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The Blunt Truth on Tight Ends

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Christian Ponder, Vikings - The Minnesota media despaired all week that Michael Jenkins’ season-ending knee injury and Percy Harvin’s late-week illness could leave Ponder with a receiving corps with a total of fewer than 15 receptions on the season. Instead, Ponder lit up Denver’s defense for 28 fantasy points, a Vikings rookie record 381 yards, and three TDs. With Harvin heating up, it’s the second time in three games that Ponder has reached 25 fantasy points. This week, he draws a short-handed Lions defense that just surrendered 342 yards and three TDs to Drew Brees.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Rex Grossman, Redskins - Bad Rex showed up in Week 13 against the league’s premier secondary. The way Grossman’s career has played out, there’s nothing stopping Good Rex from resurfacing against the Patriots’ patchwork defensive backfield. Responsible for the best statistical game of Dan Orlovsky’s ignominious career, New England still allows the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Play Grossman if you’re feeling lucky.

Recommenation: Worth a look as a matchup play.

Matt Moore, Dolphins - Moore reached 20 fantasy points against the Raiders thanks to a rushing score, but it was also the sixth time in eight starts that he’s failed to top 210 passing yards. Even if he’s playing at a high level, it’s hard to get excited about Moore as a fantasy option in a conservative offense often playing keep-away to protect a lead. He draws the Eagles in Week 14.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Tarvaris Jackson, Seahawks - T-Jack draws a Rams defense that made Alex Smith a top-10 fantasy QB for Week 13 behind 274 yards and two TDs. Just keep in mind that Seattle’s offensive attack figures to be extremely run-heavy behind Marshawn Lynch, arguably the hottest back in the NFL.

Recommendation: Worth a look as a matchup play in deeper leagues.

Dan Orlovsky, Colts - There’s no question that Orlovsky can move the offense better than Curtis Painter. Just be sure to place a giant asterisk next to his 30-of-37 for 353-yard performance in Week 13. The Patriots were playing several defenders out of position throughout, and Orlovsky was still down 31-3 early in the fourth quarter. The bulk of his production came in extremen garbage time. The Colts have a brutal matchp with the Ravens this week. Leave Orlovsky on the bench if you want to stash him in deeper leagues.

Recommendation: Should be owned in two-quarterback leagues.

Kevin Kolb, Cardinals - All starters have to be owned in two-quarterback formats, but even those in deeper one-quarterback formats should hold off on Kolb for now. While Kolb certainly didn’t faceplant in the win over the Cowboys, his schedule is brutal the next two weeks. The Cardinals face the ferocious 49ers defense in Week 14 before drawing a Browns defense in Week 15 that allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

Recommendation: Hold off for now.

Watch List: Josh Johnson, Kyle Orton, Matt Flynn

Johnson would be in line for a second start at Jacksonville if Josh Freeman (shoulder) sits out again. … Orton’s Week 14 status is up in the air with dislocated finger. The matchup against the Jets is prohibitive regardless. … Keep tabs on Flynn if you play in a Week 17 championship league.

Hold Off: T.J. Yates

The Texans may actually be better off with Yates than Matt Leinart. The rookie showed pocket poise and a willingness to go vertical in his first start. The coaching staff and teammates clearly have faith in him, but he’s not going to be a fantasy option in a run-heavy offense with Andre Johnson (hamstring) likely to miss Week 14 against the Bengals.

Cut Bait: Vince Young, Caleb Hanie

Michael Vick is expected to play this week. … Even in attractive matchups, Hanie can’t be trusted after managing just three points to go along with three interceptions and seven sacks against the Chiefs.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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