Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Tight Ends

Jared Cook, Titans - We suspected that Cook’s role would increase with the loss of Kenny Britt, and that has been the case the past two weeks. Cook has been targeted 15 times for six receptions, 152 yards, and a touchdown. The Titans have a bye in Week 6, so Cook would have to be rostered as a TE2 stash with a waiver pickup.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Ben Watson, Browns - Coach Pat Shurmer calls Watson a “three-down tight end” who is playing at a “very high level” this season. Watson has been a low upside TE2 option thus far, but he has cleared 45 yards in three of four games as the most consistent option in Cleveland’s passing game. He’s set to face a Raiders defense allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings - The waiver outlook is grim for plug ‘n’ play tight ends, but Shiancoe and Heath Miller at least have attractive matchups. Coming off six targets last week, Shiancoe takes on a Bears defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a desperation spot start.

Heath Miller, Steelers - Miller finally found the end zone in Week 5, producing 40+ yards for the third time in five games. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues against a Jaguars defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a desperation spot start.

Cut Bait: Marcedes Lewis, Scott Chandler, Randy McMichael, Brent Celek, James Casey

Lewis has averaged less than 20 yards per game since Blaine Gabbert took over. … Chandler is no longer finding the end zone. … McMichael is without value now that Antonio Gates is due back after the bye.

Hold Off: Joel Dreessen, Jeff King

Much like James Casey, Dreessen has never produced two consecutive big games as long as Owen Daniels has been healthy. I wouldn’t bet on Dreessen blowing up again in Week 6. … King saw an increased role only because Todd Heap was out with a hamstring injury.

Watch List: Evan Moore, Jake Ballard, Delanie Walker, Rob Housler

Coach Pat Shurmur promises to get Moore extra playing time going forward. He should be monitored closely in deeper leagues. … Travis Beckum won’t be overtaking Ballard anytime soon. Ballard is in the mold of Kevin Boss and Mark Bavara as a blocking tight end who can also catch, and Eli Manning looks for him in the middle of the field. … Walker’s role could expand with Josh Morgan out, but he’s never been able string together a streak of fantasy-worthy starts. … Speedy rookie Housler saw eight targets last week with Heap out.

Defense/Special Teams

Bengals - Cincinnati still boasts the NFL’s No. 1 defense, just ahead of AFC North foes Pittsburgh and Baltimore. They have an excellent matchup for the second straight week, this time against Curtis Painter and the league’s 27th-ranked offense.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Saints - New Orleans has been a middle of the road fantasy defense through five weeks, but this is an attractive matchup against the NFL’s 28th-ranked offense. The Bucs will likely be playing without power back LeGarrette Blount, leaving them a one-dimensional offense in the hands of a slumping passer.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a spot start.

Redskins - It’s a high-risk move to spot start the ‘Skins in leagues that subtract for points and yards allowed, but many leagues do not. Michael Vick already has more turnovers than all of last season, and his patchwork offensive line will have trouble keeping Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan out of the backfield.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a spot start.

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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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