isn't even a top-20 fantasy play this week.

Recommendation: Worth a look in two-quarterback leagues

Troy Smith, 49ers - Through little of his own doing, the Niners picked up their third win in four Smith starts. Troy has earned a longer leash heading into Green Bay for Week 13, he's not going to be ranked in the top-25 among quarterbacks facing a defense that allows the 26th-most fantasy points.

Recommendation: Worth a look in two-quarterback leagues

Jason Campbell, Raiders - The starting job is once again Campbell's by default with Bruce Gradskowski (separated shoulder) expected to miss the rest of the season. Campbell isn't even an option in two-quarterback leagues this week against the league's best defense at San Diego. On a positive note, though, the Raiders head to Jacksonville (fourth-most fantasy points against opposing quarterbacks) in Week 14 before returning home to face the Broncos (third-most) in Week 15.

Recommendation: Worth a look in two-quarterback leagues

Jake Delhomme, Browns - The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects Delhomme to draw a second straight start with Colt McCoy nursing a high ankle sprain. Delhomme finished as the 24th best fantasy quarterback in Week 12, and that's as much as owners can expect at Miami this week. Delhomme is only a desperation play in two-quarterback leagues.

Recommendation: Worth a look in two-quarterback leagues

Long-Term Fliers: Kevin Kolb, Tony Romo, Seneca Wallace

Michael Vick owners should have Kolb rostered if possible. … Romo is worthy of a stash in leagues with at least 16-deep rosters.

Cut Bait: Derek Anderson, Rusty Smith

I have no problem with Anderson's post-game tirade or beat writer Kent Somers' line of questioning. Blame it on Jon Gruden for making a Matterhorn out of molehill on a two-second clip. Regardless, Anderson is a brutal quarterback, and he's in danger of getting pulled against the Rams in Week 13. … Hopefully for Chris Johnson owners, Smith will be sent back to the bench this week.

Defense/Special Teams

Chargers - The Bolts are coming off two touchdowns, four interceptions, and 18 fantasy points at Indy. Now fifth in D/ST fantasy points and first in total defense, they host Jason Campbell and a shaky offensive line at San Diego. The Chargers are a top-six option this week.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Seahawks - A Carolina team that has hit 20 points just twice this season travels across the country this week. The Panthers have given up the third most sacks in the NFL, and Jimmy Clausen owns a 1:5 TD-to-INT ratio in addition to seven fumbles,

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play

Dolphins - With two interceptions and a fumble, Jake Delhomme nearly succeeded in giving away last week's game to the Panthers. He's expected to start again this week at Miami, which leaves the Dolphins defense with a good shot at 3-4 turnovers.

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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