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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Tight Ends

Fred Davis, Redskins - Davis led Redskins skill position players in snaps last week, which is no surprise considering he’s led all season. For the third time in five games, Davis was also the best offensive player on the field for the Redskins while pouring six catches and 95 yards on the Eagles. With Chris Cooley out of the picture for the next month and a half, Davis is once again a rock-solid TE1. He should be owned in all leagues, not the 60 percent on CBSSports.com.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Ed Dickson, Ravens - Dickson is coming off a disappointing 20-yard performance against the Texans, but he’s worth a look this week for matchup purposes. The Jaguars allow the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, including monster games by Jimmy Graham, Dustin Keller, and Greg Olsen.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Jake Ballard, Giants - Eli Manning is averaging 322 yards per game ever since Victor Cruz emerged as a dangerous third receiver. A byproduct has been an open seam allowing Ballard to gut defenses down the middle. Ballard’s five Week 6 targets are a season-high, so don’t expect that two-week average of 77 yards to carry over coming out of the Week 7 bye. He’s purely a TE2 option.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Lance Kendricks, Rams - A stud in August, Kendricks finally showed up in a real game with 71 yards on four receptions. A 45-yard gain courtesy of a vicious stiff-arm nearly made up for another key drop. If Kendricks ever starts playing with confidence, he has high-end TE2 potential.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Rob Housler

Todd Heap’s (hamstring) status is up in the air after sitting out Monday’s practice. It’s worth noting that rookie Housler saw eight targets in his absence two weeks ago. Keep him in mind for a late-week add in deeper leagues.

Hold Off: Jeremy Shockey

Shockey has been good for 25-50 yards per week, but he’s yet to find the end zone.

Cut Bait: Chris Cooley, Scott Chandler

Cooley is out six weeks with shattered index finger. … Chandler hasn’t topped 10 yards in a game in a month.

Defense/Special Teams

Cowboys - Rob Ryan’s Browns defense stifled the Patriots for a mere 14 points in Week 9 of last season. His Cowboys defense held the Pats to 20 points last week. In between, Tom Brady topped 30 points against every other team on the schedule. Now healthy, Ryan’s crew is leading the NFL in run defense while also getting to the quarterback. The Cowboys could be welcoming A.J. Feeley to town this week, as Sam Bradford is battling a high-ankle sprain.

Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.

Chargers - The Chargers allow just the 25th-most fantasy points to opposing QBs and the 28th-most points to opposing running backs. That’s bad news for a Jets offense that struggled to move the ball through the air or on the ground against a winless Dolphins team Monday night.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Chiefs - Even with the Palmer trade, beat writer Steve Corkran expects Kyle Boller to start this week’s game against the Chiefs. Palmer will get up to speed in Hue Jackson’s offense during the Week 8 bye. In 66 games and 46 starts, Boller has racked up 51 interceptions and 41 fumbles. He’s like an unholy amalgam of Rex Grossman and Dave Kreig.  

Recommendation: Worth a look as a desperation 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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