Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Tight Ends

Jacob Tamme, Colts - As we mentioned last week, Tamme was heavily targeted once Dan Orlovsky replaced Curtis Painter at quarterback in Week 10. Should Dallas Clark (lower leg) miss this week’s game against the Panthers -- as tentatively expected -- Tamme could be played as a borderline TE1 in PPR formats.

Recommendation: Worth a look in PPR leagues.

Jared Cook, Titans - Keep an eye on the Titans’ QB situation. In just a quarter and a half of action, rookie Jake Locker targeted the athletic Cook five times. The way he’s gone all season, Cook is more of an upside stash as opposed to a plug ‘n’ play for Week 12 versus the Bucs. Cook has friendly matchups against the Bills, Saints, and Jaguars in three of the next four weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Anthony Fasano, Dolphins - Fasano is never a great bet for consistent TE1 production, but Matt Moore has breathed life into his season since taking over for Chad Henne.  Having found the end zone four times in the past five weeks, Fasana draws a Cowboys defense that hasn’t stopped opposing tight ends all season long.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Tony Scheffler, Lions - Only four tight ends have more than Scheffler’s five touchdowns this season. While his role between the 20s is virtually nil, Scheffler is a decent bet for a score against a Packers defense allowing the fourth-most points to opposing tight ends.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Scott Chandler, Marcedes Lewis, Kevin Boss

Chandler should see an increased role with Fred Jackson (calf) banged up and Donald Jones (ankle) out of the lineup once again. … Lewis is coming off a season-high seven catches and 64 yards. He won’t repeat that unless Blaine Gabbert posts back-to-back solid games for the first time all year. … Boss’ five Week 11 receptions were his most in an Oakland uniform. Make him do it again before picking him up.

Hold Off: Charles Clay

Defense/Special Teams

Falcons - Winning four of their past five games, Atlanta’s defense isn’t fun to play against right now.  Shutting down opposing running games, they won’t face a serious test with Adrian Peterson out of the lineup this week. John Abraham, Ray Edwards, and Kroy Biermann can pin their ears back to chase Christian Ponder throughout.

Recommendation: Should be owned as a matchup play.

Patriots - It’s time to start thinking about fantasy playoff matchups for defenses. Coming off three sacks, three picks, and a punt-return touchdown against the Chiefs, the Patriots have a sweet schedule down the stretch. Weeks 14-16 offer matchups against Rex Grossman, Tim Tebow, and Matt Moore.

Recommendation: Worth a look for the fantasy playoffs.

Titans - Tennessee’s schedule boasts only two plus matchups in the fantasy playoffs, but they couldn’t be more lopsided. The Titans draw the NFL’s 31st-ranked Colts offense in Week 15 before hosting the Jaguars’ league-worst offense in fantasy championship Week 16.

Recommendation: Worth a look for the fantasy playoffs.

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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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